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Was there a reason your color vision was checked?Do you have any problems with your vision?When is your next followup appointment?
It was for an Aviation Medical Exam
To get a pilot's license
The last eye exam I had was more than 10 years ago. 20/20 vision, so not much of a reason to go regularly.
I should also note that it was not an optometrist that examined me. He's a general physician that has FAA certification to perform medical exams for pilots.
It is possible you may have color deficiency since birth. Many people do fine with color deficiency and don't realize it until they get an exam.
It is best you see an eye doctor for a more thorough exam. They thyroid boosting pills are unlikely causing any problems, but it is difficult to know what is exactly in these supplements.
I have taken "unofficial" color deficiency tests as early as a couple of years ago
when you make an appointment, specifically tell them you want your color vision checked as these tests are not routinely done.
What do you mean unofficial?
It was an iPhone app that I played around with, but the test was the same format. Circle filled with colored circles, read the number in the middle.
On that note, I re-downloaded the app, and failed the test miserably
With that change, you definitely need a dilated retinal exam and stop the supplement until you talk to you doctor.
So I should make an appointment with an optometrist as soon as I can?
Preferably an ophthalmologist, but a screening exam by an optometrist should be fine if you can get in sooner.
Everyone I have asked has told me that color deficiency is hereditary. How often is it acquired by non-hereditary means?
Usually damage to the optic nerve.
It is unusual to have change in color vision alone without other symptoms however.
Aside from the effects of my diet pill, which makes me jittery and sweaty, there is nothing.
It is important to get a thorough exam.
Do you have any other questions for me?
When I call an ophthalmologist to schedule an exam, what should I ask for specifically? Will "exam" do it, or should I say "thorough exam?"
Just tell them you had an exam for a pilot license and failed the color vision test and that previously it was normal.
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