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Old 02-15-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Vision Problems

Hi,

I'm new to this forum and have finally got round to joining

For nearly 10 years now I have noticed problems with my vision (I am 23).

It started when I had my first Migraine with aura when I was thirteen roughly in September '03 (sad i remember the date, I know). From then onwards I began to notice changes in my vision such as objects not looking clear (i.e. looks like they are shimmering) and a general haze in my vision.

I complained about this to my parents who took me to the optician and she said my eyesight was good, better than 20/20. I was about 14 at this point.

So I just had to 'get on with' and put up with this (what's the alternative right?)

However gradually over the years my vision is slowly getting worse and worse. I'm not talking about ability to read from distance, I mean the quality of my vision in general.

The other symptoms which have developed are :

Seeing Halos around all lights. Street lights are the worst and an increased sensitivity to car headlights.

Inability to go to the cinema as my eyes cannot handle the white on a cinema screen.

I cannot watch old televisions which are not LCD,LED or plasma as they just appear fuzzy, especially in my peripheral vision. They are just a fuzz to me.

In some places certain types of light constantly flicker and when I ask if other people who are there see this too, they reply no. Sometimes lights will just generally flicker in the corner of my eye.

Visual disturbances as if someone has just turned off the light and turned it back on again in a millisecond. Also, going from bright to dimmer and back again really quickly. (Happens on a constant basis)

Difficulty reading at work, for example if i lay pieces of paper in front of me on my desk my eyes can't handle it. This was the same when I was at school and University. Making it very hard to concentrate.

I also have eye floaters but they are not too bad, they are not as bad as the ones I have seen on YouTube. They only affect me on overcast days but I generally always wear shades if the is any sort of sun in the sky.

When looking at the sky, its as if there are thousands of fireflies burning up and going out really quickly.

When shopping its really hard to look at items on the shelves as they all seems to have a shimmer and again my eyes can't handle it.

Oh and before anyone says this is a migraine, that has been ruled out by everyone because they say there's no way its a 10 year long migraine. Plus I've seen enough migraine aura to know when and when not it is this.

Were there are all my symptoms, Phew! it feels weird to finally write them down! I'm in a hurry so if I remember any more I'll tell you later on.

I have been telling my parents about this for years and they keep taking me to the opticians who say my eyes are are great.

It got to the stage where I got them to take me to the best eye doctor in Aberdeen (U.K) and another one who is one of the best in the U.K. They could not find any problems with my vision.

The worst part of all of this is, my parents don't believe me. As soon as the opthamologist says my eyes are healthy, they say I'm making it up.

Seriously why would I waste 10 years of my youth/life complaining about this and feeling miserable if I was just making it up? I want to live my life to the full! I have aspirations of becoming a filmmaker and my production company is really gathering some momentum and I've got this problem 24/7!

So this is where I am, slowly being driven crazy by something I can't escape.

If anyone has similar problems please let me know. Seriously there must be someone out there who knows what's going on, with 6 billion people on the planet I can't be the only one!

Thanks for reading guys. You never know, I might make it into a movie one of these days! haha!

Andrew

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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Re: Vision Problems

Never "been there" so I can't help except to suggest seeing an eye doctor, which I realize you may have already done but just forgot (I think) to mention. There's probably plenty of people here who can help you some. Good luck.

 
Old 02-17-2013, 09:11 AM   #3
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Re: Vision Problems

I don't think an optician is the correct person to be seeing about this; he only performs testing for corrective lenses. You need to see a good ophthalmologist; someone who, if necessary, can refer you to other specialists such as a neuro-ophthalmologist if necessary. Wondering if you saw an optometrist rather than an ophthalmolgist? Were your eyes dilated so the retina & optic nerve could be examined? Were your eye pressures taken? These are important components of a good eye exam, not one checking visual acuity but looking for signs of problems internally in the eye.

Migraines have been shown to interuppt blood flow to the eye and part of the brain. This might be part of the problem. If you're not being treated for them, that's something for you to do - preventing them from happening, especially if they happen often can be of help. If they happen often and are severe, get a recommendation for a doctor who specializes in migraines.

So I think you should pursue a two-pronged course: one for the eyes and one for the migraines. Hopefully that will ultimately help discover the cause of your problem.

Hope it all works out for you, including your plans of filmmaking!

 
Old 02-17-2013, 06:29 PM   #4
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Re: Vision Problems

I have been to see a Consultant Opthalmic Surgeon but that was over 2 years ago, I have seen him two times in fact. He took my eye pressure and dilated my pupils, he is very well respected in his field.

You are correct, I saw my optician only a month ago and he said my eyes were fine butt I should get a proper examination.

I've always had the flashing lights now and again but now I am experiencing them on a very constant basis maybe 10-15 flashes an hour.

I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and I think I may push for a referral to a specialist.

As for the migraine aspect, I used to suffer from them 3-4 times a year from age 14-17 then they became less frequent and I had my last one almost 5 years ago. So I think I have grown out of them.

I really want to fix this for my parents too you know, they feel helpless about this and it makes them sad and worry. I try not to worry them about it and not tell them but they still worry. They're good people and don't deserve this stress.

Thank you for your kind words.

 
Old 02-21-2013, 01:37 PM   #5
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Re: Vision Problems

My GP is referring me to a neurologist, there's a new one!

This flickering is getting worse and worse and is beginning to scare me, I hope this won't be another permanent symptom.

I had a massive row with my parents about this. They still don't believe me and say I'm making it up because the doctors say my eyes are healthy. They say 'you want to be ill', you're kidding right?

So I have decided I'm going to turn this into a film. The script is currently being written and it will cover my journey over this past decade.

The filming will incorporate a technique called 'POV' or 'Point of View' and in this I will include all of the disturbances I see within my visual field using SFX.

Two birds with one stone a cracking film in the pipeline (i never accept anything far from perfection) and finally a chance to show my doctors, parents and friends what I have been describing all these years!

 
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