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Post 61

ITIWBS

Double vision, Ivrarely have that unless I deliberately cross my eyes, or turn my nevk very sharply to see behind.

Most recent two occasions, other than situations like that, on the moment of waking following total anesthesia.

It took a moment to re-coordinate my eyes.


Sixth Nerve Palsy, REDUX

Post 62

Baron Grim

And there seems to be nothing to remedy it that wouldn't be just as bad or worse.

According to the Neuro-Ophthalmologist I saw on previous bouts, my options if it doesn't resolve on its own is to have surgery that would basically lock my eye in a neutral forward orientation, have botulism applied to nerve of my left eye to balance out the weaknesses, or use a prism on my glasses to redirect my vision.

I don't see option a) as being any improvement on what I'm doing now. Option b) seems very risky and may cause more problems. And c) is not applicable because my eyes diverge by different degrees depending on direction of gaze and varies quickly over time. I see no point in seeing him again right now anyway as he'll just want to wait to see if it resolves on its own.

That said, I am considering finding another neuro-ophthalmologist as Dr. Lee did not find the connection to sinusitis and may possibly have misdiagnosed me as he did seem surprised that it even could resolve on its own, repeatedly, like it has in the past. I had to work with Dr. Internet and my own notes here to find the association with sinusitis and reports online of a (very) few other cases.


Sixth Nerve Palsy, REDUX

Post 63

ITIWBS

Of the three options, I think I'd go with botox, which wears off after about six months, by which time, the condition may have improved.


Sixth Nerve Palsy, REDUX

Post 64

Baron Grim

I came up with my own alternative. I forgot to mention the obvious, wearing an eye patch. It doesn't really matter which eye I wear it on as both eyes are still working independently, but covering one eye removes the conflicting view. My right eye is the one that's directly affected, but it's also my dominate eye, so I tend to cover my left. The first eye patch I got was very annoying as it was too close to my eye. My eye lid and lashes would rub against it and become irritated. Later I fashioned an eye patch that slipped over one lens of my glasses. That worked quite well. During the previous bout, I used a strip of black labeling material (with a matte surface for use with chalk pens). It was only lightly adhesive so I could remove it or reposition as needed. I then cut smaller strips as I can still see in binocular vision when looking far to my left. I would adjust the strip or strips, one overlapping the other, to align with the point where my vision would split. This time I started with the same thing, but cut off the bottom as I can often see single vision when looking at things up close where my eyes would normally cross. I've since switched from the black material to non-adhesive glass frosting material. This is an improvement for two reasons. One, it keeps both eyes dilated equally rather one adjusting for the dark and one for the light. B) The black rectangle I was using previously illicited several questions about whether I was wearing some sort of computer or Google Glass like device. smiley - laugh

My Neuro-Ophthalmologist was rather impressed with my ingenuity.


I now also have an artisinal leather eye patch I can wear when out and about in public and goes well with my renaissance and steampunk outfits, or just when I don't want to bother with the glasses. My progressive lenses can be bothersome when viewing things up close as the sweet spot is a narrow patch at the bottom center of the lens and my eye doesn't always align with it comfortably.


Sixth Nerve Palsy, REDUX

Post 65

Baron Grim

Well, after 13 of 14 days on the AmoxCluv I've seen no significant improvement. Looking back on this thread, this makes it at least 15 weeks I've been dealing with this. smiley - headhurtssmiley - cdouble


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