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Does anyone know how common the "degenerative myopia" is?

I am very shortsighted (-9.5D) and just heard about "degenerative myopia". I wonder how many high degree myopia people will have "degenerative myopia".

2% of the population has this. You are nearsighted. Any person with a high degree of myopia has a higher risk of retinal detachment. It is not likely that you have this but an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist) should be consulted if you feel you may have it.  (+ info)

Do I have degenerative myopia?

I have been wearing glasses for myopia since 5th grade, and I've had to get new glasses about each year. I spend a lot of time in front of electronics. I see spots and have a lot of headaches recently. I want to know what cures there are and what to do to stop my eyesight from worsening.

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Degenerative myopia?

How can I tell if I have it or not? I'm 13 and my vision has been getting worse every year for just about the past 7 years. I believe there was one year when my vision actually got better, but I dunno. Last I checked, my vision was -9 and -7 in my right and left eye, and I know it's gotten worse this year. Do I have degenerative myopia?
Sorry, I misunderstood. Thanks to everyone who answered. I was under the impression progressive myopia never gets better, lol. Thanks again. :)

What you are describing is referred to as "progressive" myopia. Progressive myopia is a genetically inherited condition. The classical presentation of progressive myopia tends to follow this time line -- Most first notice a shift into myopia causing a blurring of distance around second to third grade (7 to 8 years of age). The individual then consistantly and continually increases in nearsightedness until about the age 17 to 19 at which time most then become somewhat stable in their degree of nearsightedness for many years until other vision issues such as cataract may cause changes. Since I am also a progressive myope, you and I have a common ancestor somewhere. I received my first set of eyeglasses from my uncle who was an eye doctor. I became stable at age 18. I have had laser vision correction and have remained stable for years following my laser vision correction. Hope this helped.  (+ info)

Could I Have Degenerative Myopia?

Could I? What are the symptoms? How can I tell?

I have -9.00 diopters in my right eye and -7.00 in my left. I'm not even an adult yet and my vision seems to keep getting worse even if I don't use it much.

"degenerative myopia" is a form of myopia where the retinal health is affected:


it is different from garden-variety juvenile myopia progression, in which teens get increasingly nearsighted.

the only way to know if you have degenerative myopia is to have a dilated eye examination and have an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) make that diagnosis for you. your retina either has a degenerated appearance or it does not. no way to tell by just the spectacle Rx (whether you are -9.00 or not) or whether you are becoming increasingly nearsighted or not  (+ info)

Degenerative Myopia??

I'm 25, and was born with congenital glaucoma and nystagmus so I've always worn glasses. About a year ago my vision changed again from a -3 in both eyes to a -5 in the left and -4.50 in the right, and it seems to be getting worse. I've been to 2 Opth. who can find no reason for it, and neither have made any remarks about problems with my retina etc. although I do see floaters and such. Do I have degenerative myopia? I mean, normally eyes stabilize before your 25 right? Thanks

A big change in your need for glasses over a short time period (and at your age) could have more to do with your congenital glaucoma. If it's been a while since you're been to the ophthalmologist, you should have your eye pressures checked. While you're there you can ask about having your retina examined (usually requires dilating drops). If you don't feel comfortable with the ophthalmologists you've seen, maybe you should get another opinion from a different ophthalmologist.

Floaters are pretty normal, unfortunately. If your vision is suddenly grey, like you're looking through a curtain, call your ophthalmologist immediately.

Good luck to you!  (+ info)

How much are colored contacts for a person with myopia?

I have myopia and I want to get hazel prescription contacts, does any body have any idea how much that would cost?
How much are regular contacts then?

Do you wear hard lens, if so they don't make color contacts. If you wear soft lens then they are about 30 dollars a box.  (+ info)

Is Degenerative Disc Disease and Disc Space Narrowing the same thing?

The chiropractor told me I had disc space narrowing. Is that the same as degenerative disc disease? It's extremely painful and I can't sit or stand for long periods of time. Thanks for the help.

No, they are referring to two different things. DDD is the actual bone of the spine degenerating. DSN is the intervertrebral disc, ie the cushion is failing.  (+ info)

What is Degenerative Spine and why are there wings involved?

Okay, so, my doctor said I have degenerative spine. Two people have TRIED to explain what it is, but they use big words that mean nothing to me. Give me a break, I only took one semester of high school medical terminology. Could you explain in SIMPLE terms what's going on with my back, and why he said there were "two little wing looking things coming off the base" of my spine? Why are they there? Also, is there any way to make my tailbone STOP hurting? Please help. Thank you.

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Is there any way to reduce the power(myopia) in the eyes without surgery?

I really can't undergo surgery. But I want to know if there is any way of reducing this eye defect(myopia) without surgery.

It's posible but unfortunatly most people are too lazy and don't believe in self healing. I have a read a book with studies where people ranging in different ages had their eye sight fixed by just exercizing their eyes. You know the table with the letters? Look at the line where it already gets blurry. Keep on looking at it, blinking, tryng to see the letters. When you see the letter are getting bette, stop. Do this for about 5 mins. 3 times a day? Don't stress urself. Keep on wroking on that one line until you see it crearly from the start of the 'workout'. Then, go onto the next line. It isn't silly. It WORKS because the eyes contain muscles that contract and lenses that keep on adjusting.

(Example: Running builds up muscles and breathing so after running many times you won't have breathing problems-)

You always have to persuate yourself that YOU CAN fix your eye sight. I know some people who were able to do it. Try it. Take some time. MOst people are lazy and won't do it. Others lack belief in self healing. This is the only way I know without an operation. =D good luck!  (+ info)

What kind of profession is most suitable for people with high degrees of myopia?

What kind of profession is most suitable for people who suffer from high degrees of myopia (nearsightedness) or what kind of work they should perform in order not to hurt their eyes?

Well this optometrist gets to -14.25 in the worst meridian of my worst eye.
It's given me some insight (sorry) and empathy with at least my high myope patients.

It's a question better tackled from the other end.
High myopes are marginally more prone to retinal detachment, so occupations exposed to vibration or shocks are to be avoided: pneumatic drills, driving heavy machinery...
High diver, professional football player (USA)

Some occupations require good vision without glasses or contact lenses... principally branches of the military and the fire service, but heavy goods vehicle driving is also legally barred from high myopes on grounds of a minimum vision without glasses requirement in most countries.

Otherwise go for it!
Ski instructor, if you are happy in contacts
(glasses steam up!)  (+ info)

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