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Ghosting Vision Problems

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  • Posted By: kae1984
  • August 10, 2007
  • 09:14 PM

I am twenty-three years old and I have been wearing corrective lenses for nearly twenty years. I moderately near-sighted and have mild astigmatism. For the last several years, I have been having additional problems with my vision.

I first noticed that at night, when I look at lights or well-illuminated objects (such as street signs) I get severe ghost images. These images are visible even when I am looking through the central portion of my glasses. Eventually, I have realized that I have the same problems during the day, but it is more difficult to tell because the ghost images are most visible in instances of high contrast.

The other aspect that makes my ghost-vision seem odd to me is that it is somewhat color dependent. Blue and green lights are the worst, and red lights have only moderate problems with ghost images. With both eyes open, the individual object is clearer because the brain seems to be able to cancel out the ghosting better. I generally perceive a multiple-ghosted image in each eye, and my left eye is worse than my right. For instance, with my left eye when I look at a green stoplight I generally see the actual position in the center, and then three ghosted green circles around it like a triangle shape. With my right eye, I generally see 2 ghost images.

I asked my eye doctor about this when it first developed a few years ago, and she muttered some unhelpful things about nothing being wrong with my eyes. I did get a new prescription, which helped eliminate some of the ghosting at the time. However, my insurance won't pay for another eye exam until 2008, and I personally feel uncomfortable driving at night because I have such difficulty focusing on whether I have a green turn arrow or not!

I might add, also, near the time when the ghosting first became apparent I was on either Topamax or Depakote as a migraine preventative, and my neurologist took me off the drugs just incase it was a side effect from it... but I was last on these drugs in the spring of 2003.

Does this sound like anything someone has heard of, any suggestions I might be able to use to convince our insurance company that there is a medical condition prompting the need for an eye exam (which they will pay for), and not just another routine visit, (which they won't)?

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  • I'm not sure if this will help, but I assume you are using one of those multipurpose solutions. STOP. They leave a film on the contact that can be just enough to cause that halo effect. I tried multiple contact brands while being seen by an ophthalmologist in a large city that dealt with some major sports teams and some college teams. The guy that told me to switch solutions.....a Walmart optometrist. Go figure.I now use ClearCare and keep a bottle of plain saline solution around.This stuff is a multipurpose no rub, but it's peroxide that gets neutralized and rinses clean. I usually don't even rinse my lenses anymore.Also...different brands of contacts have different curvatures and sizes. you can compensate for some curvatures with larger/smaller contacts so you may need to try another brand.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2008
    • 07:41 AM
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  • i have the exact same problem only i dont get ghostsing in a triangle i gut the half of the object on the other one like i can see through it but its realy strange. all the eye doctors say its eye strain.im only 15 and i would like 2 know whts up with me as the doctors say very unhelpful things. i hav had the problem for about 7 mounths now i think maby more....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2008
    • 09:25 PM
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  • Not sure if anyone is still following this thread but I am also suffering from similar problems and cant seem to get an answer as to whats going on.I recently tried to get a new prescription but the optician was finding it really difficult to get it right. I tried hard and soft contact lenses, none of them having any advantage over another. I am mildly myopic and have moderate astigmatism.During the day i'm fine, but at night especially with bright lights such as traffic lights, or reflective street signs I have a ghost image to the left, and several above roughly at 2 oclock. I have also noticed that if the light is really bright then i will get so many ghost images it forms a ring, kind of egg shaped around the object. I only get this in one eye, but unfortunately this is my best eye as I have scarring on the left.Kerataconus has been mentined and i'm going to get this checked soon.
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  • My 13 year old daughter has those same sort of problems but she wears glasses, no contacts.Her doc has told her she will still be able to get a drivers license but only for daytime driving. No night time driving.He also is going to send her to be evaluated to see if Vision Therapy will be of use to her.I hope it is... I hear it does wonders for this sort of thing.She has some other vision problems that the vision therapy can help with also. (i hope)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2008
    • 04:50 AM
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  • I also have a history of ghosting for over 15 years (39 years old). Visiting three Optometrists, two Opthamologist, and one Retinal Specialist, I finally was given Restasis for dry eyes because I sleep with my eyes open and this caused corneal scarring in my line of vision. When I say sleep with my eyes open, they can almost completely close sometimes but sometimes my eyes will follow someone while I'm asleep. I had worn glasses that I couldn't see out of for years! The Restasis has allowed me to be able to see better than I have in almost 20 years. I'm not sure if any of you have the same problem, but I wanted to give this info.Carol
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2009
    • 10:18 PM
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  • did anyone get this problem figured out? I started having the same problem mentioned above and might I add it started after I started having headaches that lasted for days and twice I woke up dizzy in the morning. Its very annoying and irritating knowing that my vision was fine month and a half ago and then one day I started having this problem. I have been to an Opthamologist and he said there isnt anything wrong with my eyes. Please reply if any one of you has this problem figured out. P.S. I do wear contact lenses, been wearing them for 3-4 years and I use RENU which is a multi purpose solution. I also wear eye glasses.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 21, 2010
    • 02:17 AM
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  • I have the same problem except I see one (sometimes two) and it's always right below the light(or, if two, above and below). I don't wear contacts, I do wear glasses sometimes, but whether I have them on or not, the "ghosting" is still there. Has anyone figured something out? It's really hard to drive at night especially at a constitution site!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 25, 2010
    • 03:05 PM
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  • I have the same problem except I see one (sometimes two) and it's always right below the light(or, if two, above and below). I don't wear contacts, I do wear glasses sometimes, but whether I have them on or not, the "ghosting" is still there. Has anyone figured something out? It's really hard to drive at night especially at a constitution site!I am not sure what this is but I have had this for a while and my opthamologist said that everything is fine. I have an appointment with him again. Hopefully I will get the problem diagnosed. As far as I can tell this may be due to tired eyes, dry eyes (the best thing if it is one of these).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 25, 2010
    • 07:31 PM
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  • Hi,this is kind of a late reply.....I am not sure if what i have is ghosting vision but when I see something (espeically in higher contrast, so a light a night time) move i see a slow shadow follow behind and the object is choppy. Not sure if that makes sense? It started a bit after I had issues with vestibular neuritis but it seems to always be there now. When i look at bright things i also see double a bit, super weird. i went to my eye doctor.. he thought it might be an astigmastism so i got glases but they dont help.
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  • Hi,this is kind of a late reply.....I am not sure if what i have is ghosting vision but when I see something (espeically in higher contrast, so a light a night time) move i see a slow shadow follow behind and the object is choppy. Not sure if that makes sense? It started a bit after I had issues with vestibular neuritis but it seems to always be there now. When i look at bright things i also see double a bit, super weird. i went to my eye doctor.. he thought it might be an astigmastism so i got glases but they dont help.I have had the same issues with ghosting images. My brother was diagnosed with keratoconus, which may be the problem people are discussing here. I don't have time to explain was keratoconus is, but its up on Wikipedia and many other sites. Hope this helps.
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  • Try different glasses or contact lenses.. may be that would help to overcome this problem..
    joshuawilson 6 Replies Flag this Response
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  • hello im wilfredo and i dont know why this is happening to me since i realize that i have a ghosting vison problems especially at night time. i always use my glasses but it has no effect at all and until now i am more worried about this situation. my eye doctor said if i will be undergoing for a refractive surgery but i dont have any money to pay off here in the philippines and i would like to need a help by donating me by any amount that you can give. i am so much thankful and to say that i am blessed with him and that is GOD because even when i woke up everyday,i still see the beautiful creatures and places around me.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 7, 2015
    • 00:43 AM
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