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    IS THIS NORMAL RATE OF DECLINE?
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    mbubby posted:
    I went to an ophthalmologist 1 3/4 years ago when I began having trouble reading. He told me my eyesight was 1.25. Eight months ago he checked again and told me it had changed to 1.75. Within the last few weeks I noticed a major deterioration in near vision and returned, once again to the doctor. My sight is now 2.50.
    The doctor says this is within normal deterioration range for a 46 year old.
    Am I being paranoid thinking this is an unusually quick decline?

    I also have dry eye syndrome, and various neurological symptoms if that adds anything (am waiting for a neurologist apt).

    Thanks for any input:)
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    Assuming that 1.25, 1.75 and 2.50 are prescriptions for reading glasses, that is very rapid progression.

    Dry eye may have an effect as well as any medications that have an effect on vision focusing.

    Another issue for your ophthalmologist to check is a dilated (cycloplegic) refraction. It may be that you have excess farsightedness which will show up as an early in life dependence on strong reading glasses.


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