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Old 10-04-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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Unhappy Right Eye mystifying vision issues

Hello, my name is Michael and I am 22 with glaucoma and poor eyesight (nearsighted).

My glaucoma is under control but I've had an issue with my right eye for a year of which my current eye doc can't (or maybe hasn't tried hard enough) to diagnose or fix. I was able to ignore it but lately it's gotten worse as well as a new issue with my left.

Basically my contact lense in my right eye started not working properly. It was constantly clouding over and blurring up and becoming extremely dry and sticky on my eye if I stared at anything longer than a minute, like a tv. The dryness and stickiness is occasional, but the cloudiness and blurred vision is constant. It would happen even with a fresh brand new pair of contacts within seconds of putting it in. My left never has had this issue. I used to not worry about it too much because I had glasses to change into in the evenings and my vision was fine then.

Since then my glasses broke. When I went to get new ones my usual doc was away so I went to another optometrist for a second opinion and to get my eyes retested from scratch. The gentleman told me after the test that he could not get any more specific and did "overkill" on me. He also reckons the reason for the issue in my right contact was due to poor measurements in the size of my contact so he ordered in a new size and brand.

It's been a week and my right contact does the exact same thing. Also now I notice my vision in general to seem to be a bit more blurred than usual. My left seems to be straining and refocusing on something in the distance to say my phone is borderline painful in the way my vision feels as if it's struggling to refocus. My distance vision seems slightly warped and blurred and not nearly as crisp. My glasses aren't nearly as bad but I notice my right eye isn't as clear as my left now even with the glasses and once again my vision in general just not as crisp as it once was. I definitively remember my previous pair of of glasses was better.

I see my normal optometrist next week and hope he can shed light on this. What concerns me is how sure my recent visit was about my prescripotion yet it feels anything but perfect to me. It's been causing me eyestrain anxiety and headaches and hope for some insight.

Is my prescription off? have I developed an eye disorder? Is it simply a matter of fine tuning my prescription? And if anyOne can shed light on the right contact issue I'd be greatly appreciative as it mystifies me. If they can a least get my prescription right I'm debating LASIK.

Thanks, Michael

 
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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Re: Right Eye mystifying vision issues

I would at least wonder if you might have Sjogren's syndrome causing your eye (s) to be dry. That would make contacts uncomfortable and sticky because of lack of tears. This syndrome usually causes dry mouth too, so you might just ask about it next visit. There is a test on the eye that can be done, as well as blood tests. If it turns out you do have that, I would get a nice new pair of glasses and forget contacts, as they will always be a struggle.

 
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:04 PM   #3
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Re: Right Eye mystifying vision issues

Hi Michael,
It's probably not a good idea to have Lasik done if you have glaucoma. It can cause problems in the future should you require filtering surgery. Also, many people have more vision problems after lasik than they did before.

I hope you are treated by a Glaucoma Specialist. If so, I'd discuss all this with him or her; you may get more insight into the problem and an objective opinion about Lasik. Perhaps the contac lens problem is being caused by medication you take to control eye pressure.

Good luck!

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #4
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Re: Right Eye mystifying vision issues

Hello,
I would agree with bleue that it isn't a good idea to get LASIK due to your glaucoma. YOu are nearsighted which would make sense that your distance vision is blurry. Also, contact lens wear often causes dry eyes and can often irritate the cornea and even scratch it. THe first thing the doctor would look at would be your prescription since your symptoms are at a distance.... WHat kind of eye exam do they give you for prescription. I would ask them and if they are able to do a manifest refraction as it is more accurate. I am guessing from what i read that you have glaucoma in the left eye. SO, you are probably on alphagan or cosopt (glaucoma meds), and I hope that you do see a glaucoma specialist... so the eye in which you don't have glaucoma usually compensates for the eye with the glaucoma so eventually your vision may decrease... SO, an eye exam would be first thing to look at however you are too young for what i am about to suggest but did they look at your cataract. Cataracts causes blurred and cloudy vision.. that could be another thing but doubt it since you are young... ANyway, i know this isn't much help but it is something... Hope things go well at your next visit.

 
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