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Old 10-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #1
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So frustrated. Tech said one thing, ophthalmologist another

My vision suddenly has taken on a slanted appearance, like the words and text slant and slope.. I went to my eye doctor last Wednesday who looked at the back of my eye and found nothing, said everything was normal. The symptoms continued. Then I called him back and he said to come in for a full eye exam, maybe I have an astigmatism. In the meantime, I did some research on my own about eye issues and read that sometimes eye movement disorders can cause some symptoms. So yesterday I went to my full eye exam. I mentioned to the tech about the eye movement disorder thing and she said she would check that. She did one test, it was fine. That was the one where you follow the pen left and right, up and down. Second test is called "the cover test" where an eye is covered and then you check the other eye for movement. She administered that test and instantly said I had mild movement in both eyes and that was not normal. I almost died. My heart was pounding with nerves. Then she found an astigmatism too. I read about how eye movement disorders (lazy eye) can be very normal in children but in adults suddenly acquired, it can indicate brain disease such as brain tumors, MS, stroke, other. I was so nervous. I waited to see my eye doctor who came in and was just focused on writing out my new eye prescription. I then asked him if it's possible that I have an eye movement disorder. He said he's never seen that in me, why do I ask? I said the tech scared me, she said on the second test where you cover the eye, I had movement and that was not normal. He literally kept writing out he prescription. I then bluntly asked him to do those eye movement tests because I was upset over what the tech said. So then he had me follow his pen, passed that. Then he did a version of the cover test which didn't seem as textbook as the tech did but he still had me cover one eye and he watched the other. Then he goes, "I don't see it' meaning he didn't see any movement or problem. I was relieved but then wondered why I had to force the two tests in the first place, if the second one was even accurate since he did it in a different way or if he was humoring me so much he really wasn't even concentrating on the testing if that makes sense. So I am concerned and wonder why the tech said that was not normal, he looks (half-assing maybe) and says there was no movement. What gives? Now, I am freaking out I have a brain tumor or something like that.

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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Re: So frustrated. Tech said one thing, ophthalmologist another

I am no Dr., but I would say to relax. I had been to 4 retina specialists before I had my Vitrectomy ERM peel and then 6 Cataract specialists before I selected my Cataract surgeon. All I can say is that there is a huge variety of Dr. styles, testing techniques, surgery techniques, and the amount of information they give you at appointments. Most are rushed and only do the bare minimum and only seem to react to patient's requests for most of the testing.
After my serious retina surgery I was stunned to find out that the surgeon didn't really care much about me or the details of my vision on followup appts. And he was the best one I found of the 4 I interviewed !
Bottom line advice...ask questions over and over until you get satisfactory answers...don't let the Doctors give you the typical "rushed appt." . When not feeling good about your answers, just find another Doctor based on research and recommendations.
You are most likely "normal" without any disorder like the Tech may have indicated...but if you have any doubts, see another specialist.

Hope this helps.

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