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Weird Vision problem. or, "HELP ME! I CAN'T FREAKING SEE!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by PollyBass, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Alright. here the deal.

    Sometimes, for no reason at all, parts of my field of vision get messed up, and I can't see parts of things. like right now, i'm looking at the bottom of my screen, and can't see (In my field of vision) my hands typing on the keyboard. If i look at the keyboard, i can't see, out of the corner of my eye, so to speak, my screen. it's like these parts are distorted moving, flashing color. like parts of what should be in the field of vision, but it's like this, moving, screwed up, constant,, like ,,, imagine colored tv snow in parts of your vision. it sometimes happens after a head ache, and most of the time, for no reason at all. what the CRAP IS HAPPENING? It's hard even to read! i have to look certain ways and read one or two words at a time.,,,,ahhh, it's VERY hard to explain. anyone else have this problem? i don't understand it.

    PS: It gets slightly better and fads. sometimes I don't even realize it went away.
  2. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    well if you can read this:

    (oculist/eye doctor)

    Here's the list of causes I can think of:
    A)parasite is your eye (have you been eating pork lately? eating out in unsanitary places?)
    B)Small Tumor (compressing the optic nerve/ nerver track)
    C)Migraine/mild epilepsy

    or something less severe

    anyways you all know how much I hate talkbassers asking for medical help on the forums(when you Americans have such great medical attention and facilities)

    this isn't like tendinitis, go see a doctor asap
  3. See a eye specialist. Or go to a Optometrist and have a free check first.


  4. Probably migraines. I would see a neurologist before I saw an optometrist, though--eye doctors only deal with the optics, and not the processing.
  5. Sounds like what I get at the start of a migraine attack! I suffer from classic migraine - visual aura, nausea and headache usually located in a specific region of my noodle!

    The visual aura comes from the fact that where the optic nerve leaves the back of your eyeball you have a 'blind spot'. Your brain however updates the picture you see at about 30 Hz, so it 'fills in' the blank bit!

    Migraine's stop this filling in effect and sometimes you can't read, walk into people (done this), walk into the edge of doors (yup that too) etc.

    Like the others I suggest you see a doctor first - they'll help diagnose exactly what the issue is, and get you on the right medication!
  6. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Could also be high blood pressure, but you are way too young for that. Also, diabetes and quite a few other things based on my very limited knowledge. Go and see a doc asap.
  7. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    I knew it Polly, you are on hallunicagenic drugs :D
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I agree about going to see an optician or whatever they call them in the US!! ;)

    Make an appointment now!!

    But I would like to reassure you about this as I have experienced the same phenomenon, several times. I started to get headaches and would get this phenomenon, where parts of my field of vision would break up and it was almost like a kaleidoscope effect where color was refracted or like in a prism -so that I couldn't read.

    But I think it was obvious to me that it was because my eyes were too tired - I had been staring at a computer screen for too long and when I visited my optician they confirmed this.

    So - I explained elsewhere, how they told me that everyone no matter what, has one eye slightly better than the other. If you stare at a fixed point like a computer screen for long periods, then the weaker eye is having to work very hard and eventually gives up with fatigue.

    So - either you do it much less - basically, give up using a computer - or as I did - you get glasses for reading and computer use. So the glasses equalise your eyes so that one isn't working much harder than the other - you still need to have regular breaks etc. but the fatigue isn't so bad.

    So - just before I got glasses, (only for this - I don't wear them normally) I was getting headaches and these "visual disturbances" quite frequently - but since wearing glasses for PC use, I haven't had it all!! :)
  9. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    That's interesting.

    I've been using computers a lot for several years now, and in my work I spend all day using them.

    But, I've never had any eye trouble - nothing of the sort people have described.

    Maybe it's because I don't spend a lot of time staring at the screen? I mean, I naturally look around, look out the window, or whatever. And when I'm thinking, I don't just stare at the screen, I usually stare out the window for a bit, or look around - or wander around in circles :)
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    My trouble - I'm sure a lot of people around here will be the same! - is that I now work all day on a PC for my job and then for a "break" I switch Windows and look at TB!

    I think that obviously some people have better eyes than others and so the small defects might not show up, but the longer you do it and the older you get, the higher the chance. Some people need glasses in their teens, others only when they get past 35...

    The optician said it was a common problem and was sure that the "visual disturbance" thing was related to fatigue (nothing more serious) and as I say, since wearing glasses for reading and PC work, I have not had a recurrence of this problem! :)
  11. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Wanna bet? the doctor was horrified i had so high of a blood pressure for a 18 year old. said it was scary... i have to go to work,,, i'll responde to the rest of the stuff when i get back........
  12. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I've had the same weird and scary thing happen three or four times, and it has always been after being unusually stressed or tense. Strange kaleidoscope "worms" or flashes that start at the perifery of the field of vision, growing inwards, and a lack of sharp vision at the center. It has been accompanied by a blistering headache as well, something I almost never have. It happened once after a very intense day at a motorcycle race track that included a minor crash, and two or three times at my PC after dealing with problematic projects and almost uninterrupted phone calls from morning to evening. I think you should see a doctor for your peace of mind, but chances are it's just stress or fatigue related. Take a break, lie down and try to relax when it happens and it will most likely go away in an hour.

    PS. Don't use this as medical advice, talk to that doctor.
  13. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Ok, so this morning, i got in to a local "Eye Doctor". Turns out I have migranes.... arent migranes like, unbearable pain? i get MASSIVE pain sometimes right on top of my eyes, and at the base of my skull. but sometimes when these things happen, the headache thats before and after is not that big of a problem. what i'm SEEING is exaclty what bruce is describing,,,,,,Maybe I need a new opinion?
    I do stare at the screen for a while, and sometimes I catch myself just straring at the screen.......
  14. Well, I've had 'classic' migraine attackes for the last 22 years. They vary in intensity, but follow the nausea with 'aura' (the visual distortions that I spoke about in a previous post) and then a fairly intense pain usually a sharp one at one side of my head!

    The headache varies, sometimes lasting for a couple of days , but usually only obvious when I'm starining - so no working out! Sometimes the headache ins't anything special, and then there was the time my hands and face went numb!

    It might well be worth seeking a second opinion, but if it is migraine, there is medication that I've been on for years that helps! Sanomigran (Pizotifen) helps prevent or minimise the severity of attacks. Imigran, is a drug you take when you detect the onset of the attack - like the aura or nausea! These do help make life that bit more bearable - I actually know people who take Imigran injections (self administered) to help deal with an attack!

    Hope you reach a concluson whatever you end up having!:)

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