yes, i've been treated for it. it's not a traditional laser or lasek/lasik surgery that will help; rather a treatment called Visudyne.
The form of MD that I have (the 'wet' variety) is caused by cracks in the eyeball which allow tiny blood vessels to grow up through and pop up under the retina. In my case it just so happens that my crack runs right through my macular layer (the part of the retina responsible for high detail vision).
it's actually pretty interesting the way it works. since it's basically a blood vessel that's causing the problem they inject me with a photosensetive chemical which travels through my bloodstream. After a few seconds they focus a laserbeam (light laser, not a heat laser) through a lens that they place on your eyeball onto the blood vessel. hold it for about 60 seconds and that's it. the lights reaction on the photosensetive checmical destroys the blood vessel.
i would say the procedure fixed the problem about 90-95%
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I thought that a negative correction for your eyes would get better as one gets old. From what I've seen here is that it only gets worse.. As long I can have contacs instead of jar-glasses it's ok with me
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I've been wearing glasses for nearly 9 years now, but I've been using computers on and off since late 1980, so I'm not convinced that there's any correlation.
I'm perfectly capable of reading without glasses, without any apparent eye-strain since I can do it for 2 hours at a time in the bath, but I can't use a computer without glasses for any length of time.
I have been working full time with computers for the last 25 years without any types of problems with my eyes. I have been lucky so far in that the only problem that people told me I should get my eyes checked for, turned out to be an allergy to dust. The eye doctor said that I had 20/20 vision.
It was once beleived by many that TV would ruin your eyes. I still have those 20 hour days in front of the monitor. The one improvement that I have had lately is that I have switched to using an LCD Monitor.
I beleive that vision that are effected by the strain of too much monitor use, is an indication of an existing prediliction of deteriorating vision, usually brought on by age, that is exacerbated by the strain. So if your parents ended up having to wear glasses as they got older, you may be at risk that too much eye strain from monitor use may lead to an earlier need for glasses.
This is an observation just an observation without any scientific backing that I know of. So good luck to all.
I can see about 6 inches infront of my face, and i'm only 16 - and it wasn't caused by computers. I've had bad eyes since i was born, the only good thing is when my parents complain about me programming too much and that it will damage my eyes i can say 'but they were already like that' .