Near, Far, Wherever You Are, Can't See Anything? What To Expect With Anisometropia And How An Eye Doctor Can Help You


Although most people have unequal refractive or seeing power in their eyes, when there's a significant difference between the strength of vision in each eye, it's called anisometropia. This condition is usually present at birth, although it doesn't always reveal itself until later in life. When it does, you're not likely to be able to see clearly whether you're near, far, or wherever you are, but you're going to want answers (and help) right away.

The Symptoms Of Anisometropia: Seeing Is Not Believing

While any problem with the eyes can leave a person with a slew of uncomfortable symptoms, anisometropia, in its different forms, offers distinct clues to what may be going on with your vision:

  • difficulty seeing things close up (hyperopia) in one or both eyes
  • difficulty making things out that are far away (myopia) in one or both eyes
  • one eye not responding to environmental stimuli as it should
  • both eyes failing to coordinate focus and movement (with each other)
  • headaches
  • a tired and strained feeling in either or both eyes
  • blurred vision, from near or afar
  • occasional or frequent dizziness and/or nausea
  • a strong sensitivity to bright or changing lights

When you can't believe your own eyes, or when they're making you feel sick or uncomfortable, you need to speak with an eye doctor immediately, particularly if you need to drive or operate dangerous equipment or if you could be putting yourself or others in harm's way for any reason. 

Treatment: Eyes On The Prize

Depending on the severity of your anisometropia, you may need surgery to correct the refractive error in one or both of your eyes. Most often, though, an expert analysis will lead to an appropriate recommendation for specialty lenses, with each lens being customized in magnification to correct your vision. Sometimes, vision therapy can help, although complete remediation isn't likely without the assistance of corrective lenses.

If your tropia creates a situation where your eyes are unable to focus on the same subject simultaneously, essentially leaving you cross-eyed, surgical alteration of the affected eye muscle may be advised, which would only involve you being treated as an outpatient. Your diagnosis could reveal simple anisometropia, where only one eye is impaired but the other is still influenced, compound anisometropia, which includes far- or nearsightedness in both eyes, or a mixed version of the condition, which means that both eyes are either far- or nearsighted.

As complicated as it all sounds, though, because the individual state of each eye (being far- or nearsighted) is common, your eye doctor should be able to offer restorative treatment for your impediment in a very efficient and expeditious manner. In fact, refractive errors are one of the most common reasons for vision problems the world over. 

Your Prognosis: The Eyes Don't Have It

Left untreated, this condition may not simply get worse, but your brain may decide to give up on the weaker eye, leading to lazy eye. Lazy eye, or amblyopia, occurs when an insufficient number of signals are processed through the optic nerve and the brain "disconnects" from the eye, either in part or completely. However, with a little attention from your eye doctor, along with a prescription for corrective or contact lenses, your vision should be clear and your brain should adjust accordingly to the corrective method.

When you can't see from near, far, or wherever you are, it's difficult to accomplish much of anything in life, and you could be compromising your own safety and that of others. Don't ignore odd symptoms in your vision, even if they're not happening all the time. You need to see an eye doctor right away.


17 July 2019

protecting your vision as you age

How do you know when you need to get glasses for reading? As we get older, our eyes don't work as well as they once did. I squinted and adjusted my newspaper to make up for my failing eyesight but it wasn't enough after a while. I have talked with my eye doctor about the signs of failing eye sight and what can be done to put it off a bit. Between what my eye doctor has taught me and what I have read in books and online, I have gathered quite a bit of information about protecting your vision and seeing clearly long into your older years.