What was this occular disturbance I experienced?
January 31, 2014 2:21 PM Subscribe
Last night I experienced a strange optical disturbance/illusion/vision problem. What's that all about, and should I be concerned?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So last night while sending/receiving a few texts, I had the distinct impression that the (flat) surface of my phone was three dimensional. It had a wavy characteristic, as if it was able to undulate, or was, say, blowing in the wind.
The letters I was texting/reading were clear. The letters themselves weren't stretched, compressed or wavy. It was just the surface.
Some additional facts:
-- It was late and I was tired.
-- I had spent a lot of time gazing at computer screens yesterday, which is usual for me.
-- I wear glasses. I'm nearsighted, but am in a transitional stage where I'll soon be needing bifocals or reading glasses, per my optometrist. For now I'm just taking my glasses off to read things up close.
-- I don't remember if I was wearing my glasses while experiencing this illusion, but I think I wasn't. (Which would be typical for me when doing something up close, like texting.)
-- I have astigmatism.
-- I'm a migraneur, but I haven't had a full migraine in a few years. I do get a black & white flashing aura, with or without migraine, from time to time, but it did not resemble what I experienced last night.
-- I have slightly high blood pressure which is controlled by medication.
-- I'm in my mid-40s.
-- My paternal grandfather had macular degeneration that manifested when he was in his mid-80s or so.
-- I am slightly overdue for an eye exam, which I do plan to take care of shortly. Do i need to really hustle on this? (Complication: will be needing to find a new optometrist/opthamologist. I do have insurance.)
-- I'm female.
(Anon because I'm trying to keep all mentions of my health/physical self separate from my Metafilter identity, for privacy reasons.)