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 What's wrong with my eyes?
I got my first pair of glasses this summer, but other than that, my eyes are supposedly perfectly fine (my perscription isn't that bad) but recently i have noticed:

1. things are ...

 Sun glasses?
i have a pair of perscriptionless sunglasses i bought abraod and really like them, unfortunatly i cant wear them anymore because i need perscription glasses as im short sighted. would i be able to ...

 How is the cornea cut in laser surgery?
I'd like to have it done but the thought of the cornea being cut freaks me out! How is it done?...

 Whats the approximate cost of laser eye surgery?

 Does anyone see like black dots in your vision, and they move as you move your eyes around??

 Laser Vision Correction?
I am thinking about getting vision correction surgery....what are the risks? Has anyone had any bad experiences?...

 After Lasik eye surgery, can your vision still worsen?
If you're nearsighted, you get Lasik and you're vision goes back to 20/20, can your eyes still get worse later?...

 My daughter has pink eye and was prescribed azasite 1% ophth solution today, I have a couple thgs worrying me
Well she just had her first drops but in about 2 or 3 hours ago, her eyes seem redder right now but she has been crying. But one weird thing kinda scared me, she had one of those little boogers in ...

 How can you tell if your contact is inside out or not?

 Do contact lens need a prescription?
if yes how do i know which one to buy at a store,i don't have the prescription....yet

and do your contacts have the same prescription as eyeglasses
because i wore this ...

 Contact lenses make my eyes red and bother me..?
It's normally only one eye that turns red, they like to alternate I suppose. But after it starts to turn red, I stop wearing my contact lenses for about a week or until the redness goes away. T...

 Can astigmatism be treated with LASIK surgery?
I have astigmatism in one eye. Can they treat my condition with LASIK so I won't have to wear eyeglasses or contacts?...

 Do contacts hurt?
Im getting contacts soon...and im really freakd out but i want them really bad. Do they hurt to put in and take out? What if they get stuckkkkk!!!!!!?...

 How To Get Rid Of Glasses?
Hi there =)
I am 13 years old and I have glasses,
everyone that I meet tells me to somehow get rid of them.
I don't know how though. Do you have any ideas on how to improve my ...

 What are the chances that my eyesight could get worse and worse until I go blind?
I'm nearsighted, and my eyesight got quite a bit worse recently, and I didn't think much about it at the time, but lately I've been worrying...

What are the chances that my ...

 Eye surgury?
I would like to have eye surgury. I live in Va...any suggestions on a good place?...

 Is is dangerous to see a strobe-like light with dilated eyes?

 Do contacts make your eyes look different if your perscription is strong?
Im not sure but someone told me that if your perscription is strong, when you wear contacts your eyes will look different. Is this true? I've been wearing contacts and my perscription is strong ...

 How long can you really use one pair of contacts before theyre no good? they said 2 weeks for each pair but ..
i want to save them for as long as possible. i have to buy my own contacts and theyre wicked expensive.

how long can u really keep a pair before theyre no good ..

also, how ...

 Why do your eyes hurt after looking at a computer?
if you look at a computer for a long time, then close your eyes they kind of burn. There is no point to this question. i was just curious :]!! thanks!!...

Katie T
Blurred vision -astigmatism?
My mom has astigmatism and had to get glasses in her mid twenties. I'm 22 and always hope I would get my dads good vision - he's 53 and only wears reading glasses he picked out himself at walgreens. Anyway, back in the spring I noticed that powerpoint presentations were a little blurry for me. The first time I noticed it I thought maybe I was just tired and my eyes weren't focusing but it hasn't really gone away, but not gotten worse. It just looks like a copy of the text is taken and moved up just slightly from the original, just making things fuzzy. I can still read fine but it's annoying that things are a little blurry. I know I need to go have my eyes checked. But I noticed the other day that if I put my chin down and look out of the top of my eyes, everything is perfectly clear. I know this sounds crazy but its true!! Has anybody else with astigmatism or near sightedness noticed this?
Additional Details
I have tried covering one eye and one of them (my right I think) seems to be worse but I don't have perfect vision with either one of them. My mom has both an astigmatism and nearsighteness. I have used a computer a lot during the past 4-5 years which has probably contributed to the problem.

Michael P
What happens if you cover one or the other eye?

To see if you have astigmatism and/or nearsightedness you have to go to the eye exam. Based on your description it is very possible that you have astigmatism.

In case you have, don't worry. There are eye exercises than can reduce astigmatism and other refractive disorders. I used to be nearsighted with slight astigmatism and was able to completely improve my vision with these exercises. For more information about eye exercises go here:


Hope this helps!

Best regards,

it sounds like you have astigmatism. which you perfectly described in the phrase: "It just looks like a copy of the text is taken and moved up just slightly from the original."

I have it too. it runs in the family. it is different from nearsightedness, in that, if you are merely nearsighted, you just won't be able to see things that are far off. but astigmatism actually makes letters look like they're on a badly printed flyer.

sometimes, like in my case, nearsightedness is coupled with astigmatism. the best thing you can do is to see an eye doctor. there is a 90% chance that he will ask you to wear glasses (or contacts, as long as your "grade" isn't too high).

nearsightedness can still go away in time, and with constant use of your glasses. but as for astigmatism, we've been told that it doesn't go away, although it can be minimized.

contrary to some beliefs, wearing glasses can actually help correct some problems. a good doctor will prescribe glasses that have a slightly lower grade than what your eyes actually need. this'll ensure that your eyes don't hurt from glasses that are too "sharp."

hope this helps.

I have astigmatism and my eyesight can differ from day to day. I do wear glasses (very weak) but try to not over use them too much. I find the amount of time i spend on the pc, or reading, or how much sleep can be a factor.

I was given the advice of when at a pc for a long time, every half hour to walk around and look at something at a distance so your eyes can refocus

My eyes can be as bad as i cant read the text on my monitor or in a book to as good as being nearly perfect as it was before i got my glasses, (7-8 years ago)

I was pretty much told the more you use glasses the more your eyes adapt to them and the more you'll need them

Astigmatism means that you are not focusing correctly. In the dictionary it says "point without focus".

Usu sally when you work for a long time on a computer at close range it is normal for you to get tired. You should take short breaks so your eyes have time to readjust. Also you should wear eyeglasses with either an antireflective coating or a # 1 magenta for the glare. If you should have a small amount of astigmatism this should not only make the words clearer but also relax your eyes so you do not get eyestrain.

Have your eyes examined at least once a year. When getting new eyeglasses always go back to the prescriber within a short period of time if the eyeglasses do not perform for their intended use!

Patients with astigmatism actually have two different prescriptions in the same eye located 90 degrees apart. So, for instance, you may have one prescription vertically in the eye and a totally different one along the horizontal meridian. This explains how tilting your head down can improve vision. By tilting your head down you are causing your upper lid to cover the upper portion of the cornea and thereby masking the upper half of your vertical prescription. Even though this may not be as clear as wearing an appropriate prescription for your astigmatism (assuming that's what the problem is) masking half of your astigmatism will improve your vision somewhat. Hope this helped.

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