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My employer does not provide vision insurance. What should I do?

My employer does not provide vision insurance -and I wear glasses for nearsightedness. The way I see it, I have three options - 1) Use the Lenscrafters coupons in the Sunday paper, 2) Use my AAA member card for a discount at Lenscrafters, 3) Use the measly 20% vision discount I have available as a member of BlueShield, or 4) Sign up for independent vision coverage through a plan like VSP. Is anyone else in a similar boat? What do you use? What do you recommend and advise against using?
posted by invisible ink on Oct 28, 2007 - 22 answers

Playing this game makes my eyes see things differently afterward. What's the cause?

Playing this game makes my eyes see things differently afterward. What's the cause? [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 on Oct 28, 2007 - 7 answers

Everything on my Macbook Pro's screen is so tiny. How can I make it easier to see?

I'd really like to switch to Mac, and just got a MacBook Pro. Because of my vision, I really need everything to be larger in order to see the screen comfortably. (I previously used a 15" ThinkPad at 1024x768, and a 19" monitor at 1280x1024) On the Mac, the screen's set at 1440x800, and everything appears incredibly tiny. I really need it to be at 1152x720 to feel comfortable using it, but everything becomes fuzzy since this is a non-native resolution of the LCD. I've also tried everything else I can think of to make things larger, including adjusting browser text sizes, playing with the settings in System Preferences, and hacks in the Terminal such as adjusting adjusting the display factor, which nearly does it but is quite buggy. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there anything else worth trying? Is it possible to hire someone to replace the LCD in the MacBook Pro with a one that has a lower native resolution? Or am I stuck with my ThinkPad for the forseeable future?
posted by lsemel on Oct 24, 2007 - 19 answers

Quality intergenerational time that transcends disabilities

What activities can I initiate with my substantially-deaf, substantially-blind grandfather? [more inside]
posted by moreandmoreso on Oct 16, 2007 - 15 answers

Help Me Not Squint at Word

MSWordFilter: Overriding "default" pageview options. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Sep 24, 2007 - 3 answers

Getting optimal vision with or without bifocals

Can I get by without bifocals, or am I fooling myself? I hate my Bausch and Lomb multi-focal soft lenses, but have hopes that glasses can be made to work. [more inside]
posted by rosemere on Sep 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Behind Blue (green?) eyes.

Please give me your reccomendations for some nice-looking coloured contact lenses that are comfortable for full time wear. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Aug 14, 2007 - 2 answers

My own private Jupiter

I'm seeing red. Does anyone know why? [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jul 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Ideas for theming an event

How do you theme an event around the idea of a "home"? [more inside]
posted by BigCreekBill on Jul 18, 2007 - 6 answers

...I don't really mind that I can't see.

Should I get glasses/contacts or continue my fuzzy-sighted yet carefree lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jul 17, 2007 - 32 answers

making a personal vision / mission statement

Do you use a personal vision and/or mission statement? I have one that is really vague and generic (~= golden rule, that level) and I am wondering about taking a couple hours and writing down something more formal. Searching google, etc. for HOW-TO's brings up zilch.
posted by bukvich on Jul 14, 2007 - 17 answers

Optometrist recommendation (for contact lenses) in Washington, DC?

Optometrist recommendation (for contact lenses) in Washington, DC ? [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Jun 27, 2007 - 6 answers

I blacked out on a roller coaster last week. What should I do?

I blacked out on a roller coaster last week. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz on Jun 22, 2007 - 18 answers

Do I need a pirate costume to go with this eyepatch?

Why can't I stop seeing double? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2007 - 8 answers

How can I improve my depth perception?

How can I improve my depth perception? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing on Jun 15, 2007 - 8 answers

Has anybody tried nightime wear contact lenses?

