Hello, I had been wearing contacts for 34 years since the age of 10. Depends on your child how he handles the whole thing. Occasionally I had some issues but in general nothing to worry about. I had been wearing them since I got out of bed until I went to sleep at night. Never wore glasses (teasing at school etc) then at this magnitude of myopia you cannot see properly with glasses. I was wearing -18 until I had the cataract surgery last year and there is no need to wear them any more. At 44 it is strange not seeing the lense case and the solutions in my bathroom any more....:) .
my son is 2.2 years old , since almost a year he started to see things from very very close which i thought is not a major concern but recently i took him to an ophthalmologist and found out that he has -21 myopia and also has bluish sclera, doctor has suggested glasses for him and also referred to a paediatrician for a possible connective tissue disorder . kindly suggest how to go about it and will he be ok?
I'm 36 and my vision is -23 left & -24 right. I've been wearing glasses since first grade, which is when my vision problem was identified. I wore glasses until 7th grade because they really limited my field of vision. Since I wear my contacts from 5:30am- 10pm, I changed to gas permeable at 25 yrs old to avoid complications with my cornea since the soft lenses were so thick and were preventing enough oxygen from reaching my corneas. My vision has worsened by -10 in the past 15 years and has yet to slow down. Some years I skip an entire diopter and others .5. I had my first hemorrhage 6 years ago and received avastin in my left eye. Treatment lasted about a year (1 injection/4 wks), and then my right eye hemorrhaged. I've lost most vision in my right eye than my left and haven't gone more than 3 months without an injection. Avastin stopped working for me after 1 yr of treatment so I was switched to lucentis. It is far more expensive for a lucentis injection than avastin ($5,000/injection). Lucentis seems to be working for me and has restored some of my vision in my right eye and most in my left. I have heard of the lens implant and my doctor advised against it since I might need cataract surgery at some point. As annoying and scary as it is to wake up and not see, I'd rather not get a surgery until it is completely necessary. I see Dr. Decker @ the Texas Eye Institute in Houston.
Having vision this bad requires my husband to adapt to my needs. Things around our home aren't moved around otherwise I won't be able to find them. I cannot see faces without my contacts or objects farther than 5 cm from my eyes. Large print helps me because some of my vision is distorted due to the hemorrhages. My other senses are heightened and I'm very sensitive to very loud places or people who wear very strong perfumes, deodorant, etc. I've haven't felt "disabled" until someone's made fun of me or picked on me... Yes, it happens even at my age. I wish Sophia and the mother with the baby with bad vision the absolute best. There are foundations that will help people like us be as independent as possible regardless of our circumstances.
Please always consult a retina specialist or an ophthalmologist to help you with your questions. My optometrist, family doctor, or pediatrician weren't trained to help me.
I'm sorry for your difficulties with high myopia-induced retina bleeding.
In case it could help your situation, I wanted to mention to you a new drug being developed to help patients who develop resistance to anti-VEGF drugs like Avastin and Lucentis. My ophthalmologist mentioned it to me recently as his practice is participating in the clinical trial for the new product, brand named Fovista.
Here's a link to one very technical article about the research being done on this product. They are testing a combination of this therapy together with traditional anti-VEGF agents. The article describes a patient benefit with the combination therapy vs monotherapy with Avastin-type drugs alone.
Fovista is in a class of injectable drugs called 'anti-PDGF' and my doctor told me it is supposed to work slightly differently than anti-VEGF drugs. The goal of this medication, he described, is to target the cells at the very tip of the new blood vessel growth, to stunt them and prevent them from growing. It can apparently help patients who have developed a resistance to traditional anti-VEGF drugs.
The trials are being done in patients with wet AMD, I think, which is a a different disorder in which there is abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina. The cause of blood vessel growth in wet AMD is not the same as retinal bleeding and blood vessel growth due to complications of high myopia, so I don't know if it would benefit patients like us.
But you might ask your retina specialist about it, and do some research yourself to see if you might benefit from this medication, and if so whether you could access a clinical trial to obtain it. Good luck!
