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Spectacles and MD??

It seems that I have MD in one eye and the other eye is good. Except that I usually wear spectacles. Now I can see that a pair of spectacles to support only on eye , the other eye being diseased and not all that useful at the moment, what happens about the spectacles -- do they have a prescription lense for the good eye and no lense for the bad eye??? or what? For people with MD in both eyes, I understand that spectacles are of no use at all?

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Everyone is different. My hubby has plain glass in one side ( the bad side) and prescription lens in the other. I have different prescription lens in each side.

If receiving treatment it may be that the prescription changes - I was advised to wait before changing my specs but there comes a point when having an up to date pair is worth the risk of needing to change them again.

The important thing is to maximise whatever vision you have.

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I quite agree with you about maximising the vision you have, but since MD affects different areas of your vision It's tricky because one eye is so strongly supporting the other.

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So true. 'Good eye' gets very tired because of it & lots of headaches. I don't know if the ' eccentric viewing' technique the Mac Soc talk about is helped with specs or not?

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Hello Bazza,

Before you consider changing your spectacles, please ask your hospital eye unit for guidance.

I believe that you are having injections? Usually they will advise you to wait until you have had your initial 'loading dose' of 3 injections before changing your specs.

Best wishes

Macular Society

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Oh yes, definitely wait until after loading dose ( I changed mine much later).

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i agree with eyesright on everything she said. I would just like to add that specs can be useful even with MD in both eyes unless your central vision is lost altogether. I believe, however, that there is a limit as to the strength of lenses available. My optician told me at my last visit that I have been given the strongest lens for my left eye they an give me, but it still helps at the moment; I would do very badly with that particular eye. I still wear varifocals at present but I find that when I want to read for any length of time I wear reading glasses.

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Yes, my last optician check said they wouldn't change lens in my good eye even though to me it could do with it.

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My right eye has had virtually no central vision for the last thirty years, but I wouldn't dream of having plain glass in that side, peripheral vision corrected as far as possible for my extreme short sight (I have myopic macular disease, not age-related) is what gives me some useful depth and movement perception. The left eye is deteriorating too. If your natural lenses need less correction, it may be less of a gain.

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