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 NapJoe
Joined: 1/17/2007
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How well do you see at night? If you’re over 50, probably not as well as you think. Doesn't make much difference in many carrots you eat. Without our glasses where would we be. I'm far-sighted and occasionally do public speaking. Can't see my notes without my glasses.

And seeing in the dark presents a real problem. I've heard the typical 50-year-old driver needs twice as much light to see as well after dark as a 30-year-old. Yet few of us compensate adequately for the reduction in nighttime acuity that occurs in the aging eye.

Are you having problems seeing, particularly in the dark?
 moraima
Joined: 6/26/2005
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Getting older -- blurry vision, night blindness
Posted: 3/20/2007 5:38:29 PM
I have had bad night blindness for several decades now. I have been advised that there is no cure for my particular night blindness. Many times I have joked that I would like to get a transplant of cat's eyes.

I get very tired to changing from my computer glasses to my regular wear glasses.

The good thing is that I can see much better in the dark than most people. Just don't add light such as other cars into the mix.
 *mae* flowers
Joined: 1/15/2006
Msg: 3
Getting older -- blurry vision, night blindness
Posted: 3/20/2007 8:42:14 PM
...I have noticed my vision has really changed just in the last couple of years. I don't mind driving in the evening in the city, but highway driving is becoming increasingly more difficult. If it happens to rain in the evening, and I'm driving....I have trouble seeing as well, the lights are too reflective ..... another ten years and I won't be going out after dark haha



...maeflowers
 Frannie53
Joined: 2/27/2007
Msg: 4
Getting older -- blurry vision, night blindness
Posted: 3/20/2007 9:26:21 PM
I don't like driving at night. That outta tell ya something.
 Ron9
Joined: 8/10/2004
Msg: 5
Getting older -- blurry vision, night blindness
Posted: 3/20/2007 10:22:32 PM
So far (knock on wood) I’ve used reading glasses on the computer for about 15 years - but don’t have much in the way of other vision problems yet.

I don’t like those darn bluish lights on some cars these days. Most of the “driving lights” are also too bright when in my face.

I just got my drivers license renewed - I think I did have a problem with one of the “charts” when you look in that gizmo. That did not seem to bother the gal giving me the test.
 867love
Joined: 3/16/2006
Msg: 6
Getting older -- blurry vision, night blindness
Posted: 3/23/2007 7:57:08 PM
No problems at night or seeing things far away, however i think staring at computer screens too much has destroyed my up close vision had to buy some of those cheap reading glasses at walgreens...
 Celticmist
Joined: 2/1/2005
Msg: 7
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Posted: 3/25/2007 7:30:59 AM
There is an extremely good vitamin out there that helps aging eyes and helps delay or prevent macular degeneration. Most eye doctors are recommending it now for their older patients. I started taking it and noticed an improvement after a month. I won't post the name here as I don't want this to be an ad but if you're interested email me and I will give you the name.

Nutrition is also important to your eyes as well as the rest of your body. If you continue to guzzle beer, eat hamburgers and fries as a steady , then it won't be only your eyes you have to worry about. LOL
 Mesnafugal
Joined: 7/12/2005
Msg: 8
Getting older -- blurry vision, night blindness
Posted: 3/26/2007 6:57:47 AM
I have always had a problem with night blindness for as long as I can remember anyways. I saw my eye doctor almost 2 years ago, and my eyes were getting weaker then, he said to try the READING glasses from the store and see if they worked. He also told me that with "age" my eyes were going to get worse. WELL.... He didn't tell me how FAST they were going to get bad. I cannot hardly read this screen without my glasses now. So far I only need 150-175 reading glasses but I know prescriptions are soon in the future.

The way I look at it is like this.... like my Daddy used to say... "You shouldn't complain, at least you have two eyes to see with, some people are not that lucky"
 woobytoodsday
Joined: 12/13/2006
Msg: 9
Getting older -- blurry vision, night blindness
Posted: 3/26/2007 2:57:49 PM
For those of you having trouble reading the computer screen: STOP using Internet Explorer, and come on over to FireFox!

