This is a story I felt compelled to post from someone close to me:
Plus lens therapy... I'm sure you've heard of it if you found this article. The premise is simple:
Make your distance vision better by wearing reading glasses when using the computer or your phone.
How does it work? It works by adjusting the focus of your computer screen so it's as if your eyes are looking at something farther away. By staring at a computer screens all day, slowly our eyes get close-focused, and our distance vision gets worse. But if you use reading glasses, it will be as if you're staring at something really far away all day, so your distance vision will get better.
The premise could theoretically be correct, although many optometrists and ophthalmologists advise that it doesn't work because shortly after stopping the use of reading glasses your vision will go back to where it was. Now don't get me wrong, as I can attest to the fact that it did in fact make my distance vision much better within a few weeks. I could literally read signs that were far away and I no longer had to squint to see the menu at fast food restaurants.
However, a side effect began taking place that I was unaware of: The muscles that adjust the focus of my eye were starting to rub against the pigment on the back of my iris. Because of struggling to see the computer screen by wearing strong glasses, I was giving myself unnecessary eyestrain and changing the shape of my eyes too rapidly, and my iris pigment (eye color) literally started falling off, as strange as it sounds.
This phenomenon is called Pigment Dispersion Syndrome, and it basically means that the pigment starts to get clogged in the eye's drainage system. What happens when your eyes can't drain properly and your body is always adding fluid into your eye to keep it fresh? Slowly, the pressure builds up.
Pigment dispersion can very quickly progress to pigmentary glaucoma, which means your nerves inside the eyes get damaged because of the extremely high eye pressure.
Luckily, my wife insisted that we go to the optometrist to get our vision checked, because it was coming to that point in the year, and I found out pretty quickly that my eye pressure was 25 in my left eye and a whopping 45 in my right. For reference, the eyes should be between 10 and 20 at maximum. anything above 22 is considered dangerous and can lead to permanent vision loss if untreated.
Long story short, I had to do an emergency visit to an ophthalmologist who prescribed special eyedrops and did a bunch of tests. Now I'm going to have to use eye drops twice a day for the rest of my life and get laser surgery to help relieve some of the eye pressure. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Pigment Dispersion Syndrome or Pigmentary Glaucoma. The pigment that has already gotten clogged will be there forever.
All this for better natural distance vision. And just in case you're wondering, no one else in my family had pigment dispersion syndrome or glaucoma, so it wasn't hereditary. I'm very inclined to believe it's because of using Plus Lens Therapy, because it all happened so quickly, literally in less than a month.
Is the risk of possible glaucoma worth it for slightly better natural eyesight? I guess that's up to you.
What do you think of plus lens therapy? I feel photographers may find this story interesting since we use lenses and our eyes all the time. Comments are welcome!
4/14/2018 03:40:38 pm
Terribly sorry to hear what has happened. How are you getting on now that it's been a few years?
Raphael Ferdinand De Guzman
3/16/2019 02:45:46 am
How much Plus Lens Diopters did you pick to achieve that near blind result?
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