I do not know if you got the help you needed. I am 21 with -37 eyes. I too have cateracts and all the attached problems. I also have stickler syndrome. I am beyond worried about the future. I've been to university and I have a job. I worry about my cateracts stopping me.
I am 24 years old girl my current prescription is -16 and -17 with astigma of 4 and 3.Four years back when I tested my eyes my prescription was -14 and -14.5 at that point in time i thought my prescription might have stabilized but two weeks back when I tested my eyes I got my new prescription. My doctor said my eye is still healthy and the pressure is also normal but I am concerned that my profession is of an Equity analyst where I have to work on computer... so will my profession still cause my myopia to progress.Further there have been some slight thread like floaters in my vision recently is this a cause of worry for me(they usually appear when I look at sky or white surface) ?And also at what age problems like retinal detachment or related can occur in my case?
I am an Indian and I think there is hardly anything to help people like me here.
Finally, Did you had a IOL surgery. Can you let me know?
I am based India. I have myopia since age 7 and wearing glasses so far. From past 5 years I been using contact lenses and at present my Left eye is 19 and 12 in right eye. Doctor prefers IOL Surgery. I am ready to do that but what are the risks in future after IOL surgery. Does the Eye sight continue growing or will it stop. I am a Recruiter most of my job will be on Computer and thats the only one job I can do.
I have high myopia. -9 in both eyes. I also have astigmatism. Right now I wear toric soft contact lens.
I'm concerned they don't make toric soft contact lens if my myopia gets worse.
Does anyone wear toric soft contact lens with a power greater than -10?
I have high myopia. -9 in both eyes. I also have astigmatism. Right now I wear toric soft contact lens.
I'm concerned they don't make toric soft contact lens if my myopia gets worse.
Do they make toric soft contact lenses with power greater than -10?
Im 35 years old having a high myopia ( -24 in both eyes) since i was as young as 10 years old .I have done a cataract in my left eye last year.. but still uncomfortable in reading.As im a teacher by profession im worried of the future. i have also done laser for deattached retina. doctors says that my retina is very weak. in my last 24 years i shifted from spectacles to RgP lenses n then to soft contact lenses. now have to do catarct in one eye through which i can read n the one which i have done cataract im unable to read. Im using reading glasses but very uncomfortable. Can any one suggest should i go for cataract in other eye N any other reccomendations.......................
What sort of IOL did you get in the first eye, is it likely a monofocal IOL which was likely set for distance and usually wouldn't give much near vision? There are premium lenses that can provide better near vision in addition to good distance vision, though in most places you need to personally pay more for them, they don't tend to be covered by insurance or government programs. It may be that in some countries there is coverage for them, you'd need to check. There is unfortunately no perfect lens, there are some tradeoffs with each of them, it depends on your needs (and budget) which one is right for your situation.
I see that your profile indicates you are in India. Although I haven't read through all of the discussion on the link Dr. Hagan kindly provided, I will note that he is based in the US and here we have fewer premium IOL choices than in much of the rest of the world. So some of the discussion may likely not bring up options you have in India. I know the new Symfony lens is available there now and I suspect you likely have access to trifocal lenses as well (there are only bifocals in the US) and perhaps the Light Adjustable Lens (which may allow the refractive target to be hit more precisely, which can be a problem in highly myopic people, and which also has variations being tested some places to provide multifocal or extended depth of focus patterns).
You need to determine which visual ranges are most important to you, between distance, intermediate and near, since there is no perfect solution for all three in one lens (the trifocals try for all 3 and have decent intermediate, but not as good as other options, and intermediate range is often used for computers and for social interaction and household tasks). You may need correction for some distance (especially assuming you have a monofocal in the first eye), so you need to decide if so then which distance you'd prefer to need correction for. e.g. some might need correction for reading if you do it alot, but don't mind correction for distance for driving. Others might prefer to not need correction for driving but not mind it for reading.
