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Vertical lines are distorted. Lines bow to the right in my left eye and to the left in my

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Vertical lines are distorted. Lines bow to the right in my left eye and to the left in my right eye. Any clues?
With both eyes open there is no distortion.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Customer:

This started about 6 weeks ago, do you have any idea?

Dr. Rick :

Well, the most concerning condition that could cause this issue is swelling of your retina (macula).

Dr. Rick :

It could also be astigmatism, however I wouldn't expect that to come on all of a sudden 6 weeks ago.

Customer:

What could cause this swelling and what can be done about it?

Dr. Rick :

There a number of causes: Diabetes, macular degeneration, inflammation, infection, etc. The treatment depends upon the cause.

Dr. Rick :

I suggest you have a complete eye exam by an ophthalmologist without delay. It it is, indeed, an issue with your macula then the sooner it is addressed the better.

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

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Customer:

Have your eyes checked is a fairly general response. I think that would go without saying.

Dr. Rick :

Yes, but this is very important....It is hard for me, even though I am a retina specialist, to give you a pinpoint diagnosis when your symptoms could be do to a minor issue or an issue that can lead to blindness when my only tool available to 'examine' you is chat on a computer.

Dr. Rick :

I have gone over a couple of things that can be causing your symptoms. If you were a relative who lived a long way away and gave me the same information, I would give the same advice.

Dr. Rick :

Does this limitation make sense to you?

Dr. Rick :

Are you still there?

Customer:

I'm not certain what I expected,Maybe the push to get the exam- which I will do asap.

Dr. Rick :

That is an excellent idea. I wish you the best of luck.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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