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Eye test recently was fine, but now find blurred vision changing form distance to near


I had my eyes tested recently and they were fine. Now I am finding that when my focus changes from far to near and visa versa, I'm getting a lot of blurred vision and hard to regain focus. I am 46 and this has happened since my last test 6 months ago. I don't need glasses but have a slight squint that leaves my right eye weaker although I compensate well. No blocks in my vision, pain or reduced peripheral view, BP is normal range... have slightly reduced night vision. There is a family history of macular degeneration, but nothing else relevant. Many thanks for your help.

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Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

What you are describing is what I would expect at your age.  It sometimes can appear to happen quite quickly despite your recent eye test. You are now becoming presbyopic which is the inability for the natural lens in your eye to flex and focus at near and then quickly relax again when you try and refocus in the distance.  I feel sure that you now will now need reading glasses, and another test would be advised.

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Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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