The trifocals tend to have lower risk of halo and glare than the older bifocals that have been used in the US (though there are now low add bifocals in the US that may be comparable), but still likely higher risk than a monofocal. The trifocals give better intermediate vision than high add bifocals, while still having good near vision. The low add bifocals may give decent intermediate vision (especially the even lower add bifocals available outside the US), perhaps better than a trifocal depending on the add, but not not as good near as a trifocal or high add bifocal.
The Symfony has good distance and intermediate vision (better than trifocals) but not quite as good very near as a trifocal. Any lens, even a monofocal has some risk of glare&halo issues. The Symfony is reported in studies to have comparable risk to a monofocal for issues with glare&halo, which still means that some will have glare&halo issues, but they may have had the same issues if they had received a monofocal instead. People posting to the net tend to be the minority that have issues, so you can't tell by the posts how frequent a problem is, you need to rely on the results of studies. I got the Symfony rather than a trifocal since good intermediate vision was more important than good near, and due to the lower risk of visual artifacts like halos. To me the only reason not to consider the Symfony rather than a monofocal is if the cost is an issue, or if you want to be very cautious since the Symfony has only been out on the market a bit over a year so its possible larger studies will find issues the initial ones missed. (there are a number of small studies by now though, and the lens is the same material and overall shape as the widely used Tecnis monofocals&multifocals that have been out for a number of years).
You can use a bit of monovision with the Symfony or a monofocal to give better near vision.
If you do have a monofocal in your first eye, you could consider adding a corneal inlay to get better near vision in that eye if they are approved there. Cornea inlays are placed just under the surface of your eye in a procedure that should be lower risk than something like cataract surgery, and is usually reversible if you don't like it. The Kamra inlay and the Raindrop inlay tend to be the most widely approved and used inlays at the moment, I don't know what is available there however. Although they are usually used to give better near vision for people with presbyopia, they have also been tested with people with monofocal IOLs to give them better near vision. The results I've seen suggest the Raindrop may be a better bet since it reduces contrast sensitivity less, i.e. it may have better low light vision, but its best to confirm that.
Worst case it is also usually possible to replace the monofocal lens you already received, but as with the initial surgery that does involve risks, and it depends on the state of your eye what lens options are available. For instance if you had a YAG procedure for PCO, usually a replacement lens can't be placed into the capsular bag so you can't use some lenses like the Symfony or trifocals, but there are multifocal options that are available for placement outside the bag.
Oops, I wish they'd let you edit posts. Obviously when talking about what distance you'd prefer glasses for, I meant to give two different examples. Some may prefer glasses for reading but not for distance to drive, others may prefer glasses for driving but not for reading.
In my huge desperation and despair after every single visit to any Eye doctor,either it was my retina doctor or optician I need few day before each appointment to start mentally preparing myself and then comes disappointment and despair that I have to overcome after those exams.
I am so glad I found all of you,for I never ever had a talk with somebody who is even close to my condition.
I read lots of stories and completely understand,perhaps I will share my whole story next time.But today,I need to ask you all with high prescriptions where do you get yoursoft contacts from and what kind are they?
It seams like the once I had for years now and unfortunately they were the only once to provide so so vision clarity and comfortability,are now discontinued.My optician found some other once but they are not even close to my old once with comfortability and vision clarity:(
I am so sad and can not explain how I feel about this.
Sorry,I did not get back earlier.I had not a surgery.There are risks,and they worn you about them.My doctor told me that the implantable contact lens custom made for my case somehow was not a good option and was discontinued from use.I could not understand that,but that is how it went.
How did you do,did you go to get a surgery and what was the outcome?
Take care you all and good luck.
Hi, I´m 54 with late onset high myopia and astigmatism. Starting at 32 on 3 diopters. My last exam gave -38 D and -4 D astigmatism. Wearing double lenticulars and scleral RGPs. Fortunately no other problems.
