Astigmtism & prescription eyeware

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by acronym, May 4, 2009.

  1. So my last thread was poorly titled, few deep purple fans our there it would seem.

    Does anyone have astigmatism, the "black dot" vision impairment, and if so, how best to deal with it?

    My last eye test, about a decade ago, said i was "borderline" for needing glasses to drive.
    What the hell? My vision was generally good at the time, to......shit, most modern cars produce a blind spot the size of a truck with the safety column style frames, and the eye level boots.

    How good are my eyes? Great, but i am overwhelmingly reluctant to go for another eye test, just in case they aren't what i imagined, and i know they aren't what I would hope.

    Can prescription lenses fill the gap?
  2. ah ha, needing prescription lenses when you didn't before will help you "see" you ain't what you used to be.:cool:
  3. Yes, thanks for that.


    No optometrists, huh? That would be a good profession, i know dentists etc get the big bucks, but.......well, mouths, rotten teeth, breath etc.....

    Yeah, my left eye can get a bit dodgy at times, but im not sure what role the astigmatism plays in it, just wondering how helpful lenses could be. (yes, lenses-im not using the G word just yet)
  4. I think you are mixing astigmatism, and Age Related Macular Degeneration. The "black dot" I'm pretty sure is associated with ARMD not astigmatism. I probably have had an astigmatism since I was born, but diagnosed at age 4. I've been using glasses and/or contacts since then. I hate both! :D I have always had the hard, or Rigid gas permeable contact lenses. They now have soft that work with an astigmatism. I stay with the rigid/hard because I've noticed that my vision after I take them out stays what must be close to 20/20 for awhile after they are removed. I think it has to do with them reshaping the eye while they are in, but unfortunately it's not permanent. I sit in bed at night and read the Wall Street Journal without my lenses or glasses and have no problems.
    I have never had a problem passing my drivers vision test without lenses and I have a fairly severe astigmatism. For flying I do have to wear lenses and disclose it for my physical, or they send the FAA medical police after you.
    There's my story.
  5. Hmm, maybe it was "stigmatism", i know its not stigmata, bleeding from the palms of the hands etc, but im certain it was the result of injury to the eye area.
    No way could i wear contacts, having anything touching my eyeball gives me the creeps-i was calling glasses "lenses" :)
  6. if by black dot you're referring to floaters, then it's generally harmless and has nothing to do with astigmatism. but the only way to know for sure is to see a couple of optometrists and get their opinions
  7. Not floaters, get them seperately, this is persistent-"If symptoms persist, see your doctor"
  8. Got macualar degeneration and glaucoma mixed up, its been a long time. Astigmatism is a malformed lenses that causes light rays to distort and prescription lenses correct that. Everyone has a blind spot where the optic nerve attaches to the retina. You need an ophthamologist not an eyeglass specialist if your'e having a distinct invasion of your vision as you describe ...the sooner the better or it could get worse fast ...good luck. :(

  9. Yeah, i know about the "blind spot" everyone has, this is a little different-the place where most have a blind spot is actually a larger, "opaque" (ie, darker) blind spot, that can follow the vision around, (very noticeably follow focus) PLUS some double vision at distance, depending on conditions or tired, sometimes to blurry for comfort quite close.

    Huge light sensitivity to.

    My guess is general deterioration, shit lifestyle/habits exacerbating underlying condition, plus the mofo who did everything but fracture that eyesocket so many years ago. Lets face it, when both eyeballs fill with blood, and 7 stitches in your eyebrow is required, that can't be a good thing for vision.

    It occurs to me, the muscle damage was significant enough to cause fibrous neuralgia, it would appear that damage has effected the other optic muscles.

    The great news, is from some accounts, glasses could help this!!


    Your an eye-guy omegapoint, or a customer?
  10. I hope it is not the beginning of your retina becoming detached. That's nasty. Might want to see an eye doctor fast.
    #10     May 8, 2009