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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

Leadership is defined by results, not attributes.

I'm looking for books about reluctant leaders who went on to demonstrate outstanding leadership. Both current and historical figures accepted. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Sep 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Strange whispers and tunnel vision?

I remember a strange phenonenon that occurred a few times when I was a child. Voices accompanied with an odd "telescoping" of my vision. A few years ago I read a description of this, but my search powers are failing me. Ring a bell with anyone? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Aug 14, 2012 - 12 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

Lightning flashes

"Lightning"-type flashes in my peripheral vision. What the hell? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Jun 12, 2012 - 33 answers

Brief double vision in the mornings

For a while now, I've had about 5 minutes of double vision in one eye, but only in the mornings. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo on May 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Where can I get a good eyepatch?

Where to get a good eyepatch for daily use in a professional environment? [more inside]
posted by Devonian on May 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Double vision with an unknown cause: where do I go from here?

Double vision with an unknown cause: where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2012 - 9 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

Can you tell me about lasik in Philadelphia?

Have you had laser eye surgery in Philadelphia? Can you tell me your overall experiences? Can anyone tell me the approximate costs for the surgery and the normal year's worth of check-ups required, and can you recommend a provider in this area? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Apr 10, 2012 - 2 answers

I think I'm losing my mind

I still have my eyesight (for now), but the diagnosis has triggered serious anger and midlife crisis issues. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 25, 2012 - 23 answers

Where can I find these glasses?

Where might I find glasses like these? [more inside]
posted by his median eminence on Feb 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Why is my left eye better at drawing than my right?

Why is my left eye better at drawing than my right? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Can I see clearly now?

My annual eye exam is coming up.  I've had a years-long string of not-quite-right corrective lenses.   What can I do to get an accurate prescription this time? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Feb 16, 2012 - 24 answers

Why is my vision blurry after using my laptop? (and I see light beams coming off of bright lights)

Why is my vision blurry after using my laptop? (and I see light beams coming off of bright lights) [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Feb 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Whats up with my vision?

Whats up with my vision? I sporadically have a condition I have trouble describing. [more inside]
posted by Hither on Jan 30, 2012 - 12 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

How do positive and negative astigmatism differ?

Why are there two different methods (positive and negative) for recording astigmatism? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Jan 6, 2012 - 3 answers

The Beginning of the Dark Ages

How can I adjust my work/life plans in the face of serious vision problems and recovery from surgery? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Dec 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Can I get cheap, small glasses with near-sighted lenses? What about reading glasses?

Can I have a glasses store put near-sighted lenses in cheap reading glasses? Is there another way to get cheap glasses for my small face? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Dec 15, 2011 - 20 answers

Can you help me to diagnose this odd visual/neuro problem that I am having?

I am having these dizziness/mental/perception issues that I need help diagnosing. I will see a doctor as soon as it is possible for me. I am looking for some insight. [more inside]
posted by denverco on Dec 3, 2011 - 14 answers

The goggles. I'm not sure if they do something.

I ordered new glasses online. I've been wearing them for 4 days and they still seem "off" a little. How long did it take you to get used to new glasses? Is something wrong with these? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Dec 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Light that isn't there

I'm experiencing strange visual effects on the edge of sleep. Hypnogogic hallucinations or neurological issues? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Dec 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Can you help me diagnose this odd health issue?

Can you help me diagnose this weird medical medical problem? I occasionally feel temporarily faint, dizzy, unable to concentrate. [more inside]
posted by denverco on Nov 25, 2011 - 28 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

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