Something is not right. It is almost impossible for you to have myopia of -38 (you don't mean -3.8 do you?) and 4 diopters of astimatism. If its not an abnormal cornea (most common) then you may have a dislocating lens or other lens abnormality. You would see the best corena/refractive surgeon you can get to for a second opinion and also discuss "refractive lens exchange" Taking the lens of your eye out and putting in IOL to get read of that incapacitating myopia. There is something elese going on besides "late onset high myopia.
What is your RX on the other eye. What is you vision in each eye with correction?
hello doctor i am megha 21 year old and persuing studies in computer science. I wear myopic glasses of -17.5 left and-18 of ryt eye. my number is not stable till now and some doctors says that with this much high power laser and operation is not possible. I have visited many places and i am tired as i clearly want to know what the upcoming scenario of my eye is. My parents want me to emphasis least in my field and i am madly intrested in computer programming i dont know what to do plz plz you guide me and show me the correct path plz,i shall be waiting for your reply sir plz look out my problem as soon as possible and mail me the optimum solution of this problem plz
First of all follow your heart's desire and if computer programming is where your interest and skills lead you go for it and don't worry about it damaging your eyes. You have high myopia. It's not possible to look at your age and glasses RX and tell you how much, if any, your myopia will progress. I'm hoping with your glasses your vision is 20/20 (6/6 metric) or close to it. I'm also hoping that you have not been told you have any myopic macular degeneration. There is at present in extraocular (outside the eye) refractive surgery that would correct all your myopia. Depending on the thickness of your cornea surface lasik might reduce 6-9 diopters of myopia. An ICL (intraocular collamer lens) could correct all your myopia but it involves surgery within the eye with its associated risks and recent studies have identified a significant risk of subsequent cataracts (often requiring surgery) and possibly glaucoma. There is also what is called refractive lens exchange which involves removing your natural lens and putting in an intraocular lens (IOL) this also involves risks including increased of retinal detachment. I'm wondering if you wear contact lens at present as the vision with contact lens is going to be much better than glasses since the image with contacts is much larger than with your strong glasses. So there is no perfect solution to your high myopia nor anyway to predict what will happen to your eyes in the future. HOWEVER high myopes that go into law, or medicine or computer programing which involves a lot of reading and computer use do not end up with much worse vision than high myopes that do manual labor and do not do much near work at all. Best of luck.
When I was in school for computer science I recall someone in the year ahead of me who had glasses with attachments on them that seemed almost like a telescope (its been a few decades so my memory is vague), I don't know what his visual issues were (again my memory of it is vague), but despite obviously having some impairment he was able to get through one of the top CS programs.
If you are able to work with computers now then there likely isn't going to be any problem (aside from as the doctor noted any other eye health issues that might arise, but most of them are treatable these days and leave you with some vision). As long as you have the ability to see at all there is likely a way to work with computers (and in the extremely unlikely case you someday couldn't see, even blind people do work with them, though I've never run across any so I don't have a sense of the scope of what they can do, I suspect the tools for them to use computers are getting better all the time).
These days the nice thing about the computer world is that if needed you can get high resolution computer monitors and adjust print sizes and position the monitor as close or far as needed, and scroll the view on the screen around, and therefore as long as you have some workable vision you should be able to function. (as long as you get things adjusted well to reduce any vision issue induced headaches, since headaches can reduce concentration, as I had to deal with after a rare side effect from cataract surgery caused issues with flickering light when reading).
I should note that of course I was talking about the "worst case" scenarios, since high myopes do have some slight increased risk of other eye health issues compared to the average person, but that still means most don't have any problem aside from being myopic. The odds are that with correction your vision will remain comparable to other people's vision. As the doctor noted, there are ways to perhaps reduce your myopia surgically via laser or lens implants. Other high myopes cope with a combination of contacts and/or glasses. My point was merely that visual problems don't tend to keep people from working with computers.
I've always thought my vision is extremely bad, but compared to some of the other posts here, looks like my eyes are fairly okay.
Anyway, I'm OS: -5.50/No Cyl =and= OD: -5.25/ -0.25@90 (Spectacles).
Both eyes: -5.00/No cyl (For contacts).
