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Posted by: Kiwi, Monday, May 27, 2013, 10:26pm
I'm new to the forum and am really enjoying reading and learning more :)
Do any of you fellow nonnies feel your eyesight is poorer than others around you?
Does anybody know if there has been a study done on nonnies and eyesight?
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 4:43am; Reply: 1
Hi Kiwi... Welcome!! I guess poor eyesight *might* be one of those things like teeth that are more prone to decay, which nonnies also are more likely to have?!
Posted by: C_Sharp, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 4:49am; Reply: 2
>Do any of you fellow nonnies feel your eyesight is poorer than others around you?

Yes

But, I do have to admit that my secreting siblings also are nearsighted.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 5:14am; Reply: 3
I don't think my vision is worse than others my age.  In fact, it is probably better.  But I have very dry eyes, which is a real annoyance.
Posted by: Averno, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:29pm; Reply: 4

My right eye is just nearsighted. The left eye is much more nearsighted and also with strong astigmatism, plus slight glaucoma and cataract.

So I'm wondering if this sort of asymmetry is more prevalent in nonnies?
Posted by: Seraffa, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 6:33pm; Reply: 5
My eyesight is not very poor, just slight blur with fine print close up. I use magnifying readers of only 1+ because anything stronger will give me a headache. One eye slightly nearsignted, the other slightly farsighted. I am an Explorer Nonnie with good gene repair, age 48. My teeth are extremely good also; it's my gums I have to watch.
Posted by: Kiwi, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 7:54am; Reply: 6
Quoted from Possum
Hi Kiwi... Welcome!! I guess poor eyesight *might* be one of those things like teeth that are more prone to decay, which nonnies also are more likely to have?!


Hi Possum, thanks for the friendly welcome.
Are you also a Kiwi?

Maybe I will do a poll when I work out how :)
Posted by: Kiwi, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 7:57am; Reply: 7
Quoted from Victoria
I don't think my vision is worse than others my age.  In fact, it is probably better.  But I have very dry eyes, which is a real annoyance.


Hi Victoria, I also have very dry eyes and I do think this is related to being a nonnie.
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 9:55am; Reply: 8
Hi Kiwi - you're so welcome!! Yeah a poll would be interesting eh?
No, I am actually an Aussie (& so is my husband) but we've been living in Wellington for over 11 years now, & Kiwis are such great people, so we definitely feel at home ;)
Whereabouts are you?
Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 10:17am; Reply: 9
astigmatisme here as well, I wear glasses with 0,25% for better seeing the street names while driving ;) ;D... but then I remarked it it depends of my bloodsugars and how much I am really relaxed and aware about true situations without judgin anything , not even commenting ;) ;D... :B
Posted by: rangtang, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 10:44am; Reply: 10
funny you should ask that G as my eyes have been playing  up a bit lately felling a bit fuzzy and hard to focus sometimes  but no problems with dry eyes.
as far as I know I don't need glasses but who  knows.
I have been telling you to get onto the forum for years  ;)
think I  might need an eye check up!
Posted by: prunella, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 12:41am; Reply: 11
Funny you should relate vision to secretor status. Is there any health issue not correlated with secretor status?   :-/

I have been extremely nearsighted since adolescence. It was not a very big deal until my eyes got very dry and I eventually had to give up contacts in my 40's. I had cataract surgery in my mid-fifties, an earlier age than most folks.  I can see much better now, but need progressive trifocals with prisms.  The prisms correct the double vision that came on after the cataract surgery.

In the words of Roseanne Rosannadanna*,  "If it's not one thing, it's another!"

*A Gilda Radnor character on Saturday Night Live.
Posted by: Kiwi, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 4:32am; Reply: 12
Quoted from Possum
Hi Kiwi - you're so welcome!! Yeah a poll would be interesting eh?
No, I am actually an Aussie (& so is my husband) but we've been living in Wellington for over 11 years now, & Kiwis are such great people, so we definitely feel at home ;)
Whereabouts are you?


We are in Takanini in Auckland.  Do you make it up this way very often?
Posted by: Kiwi, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 4:37am; Reply: 13
Quoted from rangtang
funny you should ask that G as my eyes have been playing  up a bit lately felling a bit fuzzy and hard to focus sometimes  but no problems with dry eyes.
as far as I know I don't need glasses but who  knows.
I have been telling you to get onto the forum for years  ;)
think I  might need an eye check up!


Now, who might this be:)  I wonder..... It's really quite good.  Now how do I put a Poll on???
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 1:04pm; Reply: 14
My eyesight was perfect until a doctor prescribed a drug for my prostate then in a matter of weeks my right eye became very sore, weak, dry and scratchy. it is slowly recovering.

