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#1 of 9 Old 11-14-2007, 04:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My husband has very very severe astigmatism and myopia. He has worn glasses since age 2, contacts since age 5 (as glasses themselves can't be made with a steep enough curve for him to have vision to drive. Major coke bottle lenses that still don't work enough for him to function.
The last few years, he has been having problems with his contacts. He seems to not be able to get any that work as well. One of his eyes has gotten much worse. The other night he was driving with the family in the car on a dark road, and there was a tractor in front of us. I warned him about it, but I shudder to think what would have happened had I not been there he DID NOT SEE IT!
We seem to be beyond the expertise of local doctors and I am thinking we will need to drive to LA or San Fransisco to see some kind of specialist. I am afraid he is going blind :
Anyone BTDT?? Any advice welcome!
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I would look into seeing a specialist!
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Definitly time for a specialist. Have they tried prisims on his lenses? Is there any type of eye surgery he can have? An old acquaintance used to wear contacts & glasses(no idea what her specific issues were). She ended up with some sort of eye surgery & only had to wear contacts after that.

If he didn't see a tractor that's major & I would keep him from driving.

I am nearsighted too & have a slight astigmatism. My nearsightedness is bad, -7 & -8.25 though I know something has changed & I have to get rechecked. My astigmatism doesn't affect enough to need correction in my lenses. They've changed the charts since my last exam, but at an exam I can't see the big E with my glasses off.

My mom, otoh, is nearsighted but has a bad astigmatism. Her nearsightedness is not bad, -3 & -4. Her astigmatism is horrible though & she has prisims put on her lenses to help with it, though they no longer help as much & she has some muscle issues now.
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Definitly time for a specialist. Have they tried prisims on his lenses? Is there any type of eye surgery he can have? An old acquaintance used to wear contacts & glasses(no idea what her specific issues were). She ended up with some sort of eye surgery & only had to wear contacts after that.

If he didn't see a tractor that's major & I would keep him from driving.

I am nearsighted too & have a slight astigmatism. My nearsightedness is bad, -7 & -8.25 though I know something has changed & I have to get rechecked. My astigmatism doesn't affect enough to need correction in my lenses. They've changed the charts since my last exam, but at an exam I can't see the big E with my glasses off.

My mom, otoh, is nearsighted but has a bad astigmatism. Her nearsightedness is not bad, -3 & -4. Her astigmatism is horrible though & she has prisims put on her lenses to help with it, though they no longer help as much & she has some muscle issues now.
I just looked at one of his contact bottles, and that eye is -14.5 I am not sure if that is the bad or "good" eye.:
As far as surgery, his retina is so stretched paper thin because of the curvature, it is not a possibility. Maybe in a big city by a specialist, but there is a pretty big risk of blindness.

We are definitely going to have to limit the night driving. That is really hard for a 33 year old guy who loves to drive and is a very good driver (no tickets, can find his way around the whole state, etc.
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Well, it sounds like he needs a really good eye doctor. Not all eye doctors are created equal. I have some slightly unusual eyes issues, and I went through three eye doctors before finding the one I'm currently with. (I actually contacted a research university and asked them for references. I was starting to get desperate!) He's helped me improve my vision quite a bit, where the other docs didn't have quite enough knowledge to be able to do so.
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What kind of problem is he having? Is it that he is not able to get a strong enough prescription, or is it that the functionality of the contacts decreases with wear time?
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Does he have keratakonis? Your mention of the steep curvature made me wonder. You can get corneal transplants for that. I would see a specialist, that way you can have some sort of idea what is going on. Also, if he couldn't see the tractor, he should not be driving until he gets checked out. You don't want him or someone else to get killed.

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Well, it turns out that the reason the one eye was getting so bad is that HE HAS A CATARACT! He has been seen by three eye dr's in the last year and none of them caught it because he is so young. For pete's sake, even I could see his pupil was cloudy when I looked at it last night!! I guess that they are not even thinking of that in a 33 year old healthy person.
He also has keratakonis, so you get a diagnosis prize lastrid
Thanks for your support! I will be calling a specialist in LA today to get an appointment!
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hi rose, im very very nearsighted too. Having myopia since school, i know when i feel my vision is blurry, is sure i need stronger prescription, so i is time to visit eyedoctor and for me is solving with new lenses.
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