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Eye test - short sightedness


VNAM75

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I had an eye test today and was told I was becoming more long sighted or slightly less short sighted, to be more accurate. I've never really took an interest in my eye test readings before but for Sphere they are:

R: -2.00 and L: -2.25

Both have gone down by 0.5 since the last test 2 years ago, ie. they were -2.5 and -2.75 for R and L.

I found an old reading for a test back in 2000 and they were:

R: -2.75 and L: -3.00

So the biggest change has been over the last 2 years, although only by a small amount. If a negative reading means short sightedness, does a positive one mean long sightedness? If say my readings were 0.00 for R and L in a few years time would that mean I will be neither short nor long sighted and have perfect vision? And if this trend continued (ie. becoming less short sighted) and the readings went to say +2.00, would that mean long sightedness?

At the moment I only wear glasses for driving. Normal day to day I can get around without glasses but can't see details such as prices at a shop etc without getting close. I also find it is slightly better without glasses while on the computer as long as I'm not too far away from it. Plus, if I try to read something close up (about a 6 inches) I can only manage without the glasses. Is it natural for short sighted people to gradually become long sighted?

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john bunyan

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Condom

Snap! but also could do with some internal WD40 on a hip and knee! Can't face the hassle of replacements yet!

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Condom

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john Bunyan

You have my sympathies. Fortunately I had a long NHS career which ended in one of the country's best Orthopaedic hospitals so I have many contacts for when my knee and hip time comes. Hopefully all my contacts will not have retired when my time comes as I don't believe WD40 will do the trick. My advice is get it done as soon as you need it as they do last for a long time and the older you get the bigger problems you will have with having the required bone density and general health for what are after all major traumatic operations and of course the "age" thing with regard the pecking order for operations.

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Snec

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I had an eye test only last week and, in addition to my bifocals, the guy suggested some 'computer glasses' -- I picked them up yesterday and the computer glasses really do make a BIG difference....... well worth the extra expense. I'm truly surprised - and pleasantly so.

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Input Overload

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I wear contacts most of the time & a couple of years ago the best Optician I have ever had suggested mono-vision, as in a full strength contact in the right eye -3.50 & a -2.50 in the left. So my right eye is spot on for distance & my left is still OK for reading. It does take a while to get used to but I have no problems at all with this system.

I still have glasses but it's when I put those on I have problems as both lenses in those are for distance & I have to adapt back, but I must say disposable contacts have come on an awful lot in the last few years & I only know I'm wearing them when I can see OK.

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spuds

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Perhaps off subject, but what frightens me, is that opticians are finding things that your GP or hospital doctor should. Since January, there have been a number of reports in my local newspaper, were people have complained about headaches and the like, and have been prescribed paracetamol. Yet a visit to the opticians have found something far sinister.

Regarding employers paying for spectacles, you will mostly likely find that all the emergency services pay for their employees spectacles as a safety issue. I know my employer did, who not only conducted their own eye testing procedures, but also provided or allowed referrals which they paid for.

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Bingalau

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I started using glasses when I was about 45 yrs old. I had noticed that printers of newspapers were not using enough ink.

Once prescribed glasses however the printers started using more ink, so I was o.k. But gradually my eyesight deteriorated over the next twenty years. This resulted in purchasing many pairs of new expensive glasses, much to the opticians delight.

Since then I have had my own back a bit. as my eyes have stabilised and I am still using spectacles I bought twenty years ago. They are a bit decrepit of course after all this time so I had to buy new ones. The optician said I needed a slight alteration in the prescription and then when I tried on the new ones everything I looked at was a weird shape, narrower at the top than the bottom. My computer viewing was impossible, so I took them back and ended up getting my new glasses to the same prescription as the ones I have used for the last twenty odd years. These are varifocals by the way and I am used to them.

I don't use glasses for driving at all, so I am assuming that my long range vision is o.k. but I do find that I can not view the TV properly without glasses. Also I need them for reading my kindle or newspapers and the computer etc.

As for my hearing, well that is a different kettle of fish altogether. I always wear one hearing aid and that is sufficient for my needs. But I do actually have two aids. The problem is when I wear them both everything is too damn loud. When I go to the toilet and have a tinkle, it sounds like the Niagara Falls. very disconcerting. So I only wear one hearing aid and keep the other in reserve.

By the way I cannot understand people who go out and buy hearing aids privately at great expense, my doctor sent me to the audiology department at my local hospital and I came away within an hour, with a brand spanking new inconspicuous hearing aid for free. Furthermore a packet of batteries and these can be obtained from hospitals throughout the country for free too. The NHS are doing a fabulous job there without doubt. Thank you the NHS.

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Chegs ®™

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I found a hearing aid in my taxi(because the thing was under a mat & whistling loudly and had me wondering what the noise was)and tried wearing it.I discovered I could hear conversations clearly from people passing on the other side of the street(a very wide street too)noises were disconcertingly loud,and as Bingalau said,visiting the toilet frightening. :)

PS: I did take it to a police station once my shift in the taxi finished.

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buteman

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Ear Ear Chegs ®™ for being so honest.

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spuds

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The thing about hearing aids, if the NHS or specialist private purchased type, is the ear mould for your particular ear's, and whether you keep the hearing aids within correct maintenance procedures.

I have digital hearing aids for both ears, which at times I find very hard to use correctly, I also suffer from constant Tinnitus in both ears, and have done for many years. A number of test and operations have been done over the years, but I found one of the best, was a referral to an NHS Ear Scientist. Conducting a few special tests, it was confirmed what I had suspected for many years, but what had never been confirmed before, and that was the 'state' of my ear workings and failures. In other words, a sound and x-ray vision of the inner ears in true scale.

I would recommend this route, if you require further guidance, but expect a long waiting time for appointments, because Ear Scientist's are in demand, and possibly not many people might be aware of this possible option!.

Apologies to the originator, for going off topic again. But it doesn't take long for one interesting subject to diverse to another interesting subject, of a possible medical nature!.

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