Every time I go to my doctor, he's more interested in the health of my corneas and doesn't even look at the retina. I get an autorefractor test, then a tune-up with trial lenses, followed by a slit-lamp test (which I'm assuming is for the cornea, as a cycloplegic eye drop is not used prior to the test and my pupils must constrict too much under the super bright illumination to allow a good view of the internals).
Last time I saw him, I specifically asked him to take a look at my retina, he said it's not required, you have 20/20 with correction and you're not at risk.
I feel awkward trying to argue with a doctor, of course he knows way more than I do, but something tells me it's not right- my correction might not be as high as that of some people here, but they're still fairly high. What do you think, should I go for a second opinion?
I've seen this SAME doctor all my life, and I'm 32 years old now!
Another question, I use B&L monthly disposable soft lenses (not toric) made of Hylafilcon-B (59%water) for 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. My doctor says it's okay, but these are NOT silicone-hydrogels, these are ordinary lenses. Am I damaging my eyes by wearing them 12 hours a day? I never go more than 12 hours, always take a day off every week, and never sleep in them (as suggested by my doc.)
I would find a new doctor. That is truly one of the worst responses from a doctor ever posted here (you don't need the back of your eye checked because you are not at risk). Find a new optometrist or ophthalmologist that will yearly dilate your eyes and look at your retina.
Your high myopia increases the risk of retina tears, detachments, holes, lattice, myopic macular degeneration and glaucoma.
I just got meself some GP lenses. Seem to be the best and cheapest option with least risk unless you box. . .! These are readers and general purpose. Using additional specs for driving which works well . my prescription is above minus 20 and Im in my late 60,s.
Tried wearing my old prescription specs, with my additional specs perched in front.
Suffice to say the result was beyond my wildest dreams and way way beyond my optemitrists ability to achieve. But it doesnt look cool. Most assuredly not cool at all
I am 28 yrs old, f. I started wearing glasses in 2nd grade. Wore soft contacts from 7th grade to today. I'm -15d and this week I was turned down for icl bc there is not enough space in my eye for the lens bc I have a thick cornea. The surgeon said not to get laser surgery bc my vision would not be clear afterwards. I have oxygen deprivation from long term contact use and the last year I've cut down my wear time to average 6 hours a day and I try to break that up. I've never tried gas perm lenses, I don't know what else is out there. Last year I had my glasses updated, but I still habe blurry vision even up close. I'm very frustrated and looking for support. I'm a busy mom with 2 kids and I want to see!
I would suggest you get a consultation at Emory U Dept of ophthalmology with one of the cornea/refractive surgeons. The Eye MD there could confirm you are not a candidate for ICL. With your thick cornea the surgeon could estimate how much of your myopia might be corrected with surface LASIK perhaps 8 or 9 diopters. That would make your glasses RX -7 or -6 You could ask about GP CTL but they let less oxygen through than soft and likely you could not wear them. You can ask about daily disposable soft contacts. That might allow you to wear them longer than 6 hours. Lastly you could ask about "refractive lens exchange" or "clear lens extraction" Its basically doing an cataract operation and putting in an intraocular lens in a lens that doesn't have a cataract. The primary risk is that in everyone that increases the risk of a retinal detachment. In the general population the risk is low maybe one in 3-5,000 In your case the risk even with an uncomplicated case might be as high as 5-8%. Be sure your children are checked regularly as high myopia is frequently hereditary.
You say you still have blurry vision even up close. Does that mean even with correction your vision isn't 20/20, if so do you know what your "best corrected" vision is? Has the doctor given you a reason for this, have you got some other eye health issue that might impact what treatment you get for your myopia? I'm wondering if it might be as simple as having some astigmatism and wearing contact lenses that don't correct for it (I don't know if toric astigmatism correcting lenses are available off the shelf for someone that myopic).
