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Hope y'all might be able to help me out. I have trouble seeing up close and also need more light. I am having trouble with my eyes and the doctor says it isn't going away. I run into this a lot in the shop, whether I am doing woodworking or working on my lawnmower. It seems I am having this problem in a variety thing I do. If you know a good solution I would appreciate it.

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Depends a lot on what diagnosis you have. If it is DRY AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) it usually advances and means eventual loss of your central vision. You get distortion for some time, then blurry areas near your central vision area, but eventually you can lose central vision.

Wet macular degeneration is worse because it deteriorates faster. AMD usually affects both eyes eventually.

Taking Lutein and Zeaxanthin (20 mg daily) is recommended, and an American Optometric Association study also found that a copper supplement also helps. An ophthalmologist said to me that exercise to increase blood flow is also helpful and I notice that my vision changes all but go away when I do 20 minutes on the treadmill. This suggests that blood circulation and restrictions due to plaque are involved. I also think Omega 3 is likely to help, but exercise to raise your pulse rate and improve blood flow are clearly important.

There are other conditions that are more serious, but I am not qualified to give any information on those.

Cataract is another problem that leaves your vision cloudy and diffused (like looking through waxed paper). Many health plans cover this, but they want you to be pretty far along before paying for the surgery. This is one of those surgeries that is fairly quick and easy. You will be dependent on glasses after, and I recommend if you have the surgery (Takes 4-8 minutes), that you not wait until you have had to give up doing things you love because you can't see well enough.

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I was diagnosed with the wet Macular Degeneration in mt right eye and was sent to a retina specialist and under went a series of 3 injections once a month in the eye and it is almost entirely cleared up for now. Don't know how long that will last, I have to go back for a check up in 2 months. Also told to take the Bausch & Lomb PreserVision AREDS 2 Vitamin & Mineral Supplement twice a day for the rest of my life. They told me to look at this chart "Amsler Grid regularly and if the lines start looking wiggly agin to go right in probably for another series of injections. "Getting old is not for sissy's" is one of my wifes favorite sayings and I agree with her.
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Do you wear glasses? Perhaps "occupational bi-focals" might help. I had some made for computer work, but use them in the shop frequently. Basically they are just your normal prescription with a + diopter applied to the entire lens (i.e., reading and distance portions). You lose the ability for far distance focus but gain magnification up close, so they are not for full time wear.

As for more light, I've installed cheap clip on LED task lights on almost all my tools, and have a magnetic base one I use when setting up the table saw.

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Cataract is another problem that leaves your vision cloudy and diffused (like looking through waxed paper). Many health plans cover this, but they want you to be pretty far along before paying for the surgery. This is one of those surgeries that is fairly quick and easy. You will be dependent on glasses after, and I recommend if you have the surgery (Takes 4-8 minutes), that you not wait until you have had to give up doing things you love because you can't see well enough.

Not exactly. Had cataract surgery in both eyes last year. Could still see, with glasses, but slowly losing side vision, couldn't notice that, but tests showed it. Wore glasses since 13, and near sighted. Got the surgery in my left eye, wore a protective sheil for awhile. After that all healed, about a month, ready for the right eye. Knocked out for the first eye, opted to stay awake for the second. Same drill. And my eyes are now 20/20 in the right eye, and a line less in the less, so now far-sighted. I still wear glasses, but just to bring the left eye up to match the right eye, and actually can see as well with the glasses as with. One major change tho, before I would take my glasses off to read, tried bifocals but had to tilt my head back so far my neck hurt; now I need reading glasses to read just about anything.

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I was having trouble needing more light and had haziness. Had cataract surgery last November and can see very well now. I wear bifocals all the time. Hope there is a workable solution for you.

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I have a bad case of dry eyes that the doctor says will never go away. I also have what the doctor says are oil glands that are blocked and it made me tear all the time. I am taking three prescriptions for that and it's better. I do have cataracts but not bad enough to have surgery.

But before all this started I was having problems seeing up close and into dark places. I was thinking about something you wear that would give me light where I need it and maybe magnify a little. I thought maybe one of you guys where using something you liked.

Tom I have neuropathy in my feet so walking or running isn't an option. I can't even chase after a pretty lady.
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Tom I have neuropathy in my feet so walking or running isn't an option. I can't even chase after a pretty lady.
That's no fun. My wife had severe neuropathy in her feet, but has been taking 5,000 mcg Biotin for several years and now rarely has any discomfort. I have also taken it as part of the support for dry macular degeneration, which has pretty much stopped in its tracks. You might try Biotin for a year or so. But make sure there are no negative interactions with other meds (lawyer made me say that).
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You can try lighted magnified eye glasses something that jewelers use to see into watches
I bought a pair a couple of years ago & THINK I got them from China although they could have come from HF.

Another option might be a lighted visor that fits around your head like a sweat band and has multiple magnification abilities with flip down lens and a flip down round thing similar to an eye lope. It has a light on each temple. I've seen these just about everywhere.

All of the above presupposes that you've gone to a doctor and DISCUSSED this with him AT LENGTH!!!!
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That's no fun. My wife had severe neuropathy in her feet, but has been taking 5,000 mcg Biotin for several years and now rarely has any discomfort. I have also taken it as part of the support for dry macular degeneration, which has pretty much stopped in its tracks. You might try Biotin for a year or so. But make sure there are no negative interactions with other meds (lawyer made me say that).
Thanks Tom if I can find it I will try it today.

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