I've Been Told That Your Eye Sight Actually Improves As You Get Older Because Of The Way Your Cornea Changes Shape As You Age. Is This True, And Where Are Some Reliable References For This?

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My partner stopped wearing glasses 2 years ago and started doing eye exercises to improve his eyesight. He has recently been for an eye test and the optician said that his eyesight had improved but that was not due to working on his eyes and not wearing glasses but was due to old age as most peoples eyes improve as they get older. He too has a stigmata in one eye.
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I personally have regressed in eyesight. The eye doctor that had looked at my eyes told me that as you get older your eyes have a harder time focusing and adjusting. With most people over time and age, your eyesight does not get better but worse. Hope this helps.
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Michael Lai commented
I see, but what the optometrist told me was that if you started with poor eyesight, it will get better, whereas if you started with good eyesight, then it does regress. Is this the case with you, or are there actually optometrists that don't want to sell things to their customers?
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Its true. I am 51. I have better than 20/20 vision with glasses. But I have an astigmatism, and am supposed to wear bifocals. But without glasses my close vision is exceptional, but I also get eye infections and most of my older friends have had or are having cataract surgery on their eyes.
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It is true. I am 49 and have been shortsighted for most of my life. I recently had an eye test and since my previous eye test 3 years ago, my prescription has improved by 2 dioptres in one eye and by 1dioptre in my other eye. Hope this trend continues!
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I, too, have experienced this improvement in eyesight. I've worn glasses (and then contacts) since I was 2 1/2. I'm now 28 and in the past 13 years I've gone from -9.5 in one eye and -8.5 in the other, to -5.5 and -4.5. My optometrist explained that people who have a (-) Rx usually start out with a higher number and, as they grow older, their vision improves and the strength is reduced. On the other hand, people with a (+) Rx usually start out low and the strength tends to increase as they age because their eyesight worsens.
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I'm 15 and don't have perfect vision,I have an astigmatism in my left eye and I am also short sighted. I recently got an eye test and my right eye had improved but my left had got worse. I was wandering why this was and if my right eye will continue getting better. I was also wandering if maybe my left eye would start to get better or continue to get worse?
I have just started doing eye exercises and haven't noticed much of a difference yet but it is hard to tell. Is this going to help my eyes get better? I really would love to have 20/20 vision and am wandering if they will ever get to 20/20 without LASIK.
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I wore reading glasses for nearsightedness for years (since I was 12, I am now 38). My recent trip to the optometrist confirmed what suspected, my vision has indeed improved. The doctor explained to me that because the cornea changes shape as we get older, some people who are nearsighted actually see an improvement as they get older. My vision is now 20/15. I was also told, however, that my vision will most probably decline from my mid-40's on.
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I also have had considerable positive change in my eyesight.  Last year my eye doctor told me that I could not wear soft contacts for at least a year.  At that time, he decreased my prescriptiona.  I just had my annual check up today and again he had to decrease my prescriptiona a considerable amount.  His theory is that the contacts I was wearing were too strong because I was want my clarity in sight and now after had not worn the contacts for a year my eyes are adjusting to their correct vision.  I also have noticed that my eyes are not so sensitive to light as they had been before. I am 41 yrs old and have worn contacts since I was 15.
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Just came from the eye dr. For 2nd time he is reducing my prescription because I'm getting less nearsighted. I've been nearsighted since I was 10. That was over 45 yrs. Ago. Would love to find medical explanation.
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I think that some doctors are tired of what they do, and they just do it for the money. SOME people, very few, are lucky and their sight does improve. But in most cases, it's as I described before. It's possible that you have gotten that rare doctors who does not like his job any more. Look to find another doctor, get the second opinion. Again, I hope this helps.

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