The dry eye part I find goes completely if I am 100 % compliant to My Swami. like much that is wrong with me serious compliance helps so much.

My Partner eyesight has reduced recently one eye has become "very Lazy" so we are working on that with exercise and some natural herbs. rose-hip, eye-bright elderberry, bilberry etc. lots of blinking and rest.


Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 4:30pm; Reply: 15
I am a non and, as a child, I was VERY farsighted and had perfect vision.  However, I do have the astigmatism, big time, that some of you also sport, and apparently, if I understand it correctly, what this has led to over time is that, since my two eyes are shaped so differently from each other, my brain had to decide at some point which information to process, as it could not reconcile the visual input it was getting from both eyes at the same time.  Therefore, my left eye basically does all the work now and my vision keeps getting progressively worse in my right eye.  I am 51 and now wear glasses, progressive lenses, no less.  This has really been something of an adjustment for a person who never had glasses until middle age.  Anyway, the lens for the left is thin and the one for the right eye is much thicker!  Without my glasses, I can’t read anything now with my right eye except HUGE fonts.  I’m talking HUGE.  And without glasses, there is a lot I can’t read with my left eye, either.  I just renewed my driver’s license recently and, to my horror, flunked the vision test!   :o  I now MUST wear glasses to drive.

Not only do I have that lot, with the right eye bordering on amblyopia (being a “lazy eye”), only not quite, but I also now have FLOATERS.  I tell you what, people, it is a dang good thing that I am such a defensive, paranoid driver, because if I weren’t, wheeew, doggies, it would not be safe on the road anywhere near me.  I notice, to my alarm, lately that I can’t drive worth a darn.  I am a complete nervous Nellie and prone to over-correct and do God-knows-what, I’m a mystery to myself!  That said, I haven’t been in an accident in many DECADES, so there is a lot to be said for defensive driving, but I do worry because, like I said, lately, I notice that I shouldn’t be allowed to operate a motor vehicle!  I don’t drive at night, period, and I can’t explain exactly WHY, just that I feel like I can’t SEE ANYTHING, which is a slightly important factor when driving.  Also, in the rain, omg, all of a sudden oncoming headlights are like elooooooooooooooooooongated and—you know what it is?  REFLECTIONS!  But not just that.  The “floaters” float around and I’m like:  okay, is that a Hyundai or one of my floaters?  *lol*

Meanwhile, my Type A mom is blind now (age 89) from a degenerative retinal disease that they at first thought was retinitis pigmentosa, but they now believe is a related one.  She was diagnosed with it in her 50’s and it can be inherited, but, as of my last eye exam a few years ago, I show no signs of it.  Then again, my last eye exam was in my late 40’s!  I’m due to go back.  My mom’s secretor status is unknown.

Anyway, if you see me on the road, head the other way *lol*!
Posted by: aussielady582, Friday, May 31, 2013, 12:57am; Reply: 16
good strong elimination system helpful to avoid eye problems - ie wastes out of body promptly!!.., plus lots lots of vegetables/herbs, good blood supply to eyes.  Ghee mentioned in many books/sites for eye health.  Vision also involves optic nerve, so strong nerves/brain essential.  Good emotional health may even be a factor! ie handling our stresses, learning how to relax, exercise too.
Posted by: Kiwi, Friday, May 31, 2013, 2:28am; Reply: 17
Quoted from aussielady582
good strong elimination system helpful to avoid eye problems - ie wastes out of body promptly!!.., plus lots lots of vegetables/herbs, good blood supply to eyes.  Ghee mentioned in many books/sites for eye health.  Vision also involves optic nerve, so strong nerves/brain essential.  Good emotional health may even be a factor! ie handling our stresses, learning how to relax, exercise too.


Hi Aussielady,  yes, I agree but what I was interested to know and will set up a poll when I work out how:), is if any nonnies find that their eyesight is poorer than others around them.  
Posted by: Possum, Friday, May 31, 2013, 2:29am; Reply: 18
Quoted from Peppermint Twist
Anyway, if you see me on the road, head the other way *lol*!
Soooo funny... But glad you show no sign of your Mother's degenerative condition... ;) I get those floaters but only at certain times it seems?! Well I can only see them/am aware of them when I am staring at the ceiling?! Would be most disconcerting to not be able to differentiate between the headlights of an approaching car & one of those floaters??!! ::)

Posted by: Kiwi, Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11:17pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Possum
Hi Kiwi - you're so welcome!! Yeah a poll would be interesting eh?
No, I am actually an Aussie (& so is my husband) but we've been living in Wellington for over 11 years now, & Kiwis are such great people, so we definitely feel at home ;)
Whereabouts are you?


