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I CAN SEE AGAIN!

After 38 years of being on this planet, last week I went to see the eye
doctor, because I've had problems reading my computer displays.

Turns out I'm weird. Yeah, I know y'all already knew that, but this is a
visual kind of weird. And not as weird as my wife, so I'm OK on that
score, too.

I'm weird because I have uncorrected 20/20 vision - in both eyes combined.

I have what's called anisometropia. That's a fancy way of saying I'm
nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. Almost identical
amounts, too.

I just picked up my first pair of glasses. And while my brain is still
adjusting to them being on, I can see a LOT more clearly now. If I keep
my head and eyes still, things don't jump around in disconcerting ways.

The doctor said that I didn't *need* glasses per se, but that they would
make life easier for the days when I'm having a hard time focusing on my
monitors. Hopefully the headaches will start to ease up or go away.

It's weird to just sit here at my desk and notice things on the desk that
have been there for a while - my allergy prescriptions, for example, and
to be actually able to read them without moving closer to them. In a way
it feels like I've got a pair of binoculars on; things seem a little
closer.

Jim



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Jim Henderson, CNA6, CDE, CNI, LPIC-1, CLA10, CLP10
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Jim:

I don't think I've ever heard of that condition. No wonder you were
getting headaches, with your brain trying to adjust the focus of both
eyes in different ways so they'd match!

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On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 03:58:52 +0000, Susan wrote:

> Jim:
>
> I don't think I've ever heard of that condition. No wonder you were
> getting headaches, with your brain trying to adjust the focus of both
> eyes in different ways so they'd match!


Yeah. It's been an interesting evening in front of the computers. The
funny thing is that the prescription is +1.25 in one eye and -1.00 in the
other - so they're almost exactly opposite.

At distances farther than a few feet, things tend to resolve OK and I can
read the 20/20 line on the chart without any trouble. But often I found
that closing one eye or the other (depending on whether it was near or
far focus that was being a problem), I could see fine.

I've worn them most of the afternoon/evening now, and while when I first
put them on (this afternoon or after taking them off for a while), it
takes a few minutes for my brain to adjust to the new input.

I'm sure with time that will fade.

But now I look weird because I'm wearing glasses and never have before
(other than sunglasses).

As an unusual (perhaps) aside, the doctor's brother used to work for
Novell. It's not unusual to run into people around town who either
worked or know someone who worked (or for that matter who currently work)
for Novell, but it always surprises me, and even moreso when I recognise
the name. In this case his brother worked for the company about 10 years
ago.

Jim
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Susan,
>
> I don't think I've ever heard of that condition. No wonder you were
> getting headaches, with your brain trying to adjust the focus of both
> eyes in different ways so they'd match!
>


When I first needed bifocal vision correction, my optician tried to
impose that effect on me deliberately. He couldn't find bifocal contact
lenses in my prescription, so he gave me one lens corrected for distance
and the other corrected for close work. It worked about as well as
you'd expect -- things both near and far weren't clear, and my depth
perception was impaired.

Now I wear rigid gas-permeable contact lenses which give me 20:20 vision
from about 2' out, and add reading glasses for close work.
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When I switch from contacts to glasses I cannot do it in the middle of
the day. Will drive me nuts with the jumpy thing.

What I have to do is remove my contacts at the end of a day, then start
with the glasses first thing in the morning.

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I'll be seeing better after next week. Got a doc's appointment. One of my
eyes is getting more farsighted, the other more nearsighted and both are
just getting "old". But I don't think I can sit through the laser
procedure for "old" eyes...they'll have to knock me out as I know I'll wig
out.
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On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 14:21:16 +0000, Timothy Leerhoff wrote:

> When I switch from contacts to glasses I cannot do it in the middle of
> the day. Will drive me nuts with the jumpy thing.
>
> What I have to do is remove my contacts at the end of a day, then start
> with the glasses first thing in the morning.


I thought it was interesting that he didn't discuss contacts at all - but
he didn't think I absolutely needed glasses, just that it was an option,
so I can see why he might not have brought up contacts at all.

Jim



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On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 14:42:34 +0000, Mary Matthews wrote:

> I'll be seeing better after next week. Got a doc's appointment. One of
> my eyes is getting more farsighted, the other more nearsighted and both
> are just getting "old". But I don't think I can sit through the laser
> procedure for "old" eyes...they'll have to knock me out as I know I'll
> wig out.


Sounds like a similar situation to mine but a little more advanced.

