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Large change in prescription

Question

I am 35 years old I have a lazy right eye from childhood. However it was detected only when I was 12 yrs old. I had my lazy eye treated with a patch but not much changed. Since then the vision in my good eye has deteriorated from perfect vision without glasses (year 2000) to + 4.25 (year 2013). I studied computers when I was young so was in front of computer for 10-12 hours a day. Is it normal. How can I safeguard vision in my good eye?

Answer Written answer:

This is a large change in the good eye but I suspect it was always longsighted but only with age now needs correcting. You can only safeguard your vision in the good eye by obvious precautions with regard to physical protection and regular eye tests to ensure your prescription is up to date and the eye remains healthy. 

Optician's Biography

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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