Blurring question

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Jane, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. Jane

    Jane Guest

    Hello. I'm having trouble seeing with my left eye. At times
    everything is crystal clear; at other times everything is completely
    blurry. Several eye doctors have said it's an eye-teaming problem.
    However, if I cover my right eye so there's no "teaming" involved, the
    left eye goes blurry anyway. Things that seem to make the problem
    worse include reading and anything that flickers (e.g., TV, police
    lights). I had an EEG done by a neurologist, which showed that I have
    "4-5 Hz bursts of electrical activity over both hemispheres, maximally
    in the temporal regions and being markedly increased with photic
    stimulation." My eye doctor and my neurologist are at a loss. Has
    anyone ever heard of something like this?
    Jane, Jun 7, 2006
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  2. Jane

    Dom Guest

    To help find out can you answer these questions...

    When it goes blurry, how would you describe the vision - out of focus?
    Foggy, smoky or hazy? Greyed out or faded? Is all of your vision blurry
    or just the central area?
    How long does the blur last for? Does anything else happen at the same
    time - do you get sore eyes, or a headache, or feel unusual?
    Do you have any health problems either known or suspected? What is your age?

    Dom, Jun 8, 2006
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  3. Jane

    Jane Guest

    I would describe it mostly as out of focus, although sometimes it is
    smeary-blurry, if that makes sense. Like someone took a newly-painted
    oil painting and wiped a hand across it. It's the entire visual field,
    and it's only ever in the left eye.

    The blur lasts anywhere from a couple of minutes to an hour. I don't
    get sore eyes or a headache, although often when something flashes or
    flickers I feel quite motion sick. I've also noticed that my jaw and
    neck get tight, which I attribute to trying to use the muscles of my
    face to pull my vision into focus. Unless maybe it could be the other
    way around?

    I'm 37 and pretty healthy. I had strabismus surgery when I was three,
    but never had any problems other than that I'm pretty bad at catching a
    ball. Reading, though, was always perfectly easy and enjoyable.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply to me!
    Jane, Jun 8, 2006
  4. Jane

    Dom Guest

    I really don't know what you've got - my best guess would be an
    ophthalmic migraine but I'm far from confident about this and you'd
    think the neurologist would have been able to diagnose this.

    Maybe some others have some ideas... good luck trying to solve it!

    Dom, Jun 9, 2006
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