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Straight Lines Look bent on Amsler Grid; right eye only

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  • Posted By: ddb88220
  • March 21, 2011
  • 00:59 PM

Hi guys. I'm new to this board but I've read other posts.

As shortly as possible, I wanted to describe what I've been experiencing hoping someone else has some insight:

About 6 weeks ago I noticed my right eye had a funny distortion. For example, if I look at a digital clock, if it reads 7:33, the last "3" appears distorted, or a bit higher than it actually is. I went to an eye Dr. who said I had a slightly swollen optic nerve. Little did I know at the time that that is a pretty serious thing. I was sent to a retinal specialist who immediately sent me to a neurologist because she wanted to make sure I didn't have MS. Neuro sent me to MRI which came back Negative; he said my optic nerve might be slightly swollen or that maybe that's just how my eye is and he wasn't worried about it from a Neuro's perspective. Back to Rentinal specialist, who looked at my eye again and now she thought maybe by eye just has a little more spinal fluid than others but is now sending me to a Neuro-ophamologist "to make sure". In the mean time, I have no clue what is causing my eye to distort like this and neither does anyone else apparently. The Neuro-O is backlogged for 4 months. In the meantime, it's a wait and see thing I guess. If you google "amsler grid"; it's a helpful tool to check your vision. As I stare at the black dot in the center with my right eye, the grid just to the right of the dot has wavy lines and/or a blank spot of some kind. It's pretty minor but in the center of my vision so even reading is a bit annoying (which is 100% of my job on a computer). I've always had floaters and this is different. I also have this shadow type thing in the far peripheral part of my vision in my right eye. The retinal specialist says my eye looks perfect; macula is perfect...

Any help would be great and sorry for the novel-like explaination.

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  • Also thought I'd add I'm 30 years old, 20/20 vision both eyes, on flomax (which all Dr's have said isn't relevant) have had numerous blood tests all coming back negative. All internet research points to some macular issues, however, the retina specialist says my macula is perfect.
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  • Based on what you describe of your condition the chances are either you have retinal pigments which can cause this distortions or neo chordial vessels (or wet macula degenreation). Its best to seek a second opinion. I wonder why the doctor has suggested to visit the Neuro-O i think its not relevant at this stage.Hi guys. I'm new to this board but I've read other posts. As shortly as possible, I wanted to describe what I've been experiencing hoping someone else has some insight: About 6 weeks ago I noticed my right eye had a funny distortion. For example, if I look at a digital clock, if it reads 7:33, the last "3" appears distorted, or a bit higher than it actually is. I went to an eye Dr. who said I had a slightly swollen optic nerve. Little did I know at the time that that is a pretty serious thing. I was sent to a retinal specialist who immediately sent me to a neurologist because she wanted to make sure I didn't have MS. Neuro sent me to MRI which came back Negative; he said my optic nerve might be slightly swollen or that maybe that's just how my eye is and he wasn't worried about it from a Neuro's perspective. Back to Rentinal specialist, who looked at my eye again and now she thought maybe by eye just has a little more spinal fluid than others but is now sending me to a Neuro-ophamologist "to make sure". In the mean time, I have no clue what is causing my eye to distort like this and neither does anyone else apparently. The Neuro-O is backlogged for 4 months. In the meantime, it's a wait and see thing I guess. If you google "amsler grid"; it's a helpful tool to check your vision. As I stare at the black dot in the center with my right eye, the grid just to the right of the dot has wavy lines and/or a blank spot of some kind. It's pretty minor but in the center of my vision so even reading is a bit annoying (which is 100% of my job on a computer). I've always had floaters and this is different. I also have this shadow type thing in the far peripheral part of my vision in my right eye. The retinal specialist says my eye looks perfect; macula is perfect... Any help would be great and sorry for the novel-like explaination.
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  • I'm not sure why either except that I guess the Neuro-O is considered the 2nd opinion. It's very odd. I don't think about it much, but it hasn't changed at all, not even a tiny bit, in at least 2 months. The Retina specialist says my eye is perfect; macula is perfect, no fluid leeking, nothing. I asked if it's common for someone to see what I'm seeing out of an eye yet the DR not find anything...she said "it's very rare". So I have no clue. I've had lots of blood work recently which all came back normal. I guess since it doesn't much impact me I'm just going to deal with it. We'll see if the Neuro-O has another angle on it...that's not until July. Thanks for the comment.:)
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