The comment about oxygen deprivation from long term contact use is odd with modern soft contacts. Although the doctor mentioned daily disposable contacts, I'm not sure if they come in such a high power (I don't recall seeing the option a couple of years ago when I temporarily had one eye that was -19D, a drastic -10D shift due to a cataract before surgery). However if your eye were partly corrected via laser, as the doctor suggested as one option, that would leave your eyes well within the power of many off the shelf contact lens brands including daily disposables. I don't know how their oxygen permeability compares to lenses that are designed for extended wear (though you don't need to wear them them as extended wear) that presumably focus on providing more oxygen. (I'd read about the topic a few years ago, but it escapes me offhand).
I'll add that one important side effect of a "refractive lens exchange" that the doctor suggested is that although it is possible it might provide you with great distance vision, your near&intermediate vision would be impacted. Its usually an option more commonly suggested for those who are a couple of decades older than you who already have presbyopia. Given your high level of myopia and limited other options, it may be something you'd wish to consider, but I just figured I'd mention that there are tradeoffs to considering it in someone as young as you are.
Most cataract patients are old enough that they are familiar with the issue since they have some degree of presbyopia, the reduction in your near vision that starts to become apparent among those in their early-mid 40s or so which leaves older people needing reading glasses more and more (or progressive glasses or multifocal contacts or monovision contacts). There are approaches to "refractive lens exchange" that try to provide better intermediate&near vision, such as monovision or premium lenses, but no option is yet perfect and surgeons differ in what the best approach to dealing with the loss of near vision is. In my case with the Symfony lens (not available yet in the US) I can even read my smartphone without a problem, but I definitely don't have the level of near vision I had at 28, e.g. I'd need readers to thread a needle (not that the situation arises much, for most things except very near tasks my visual acuity is good enough).
Thank you Dr. I've only seen one surgeon, but he told me not to let anyone laser my eyes bc I would not have clear vision afterwards. He did not go into any other detail besides that. At this point I would love to just have it improved evenif it doesn't conpketeky correct. I would continue to wear contacts as long as it was healthy for my eyes. I know one day I will have cataracts and will be having the clear lens procedure anyway, but I wondered if he was not willing to do it bc aside from my myopia my lens is ok and it would risk a detachment at a young age. Trying to balance quality of life with my vision with what the true likelihood of a detachment would be. Is Emory the best of the best? I've only ever seen a retina specialist from my pvd 3 years ago and a regular eye dr yearly, so my knowledge of specialties is low. Thank you
I' was never given a reason. Over the years I had old glasses rx just to get me by around the house when I got home. This year cutting down my contact use I updated them. With contacts I can see 20/20 but the glasses rx I have not been able to. I told the guy that when I wore them a few days and he told me I would not have as sharp vision with glasses as I do contacts. I've been doing this 14 years and I realize that but my vision is way worse in these glasses. He "fixed" them and it did not resolve the problem so I decided not to go back to that office this year.
Its good your vision is 20/20 correctible with contacts, it wasn't clear from your post whether that was the case.
I wasn't as myopic as you (perhaps -6D and -9.5D before the cataract hit) but I always found contact lenses gave me better vision, I rarely wore glasses unless I had to due to allergies causing problems with contacts at times (GPC issues). If I'd had to abandon contacts I'd have likely been hunting for options as you are. It may be that clear lens exchange is something to consider, but one tradeoff is that the longer you wait, the better replacement lenses will become. Eventually they'll be able to provide a lens comparable to that of a natural 19 year old lens, they just aren't there yet, the question is whether the current lenses are "good enough" to be worth it for you, or whether to wait a bit longer for a new generation of improved lenses.
I should add that usually it is possible to replace IOLs in the future, even if it adds risks&cost just like the original surgery, but the risks and costs will come down over time. It may be that in a decade I'll decide its worth it to upgrade to a new generation IOL.
You know I don't think there is any "best of the best" when it comes to Medicine and Surgery. Emory is ranked in the top 10 Ophthalmology Departments in the Country and is strong in refractive surgery and retina.
If you have only seen a retina Eye MD and your "regular eye doctor" then you have not really even scratched the surface of what is possible. You should definitely see a top quality cornea/refractive Surgeon.