Does anybody have any experience with contact Ortho-k lenses (the ones the you keep in your eyes at night)? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Jun 8, 2007 - 12 answers

Temporary vision loss after exercising

Why did I experience temporary vision loss after exercising at the gym? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jun 4, 2007 - 19 answers

Crazy visual anomaly

WTF-Filter: The left side of my visual field is being overtaken by what can only be described as... a crawling anomaly. If you imagine the sorts of random colors and shapes you see under certain circumstances with your eyes closed, or in the dark, it's like that... except there is also a feeling of movement... as though everything is sort of undulating kaliedscopically. The anomaly tracks along with my eye movement... so I can't look at it... it's always in my periphery. [more inside]
posted by phrontist on May 31, 2007 - 27 answers

why do colors seem to appear in different planes on my LCD screen?

When I look at an image (on my LCD computer screen) that is composed of a combination of solid colors separated by black borders, I perceive the colors as appearing on different planes of depth, as if the image were three-dimensional. If I close either eye, the illusion collapses. Am I the only one affected by this, or is it a consequence of the way LCDs display color? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko on Apr 25, 2007 - 15 answers

Man, I wish i still had those knockoff BluBlockers...

Would something like Blu Blocker sunglasses help me see my laptop screen better outside and cut down the glare from the aluminum case at the same time? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Apr 25, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I find the best doctor in a given specialty?

How can I fine the best doctor in a given specialty? In this case, I need to find the best eye doctor I can possibly find. [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Apr 24, 2007 - 9 answers

Diabolical system font eye-strain! Is this the end for baking soda's peepers?

Let's say I spend long hours staring at a computer screen where some of the fonts are too small and I have no way of increasing them, which creates a diabolical eye-strain device of reasonable fonts mixed in with unreasonable system fonts. I normally have no vision problems otherwise. Is this going to damage my eyesight if I keep it up? (Medical opinions and links to medical articles welcome). And is Leopard's "resolution independence" or anything else in Leopard going to bring OSX near to where XP is in terms of being able to increase the system fonts without lowering the resolution? (I'm using a Macbook Pro).
posted by baking soda on Apr 21, 2007 - 6 answers

Seeing Double

Double vision, in both eyes. Is it just a side effect of weird astigmatism, or something more serious? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Apr 15, 2007 - 6 answers

I'm afraid of my new glasses.

I have one eye with great vision and one with extremely poor vision. I see fine with both eyes together. If I start wearing glasses now, will I have to depend on them forever? [more inside]
posted by koshka on Apr 10, 2007 - 13 answers

What happens when your eyes have poorly trained editors

Jump-Cut Vision Filter: Sometimes, for no reason, I'll see a jump cut. Literally. My frame of vision will jump to the left by certain degree. I will not be moving my eyes or turning my head. But, out of nowhere, the entire field of view will move, slightly, to the left or right in a jarring fashion. Like a jump cut. So...is this a tumor or something?
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 10, 2007 - 16 answers

Can horses die after seeing too much?

I once saw/heard something on horses that were used underground in (coal?) mines... the reference was short and was phrased as something like this "... it's like those horses used in the (coal?) mines, they are underground in the dark for so long (years?) that when they are brought up from the mines and get to see far away into the horizon they die of shock." [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Apr 7, 2007 - 12 answers

Should I get reading glasses, or will they make my eyes worse?

Do reading glasses make you become more farsighted? [more inside]
posted by fuzz on Feb 27, 2007 - 13 answers

Why are my pupils dilating weirdly?

Why are my pupils dilating weirdly? [more inside]
posted by sephira on Feb 13, 2007 - 14 answers

How many greens are there?

How many shades of the color green can the human eye differentiate?
posted by tamagosan on Feb 12, 2007 - 24 answers

We know he'll probably need them eventually, since Mr. Lucinda and I have 20/10000000000000 vision

Will my son need glasses? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Jan 19, 2007 - 16 answers

How long until my vision stabilizes after LASIK?

