• Can glasses help my vision after damage to my retina?


    Question:

    I had cataract surgery five years ago and received multifocal IOLs in both eyes and loved them. Last year my right eye was infected with cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMV), a viral infection of the eye), and 16 months later the retina damage reduced my vision to 20/40 in that eye. I’ve lost the crisp sharpness that I had after cataract surgery. I realize the damage to my retina in my right eye contributes to this and cannot be corrected, however, can glasses or contacts be used in that eye to improve this sharpness?


    Answer:

    Assuming the decreased vision is the result of retinal damage, it is unlikely that a change in glasses or contacts will improve the vision. However, the only way to be certain is have a refraction (a test to measure the prescription for glasses).


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