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Looking for an old non-fiction article about blindness.

There have been a few punctuated instances in health. I'm struggling to find a non-fiction article about when [I think] cataracts suddenly became curable and the experiences of those that had newfound eyesight. [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Aug 29, 2014 - 2 answers

New glasses aren't all that they're cracked up to be. Thoughts?

I've recently got new prescription eyeglasses. Unfortunately, the new eyeglasses aren't feeling right, and I'm not sure if this is part of the normal adjustment process or if something went wrong. Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Aug 14, 2014 - 25 answers

Explain my vision woes as though I were five, please

I got new eyeglasses a few days ago and I'm having difficulty adapting. Please help me understand what's happening here, including how ageing fits in. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jan 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Does vision therapy work, and is it worth it?

Does anyone have experience with vision therapy? I have difficulty focusing both eyes at the same time, and I have been told by optometrists that I basically just have to live with this. But I recently read about vision therapy, which seems promising. If you have gone through it, did it work, and was it worth the time and expense? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Sep 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Maybe it's just the elves

Several times a week, I'll see some movement out of the corner of my eye. Usually it seems like something smallish and gray is moving about there. I turn, thinking it's a cat or squirrel or some other small animal, and nothing's there. I'm wondering if I should be worried about it, or if this type of mild hallucination (?) is common. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jul 31, 2013 - 30 answers

Could pupil dilation be the cause of my inaccurate eyeglass prescription

The last two times I got a new prescription the first try was way off. Could this be due to the eye drops? Or is it just communications? [more inside]
posted by lodurr on May 16, 2013 - 17 answers

Help a programmer take care of her eyes, please.

I just started my first developer job. I squint at the computer screen all day. By the end of the day, my eyes are red and bloodshot. I can't deal with small text, but I can't make it all bigger - for instance, I can change the size of the code in my IDE, but not the debugger. I've reduced the brightness of my monitors dramatically. The only time my eyes don't hurt is when I'm so absorbed in my work that I don't notice. By the end of the day, I don't want to focus my eyesight on anything; it's even killing me to type this. Even watching tv bothers me. I seriously don't know how to take care of my eyes. Can you please offer some advice, and even give me a few horror stories about what happens to people who don't learn to take care of their eyes? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Mar 5, 2013 - 31 answers

New glasses: progressives or single?

My near-sightedness is getting worse, and now I'm getting presbyopia, so I have to take off my glasses sometimes for reading or other close work. I can go progressive now or "next time." What should I be taking into consideration when I make my decision? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Feb 26, 2013 - 20 answers

I don't understand how to use bifocals! (and other eye issues)

I spend most of my work day looking at a computer screen, and several of the "off" hours as well. I have been having major league headaches during the day that I think is related to my vision and the (prescription) reading glasses I've had for a couple of years. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Feb 20, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I try out computer monitor magnifiers?

I believe we have a need for two to five computer monitor magnifiers where I work, some for laptops and some for desktop monitors. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 23, 2013 - 19 answers

LASIK for bad eyes?

I am very nearsighted, and have an astigmatism in both eyes. I checked out LASIK 10 years ago, and was told that it hadn't developed enough to make it safe/effective for a person with my conditions. Has the state of the art improved with regard to laser correction of severe nearsightedness with astigmatism? Are there new techniques that could work better than LASIK? [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on Jun 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Wearing glasses. I dont want to but i know life will be easier! help!

The time for wearing glasses has come! What do I need to consider? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on May 20, 2012 - 37 answers

Scientific literature on Lasik satisfaction and side effects?

I would like links to peer-reviewed literature regarding laser vision correction. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Apr 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Eliminating my dream job based on vision concerns?

I'm worried about pursuing my dream job as a graphic novelist because of worsening vision. Can any severely nearsighted artists or others in vision-intensive careers speak to this? [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon on Jan 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Eyeglasses for distance cause up-close things to be blurry...