I would also have to be unconscious for LASIK, though, I've heard that
the smell can be a problem for some people (which means it would be for
me). Of course it wouldn't surprise me if it was just a wind-up from
friends of mine, too. 😉

Jim



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You can't be unconscious for lasik, can you? You have to stare at the
target - if your eye's floppin' all around uncontrolled, they can't work
on it....with any accuracy!

I didn't notice any smell when I had it done. But *thinking* about what
a lasered eyeball might smell like - now that'll put you off your feed.

Jim Henderson wrote:
> On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 14:42:34 +0000, Mary Matthews wrote:
>
>> I'll be seeing better after next week. Got a doc's appointment. One of
>> my eyes is getting more farsighted, the other more nearsighted and both
>> are just getting "old". But I don't think I can sit through the laser
>> procedure for "old" eyes...they'll have to knock me out as I know I'll
>> wig out.

>
> Sounds like a similar situation to mine but a little more advanced.
>
> I would also have to be unconscious for LASIK, though, I've heard that
> the smell can be a problem for some people (which means it would be for
> me). Of course it wouldn't surprise me if it was just a wind-up from
> friends of mine, too. 😉
>
> Jim
>
>
>

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I went with a friend to take her home after Lasik, and it wasn't
because of pain or inability to see, it was because she was completely
loopy on the "mild sedative" that they gave her to relax.

I can't even get drops in my eyes, so I don't think even with good
drugs I'd be able to have the laser thing done.


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Oh, I remember being offered that sedative. I was pregnant then, so I
had it done without - just had the local anesthetic.


Kathryn Carruthers wrote:
> I went with a friend to take her home after Lasik, and it wasn't
> because of pain or inability to see, it was because she was completely
> loopy on the "mild sedative" that they gave her to relax.
>
> I can't even get drops in my eyes, so I don't think even with good
> drugs I'd be able to have the laser thing done.
>
>

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On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 17:24:56 +0000, Mary Wood wrote:

> You can't be unconscious for lasik, can you? You have to stare at the
> target - if your eye's floppin' all around uncontrolled, they can't work
> on it....with any accuracy!


True, which is probably why I wouldn't have it done. 🙂

> I didn't notice any smell when I had it done. But *thinking* about what
> a lasered eyeball might smell like - now that'll put you off your feed.


True...hey, some of us are eating now. 🙂

Jim

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I'm with you. My little brother had it done and he said it was hard to sit
still, even with the sedatives, when they pulled his eyeball up for it.
I'm not a candidate for lasix anyway...scar to easily.
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Mariam and I have really bad eyesight. For me, it is a case of very
highly myopic (-1175 R, -1075 L) plus aging presbiopia (+250 in each for
reading). Mariam isn't quite so myopic (around -900), but in addition
to the same degree of prebiopia, she has fairly severe astigmitism.

On top of that, both of us have developing cataracts which will require
action in the next 2 to 5 years.

The thing is, with the high degree of myopia, cataract surgery is much
more problematic. (instead of a 1 in 50 follow up action required rate,
it is more like 1 in 5). Our opthamoligist knows of a specialist
surgeon in California -- and he is recommending against us going to the
regular opthamologic surgeons as we present too high a risk.




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On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 21:25:50 +0000, Barry Schnur wrote:

> Mariam and I have really bad eyesight. For me, it is a case of very
> highly myopic (-1175 R, -1075 L) plus aging presbiopia (+250 in each for
> reading). Mariam isn't quite so myopic (around -900), but in addition
> to the same degree of prebiopia, she has fairly severe astigmitism.
>
> On top of that, both of us have developing cataracts which will require
> action in the next 2 to 5 years.
>
> The thing is, with the high degree of myopia, cataract surgery is much
> more problematic. (instead of a 1 in 50 follow up action required rate,
> it is more like 1 in 5). Our opthamoligist knows of a specialist
> surgeon in California -- and he is recommending against us going to the
> regular opthamologic surgeons as we present too high a risk.


Wow, that's really something....

Up until this week, I was the only member of my family who didn't wear
glasses. My younger brother has since the 2nd grade, and both my parents
and older brothers have for as long as I can remember.

My vison used to be good enough that I considered going into the Air
Force as a pilot when I was younger. I couldn't get around the "assumed
respect" for senior officers, though - my parents taught me that respect
is earned. Thinking about it, that's odd, though, because my dad was in
the Army during WWII - he tried to give me some tips on addressing the
officer who was interviewing me, but I just couldn't do it, not knowing
him from Adam or why I should respect him apart from the uniform.

Jim
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