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Old 11-26-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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is it possible my vision is improving?

I've been using reading glasses since age 50 (58 now), Today things looked weird and I took off my glasses; I'm reading and posting now without them.

I do need them for papers or magazines.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:20 PM   #2
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How many fingers am I holding up?
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12?
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Yes,

I think that your cornea hardens as you get older - changing the lens aspects.
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I've been using reading glasses since age 50 (58 now), Today things looked weird and I took off my glasses; I'm reading and posting now without them.
Are your glasses clean? It can happen but I don't know if it persists!

This would be an excellent time to have a Costco eye exam.
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Looks like presbyopia. Comes with the territory in mid late 50s. Some compalin about "arms being too short" for holding reading material.
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I am not expert, but I recall having read that it might be a warning sign of high blood pressure or high intraocular pressure. I would do some google research and then maybe check in with the eye doctor and have blood pressure tested.
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I had a friend whose eyesight suddenly got better after quadruple bypass heart surgery. He was told it was to do with improved blood flow.

There are probably a number of possible reasons - may be worth just running it by an eye doc in case there is some sinister reason.
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:confused: I eat a cup of blueberries almost every day, and my eyesight seems to be getiing worse by the minute.

I used to only need reading glasses late in the day, when my eyes got tired. Now, I need them to see anything closer than arms length, regardless of the time of day.
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Happened to my mother and found out she had cataracts, which evidently causes better vision for a time due to the shape of part of the eye. Better have it checked out just to be on the safe side.
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So Monday I'll try to track down an eye doctor.

What kind of doctor or clinic or vision chain store?
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What kind of doctor or clinic or vision chain store?
Either an optometrist or an opthamologist, although the former may be cheaper. Or if there's some sort of health fair/LASIK open house they may be able to do a quick check.

Seriously, our local Costco has three on contract to help sell contact lenses & eyeglasses. You may be able to find a similar good deal at your local Costco or bigbox retailer.
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So Monday I'll try to track down an eye doctor.

What kind of doctor or clinic or vision chain store?
Should you have a problem (cataracts or something), you might need an opthamologist since there is some kind of surgery required. I'd probably start at a Costco (per Nords) and then get a referral if you need a specialist. I don't think you have to be a member to use the eye services at Costco. Also, Wal-Mart has an eye center.
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Should you have a problem (cataracts or something), you might need an opthamologist since there is some kind of surgery required. I'd probably start at a Costco (per Nords) and then get a referral if you need a specialist. I don't think you have to be a member to use the eye services at Costco. Also, Wal-Mart has an eye center.
The nearest Costco is about 40 miles there's a Wal-Mart about 2 miles. I'll start there.
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This doesn't directly apply, but I'll take the opportunity to mention it as a caution.

A coworker suffered sudden vision deterioration and it was determined that he had a golf ball size tumor behind his eye. That was the only symptom that he had, what so ever. Last I heard he'd had surgery and was OK, but it stuck in my mind that sudden changes in vision can be indicators of other issues.

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I was extremely near sighted and wore glasses for years at mid 50's my eyesight got so that I had to take off my glasses to read . The Opthamologist said it's a pretty common occurrence . You should still have an eye exam . We are at the age of cataracts .
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So Monday I'll try to track down an eye doctor.

What kind of doctor or clinic or vision chain store?
the eyes and sight are a precious gift. put a blindfold on for 5 minutes and then decide from there. i know, i know...nag nag nag...

please go for an initial and yearly checkups with a medical specialist, an opthamologist. see Professional Requirements at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophthalmologist
go early and have peace of mind.

i've been going for annual eye checkups since age 30, mostly due to my carer w*rk with infrared and visible lasers. i have no retinal damage. YAY!
at age 46, i was diagnosed as a possible candidate for glaucoma due to slightly elevated eyeball pressure. there was a cupping of the optic nerve in both eyes and possible Grave's disease that were cleared from results of a cranial CAT scan and a thyroid screen. however, the CAT scan shows my brain cavity is still empty!
all is well right now. my last pressure reading was a little lower. and i passed my near field vision test with flying colors. YAY!
my future treatment plan will be medication to lower that eyeball pressure if it continues upward and avoid optic nerve damage.
my point here is because i went EARLY and go ANNUALLY, 2 potential sight robbing situations (retinal damage and glaucoma) were monitored.
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