I've now worked out how to do a poll so when I've got a bit of time I'll get it up and running.
Posted by: Adopted4, Sunday, June 2, 2013, 1:48am; Reply: 20
My nonnie son got his first pair of glasses at the age of 7. It was soon after determined by another optometrist that he had a lazy eye and would inadvertently read with one eye, thus the weakening of the other. We patched his eye for a while (I can't remember for how long though) and now he has a good prescription as the weaker eye has a stronger lens than the other. The eye was also a bit crossed.

The doctor that diagnosed him with lazy eye thought his visual issues stemmed from his years in an orphanage due to "a lack of a visually stimulating environment". It sounded like a reasonable theory at the time. However, I tend to think it's more genetic.

My older daughter was born blind in her right eye. She had 3 separate diagnosis' related to her condition which included optic nerve dysplasia. She wears an artificial lens to cover up her "small eye" and nobody can tell she wears one unless they're told.  I don't know if she's a nonnie, but she has a lot of assymetry so she will likely be an explorer as an adult.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6:34pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from Possum
Soooo funny... But glad you show no sign of your Mother's degenerative condition... ;)

Well, I didn't as of around 2009/10--whichever year it was that I had my last eye exam.  I'm overdue to get another one and am planning to schedule one for August.
Quoted from Possum
I get those floaters but only at certain times it seems?! Well I can only see them/am aware of them when I am staring at the ceiling?!

That is because (per something I read on the net a while back) they show up far better against monochromatic backgrounds like the sky or the ceiling.  I notice mine the most when I’m out walking, for example (against the background of the sky).  It is funny, because it was also at my last eye visit that the doctor wrote on the diagnosis sheet thingy “vitreous floaters” and I called the office from home when I noticed it and said, “why did he write that?  I don’t have floaters.”  “Yes you do” they told me, “the doctor can see them even though you can’t.”  Well, sure enough, I’d say within a year of him seeing them, I saw them.  I think our diet will help my eyes stay as healthy as possible, so that hopefully I won’t get cataracts like my mom had or macular degeneration like she also has developed (which is not the same thing as what she has already gone blind from, as that either retinitis pigmentosa or a related retinal disease--they aren't sure which, like I said).

I wish that, when I was a kid, someone had thought to tell my parents to have me wear an eye path over my left eye sometimes, so that my right eye would stay strong, instead of my brain “choosing” now to go with the left eye’s info, since they see so differently due to astigmatism (if I have it straight—it’s a tad beyond my scope of practice *lol*).
Posted by: Jane, Thursday, June 6, 2013, 7:59pm; Reply: 22
Well I'm not a nonnie but I'm going to pop in here anyways.  An endocrinologist suggested a little DHEA to me for dry eyes and I think it helps.  

Prunella, got a kick out of your SNL reference to Gilda Radner.  Saw her in person in Boston many many years ago and she was absolutely hilarious.  Tragedy that she died so young.

I didn't need glasses until I was well into my 50s.  I still wear just readers although one eye is now worse than the other.  I'm overdue (way overdue) for an eye exam too.
Posted by: Eric, Thursday, June 6, 2013, 8:08pm; Reply: 23
Perfect vision my whole life.  Maybe create a poll?
Posted by: gardengirl, Thursday, June 6, 2013, 10:02pm; Reply: 24
Not me. My last eye appointment I got labelled as "genetically superior". I liked that one.
Posted by: prunella, Friday, June 7, 2013, 2:55am; Reply: 25
Unfortunately, Gilda Radner did not know about BTD.
She was brilliant in other ways though.
Jane, I am green with envy!  
Posted by: Kiwi, Friday, June 7, 2013, 4:02am; Reply: 26
Quoted from gardengirl
Not me. My last eye appointment I got labelled as "genetically superior". I liked that one.


Great to hear.  
Funny thing too in my family is that I am a nonnie and from a family of amazing longevity.  My Great Grandmother lived until she was 112 and her Grandmother also lived past 100.  My Mum is 80 and my Dad is 88 this year.  So it's not all bad for us nonnies:)
Posted by: Kiwi, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:13pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from gardengirl
Not me. My last eye appointment I got labelled as "genetically superior". I liked that one.


Yes, my father has also got amazing eyesight.  He is 88 this year and can still read the newspaper, phone book etc without a problem.  
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