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But she changes from day to day...

I am in my late 30s and have always been nearsighted/myopic. My prescription is -7.25 with (I am told a lot of) astigmatism. My vision is starting to change...I can see bifocals on the distant horizon. [more inside]
posted by 8603 on Aug 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I get transition lenses?

I need new glasses and sunglasses. Are transition lenses better than they used to be? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz on Aug 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Quick glasses for astigmatic eyes in London?

I have an order in for some new ones, but they'll take up to a week to be delivered. And I just can't deal with the blinding headache and blurriness until then. The issue: my prescription is stronger than the lenses opticians have in stock. [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on Aug 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Why can I see out of my eyeglasses better when I tilt my head back?

I have a new pair of glasses that I like just fine. Even though the prescription is a little stronger in one eye than that of my previous pair, I've noticed that I can actually see some things better if I tilt my head back and look through my glasses at a slight angle or through the bottom of the lens. What gives? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Jun 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Advice for sudden eye issue

My eyes have always been a problem. I had a partial retinal tear 20 years ago. I have tons of floaters. I am extremely nearsighted. I have "dry holes" in the back of my eyes from histoplasmosis. All of these things have been stable forever. Today, something new happened. It's in one eye only. It's like there's a black worm with a long tail dancing across my eye. It seems to be fixed in the center of my eye and it's swimming back and forth from that fixed place. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Jun 6, 2015 - 22 answers

Oprah's online dreamboard gone, other free dream boards?

I had been using Oprah's free 'O board', which was a free dream or vision board. Do you know of any other free ones that are just as good and easy to use?
posted by TRUELOTUS on May 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Double Vision (Monocular Diplopia)

For the past 6 months or so I’ve been having a problem with double vision after a day of work in front of a computer screen. This is monocular diplopia, that is, double vision that still occurs when one eye is closed (it’s about equal in both eyes). I’ve seen an ophthalmologist who said it appeared to be caused by dry spots on my corneas and the artificial tears he had me tried don’t seem to alleviate the double vision. Has anyone dealt with anything similar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2015 - 9 answers

New glasses, focal length is wrong?

I bought my first pair of eyeglasses recently and they look great, but after about ten days I just can't get used to them. They are sharp when I hold my phone or a book a foot from my face, but not as sharp when something is further away (like my computer screen). These are single-vision glasses so I'm not just looking through the wrong part. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Tell me what I need to know about buying eyeglasses for the first time

Tell me what I need to know about buying eyeglasses for the first time so I ask the right questions and don't buy things I don't need. Cost is not really a factor, though; I'd rather do this right and not skimp (and regret it later). Bonus if you can recommend a specific place to go in Milwaukee. I do not want to order online. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 16, 2015 - 35 answers

Eye's focus fluctuates

I notice that my eyes seem to constantly be focussing/defocussing, almost exactly like a crappy phone camera struggling to focus. I have a mild astigmatism, and just got the prescription updated and new glasses issued. [more inside]
posted by Willz on Mar 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Should an optometrist or an ophthalmologist do these tests?

I just had my eye sight tested by an optometrist. He did the standard eye health screening. My eye pressure was "high-normal" and when he looked at my optic nerve, he said that it was 45% "carved out" suggesting that even though my pressure was in the normal range, I might have some progression toward glaucoma. He wants me to have more tests done, including photographs of my optic nerve, to establish a baseline against which my optic nerve could be compared to in the future. I'm fine getting the tests. But should they be done by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Mar 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Need an eye doctor in Manhattan/Brooklyn who deals with post-LASIK

I need the best eye doctor in Manhattan/Brooklyn for help with multiple post-LASIK complications. [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Feb 28, 2015 - 3 answers

The Eyes No Longer Have It

All my life, I've had perfect vision. I'm 44, and finally starting to feel like I need vision correction of some sort. Glasses? Contacts? Unlock these mysteries for me, please. [more inside]
posted by richyoung on Feb 16, 2015 - 30 answers

How does this work?!

How do you read with progressive anti fatigue lenses? Please show me how. [more inside]
posted by Wontly on Feb 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Odd vision issues

Lately I've been noticing my vision just seems crappy; I notice my vision just seems "busy"/"shimmering"/slightly noisy. This is particularly noticeable when I'm looking at high contrast things, like computer monitors in a dimmer room. I also see "outlines"/a glow, around contrasting colours, as well as what feels like flickering in some portions of my vision towards the periphery. [more inside]
posted by Willz on Feb 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Near-sighted or bifocaled? How do I do shower stuff when I can't see?