A friend of mine just got new glasses (for distance/night) and everything is super sharp... unless it's up close. Then, it's blurry. For instance, he can't read his phone at arm's length. He can read his phone perfectly without glasses and things become blurry for him without glasses at about 25 feet. I don't think this is normal for glasses. It's certainly not the way my glasses work. What say the hive? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Nov 16, 2011 - 24 answers

If I don't figure this oue soon I won't be able to see it anyway

Idea(s) for a tattoo: Stories, myths, folklore, symbols/icons, quotes, lyrics, that deal with blindness or feature blind characters. In the case of a quote, it doesn't necessarily have to be by an actual blind person. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Sep 14, 2011 - 34 answers

How old were you when you got bifocals?

1. How old were you when you got bifocal lenses? 2. How difficult was it to adjust to them, particularly if you got contact lenses? 3. How many different pairs or combinations of lenses did you have to try before finding something that worked? 4. Are there new options in recent years that a near-sighted person with worsening close-up vision should know about? Thanks for helping me go to my eye doctor with good questions ready.
posted by mediareport on May 23, 2011 - 29 answers

Sudden eyesight / vision weirdness. Can I wait for a recurrence before worrying too much?

Sudden eyesight / vision weirdness. Can I wait for a recurrence before worrying too much? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jan 27, 2011 - 10 answers

I can see half your aura.

YANMD. Yesterday I saw a flash in my left eye, and then saw a semi-circular line of sparkly white flashes for about 20 minutes, which went away suddenly. I went to the doctor, who had no clue what was going on. Another one of these things appeared - right eye, tiny spot right in the center of my vision, that has turned into another semi-circle as I've been typing this. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Dec 10, 2010 - 31 answers

Manual eyesight focus

When I press the inside edges of my eyes, closest to my nose, my eyesight sharpens. Why? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf on Nov 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Picture phone for elderly/senior products in Los Angeles

Picture phones for the elderly and places to buy them in Los Angles? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Aug 14, 2010 - 1 answer

Health or health insurance? That is the question.

I have a medical issue and not so great insurance; should I get treatment for my problem and risk being labeled with a preexisting condition? I know YANAD. But can you give me advice anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Lazyreaderitis

After tracking myself for a few weeks, I learned that I have very, very bad reading habits. Help me improve myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I prevent my eyes from getting worse?

I fear I'm slowly but surely becoming Mr. Magoo. Is there anything I can do to preserve my eyesight? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Mar 17, 2010 - 16 answers

What causes intermittent blurry vision?

Have there been any reports of laser eye surgery causing periodic blurry vision in both eyes? [more inside]
posted by etoile on Jan 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Vision Anomaly or Ordinary After-Images?

I can't tell if I'm having very normal vision experiences or if I need to go to the doctor. Specifically, I keep getting an after-image of a dot when I haven't been looking at anything bright. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Recommendations for laser eye surgery in London

Recommendations for laser eye surgery in London [more inside]
posted by dmt on Nov 13, 2009 - 3 answers

Don't laugh at my typos...I can't see!

How long does it take for a scratched cornea to fully heal? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka on Jun 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Eyesight problems

My left eye has suddenly been getting worse this past half hour, and I'm getting nervous. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Apr 4, 2009 - 42 answers

Myopia Suddenly Clears

I have very myopic eyesight. Something like 20/400 plus astigmatism in both eyes. I've worn glasses almost fifty years, since I was seven years old. A few years ago, an odd thing happened. [more inside]
posted by Forrest Greene on Mar 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Am I going blind?

When I wake up in the middle of the night, I can barely see out of one of my eyes. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Mar 19, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me not become blind and decrepit in my own home

I'm working from home full-time. Hooray! Except the corporate overlords aren't inclined to send an ergonomics expert around to the house to make sure I'm not slowly killing myself. I have a few specific questions about ergonomics and visual health in a home office. [more inside]
posted by [user was fined for this post] on Nov 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Need recommendation for a discount optometrist in Bay area

Posting this for a friend. He has short sight and currently does not have insurance. He has just passed out of highschool. He needs to get eye glasses. He got a part-time job just now and so very frugal on money related matters. Any discount program where he can get eyes checked by an optometrist with reasonable/low fees. He is in bay area. Also any idea how much does an optometrist charge for the above. Thanks.
posted by tom123 on Dec 24, 2007 - 15 answers

I can't see optical illusions

Why can't I see optical illusions like this? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline on Feb 4, 2007 - 26 answers

Help me help my almost 99-year-old grandmother read again!