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

On FireFox, you can make the text as large as you wish by Control/Scroll (Press CTRL, scroll your mouse wheel). It also comes with a built-in spell as you go for posting. And is much safer than IE. It will import your favorites. If you still happen to be on dial-up, it's a much much much faster browser than IE.


 cleofirst
Joined: 4/29/2009
Msg: 11
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Posted: 2/8/2010 10:32:34 PM
I always needed glasses since I was a kid. My vision became blurry once I hit my late forties. It became so bad that I couldn't make out faces across the room in dance classes. I decided to get lasik surgery and it was the best thing I ever did. Although I still need readers for close up it sure beats the $500 a pair I used to have to buy. I can also drive an go to the theatre without glasses.
 damassteel
Joined: 7/22/2009
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Getting older -- blurry vision, night blindness
Posted: 2/9/2010 5:08:21 AM
I can count the hairs on a fly's butt from across the room, but night vision...not so much any more. I really sense a difference over the last ten years or so. I HATE driving any distance at night. Well lit highways are not a problem, but those dark side routes with winding roads, are no fun at all.
As well I've developed "floaters"; little strands of protein that clump in the vitreous humor of the eye and float across your field of vision. These used to drive me crazy at first, but I've more or less learned to ignore them. Growning old ain't for sissies buddy!
 cookie22222
Joined: 8/4/2007
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Posted: 2/9/2010 7:13:21 AM
I've always had trouble at night...and night driving in the rain - YUCK...being a light skinned redhead with blue eyes - I was told ages ago that my sight was more "sensitive". Oh well...it doesn't seem to be any worse - YET...
 lonelydavid77
Joined: 5/7/2007
Msg: 14
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Posted: 2/9/2010 8:18:05 AM
^^
Point well made, there are some genetics that may come into play here for night vision problems.

One thing that does work are the yellow tinted "night vision" glasses. They are not perscription, you see them on tv all the time, but the good thing is they work. The principle aspect of their manufacture is they are designed to incorporate more of the infra-red and ultra-violet into a see-able spectrum, thereby making things more visible.

People that are prone to migraines will find them offensive, as then there is too much clarity at night, but those that are not will be pleased with the added visibility gained. I keep a pair in my vehicle all the time.
 Rythmn
Joined: 1/21/2006
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Posted: 2/9/2010 10:33:43 AM
for me, it has been gradual. now it's transition lenses or contacts with readers. i find that glare comes with dry eyes. one trick is restasis and the other is mucinex times relief (w/o the cough). it also helps if your mouth is getting dry that day. that trick was taught by my dr. i can drive in the pitch dark around where i live--but windy mountain roads are not my thing, often even in the daylight! if a country road is difficult while walking, i take my flashlight. hope that helps some, if the source is dry eyes. there are also special contacts for dry eyes.
 karma1160
Joined: 6/10/2008
Msg: 16
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Posted: 2/9/2010 6:20:09 PM
Well I have problems when it is raining and dark at the same time. The glare off the black top really messes with me.
I think that many things can contribute to someone's visual acuity even exhaustion. You can have problems from reading a computer screen. This can make it seem like your eyes are going, but in reality you are overworking them. I know that if you have a problem with one eye the other one can become so overworked that your vision becomes blurry. There is a delicate balance between both eyes. So say a stigmatism that is uncorrected in one eye, can throw both of them for a loop.
 AintNoDeal
Joined: 2/3/2010
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Posted: 2/9/2010 8:13:27 PM
I've worn specs driving at night for decades, and in the last 10 years wear them in the daylight, too.

