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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Sudden eyesight / vision weirdness. Can I wait for a recurrence before worrying too much? [more inside]
posted by Mid
on Jan 27, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
Picture phones for the elderly and places to buy them in Los Angles? [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Aug 14, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by tom123
on Dec 24, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
'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 -