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Thank you for the long detailed response. I have some follow up questions.
I certainly know that I no longer have 20/20 in either eye because I have checked eye charts and cannot see the 20/20 line at all any more. I can read some of the letters in the line above but they are still blurry. So my vision seems between 20/30 and 20/40 for both eyes.
Whether this is a permanent condition or not it is clear that my distance vision is worse than my near vision. The closer I am to anything the more clearly I can see it.
If it were permanent vision loss, if I were I to get glasses or contacts would they correct my vision to 20/20 and I would see perfectly at any distance like I used to? Would glasses/contacts that correct far vision also improve near vision, since my near vision is already good?
My questions are more to ease my worries if this is permanent and for general knowledge since eventually vision loss will be permanent.
I am trying to figure out information online before I see an eye doctor so I know more what to expect and can ask better informed questions to find the best solution.
Please answer each of my following questions:
If it were nearsightedness, if I were I to get glasses or contacts would they correct my vision to 20/20 and I would see perfectly at any distance like I used to? Would glasses/contacts that correct poor far vision also improve near vision, since my near vision is already good?
I did take 2 online tests for astigmatism and did not pass so it is possible that mild astigmatism could be the cause.
If it is astigmatism can glasses or contacts correct my vision to 20/20 at distance and still have clear near vision?
Thank you very much for answering each question.
I have an unlimited subscription so I have a few more questions. I approved 2 answers already so please answer each question below.
From what I have read, contacts offer far greater peripheral vision than glasses because they cover the entire lens of the eye. Is this true?
Were I to get contacts would my vision seem to be 20/20 as if I was not even wearing corrective lenses?
Another hint that might help figure out what is going on. Recently when I was rubbing my eyes I noticed that when I very gently touch the top of my eyeballs through my eyelids the sharpness of everything increases, near or far. When I do this while viewing an eye chart my vision improves from barely being able to read the 20/30 line to seeing the 20/20 line perfectly clear.
I have also noticed a similar but weaker improvement in sharpness when I tilt my head down and look up, tilt my head up and look down, point my head to left and look right, or point my head to the right and look left. When looking straight ahead I have the least sharpness.
I also noticed an interesting effect when looking at a digital LED clock. When I look at it normally it seems as if there is a dimmer second digit right behind it slightly off center. When I gently press above my eyeballs this second digit disappears.
Even though the closer I hold an object the more clear it becomes, in general an object at any distance becomes more clear when I gently press my eyeballs or change viewing angle.
Do these above effects seem like any clues to help determine what is going on with my vision?
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Ok thanks for letting me know.
Please answer my questions when you are able.
I also wanted to add one more thing that could be related. I have noticed lately that I have been waking up having slept on one eye or the other and it will appear bloodshot and even more blurry for a while. I can't remember how long this has been going on but could this continual sleeping on my eyes be contributing or even causing these blurred vision issues?
Such as maybe the frequent pressure of sleeping on my eyes could affect the shape or cause a temporary injury?
Please answer my other questions first though and read the hints that I posted that might help determine what is going on.
Thank you again for your detailed answers.
Your inputs are very helpful and I must say that you are very observant. Contacts are certainly better as far as the field of vision is concerned and are the preferred choice except that they need more care and hygiene than spectacles.The Contacts would bring your vision to 20/20 if the reduced vision is due to a refractive error such as astigmatism in your case. Change in shape of the eyeball does cause refractive error but exact type of error can only be told after the eye exam. Doubling of images which clear up when brought closer could most likely to be due to astigmatism. Toric contact lenses can be used in such case.The blurring of vision may not be related to the sleeping posture. I would recommenda detailed examination of the extraocular muscles and lid muscles since you have noiced Change in images with respect to the eye position. Though this possibility seems unlikely in your caee, his exam is jut to verify the well unctioning of the muscles. The bloodshot appearance of the eyes could be due to associated dry eyes.You can try putting lubricating eye drops euch as Refresh tears eyedrops, 1 drop 4 times a day.Underlying blephariis or meibomitis (inflammation of meibomian glands) could contribute to the occurance of dry eyes. The lubricating eyedrops will help.