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Windows to the soul in constant involuntary motion

What do you see when you encounter someone with nystagmus? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Sep 20, 2009 - 28 answers

Damn My Eyes

I'm seeing a weird "floater" on the right side of my field of vision. [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau on Sep 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Laser eye correction in the northern virginia area?

I am nearsighted with a slight astigmatism, have about $2,000 to spend, and a desire to never wear glasses again. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Sep 9, 2009 - 19 answers

How worried should I be about my symptoms?

Should I be worried about this? I went to the doctor this morning to get checked out for cold/flu symptoms; I didn't think it was serious -- I just wanted to check that I didn't have H1N1, but the doctor told me that the treatment I'd been getting for prostatitis was "highly unusual for someone in their 20s", and he said I should immediately stop taking the antibiotic I'm on (Septra/Bactrim) because I might be having an allergic reaction to it, or possibly an autoimmune reaction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Mac and eystrain

I've been wanting to switch to a Mac for around a year, but my vision isn't perfect and Macs seem to be designed for designers with 20/20 vision. [more inside]
posted by lsemel on Sep 4, 2009 - 27 answers

How Dry I Am!

VisionFilter: Should I switch from rigid gas permeable lenses to soft? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Aug 21, 2009 - 16 answers

Looking for the best contacts for dry eyes

Should I stick with my current contact lenses, or go with one of two other brands? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Aug 14, 2009 - 15 answers

Can Contacts Replace My Progressive & Computer Glasses?

I'm considering wearing contact lenses again in lieu of eyeglasses to make working with camera viewfinders easier. I've worn glasses since i was a kid. Got the usual array of problems: Nearsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia. Currently wear progressive lenses in my glasses. However, I find reading with my progressive lenses is unpleasant, so I usually take them off. I use a separate pair of glasses for computer work. I was fitted with a test pair of soft monovision lenses last week. They're not going to work. Close vision -- within arm's reach -- is unacceptable. I told the clinician I wanted contacts to provide vision correction at least as good as my glasses. I want any contacts I wear to work at distance vision, close vision, reading, driving, computer work, etc. She replied that I wouldn't get that with contacts. Is she right?
posted by justcorbly on Aug 13, 2009 - 20 answers

How can I color correct my digital photos if I don't see colors well?

I want to color correct my digital photos, but I have a color vision deficiency. Up to now, I've been correcting the levels manually, but relying on the auto-color features in Picasa or Photoshop for colors, but often this doesn't do a good job and the colors look off, even to me. I can manually correct the levels and adjust the colors so they look right to me, but that doesn't guarantee they will look right to others. Is there any way to color correct numerically (for instance, using the eyedropper tool on someone's face to to see if the RGB value of skin falls within a skin-tone range) Otherwise, is there a service that I can send my digital photos to where they can color correct them perfectly and send them back? I'm interested in the digital files, not in getting prints.
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Dry sore eyes without contacts

My eyes are dry and sore when I'm *not* wearing my contact lenses. Does anyone else experience this? [more inside]
posted by andraste on Jun 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Do contact lenses that compensate for color blindness work?

Are those contact lenses that compensate for red/green colour blindness actually any use? [more inside]
posted by Elmore on May 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Bizarre visual phenomenon

Occasionally, I experience a strange visual phenomenon that resembles a vortex of some sort... [more inside]
posted by Acey on May 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Dots in my vision, dots on my arm, and uh, hmm, what's the word?

Since I last posted I've been feeling much better, but now have very new and strange symptoms. I've been seeing flashes in my vision, felt like I was misreading text or having difficulty expressing myself verbally (words came a bit more slowly than usual), and went to the ER when I saw (and a friend confirmed) my pupils were unevenly dilated. I've also had a recurring, painless rash of tiny red dots that is only ever present on my right hand, and comes and goes rather quickly. All symptoms started two or three weeks ago. I can't see a doctor for a week or two, but when I can, what kind should I see and what should I ask about? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus on Apr 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Please help me with my glasses

Please help me with my glasses. Farsighted, astigmatism, presbyopia. Glasses provide only a very small field of sharpness. Details within. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest on Apr 23, 2009 - 23 answers

Experiencing color without sight?

Is there any way for a blind superhero to experience a distinction between colors? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla on Apr 20, 2009 - 20 answers

Fuzzy Fate?

My left eye is dead. I just discovered that my left eye doesn't work well. Everything looks blurry at every distance. I can't easily read a book with it, or read a digital clock on the wall. I didn't realize it because my right eye is still OK, and was compensating in focusing things. [more inside]
posted by fucker on Apr 17, 2009 - 37 answers

Careers in the dim future

I have some long term degenerative eye problems that may result in blindness over the next 10-20 years. What are some fields in which I could prosper despite this potential handicap? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Goodness gracious, great eyes of fire!

Dell Latitude E6500: This is my work laptop. It is bran' spankin' new. The monitor SUCKS. It is so hard to look at. But I have to look at it. Because it is my work computer. Please help my eyes. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Apr 16, 2009 - 17 answers

Can I believe my eyes?

Can I really see buildings up to 40 km away? [more inside]
posted by Sova on Apr 9, 2009 - 21 answers

What are these eyeglasses?

[WhatISThatFilter] What is the make and model of the eyeglasses Danny Gokey wore on the March 17th episode of American Idol? [more inside]
posted by karizma on Mar 30, 2009 - 2 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

I can't see very well...