For those mefites who have had LASIK, how long after the surgery did it take for your vision to stabilize? I had my surgery yesterday, and I had a follow-up appointment this morning. I already have 20/15 in my right eye, but my left eye is still pretty blurry. The Doctor at the followup appointment said the blurry vision in my left eye could be due to the fact that my left eye is still quite dry. I did have a stronger prescription and longer laser treatment in my left eye. He said that I may need enhancement surgery, but that we would not be able to tell if I needed it for 3 months, which is supposedly the time it takes for my vision to stabilize. The real question is did you achieve the best possible vision right away, or can it really take weeks or months before the best results of the surgery are realized?
posted by speedoavenger on Dec 1, 2006 - 17 answers

Should I go to four eyes?

Should I get glasses? My eyes have been bothering me as of late -- light sensitivity, eyelid flutters -- so I went to an optometrist and got checked out. I am very slightly nearsighted, with a slight astigmatism -- should I drop the cash for glasses? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 on Nov 22, 2006 - 13 answers

Should I get dental/vision insurance? If so, which plan?

Federal employee health benefit open season started today. I'm overwhelmed with the choices! [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Nov 13, 2006 - 3 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

But it helps when training gorillas

How long do you maintain eye contact? [more inside]
posted by gsteff on Aug 7, 2006 - 16 answers

Living with both Keratoconus and Astigmatism

Has anyone sucessfully had keratoconus and astigmatism treated at the same time? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jul 16, 2006 - 14 answers

circle detection algorithm?

computer vision: i need an algorithm to extract statistics about the diameters (in pixels) of some roughly-circular objects from an image file. [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich on May 20, 2006 - 15 answers

PureVision contact lenses: better than the competition?

Have you worn PureVision contact lenses? Do they really "combine breathtaking clarity with incredible health and comfort," and would you recommend them? [more inside]
posted by hsoltz on May 18, 2006 - 13 answers

RGP lenses meet sunglasses

EyewearBehavingBadlyFilter: My contacts refuse to play nice with store-bought sunglasses. Help! [more inside]
posted by thomas j wise on Apr 23, 2006 - 4 answers

Got my viagra, need some contacts.

Recommended off-shore vendor for contact lenses? I'm looking for a foreign firm that will deliver to the US without a prescription, preferably overnight. [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos on Apr 11, 2006 - 17 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

Are retinoscopy and visual acuity related?

Is there a relationship between visual acuity (ie. the 20/20 or 20/xx scale) and retinoscopy results (the -6.50 +1.00 that is the prescription for your glasses/contact lenses)?
posted by ajpresto on Dec 18, 2005 - 9 answers

Contacts make me sleepy

Two months ago, I switched to contacts after 20 years of wearing glasses. Ever since I started wearing them, I'm always tired. Related? Have you had this problem? Is there a solution?
posted by panoptican on Nov 17, 2005 - 23 answers

Eye test drunkenness

Would it skew the results of an eye exam to show up drunk?
posted by mr_crash_davis on Oct 22, 2005 - 17 answers

eye heart life

are we eyeglass-wearers doomed, evolutionarily? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Sep 10, 2005 - 12 answers

Why isn't there a camera that takes photos which look like what I see with my eyes?

Why isn't there a camera that takes photos which look like what I see with my eyes? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos on Aug 24, 2005 - 21 answers

Eyemovement and glasses

A question about eyeglasses, and range of eye movement. [more inside]
posted by sailormouth on Aug 18, 2005 - 5 answers

A Vision Question.

When I look at something (without my glasses) that's about 100 feet away, it looks a little blurry. If I look at a photo that includes stuff that's 100 feet away from the perspective, it's not blurry, of course, it's just smaller. BUT, if I look in a mirror, let's say a rear view mirror of a car, at something that's 100 feet behind me, it looks blurry, rather than just small. [more inside]
posted by Framer on Jul 19, 2005 - 20 answers

Eye Contact

PhysicsFilter: Suppose I'm looking straight ahead at somebody's head, but can't see their eyes because they are obstructed by a wall or railing. Under what physical circumstances can that person see my eyes? Assume that there are no mirrors, cameras, or other visual trickery. Also assume that both people are sitting on chairs at floor level, though they may be of different heights.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Jun 16, 2005 - 18 answers

What would a blind world 'look' like?

What if most people were born blind, and seeing was rare? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on May 27, 2005 - 43 answers

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