HELP! amblyopic, astigmatic, can't adjust to glasses

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by Julia, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. Julia

    Julia Guest


    I've been trolling the internet for any information that could help
    with my eye issues, but haven't found anything helpful. I'm at wit's
    end, so if you have any advice at all, I would be very grateful!

    I have amblyopia (and a considerable amount of astigmatism) in my left
    eye and have never been able to correct it successfully. I patched it
    when I was a kid, but was never able to find a glasses prescription
    that I could stomach because of the dramatic difference in
    prescriptions between my two eyes. For about 8 years, I exclusively
    wore one contact lens in my right eye and just let it do all the work.
    2 years ago, I developed some kind of painful reaction to the contact
    lens (some suggested GPC, others have said episcleritis or allergies)
    and have not been able to use them since. I then started wearing
    glasses all the time and just used a "balance lens" in the left eye
    (again, letting my right do all the work). I could see fine, but had
    terrible depth perception and peripheral vision in the left eye.

    In October 2005, I decided to get new glasses. My opthamologist
    suggested that I try to correct my left eye. So my prescription went
    from this:

    O.D. -3.25 (spherical), -1.00 (cylindrical), 160 (axis)
    O.S. Balance lens

    To this:

    O.D. -3.25 (spherical), -1.00 (cylindrical), 160 (axis)
    O.S. -3.00 (spherical), -3.50 (cylindrical), 180 (axis).

    I knew it would be very difficult to adjust, and toughed it out for 2
    months. But there was still distortion, particularly at the edges of
    the frames (which were quite large). The optometrist changed the
    material of the lens, thinking that would cut back on the distortion.
    It did a little bit, but things still looked weird. My opthalmologist
    then suggested that I put the prescription in my old, smaller frames to
    try to cut back on edge distortion. This has again helped a little
    bit, but things aren't perfect. I am able to see quite clearly when
    looking straight ahead, but in poor lighting, or cramped quarters (like
    at my desk), or when I turn my head, something is off.

    I don't know what to do! I have put all this effort into adjusting and
    would definitely push through if I knew it would get better.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I'm also wondering if there
    is any kind of long term damage I am doing to either my right or left
    eye by not attempting to correct the left eye?

    Julia, Feb 9, 2006
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  2. Julia

    Julia Guest

    I was told by one doctor that he would never do Lasik on someone with
    my condition because of the repercussions if something went wrong with
    the "good" eye. That kind of scared me away. I would do it in a
    heartbeat if there was a consensus telling me I was a good candidate.
    Julia, Feb 9, 2006
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  3. Julia

    Ann Guest

    Saying that you're trolling on the internet is probably not a good
    idea.. especially on this forum when your email address has the word
    'otis' in it ;-)

    Ann, Feb 12, 2006
  4. Julia

    Dom Guest

    Hehe I thought the same thing!

    Maybe she meant to say 'trawling'!!

    Dom, Feb 15, 2006
  5. Julia

    Dom Guest

    Julia I agree with Robert - maybe your ophthalmologist should start you
    with a lower cylinder, say -150 perhaps, in the left eye. After you get
    used to this (maybe several months or just the next time you need to buy
    new glasses) you could then go to say -250cyl then finally the full
    -350, although you might find that a lower cyl value is enough to give
    you comfortable vision with reasonable depth perception.

    Also the material your lenses are made of could be important here, e.g.
    perhaps a high index material (or especially polycarbonate) could be
    contributing to the off-centre blur you are noticing.

    RGP ("hard") contact lenses could be really great for you - really clear
    vision, absolutely no distortion problems, and virtually no problems
    with GPC, allergies, etc.

    Dom, Feb 15, 2006
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