I've been wearing glasses and/or contacts to correct far-sightedness for most of my life but recently I bit the bullet and switched to bifocals. The has mostly been a great improvement but now I find that basically all the below-the-knee grooming stuff is really difficult in the shower, where I can't really wear my glasses. I feel kind of dumb, but I can't be the only one with this problem. Have you faced this problem? Did you find a workaround? Or is this just another frustrating PITA part of getting older? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 7, 2015 - 21 answers

Can I trust my eyes? Or my ophthalmologist?

My new prescription is dramatically different from my old one from just a couple of years ago... does that make sense? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Jan 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Help please??

Will bifocals help my scenario? [more inside]
posted by Wontly on Jan 19, 2015 - 17 answers

best practices for long-term eye health?

I'm a new to eyeglasses as an adult (got my first pair two years ago at age 35). Aside from mild nearsightedness I have healthy eyes so far, but I have a family history of bad eye issues such as retinal detachments. What should I be doing now to maximize my eye health going forward? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jan 4, 2015 - 16 answers

Nature photography at night?

My 7 year old nephew really wants to be able to take pictures of animals at night. He watches a lot of nature documentaries and sees the night vision video and wants to replicate it. Assume we're not going to spend thousands of dollars but between his saved allowance and Christmas money we might get up to the multi hundred dollar range - is there something that would work for this? Googling and trolling Amazon haven't turned up anything that looks like a great solution. Thanks!
posted by macfly on Dec 23, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I become a better night-time driver?

I HATE driving at night. Oncoming moving headlights bother my eyes, and I feel less confident in my depth perception. How do I get better at it? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Dec 2, 2014 - 29 answers

My eye! My eye!

I had an eye exam by an optometrist at a boutique (non-chain) eye glass shop. This store is known for it's unique selection, and I selected an Oakley frame - with lenses ground by Oakley, and an everyday pair with the lenses ground by their usual lab. Unfortunately, my vision is a little bluury in my left eye with both pairs of glasses, and I feel nauseated when I wear them. I've only been able to wear either pair for a max of 20 minutes before I have to remove them due to the nausea and unsettled feeling. [more inside]
posted by raising_arizona on Oct 17, 2014 - 8 answers

New eyeglasses - third time's the charm...or not?

The new eyeglasses saga somewhat continues. Thought the third time would be the charm... seems like that doesn't ring true for this situation. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Sep 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Motionless waves

Recently, when flying over islands, I've noticed that the waves on the seashore appear to be motionless from cruising altitude. That is, you can see the white foam on the beach but it seems to be frozen in place and not ebbing/returning. Is there a name for this visual effect?
posted by orrnyereg on Sep 16, 2014 - 2 answers

What am I seeing?

Holding a mug close to my face, there is an interesting effect. It's not like other things and I can't duplicate it with other objects. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jul 3, 2014 - 5 answers

My new glasses are weird

Will splitting the difference between distance and near pupillary distance make my glasses easier to use? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jun 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Is Lasik worth pursuing if my eyes are wonky?

I've worn contacts for over 30 years now but have recently considered getting Lasik. I have heavy astigmatism and have been wearing toric lenses, which work most of the time but still tend to drift making my vision poor at any distance. I signed up for a Lasik seminar, attended and was interested in continuing. I stopped wearing my contacts over two weeks before my preop exam but apparently my eyes still haven't settled to a consistent shape because they couldn't get consistent results when measuring them. I have another exam scheduled in two weeks but I'm beginning to wonder if it's even worth it. Should I just accept defeat or go back and try again?
posted by tommasz on Jun 12, 2014 - 13 answers

There's something wrong with my eyes. Help?

I have been having increasing problems with my vision over the past few years. I've seen an ophthalmologist, a retina specialist, and had some tests done, but they haven't found anything. Do you have any suggestions for how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Apr 16, 2014 - 17 answers

Auto headlamps: halogen vs xeon vs led - does it matter?

As I search for a new car to replace the old saab it occurs to me that I could use better headlamps to aid the old eyes. At times I feel on the edge of being unsafe when on a two way country road with oncoming headlights (divided highways are ok), a situation that I strive to avoid. I'm looking for personal observations regarding different headlamp types. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on Apr 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Best compact camera for a senior citizen friend with vision problems?