Are there ways I can improve my vision? Or at least stop it from deteriorating? [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl on Mar 7, 2009 - 12 answers

How do you deal with professional threats?

My boss swings from one conspiracy theory to another about our work and her/our future. What are some ways to force her to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2009 - 14 answers

Advantages of vision defects?

Evolutionary advantages of far-sightedness and partial color blindness? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow on Feb 9, 2009 - 16 answers

My contacts are driving me crazy!!

How long should it take to get used to a new brand of contacts? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Feb 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Airplane hallucinations?

While descending in a plane, I saw strange swimming lights. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Jan 31, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me choose health insurance?

Can you help my wife and I choose health insurance? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Jan 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Peter Block books and more?

First world problems, analysis paralysis, and personal actualization: Book's similar to Peter Block's The Answer to How Is Yes? I haven't even read this book, actually. But, I probably will. Clarification inside. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 20, 2008 - 1 answer

anything that can change professional white webpages to a darker color?

Is there a firefox addon, or anything, that can change professional white webpages to a darker color? All this trendy white space bugs my eyes! [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Nov 30, 2008 - 10 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

Seeing spots...

I woke up this morning and noticed a darkish, donut-shaped spot almost in the middle of the field of view of my left eye. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Oct 25, 2008 - 16 answers

Can I have a second LASIK surgery?

Can I have a second LASIK surgery? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Oct 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Who knows what darkness likes in the heart of my left eye?

One of my eyes adjusts to darkness much faster than the other. In fact, I'm pretty much blind in one eye for at least half an hour after the lights go out. I've always had this and assumed it was just me. But it turns out my mother has this as well. I'm not worried about it, but what is it? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Aug 18, 2008 - 4 answers

A glass darkly

When and why did it become the convention that blind people would wear dark glasses? Would the purpose be to hide the eyes or to act as a signifier of blindness? Is it something that is done less these days and what are the reasons why?
posted by Artw on Aug 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Why are my new glasses disorienting me?

GlassesFilter: Is this disorientation from my new glasses going to go away? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 8, 2008 - 22 answers

Psychological resolution of vision problems?

An article was published in a major publication in the last couple years which linked vision problems with mental health disorders. [more inside]
posted by suitcase on Aug 7, 2008 - 2 answers

Am I entitled to my glasses/contacts prescription in Illinois?

Does Illinois have a law requiring vision professionals (optometrists in particular) to release spectacles (glasses) prescriptions to the patient? Contact lens prescriptions? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Aug 3, 2008 - 9 answers

New glasses, new problems...

I've just got a set of new glasses after a few years of having the same pair. I'm used to it taking a while for the new prescription to settle and become comfortable, but there's a new problem. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jul 24, 2008 - 9 answers

please help the bespectacled leprechaun!

Is it normal for eyeglasses to make one feel much, much shorter? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots on Jun 10, 2008 - 19 answers

Blurry vision with toric contact lenses?

For the past 4 months, I've been wearing toric contact lenses for my newly-developed astigmatism. My vision now slips out of focus quite often, and I find myself blinking and rubbing quite a bit to get my vision to focus - sometimes to no avail. Is this abnormal, or is this just the deal I get for being astigmatic and wanting to wear contact lens? [more inside]
posted by Xere on Apr 9, 2008 - 21 answers

Cover a healthy eye for 2+ years - permanent damage?

What would happen if you wore an eyepatch on a perfectly healthy eye non-stop for 2-3 years? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Mar 31, 2008 - 7 answers

I am pretty good at putting on my game face

Is there something wrong with me or is this all contained in the spectrum of normal? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Mar 19, 2008 - 35 answers

I had a vision. How do I do it again?

Recently I saw the future (I think). How can I do it again? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon on Feb 20, 2008 - 24 answers

What's that smell? Oh, it's my eyeballs crisping.

LASIK: Considering eye surgery, have new questions for those who've had it. I'd like to hear from people who know what they're talking about. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Feb 8, 2008 - 17 answers

Learning to see color?

Is there a perceptual (non-physical) component to colorblindness that can be cured or mitigated by training? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Feb 7, 2008 - 8 answers

"Double Vision" is not a good song

Please help me describe (diagnose?) my vision problem for the next ophthalmologist I see... [more inside]
posted by ohdeanna on Jan 23, 2008 - 17 answers

How do they do that??

How do you judge large horizontal or vertical distances visually, with no (or few) other objects around to compare as a reference? [more inside]
posted by brain cloud on Jan 16, 2008 - 14 answers

What's the point of a monocle?

What's up with monocles? Were they an affectation, or did people used to have vision problems in just one eye? Were you supposed to close one eye if you wanted better vision? I would expect having one eye with corrected vision and one without to give you a headache.
posted by bonecrusher on Dec 6, 2007 - 10 answers

Myopia reduction with age?

Today's eye exam for this 40-something woman (a multifocal contact lenses wearer) showed a slight improvement in myopia versus what another optometrist recorded two years ago. My new optometrist was very thorough, caught some retinal thinning and other issues my previous optometrist had missed, and just seemed very sharp and trustworthy. But should I worry about the decreased myopia values and get my eyes checked again? [more inside]
posted by rosemere on Nov 22, 2007 - 10 answers

Just a bit short of x-ray vision...

Did my optometrist give me semi-superhero vision? [more inside]
posted by mphuie on Nov 2, 2007 - 12 answers

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