I went to the eye doctor recently.
When I last saw my primary care doctor, she asked if I was going to the eye doctor yearly.
I admitted that while I know I’m supposed to, I haven’t, for several reasons.
First, I think I get a bit of appointment fatigue, and the thought of having one more appointment that seems like it isn’t absolutely necessary is a good way to talk myself into not doing it.
Second, my eye doctor is where my parents live. He saw me when I was born, in the hospital as a two-pound premie, and I have been going to him ever since. But when I am delinquent on appointments, his office sends me nasty grams. Another great way to get me to avoid making an appointment. Maybe these notes should have the opposite effect, but there you go.
Third, every time I go to the eye doctor, he is very judgmental about the medications that I am on. This is very frustrating. My mom thinks he is jus...
Amblyopia is the name for diminished vision in one or both eyes, usually without any obvious defect. Amblyopia is not the same as nearsightedness , farsightedness , or astigmatism , which can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses . There are two main types of amblyopia: "lazy eye" amblyopia, and toxic amblyopia. Lazy eye amblyopia occurs frequently in young children whose eyes do not line up correctly - a condition known as strabismus . To prevent double vision (in which the patient sees two images of everything), the brain suppresses the sight of one eye so that the other eye does all the work. The brain structures dependent on the eye that is not working may atrophy (waste away) or fail to develop. There are usually no obvious symptoms. By the time the condition is recognized, vision may be permanently damaged. Usually, the child appears to see as well as the next child. Sometimes, however, the condition that causes the amblyopia is very noticeable: the eyes may turn eith...
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