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    Jim Henderson NNTP User

    I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    After 38 years of being on this planet, last week I went to see the eye
    doctor, because I've had problems reading my computer displays.

    Turns out I'm weird. Yeah, I know y'all already knew that, but this is a
    visual kind of weird. And not as weird as my wife, so I'm OK on that
    score, too.

    I'm weird because I have uncorrected 20/20 vision - in both eyes combined.

    I have what's called anisometropia. That's a fancy way of saying I'm
    nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. Almost identical
    amounts, too.

    I just picked up my first pair of glasses. And while my brain is still
    adjusting to them being on, I can see a LOT more clearly now. If I keep
    my head and eyes still, things don't jump around in disconcerting ways.

    The doctor said that I didn't *need* glasses per se, but that they would
    make life easier for the days when I'm having a hard time focusing on my
    monitors. Hopefully the headaches will start to ease up or go away.

    It's weird to just sit here at my desk and notice things on the desk that
    have been there for a while - my allergy prescriptions, for example, and
    to be actually able to read them without moving closer to them. In a way
    it feels like I've got a pair of binoculars on; things seem a little
    closer.

    Jim



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    Re: I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    Jim:

    I don't think I've ever heard of that condition. No wonder you were
    getting headaches, with your brain trying to adjust the focus of both
    eyes in different ways so they'd match!

    Susan
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  3. #3
    Jim Henderson NNTP User

    Re: I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 03:58:52 +0000, Susan wrote:

    > Jim:
    >
    > I don't think I've ever heard of that condition. No wonder you were
    > getting headaches, with your brain trying to adjust the focus of both
    > eyes in different ways so they'd match!


    Yeah. It's been an interesting evening in front of the computers. The
    funny thing is that the prescription is +1.25 in one eye and -1.00 in the
    other - so they're almost exactly opposite.

    At distances farther than a few feet, things tend to resolve OK and I can
    read the 20/20 line on the chart without any trouble. But often I found
    that closing one eye or the other (depending on whether it was near or
    far focus that was being a problem), I could see fine.

    I've worn them most of the afternoon/evening now, and while when I first
    put them on (this afternoon or after taking them off for a while), it
    takes a few minutes for my brain to adjust to the new input.

    I'm sure with time that will fade.

    But now I look weird because I'm wearing glasses and never have before
    (other than sunglasses).

    As an unusual (perhaps) aside, the doctor's brother used to work for
    Novell. It's not unusual to run into people around town who either
    worked or know someone who worked (or for that matter who currently work)
    for Novell, but it always surprises me, and even moreso when I recognise
    the name. In this case his brother worked for the company about 10 years
    ago.

    Jim
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    Re: I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    Mariam and I have really bad eyesight. For me, it is a case of very
    highly myopic (-1175 R, -1075 L) plus aging presbiopia (+250 in each for
    reading). Mariam isn't quite so myopic (around -900), but in addition
    to the same degree of prebiopia, she has fairly severe astigmitism.

    On top of that, both of us have developing cataracts which will require
    action in the next 2 to 5 years.

    The thing is, with the high degree of myopia, cataract surgery is much
    more problematic. (instead of a 1 in 50 follow up action required rate,
    it is more like 1 in 5). Our opthamoligist knows of a specialist
    surgeon in California -- and he is recommending against us going to the
    regular opthamologic surgeons as we present too high a risk.




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    Jim Henderson NNTP User

    Re: I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 21:25:50 +0000, Barry Schnur wrote:

    > Mariam and I have really bad eyesight. For me, it is a case of very
    > highly myopic (-1175 R, -1075 L) plus aging presbiopia (+250 in each for
    > reading). Mariam isn't quite so myopic (around -900), but in addition
    > to the same degree of prebiopia, she has fairly severe astigmitism.
    >
    > On top of that, both of us have developing cataracts which will require
    > action in the next 2 to 5 years.
    >
    > The thing is, with the high degree of myopia, cataract surgery is much
    > more problematic. (instead of a 1 in 50 follow up action required rate,
    > it is more like 1 in 5). Our opthamoligist knows of a specialist
    > surgeon in California -- and he is recommending against us going to the
    > regular opthamologic surgeons as we present too high a risk.


    Wow, that's really something....

    Up until this week, I was the only member of my family who didn't wear
    glasses. My younger brother has since the 2nd grade, and both my parents
    and older brothers have for as long as I can remember.

    My vison used to be good enough that I considered going into the Air
    Force as a pilot when I was younger. I couldn't get around the "assumed
    respect" for senior officers, though - my parents taught me that respect
    is earned. Thinking about it, that's odd, though, because my dad was in
    the Army during WWII - he tried to give me some tips on addressing the
    officer who was interviewing me, but I just couldn't do it, not knowing
    him from Adam or why I should respect him apart from the uniform.

    Jim
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    Novell Training Services

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    Jim Henderson NNTP User

    Re: I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 22:07:40 +0000, Jim Henderson wrote:

    > but I just couldn't do it, not knowing him from Adam or why I should
    > respect him apart from the uniform.


    Noticing that I'm in NCC, I should add that now I do have a far better
    understanding, and most members of the military have my respect for what
    they do. :-)

    Jim
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    Novell Training Services

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    Re: I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    > Noticing that I'm in NCC, I should add that now I do have a far better
    > understanding, and most members of the military have my respect for what
    > they do. :-)
    >

    Heck, they get to cope with levels of disrespect far greater than yours
    would have been <smile>



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    Re: I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    Barry:

    I had no idea your eyesight was that bad. I'm betting you'll opt for
    the specialist, which sounds like a wise choice to me. : )

    Susan
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    Re: I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    > I had no idea your eyesight was that bad. I'm betting you'll opt for
    > the specialist, which sounds like a wise choice to me. : )
    >

    Indeed -- we are fortunate in having a long regular history with our
    opthamologist -- at least 15 years -- and he is definitely one of the
    best 'regular' opthamologists. He gets extra points for having two
    lovely friendly cats in his office. For a long time he had a super
    optician in a joint practice he just retired this year. We have the
    sort of prescriptions which are NOT handled by the Lenscrafters for the
    world.


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    Former Novell Support Connection Volunteer Sysop

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    George NNTP User

    Re: I CAN SEE AGAIN!

    Barry Schnur wrote:
    >> I had no idea your eyesight was that bad. I'm betting you'll opt for
    >> the specialist, which sounds like a wise choice to me. : )
    >>

    > Indeed -- we are fortunate in having a long regular history with our
    > opthamologist -- at least 15 years -- and he is definitely one of the
    > best 'regular' opthamologists. He gets extra points for having two
    > lovely friendly cats in his office. For a long time he had a super
    > optician in a joint practice he just retired this year. We have the
    > sort of prescriptions which are NOT handled by the Lenscrafters for the
    > world.
    >
    >

    And sometimes it pays to avoid big box places no matter what. My buddy
    works for one of the companies that sells process equipment to the lens
    industry. His sister went to <insert big box name here> for a
    refraction and glasses with simple lenses.

    She gets the glasses and starts getting weird headaches. She took the
    glasses back and <insert big box name here> took them behind the curtain
    and when they returned they assured her that they "tested" them and she
    just had to get used to them. She tried and then went back only to be
    told she needed to get used to them.

    My buddy found out and got the glasses from her and brought them to a
    local lab that is a customer of his employer. They quickly determined
    that the lenses had abberations in them and they would bin lenses that
    were much better.

    The lab said that the <insert big box name here> places use labs out of
    the country (apparently mostly South America) that are run on a
    shoestring and don't spend the money to maintain the equipment.

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