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I am 72 yrs old and have minor(?) central vision distortion in both eyes (AMD?). In reading a book or signs, one eye ,(EITHER EYE), is better than using both eyes. My brain presents a horizontally compressed image to me. If I look at the word "hoot" with both eyes, what I "see" is "hot". With either right or left eye I see the full word with only minor distortion. I've visited many eye doctors and none have ever seen this or have any diagnosis. When I described this condition to a neural ophthalmologist in LA, he said he couldn't help me. I was hoping that the "plastic" brain could adjust for this, but its been about 10 years now with no change.
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Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello from JA

I have just been alerted to your question.

In fact there is help for this but you are not going to here it from a lot of doctors, as you have seen.

This type of visual distortion is routinely addressed by developmental/behavioral optometrists who are trained to approach your vision from about 20 to 40 functional mechanisms that can be trained..and they will use lenses, exercises, and other maneuvers to get the visual brain in line with the eyes.

I have used this extensively with my patients over many years and have seen this type of problem readily addressed.

You have to find the right doctor.

These sites can help
www.covd.org
www.oepf.org
www.nora.cc


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Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello..are you able to see the answer above? Let me know if not.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is there a non developmental level word or phrase that describes this non-strabismic binocular vision anomaly? I have been to vision therapy for over a year to an optometrist who worked primarily with children's developmental problemsand spent hours doing exercises and computer work to focus properly. With effort I can get past the initial overlapping but this takes many seconds. It does not help for real-time activities like reading. They call this the BAOD syndrome and just prescribe optometric vision therapy. This is not a child's developmental issue. It happened to me at about age 62!
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 2 years ago.
You need an adult optometrist that does the same thing if you are not getting anywhere.

They are called behavioral optometrists usually.
It is a clinical art and I would not stick with one that works only or mostly with children.
The same condition however, does persist, and it does not matter if you are older.
It is interesting that you have made some progress.

That progress has to become automatic, and lenses should be used to assist you.

There are multiple pathologic and non-pathologic opthalmologic terms and causes of central vision distortion. But I don't believe there is a good one for what you have as I think it is an optometric problem..and, you have been to many ophthalmologists so I am assuming that the pathologic conditions have been ruled out.

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