Help me help my almost 99-year-old grandmother read again! Excessively epic story inside. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Dec 19, 2006 - 18 answers

Time to get glasses?

Just got my first eye prescription for mild farsightedness. The optometrist said my eyes could still focus on things fine so I didn't need glasses, but if I noticed eyestrain or headaches, then I could fix those problems with glasses. I don't notice eyestrain and only get headaches when I'm low on coffee. Is there any reason to go ahead and get glasses? Do glasses accelerate or slow any futher eye degeneration? [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Oct 27, 2006 - 9 answers

My eyes! My eyes!

My eyesight has always been great, and in general I see just fine. As a general rule, the world is not blurry and when I look at something, whether it be 1 foot or 20 (or 100) feet away, I see what I expect to see. I've never worn glasses. [more inside]
posted by jaded on Mar 13, 2006 - 19 answers

How to get my mom to a doctor?

How can I get my mom to go to the doctor? Her eyesight from her Type II diabetes is getting considerably worse, but she won't tell the doctor because she's afraid they'll take away her drivers licence again. [more inside]
posted by cgg on Feb 2, 2006 - 18 answers

Eyeglass lens cartel?

I'm trying to replace some eyeglass lenses. Is there a cartel or something? The prices are exactly the same everywhere. I'd like to know whether there is an internet source for eyeglasses or lenses where I can save a few dollars.
posted by thayerg on Sep 6, 2005 - 5 answers

How to determine if a person with unusual eye alignment prefers one eye over another?

A couple of recent new acquaintances have strabismus (I don't like the term "lazy eye," sorry; it's a deviation of the alignment of one eye in relation to the other). Do people with strabismus generally prefer that the folks they're speaking with focus on one eye over the other? If it's not uncommon for one of the person's eyes to develop more strongly than the other, would it be polite to simply ask a casual acquaintance if they prefer that I look into the left or right eye as we talk together?
posted by mediareport on Apr 28, 2005 - 23 answers

Eyesight Improvement Exercises

I use reading glasses for reading (obviously) and when using the PC. They're low-strength (+1.5). I wondered if anybody here has tried any eyesight improvement exercises which have caused a noticeable improvement in their eyesight.
posted by haelen on Mar 22, 2005 - 5 answers

Caring for Parents

I need ideas on how to help an aging parent losing her eyesight. [mi] [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Dec 14, 2004 - 7 answers

Extended-Wear Contacts

I'm thinking about trying out some of the newer extended wear contacts, specifically the Night and Day contacts that you can wear for up to 30 days straight. Anyone have any experience with these?
posted by ttrendel on Jul 7, 2004 - 11 answers

Misc. questions on the biological history of eyesight problems.

Have we always had poor eyesight? I know, of course you are going to exclaim "yes!", but in the days of people not having glasses, shouldn't natural selection have weeded out people like me? How did we cope without vision correction, from an objective viewpoint?
posted by Keyser Soze on May 28, 2004 - 30 answers

Contacts Online

Online contact lenses. For the past year or two, I have been ordering contact lenses online. I've never been asked for a doctor's prescription before. Now it seems no site will allow me to order contact lenses without a doctor's prescription. What happened? The doctor who I saw for my contact lenses, I've long since forgotten his name. I just got a eyeglass checkup but skipped the contact lens because mine are working fine, and are cheaper online. Is there a canadien or foreign contact lens company someone can recommend that doesn't require a prescription?
posted by patrickje on Feb 6, 2004 - 5 answers

Dog afraid of stairs

'nother dog question. Last year my (now) 9-year-old dog (Lab/golden mix) became afraid to descend stairs. She stands at the top and woofs until you stand at or near the bottom and reach up to her, then she will come down unassisted but tentatively as you "glilde" her down with a sweep of your arm (OK, maybe I just do the glide because it's fun). Very occasionally she has a similar problem climbing.
My first thought was her eyesight, but if it were failing, how would I know? And the presence/absence of light seems not to matter. Can a vet diagnose vision problems?

The stairs are uncarpeted wood. Does anyone think it would help to put a carpet runner on the stairs?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Dec 29, 2003 - 8 answers

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