Im 19.with higher myopia than you have .right eye is -23 and left is 26 and l have astigmatism too.lve been using glasses since im 3 years old.and when l was 15 l started to use lenses for lower power .my eyes arebgetting worse every year. l dont know what to do .l afraid im going blind.
You do have pathological high myopia OR you could have a corneal disease called keratoconus Your profile indicates you live in NYC I suggest a consult at New York I would suggest you make an appointment with a cornea/refractive surgery specialist at New York Eye & Ear Institute of Mount Sinai http://www.nyee.edu/patient-care/ophthalmology
I would stay away from Columbia University Ophthalmology Department.
NYEE can determine if you have corneal disease, evaluate your retina and discuss options to improve your sight.
I have had high myopia all my life (-12/-13). I am 60 and have worn gas permeable lenses since I was 18. I do a lot of trekking and have found these to be comfortable and easy to manage. However I have recently been accepted as a trek leader for a company who insist that contact lenses are not allowed due to the risk of infection. In all my life I have rarely had any eye infections and the few I have had were easily treatable with saline and anti-bacterial eye wash. I find glasses uncomfortable and inappropriate for trekking so I am considering having laser eye surgery. I live in the UK and it's expensive for someone with my prescription as I'll have to go to a specialist in high myopia surgery, and I've also been told I must switch to wearing soft lenses for four months before the operation. Other experienced contact-lens wearing trek leaders say the company are being ridiculous and I should ignore their ludicrous rules and wear the lenses anyway or find another company that doesn't over react to risk assessments. I'm trying to weigh up the risks and costs. I have never even considered surgery before. I'd appreciate expert opinion.
I am 25 and just got my prescription of -6 in the right eye and -5.5D in the left. My eyes progressed the fastest last year. I'm pretty scared, because I'm a medical doctor and planning on going into surgery, but now I'm not sure because I could lose my eyesight due to complications.
I plan no seeing an ophthalmologist as soon as possible, hopefully nothing too much is going on inside my eye.
It's been so difficult for me to read lately. I can't use my eyes for too long anymore and I have an increasing number of floaters in my right eye and my vision has been so dim lately. I suspect my visual field has problem of some sort. I hope you can give me some advice. Thanks.
I'm 18, and have -15 in both eyes. I have been offered a place in med school (starting really soon) and I'm really worried that something'll happen to my eyes during the long journey (med school + residency). I'm terrified that as a result I'll be unable to pay off the 300K in student loans if that happens.
Do you think I should go to medical school?
Also do you think that even with a scleral buckle or some sort of eye defect, I can stll be a good doctor that is not a hazard to my profession?
If your heart and brain are up for medical school and a career as a physician do not let your eyes stop you. See an ophthalmologist every year, lead a healthy lifestyle, eat a great diet, don't use nicotine or cannabis, avoid contact sports and violent amusement rides, don't do head down yoga, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and don't drink alcohol, when you're older no more if you want to drink drink in moderation (<2 drink/day).
I have found Medicine an enormously rewarding career. How are you able to start medical school at 18? ?Are you entering a 6 year program?
Yup, I've been accepted to a 6year programme. :) i'm from a country where medicine is undergraduate.
Thanks for the encouragement! I really cant see myself doing anything else, and have been interested in Medicine as long as I can remember. I really hope my eyes wont be a problem.
Just wondering, is it possible for a doctor with a history of retinal detachment / vision problems will be able to get through residency and training? I think surgery may be out of the question due to the need for good vision, but what about specialties like Fam Med / Psychiatry / IM? Do you think its possible to become a successful specialist even if I have retinal detachment and fix it with a scleral buckle?
Sorry for the pessimism, but my doctor has always warned me about the high risks for retinal detachment and it's very alarming. :(
There are many blind physicians that practice medicine full time. An ICL would probably not be a good choice after a RD buckle. Your risk of a Rd might be 1% that's good odds. Get on with your life and be more optimistic.
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