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Old 09-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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Vision Issues - Complex Patterns and high contrast problems

I am a 39 year old male and have been suffering from what I can only describe as 'flickering vision'.

It is a problem that I have when looking at high contrast patterns such as rows of supermarket shelves with stuff on them, oriental rugs, white text on a black background on a computer screen. It feels like the light contrast has to be exactly right for this to occur. It also feels like horizontal lines close together are causing it. It FEELS like my eyes are trying to focus on it but can not completely do it and so my brain is compensating for it but can't quite do it. Sometimes I feel a bit nausaus after it.

Visual Acuity is not effected and I have no blurry vision

When I close either eye it completely goes away. Also if I use sunglasses it reduces the effect and makes it more bearable.

I have visited numerous Opthalmologists, Optomoterists and a Neurologist. All eye tests come back completely normal (better than 20/20 vision) except for a slight left dry eye but that comes and goes. I just use reading glasses now as I spend a lot of time behind a computer.

I had an EEG and MRI. Both came back normal. My neurologist doesn't seem to have a clue. I think he thinks I am mad.

I have been told it could be an eye teaming problem and is binocular in nature. All the Doctors seem to do the basic tests and once they come back as clear they lose interest in what might be the problem. Its like they are saying just live with it.

I feel like I am avoiding those situations now and it is affecting my life.

I really would appreciate any help or advice/ideas on what this could be and how to solve it.

Thanks

 
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Old 02-22-2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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Re: Vision Issues - Complex Patterns and high contrast problems

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I am a 39 year old male and have been suffering from what I can only describe as 'flickering vision'.

It is a problem that I have when looking at high contrast patterns such as rows of supermarket shelves with stuff on them, oriental rugs, white text on a black background on a computer screen. It feels like the light contrast has to be exactly right for this to occur. It also feels like horizontal lines close together are causing it. It FEELS like my eyes are trying to focus on it but can not completely do it and so my brain is compensating for it but can't quite do it. Sometimes I feel a bit nausaus after it.

Visual Acuity is not effected and I have no blurry vision

When I close either eye it completely goes away. Also if I use sunglasses it reduces the effect and makes it more bearable.

I have visited numerous Opthalmologists, Optomoterists and a Neurologist. All eye tests come back completely normal (better than 20/20 vision) except for a slight left dry eye but that comes and goes. I just use reading glasses now as I spend a lot of time behind a computer.

I had an EEG and MRI. Both came back normal. My neurologist doesn't seem to have a clue. I think he thinks I am mad.

I have been told it could be an eye teaming problem and is binocular in nature. All the Doctors seem to do the basic tests and once they come back as clear they lose interest in what might be the problem. Its like they are saying just live with it.

I feel like I am avoiding those situations now and it is affecting my life.

I really would appreciate any help or advice/ideas on what this could be and how to solve it.

Thanks
Hello do you still have this problem?

 
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:20 PM   #3
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Re: Vision Issues - Complex Patterns and high contrast problems

Unfortunately I do!

 
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:28 PM   #4
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Re: Vision Issues - Complex Patterns and high contrast problems

I think it's because both your eyes are trying hard to focus and when looking at patterns, it goes haywire. I almost cried hearing that you still have this problem. I hope it doesn't affect you too much.

 
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:27 PM   #5
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I think it's because both your eyes are trying hard to focus and when looking at patterns, it goes haywire. I almost cried hearing that you still have this problem. I hope it doesn't affect you too much.
I think you are right about the focusing thing. It can be irritating to say the least. Its sometimes feels like I am looking through water under these conditions. Like both my eyes are panning the patterns to get the "whole picture". If I go up close to the pattern it goes away. If I close either eye it goes away. If I change rows of text from white on black to black on white it goes away.
Sometimes when i am relaxed and when I am scanning the patterns its not so apparent. Visual acuity is not compromised, no bluriness and I play alot of videogames where so far I have no problems. I have quick reaction times and am able to see at all distances.

On the plus side, At least I know its nothing serious. At least thats all the Specialists and tests say as they never seem to be overly alarmed about my 'condition' and when the tests come back negative they don't want to move forward with anything else,

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