I have a terrible affliction called “Old”. It is fairly common for people born before 1975. The symptoms are fairly broad. Weakness in the joints, inability to heal quickly, weight gain, hair loss and vision degradation, just to name a few. Seriously, this thing is worse than any disease I have ever heard of. Many people have died of “Old”! Each year, more and more people are afflicted.
So far, there is no cure. You can only manage “Old”. For example, I was looking at the ingredients of a sports drink for my kid over the weekend. The small text was giving me a headache and was difficult to read. I happened to be near a rack of reading glasses, so I grabbed one and put them on. The text grew in size and came into focus. I sat down and realized, “Old” has struck again.
When I was a child, I wore regular glasses. I had approximately 20/60 vision. Then in 1997, I had LASIK surgery on my eyes. It was a bit expensive, but I thought it was the best money I have ever spent. My vision was perfect after the surgery and has only degraded slightly over the years.
LASIK does not improve reading vision. It reshapes the cornea to put distance objects in focus. Reading vision requires the muscles around your eyes to be flexible and they do the focusing for you. Unfortunately, my eye muscles have “Old” and are less flexible. Thus, I need to get glasses again for reading.
I’ve read about some solutions including have one eye focused short while the other eye focuses long. I am unsure if I like this option. More research is required.
Do you have “Old”? What symptoms have you been experiencing? It sucks, doesn’t it?