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How is it that the vision in my non dominant eye is getting better at age 59??

I had cataract surgery almost 6 years ago.  As I had had success with monovision with contact lenses I went with that for my IOLs during cataract surgery.  My left eye is for reading, my right is for distance.  3 months ago I had surgery on my right eye...macular hole repair, vitrectomy, IRM peeling.  During recovery I wore a multi focal contact lens in my left eye so that I could see near and far until the gas bubble was gone in my right eye.  I stopped wearing the contact lens the day the bubble went away on 9/23.  I had a surgical follow up exam a month later on 10/25 and, lol and behold, the distance vision in my "reading" eye has improved.  The technician actually commented on this.  I can tell that I am seeing a lot better distance wise with my "reading eye" when I close my distance eye.  It seems to be a significant improvement.  How and why would this happen now??  I still read well with the reading eye.  I am baffled.  Can vision actually improve with age?  I have been taking a beta carotene and zinc supplement for a couple of years now, mainly to help my night vision.
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177275 tn?1511755244
To answer your question I would need to know your glasses RX.  Wearing contact lens can change the shape of the cornea. It can take weeks to months after stopping the contact for the cornea to return to its previous shape. If you are myopic in that eye the contact could have flattened the cornea making your distance vision better.   OR if you are hyperopic and developing a cataract in that eye then the cataract can cause pseudo-myopia reducing the hyperopia and make distance vision better. People sometimes call this 'second sight".
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That makes sense!!  I guess the contact I was wearing during surgery recovery temporarily changed the shape of my cornea.  Sigh.  I was hoping for some marvelous miracle here!!  After I have the vitrectomg in my left eye in the spring, I will probably go back to wearing contacts permanently as my eyes have changed since having cataract surgery.  Thanks for the explaination!!
Best of luck. You have had a handful of problems.
Best of luck. You have had a handful of problems.
Thank you, Dr. Hagan!  
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