Vision Problems - Does this explain a lot???

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    Nov 06, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    This story may be lengthy, so bear with me...

    I moved to a new town about a year ago because of a new job. I took out vision insurance - something I never had before. It's nearing the end of the year and I had some Flexible spending account money that I haven't used this year, so since I've lost a bunch of weight and could use some new glasses that fit my thinner face, I decided to go.

    I have had glasses since I was about 19 because in college I was getting headaches while studying, and I have glasses mostly for eye strain. However, the doctor did tell me that my eyes pull in when things are up close, but they don't cross. It didn't seem like a big deal.

    So, the other day I was at this new eye doctor and he ran some sort of test called a Prism test where he place two objects on opposite sides and moved them closer together and wanted me to tell him when one was on top of the other. Well, it took an unusually long time He said that this was a big problem. He is giving me some special prism lenses.

    Growing up, I really sucked at sports. I would strike out at T-Ball. People have made fun of me my entire life. I think one of the reasons I was not into sports was because I got tired of being made fun of for not being able to do simple things that other kids were doing. I would try, but when someone would throw a ball toward me, I would tend to move out of the way because I would think it was going to hit me. 9 times out of 10, I will not catch something thrown at me.

    I have been told that I am lazy my entire life. - But does this explain it? And an even bigger question, is it too late for me to get glasses that might help correct it and could I learn to play a sport?

    I would love to supplement my new health initiative by being able to play a sport, but because of my poor hand-eye coordination, I just don't want to face the rejection and humiliation again. Am I too old to retrain my coordination?

    Has anyone ever heard of this, or am I crazy?
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    It appears from your post that your new eye doctor has discovered a previously un-treated condition, which is a great thing - now you can get corrective lenses that will help you live and see better. That said, since you have lived your entire life up to this point without proper lenses, to think that you will automatically be able to play sports that require a great deal of hand-eye coordination is probably unrealistic, at least in the short term.

    Get the new lenses, and begin the adaptation process - good vision is as much an eyeball-function issue as it is a brain-adaptation/interpretation issue, so it will likely take some time for the two to function properly together. I learned this when I had Lasik surgery about 10 years ago, which corrected not only my near-sightedness, which was severe, but also my asthigmatism. (spelling?) It took me several months for my brain to correctly interpret the signals my 'new eyes' were sending them, and definitely made things like depth perception interesting for a period of time.
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
    onaquest870 saidThis story may be lengthy, so bear with me...

    I would love to supplement my new health initiative by being able to play a sport, but because of my poor hand-eye coordination, I just don't want to face the rejection and humiliation again. Am I too old to retrain my coordination?

    Has anyone ever heard of this, or am I crazy?


    You well never know until you try! Give the doc a chance and go for it, hope for the best!
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    You can get your coordination, although it's much easier when you're younger. I work with folks in their 40s, 50s, 60s and older, and the later they wait the greater the struggle for fine motor control.

    Mid-30s? You're right on the edge of it.

    I suggest a martial arts course (Kung Fu is great for coordination), or dance (ballet) to get started. You may struggle, but keep pushing onward.
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    Nov 06, 2011 5:55 PM GMT
    I've had the same issue onaquest870! I was terrible at sports as a kid (except running) because I could never see where the ball was...I also thought 9 out of 10 times it would hit me! Years later I got my eyes tested and found I was near sighted with astigmatism. Soft contacts fixed the problem well enough that I could take up tennis and now I love it! Also, the sport worked on my fear of the ball.

    Soft lenses still give me trouble as they move in the eye as I play sports, thus I lose clarity for a few seconds to a few minutes...enough to cause miss hits or missed balls while I play. New contacts called Duette are coming in next week for me. They combine hard and soft lens technology which I hope fixes this problem.

    If your vision is good now try tennis....it's SO FUN!!
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    Nov 06, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    You might have something called strabithmus. My best friend growing up had that and it took ages to diagnose but it got fixed eventually with special glasses. Severe astigmatism might explain getting hit with baseballs though. I had that when I was small and can't tell you how many times I got hit in the face. Funny for everyone else who couldn't understand when I repeatedly said the ball was "too fuzzy". Once you get used to the new glasses or contacts give sports a try and see how it works out. Hand-eye coordination takes time to develop so just don't have unrealistic expectations. Good luck!
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    Nov 06, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    @mickey - Thanks - that's not a bad idea. Plus martial arts could help me keep in shape. I may look into that.

    @ asnmtl - I like tennis - that's a thought, too.

    @ YVRguy - Strabithmus - I believe that is what the doctor called it. I do have a slight astigmatism in my left eye which is new, but that hasn't been diagnosed before. But if you cover one of my eyes and then immediately cover the other - what I am looking at jumps quite a bit - which is apparently my problem. So, when something is coming toward me, I can't judge exactly where it is. So, I am excited for my new glasses to come in.

    Thanks again.
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    Nov 06, 2011 7:12 PM GMT
    onaquest870 said
    Growing up, I really sucked at sports. I would strike out at T-Ball. People have made fun of me my entire life. I think one of the reasons I was not into sports was because I got tired of being made fun of for not being able to do simple things that other kids were doing. I would try, but when someone would throw a ball toward me, I would tend to move out of the way because I would think it was going to hit me. 9 times out of 10, I will not catch something thrown at me.
    Has anyone ever heard of this, or am I crazy?



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    Nov 06, 2011 8:41 PM GMT
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    onaquest870 said
    Growing up, I really sucked at sports. I would strike out at T-Ball. People have made fun of me my entire life. I think one of the reasons I was not into sports was because I got tired of being made fun of for not being able to do simple things that other kids were doing. I would try, but when someone would throw a ball toward me, I would tend to move out of the way because I would think it was going to hit me. 9 times out of 10, I will not catch something thrown at me.
    Has anyone ever heard of this, or am I crazy?



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    While this may be partially, I don't think it's the full story. I mean there are plenty of gay kids that played sports just to fit in.

    The truth element of this might go back to the stories that my family tells that during T-Ball I played the outfield, and I was more interested in singing and dancing back in the outfield than watching the game. lol
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    Nov 06, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    onaquest870 saidHas anyone ever heard of this, or am I crazy?

    A prism sounds like astigmatism, like I have. Did this doctor not tell you?

    I was also terrible at baseball at 8 & 9, it made me such a failure. And I got smashed in the mouth because I couldn't see the ball coming right at me.

    Finally a teacher became suspicious, and told my parents to have my eyes checked. Turned out I was nearly legally blind. To include astigmatism, the "prism" thing you were told about.

    At 9 I was given my first eyeglasses, just before Christmas, 1958. I rode home from the optometrist's in my Mother's car wearing my new glasses, already dark in the early evening, and I just cried & cried at all the Christmas lights. I didn't know what I should have been seeing all along. I mean, if you never saw it before, how can you know what you've been missing? What you were supposed to be seeing? I had no idea the world was intended to look like this, so beautiful.

    I don't know if you're in the same situation as I was. But I can believe it, and understand it.

    A prism/astigmatism, if that's what you have (do confirm with your eye professional) isn't so terrible at all. It's correctable along with lots of other things. It should have been caught earlier, like my problem. So OK, now it is. E-mail me directly here, if you wish, and we'll compare notes. I think you're gonna be just fine. icon_biggrin.gif