Just last year, I've had a terrible change in vision and some treatment to try to hold the line. It's very disturbing, but I will keep moving forward!
 Rythmn
Joined: 1/21/2006
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Posted: 2/9/2010 10:37:35 PM
well, if you both wear glasses, you may have to take them off. nothing like getting caught in each other's glasses during that "first kiss"!
 Molly Maude
Joined: 9/11/2008
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Posted: 2/10/2010 2:50:32 PM
I've worn glasses to read since I got my first job at a bank just out of college, reading those tiny little numbers on the spread sheets ... burning the midnight light at school wore out my near vision! (kidding) ...

while I only need to wear glasses to read ... I've found that I lose my glasses far less often if I just wear them all the time ... so I currently have trifocals ... top has no correction ... to SEE with! the middle is magnified for the computer screen ... and bottom is magnified to read books ...

works out great ... unfortunately, I thot the glasses would look better with a faint brown tint at top fading to clear to match my frames ...

so I just don't wear them at night! it would be like wearing dark glasses after dark! turns out, I drive much better without the glasses as they apparently mess with my depth perception as well ...

oh, yeah ... try walking down steps wearing trifocals!!! that's fun!
 junipermoon
Joined: 3/1/2006
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Posted: 2/11/2010 6:44:40 PM
i absolutely can't see to drive at night. so i refuse to drive after dark, particularly in the area where i live. we have few streetlights and acre after acre of open fields and dense woods. deer terrify me when i drive. i make sure i know where the herds frequent and if i have to pass those areas at nightfall, i do so with high beams and i decelerate.

my father, about 15 years ago, started to hold reading material a couple feet away from his eyes to read it. i used to make fun of him, and now i do the same thing!
 junipermoon
Joined: 3/1/2006
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Posted: 2/12/2010 5:07:11 PM
i think i'm old enough now to get x-ray vision!
 eastwood969
Joined: 12/21/2009
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Posted: 2/12/2010 5:17:39 PM
My brother and I both discuss how bad age messes with your eyes, but my dad whom is around 85 had that new laser surgery done and now has 20/20 vision.
 ClassySwede
Joined: 8/27/2009
Msg: 23
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Posted: 2/12/2010 11:01:12 PM
I can relate. I had lazik 3 or 4 yrs ago. It was a miracle for two yrs. It is getting worse rapidly now. Night blindness has always been bad, seems to be getting worse as well.
I wear glasses for up close and medium vision now.
My sight gets blurry, especially in the morning when I wake up. Scary driving.
My nerves are edgy too. Noises, loud talkers startles me. I am so sensitive to sounds now. Cant sleep as easily. The charms of getting older!!!! yikes.
 jezebellpgh
Joined: 2/3/2010
Msg: 24
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Posted: 2/16/2010 4:58:15 AM
This is a public service announcement. Don't use your bold lights all the time. I will be 45 soon (March) and wear glasses for my nearsightedness and driving at night too. Nothing is more distracting than driving a country back road and getting blinded by the light! I will have to do some research about getting yellow glasses I'm so blinded daily by people who think they are the only people on the road.
 woobytoodsday
Joined: 12/13/2006
Msg: 25
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Posted: 2/19/2010 5:55:58 PM
Jez, I live in the country, and have found that the problem on back roads is not so much the other driver using high beams, as the fact that they are often in trucks and I'm in an Escort. The truck's simply higher off the ground than I am. Averting your eyes to the right as they pass is a big help.

 kari135
Joined: 9/1/2009
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Posted: 2/19/2010 6:22:55 PM
Age, phooey. I started wearing glasses because I was nearsighted in second grade, and looking back, I should have had them at least a year sooner. I got my first bifocals before I was out of grade school, got my first contacts at 15, had cataract surgery at 41 - on both eyes - and now I have virtually no periipheral vision, astigmatism, and my corneas are slowly disintegrating. But until about 10 years ago, I had no trouble seeing anything day or night, everything was remediable one way or another. Now I just try not to think much about it and cross my fingers, hoping that one of these days modern medicine will find a way to repair widespread cornea damage.

I would just love to have problems with driving at night. It would mean I'd still be able to drive during the day.
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