Getting My Eye Checked

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United States
June 22, 2016 10:45am CST
Once a year I have my eyes examined. Every other year, I buy new glasses. Before I hit forty, I didn’t wear glasses at all, but two things in our bodies always know our age. They are our knees and our eyes. Mine knew when I hit forty, and I swear I didn’t tell them. Several years ago I was told that I have a small cataract in each eye. I also learned that people with blue eyes have less sun protection and, therefore, almost always end up with cataracts. I figured out the sun was hard on my eyes when I was a kid. So I started wearing sunglasses when I went outside. My cataracts are very tiny and not blocking my field of vision yet according to my doctor. But lately the vision in my right eye has been a little blurry. I notice this when I read. The eye also feels a little funny. I don’t really know how to describe it, but I’m “aware” of my right eye now. I went back to visit my optometrist, since I figured the problem was with my new glasses. He disagreed and sent me for a CT scan to check the macula. It came back with good news. My macula is terrific. He still doesn’t know what is causing the change in my right eye, so this morning I’ll be seeing (lol) an ophthalmologist to get it checked out. I’m guessing he will find that I have an allergy. Allergies have been bugging my breathing a lot lately. Why should my eyes be any different?
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@marlina (72739)
• Canada
22 Jun 16
I have the feeling that it is your cataracts growing bigger. That is what is happening to me right now. Waiting for surgery.
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• United States
22 Jun 16
Could be, but I think not since my doctor already checked that. He said it was too tiny to be causing the issue.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
The new doctor said there is nothing wrong with my eyes at all, except the small cataract. So this must be the cause. The solution is to change the right lens in my glasses.
@jaboUK (53541)
• United Kingdom
22 Jun 16
I hope you are able to find out what's causing the problem. With me it's my hips and eyes that tell me I've aged - my knees are ok.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
Your knees are okay? That's fabulous. I would love to be able to ride a bike. But, alas, those days are gone.
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@jaboUK (53541)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace I haven't ridden a bike for years and haven't any real wish to
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• United States
24 Jun 16
@jaboUK I would love to ride the bike paths along the coastline. But cannot. My knees would really scream.
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@Marcyaz (35693)
• United States
22 Jun 16
I had cataracts and had one removed first then a couple of months later the other one but I still have to wear glasses and am still having problems with my eyesight.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
Sorry. I thought the surgery was supposed to give you perfect vision. Drat.
@Marcyaz (35693)
• United States
24 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace Thanks but it hasn't for me unfortunately.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
@Marcyaz That's really awful. I guess nothing is foolproof.
@silvermist (20107)
• India
22 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace yes you are right about the eyes and the knees.Hope if it is an allergy it is solved soon.
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• United States
22 Jun 16
Wouldn't it be nice if our eyes and knees were kept in the dark on this? I don't know how they knew, but they sure let me know that they had become aware. Sigh.
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@silvermist (20107)
• India
25 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace The fact remains that they some how do know.
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• United States
25 Jun 16
@silvermist It must be built into our bodies. It keeps us humble as we age.
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@responsiveme (14670)
• India
22 Jun 16
You got it right.Its my knees and eyes too.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
Yeah, what's up with that? Guess the manufacturer didn't expect us to live this long.
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@TheHorse (63954)
• Pleasant Hill, California
22 Jun 16
Glad you pointed out the pun. I might have missed it. Hope the visit goes well. I need new glasses soon.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
It's like magic when you put on a new pair of glasses!
@JudyEv (121314)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Jun 16
Hope the news is good. Cataracts seem to affect a lot of people eventually.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
My doctor once told me that everyone gets cataracts if they live long enough. This is especially true of blue eyed folks. Nothing to protect the lens.
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@JudyEv (121314)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace My sister is 78 and just waiting for the cataract to get a bit worse before having it removed.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
@JudyEv Mine will have a long way to go before that happens. But it will eventually.
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Jun 16
Glad to hear you are going a step up to see the ophthalmologist. I started with readers at 40 too, eventually got prescription glasses until my 20/20 vision was restored after double cataract surgery.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
You were able to get both near and far sight without glasses after cataract surgery? I didn't think that was possible.
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace I now use readers for some small print, but can do this easily without glasses.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
@JamesHxstatic That's really good news, James. I am looking forward to not having anything hanging on my face. So annoying.
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@Corbin5 (103127)
• United States
22 Jun 16
Well, hopefully the ophthalmologist will be able to confirm an allergy as the problem with your right eye since that seems like an easier fix, hopefully. It is good to know you have a terrific macula!!
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• United States
24 Jun 16
Thanks. It isn't an allergy. I have zero wrong with my eyes except for the tiny cataracts. He told me that sometimes the changes are too small to detect, except that my vision changes.
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@LoriAMoore (4815)
• United States
22 Jun 16
You are so right - knees and eyes.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
Someday maybe someone will figure out how to solve the knee problem easier than replacing them. I believe in prevention.
@wiLLmaH (8251)
• Singapore, Singapore
24 Jun 16
"blue eyes have less sun protection" - This is a new information for me. Thanks for sharing. Hope you can get the reason for this. :)
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• United States
24 Jun 16
Dark eyes and dark skin are nature's way of protecting us from the sun. I have neither, since my ancestors are from the northern part of Europe (especially Ireland).
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@DeborahDiane (20760)
• Laguna Woods, California
23 Jun 16
I'm sorry you are having vision problems. I developed cataracts when I was very young. They were first diagnosed when I was around 40, but they were small. I had cataract surgery when I was about 57. My distance vision is now fabulous, but I do need to use reading glasses for small print. I hope there is nothing else wrong with your eyes.
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• United States
24 Jun 16
Thanks. After checking them out, I was told that my eyes have nothing wrong with them at all, except the small cataracts. He told me that sometimes the changes are subtle, and difficult for the optometrist to spot. So I'll probably get the right lens changed in my new glasses.
@Hatley (164671)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jul 16
good luck with your eye examl. II have had mine done but now need to find a place that accepts my insurance to make the glasses for me and i need to see my doctor to find out where to go
@jstory07 (66084)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Jun 16
I hope everything will check out for you and nothing bad wrong with your eye.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
26 Jun 16
Hope they can sort it out. I just had the second cataract out, it wasn't really a problem but it meant that both eyes are now the same and I could chuck my glasses away. I indulged in designer sunglasses and bought reading glasses from the pharmacy.
@Elizaby (3621)
• Pensacola, Florida
26 Jun 16
Allergies do bother the eyes of several of my friends so hope that is all it is for you too.
@marsha32 (6691)
• United States
25 Jun 16
Eye exams aren't covered on our insurance and it's been 7 years since I've had an eye examination and new glasses :(