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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