What compact camera would you recommend for a senior citizen who uses reading glasses and just doesn't have the greatest eyesight overall? Any specific features to look for, especially in terms of the viewfinder?
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 6, 2014 - 7 answers

How to find independance with a visual deficit?

I have low vision and I cannot drive because of it. I feel imprisoned and this is a last ditch effort to see if there is some solution (or partial solution) to help me gain more independence. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I shop for LASIK?

I've decided that I want to get my vision corrected with LASIK surgery. How do I go about figuring out where to get it done? As you might expect, I want the best possible results at the best possible price. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Feb 15, 2014 - 21 answers

What was this occular disturbance I experienced?

Last night I experienced a strange optical disturbance/illusion/vision problem. What's that all about, and should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2014 - 13 answers

Activities for a long hospital stay. Difficulty level: vision loss.

My sister is in a rehab hospital recovering from a brain injury. She has a lot of time between physio and therapist sessions and she has to entertain herself. Unfortunately she now has limited, blurry vision (legally blind) - she can enlarge text messages and facebook messages but reading a book is too difficult. She has an iPad but is limited to rewatching movies that she is already familiar with as it is otherwise too difficult to see what is happening. She is getting tired of sitting there just listening to audiobooks and I would love to hear any other ideas you might have (including simple apps/games) that could help keep her occupied. Thankyou!
posted by Naanwhal on Jan 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Juvenile Glaucoma, Panic Panic

My second grader might have juvenile glaucoma. Our insurance is changing at the beginning of the year. How fast do we need to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Dec 26, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I improve my computer screen reading experience?

I do a lot of proofreading for work, but it's a struggle compared to proofreading hard copies. I already use f.lux to cut down on eye strain, and browser plugins to make text more readable, but I find I'm still straining to keep my eyes from bouncing all over the place. Help! [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Types of Defects in Vision

When I was around 8 years old, I would get headaches if I watched TV for more than an hour or so. My mother took my to the optometrist and I was given an Rx for glasses that were supposed to make my eyes "aline correctly". What is the technical term for the type of vision defect I was suffering from? [more inside]
posted by 517 on Nov 16, 2013 - 1 answer

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

Beyond Google Glass: Good writings on Augmented Reality

I want to read about Augmented Reality. Tech developments IRL; techno-utopian / transhuman dreams, and hard-fought aspirations; and any sci-fictional dystopian nightmares you know of. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Will progressive lenses narrow my world view

I know it takes time to get used to progressive lenses, but after a day with my first pair I don't know if I want to get used them. Please help me understand what will change as I adjust and what is a permanent part of living with progressive lenses. I'd like some perspective before going back to the optometrist. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jun 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Visual oddity in one eye.

I am having an odd experience with seeing something that is not there and am curious if anyone has experienced similar. [more inside]
posted by episodic on May 31, 2013 - 17 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

Examples of bad vision statements?

I'm looking for a list of bland, lifeless, corporate mission statements and slogans. I remember seeing a list once where you were supposed to match the statement with some major companies, but they were all so generic that it was impossible. Things like "innovation for a new economy..." [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on May 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Why does my vision blank out when I'm relaxed?

Sometimes when I'm relaxed, for instance sitting at my computer, I start to lose vision in my left eye. It usually takes the form of a dark "C" or donut around my central vision (e.g. I can see through it to a single word but it covers up most of the web page). If I blink or even move my eye in the slightest, it goes away, returning in a few seconds if I am still relaxed. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Apr 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Job suggestions that require acute visual identification skills.

I have severe synesthesia, and part of it means that I hear what I see. Would this be specifically useful in any professional capacity? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Mar 4, 2013 - 14 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

wish I could call this a superpower

I can see my pulse. Literally. Do I have anything to worry about? [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

I thought glasses would help me see more clearly not put everything into soft focus.

Why are my new glasses scratching so quickly? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Oct 10, 2012 - 15 answers

From "Four Eyes" To "Gramps"

I walked away from my last visit to the optometrist with a prescription for bifocals. All for the low low price of $20. The bruises on my ego were free. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Oct 7, 2012 - 22 answers

Sharp eyes, sharp eye exam?

Eyes 20/10 with correction, where to get the sharpest prescription in the US? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Sep 17, 2012 - 12 answers

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