Why does my vision keep getting worse?
January 27, 2011 7:02 PM Subscribe
What is going on with my eyesight?
posted by jaynewould to health & fitness (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just visited my optometrist last week because I noticed that my six-month-old glasses weren't strong enough for me to be able to see things like road signs. Sure enough, my vision has deteriorated AGAIN. Six months ago it was -6.5 (left) and -9.5 (right). Now it is -6.75 and -10.75. My vision has been getting steadily worse since I started wearing glasses in kindergarten (I'm 23), but lately the right eye in particular has started to worsen faster, at least -1 per year.
I'm the only one in my family with really poor vision (some of my older relatives wear bifocals, but their scripts are nothing like mine). My dad had a detached retina a few years ago, but his vision is fine. Optometrists have been telling me for the last, ooooh, 17 years that it would plateau. Is this true? I mentioned to my optometrist that I was worried and he did a pupil dilation and said that everything looked normal, but he doesn't know why my vision keeps getting worse.
I don't work in front of a computer. I do spend a few hours a day doing uni work/reading MeFi etc, but I make the text really big and keep the computer a fair distance away. I'm not sure what else I might be doing that could be harming my vision.
My questions are:
1. Has this happened to anyone else? Did your eyes eventually plateau? How bad was your vision when this happened? Or did you eventually go blind?
2. Who else can I see for a second opinion? I'm not sure this is worthwhile because with my new glasses and contacts, I've exhausted my private health benefits for the year, so I'd rather avoid any tests unless they're covered by Medicare. Should I talk to another optometrist? An ophthalmologist? What sort of tests might they do?
3. Am I totally over-reacting, and some people are just meant to have -15 vision or whatever? (Seriously, this is probably true. But still I worry, and my optometrist is not good with the reassurances.)
Of course YANMO. I'm just looking for ideas for things I can ask my optometrist, or a different optometrist, to check out if necessary. I'm not keen on Googling because I KNOW I'll find some WebMD article suggesting I have some sort of advanced eye-cancer-AIDS.