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Changing Lenses?

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by Katalio, Apr 25, 2004.

  1. Katalio

    Katalio SDN Angel
    7+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2004
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    Just a question regarding prescription changes.
    Is it better to change lenses right after you know your prescription changes? or is it better to leave it at that?
    coz I've heard people saying the faster you change lenses, the faster your prescription wil go up..on the other hand.. I've heard others saying if you dont' change..then your prescription will go up faster. Is both right or both wrong? or does it depend on the person?
    I never really get to ask an OD or OMD about this, since there's so many here..might as well ask here..

    Thanx for your input in adv. :)
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  2. sammyiu

    sammyiu Junior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2004
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    I think that how fast you change your prescription depends on how much of a complaint you have with your current prescription. Hopefully your doctor will give you some idea of the change that the new Rx will make in a trial frame or with loose lenses so you can decide how big a deal it is. As far as whether your prescription will get worse if you do or don't change your lenses, it doesn't really make it any worse either way. The only thing that may get worse if you don't change are the symptoms that you are experiencing with your old lenses, if any. And with new lenses there is always some adjustment with your vision. Hope this "clears things up" :)
  3. xmattODx

    xmattODx Senior Member
    10+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2003
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    Optical lenses are very strong devices which can and will change your perspective on the world. The lenses can also cause your visual system to continue to change. If you are nearsighted and doing a lot of near work with out appropriate near point plus you will become more nearsighted as an adaptation to decrease the amount of visual stress near point work causes. This will create more nearsightedness which will cause a prescription change. In many people it is a viscous cycle. I would invest in an exam by a behavioural optometrist who can educate you much more than I can over the internet.

    Bottom line is that changing your prescription can cause quicker visual changes but on the other hand not changing your prescription can cause problems as well. An eye exam and many questions to the doc. are key.

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