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The World, It Looks Weird

I have new eyeglasses. They have snazzy rose-red frames (very thin - it's a clear red coating over a wire frame). And for the first time in ages, I have the "new glasses distorted world" effect, especially in my left eye. They really had to up the correction on that one - I'm starting a cataract in that eye, apparently.   :-(   Eventually it'll need an operation (anywhere from 3 to 10 years, the optometrist said)

I swear that this is the year that the warranty ran out on chomiji-nee-chan ... .

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fmanalyst
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
How do you know that you're starting a cataract? Was it part of your eye exam or do you have some kind of symptom? I'm curious because cataracts run on my dad's side of the family.
chomiji
Nov. 3rd, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)

It was part of the eye exam. We both noticed, during the preliminary visual assessment, that my left eye had become worse, which was unusual at my age. For the past decade, the only changes in my vision has been a slight improvement in my distance vision and a slight worsening of my near vision - both symptoms of presbyopia ("Hey lady, your eyes are gettin' old!"), and both curable by adjustments in the bifocal perscription. So this change was something to check out. The optometrist (an O.D., not a technician) peered around with various scopes and things and told me that I had a cataract starting.

His reputation is good, so I have no reason to doubt what he's saying, but I will get things checked out by an ophthalmologist before I go any further in dealing with it.

My eyes have been odd most of my life: I was cross eyed as a child, then far sighted, and then near sighted, without ever attaining normal vision. And I mean really near-sighted: -9.5 diopters in the left eye, currently, and the right at about -8.5. By contrast, the Young Lady's perscription (she just started needing glasses for distance, such as seeing the board clearly from the back of the classroom) is -1.5.

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