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Poll: How's your eyesight?
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Mar 24, 2006

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How's your eyesight?".

This poll was originally submitted by Angela Dickson

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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The damage! Mar 24, 2006

Too many hours in front of the computer. In rare cases, such as having a weekend off (ha, good one...), they seem to recover.

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RHELLER
United States
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corrected or uncorrected? Mar 24, 2006

The poll should specify because there can be a dramatic difference between the two!

I have been wearing glasses since I was 9 and have had some serious retinal problems but my eyesight is 15/20 with glasses
(better than average)

How should I respond?


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Ma. Fernanda Blesa  Identity Verified
Argentina
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still 20/20 Mar 24, 2006

although it used to be better when I was a student... My eye doctor once told me I had "aviator's eyesight"... not anymore though

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
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Not perfect, but good Mar 24, 2006

I've worn glasses since the age of 6 because I'm nearsighted. I thought it was a terrible disability but I gradually got used to it and now I bless it.

After I turned age of 40 people have been amazed when I pull off my glasses to read. No, no reading glasses nor bifocals for me, just take off the glasses; all day before the computer, no glasses; perfect vision for everything close.

It's a good thing I'm a translator, it really helps.


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Terence Ajbro
Sweden
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add to that no sense of direction and reduced depth perception Mar 24, 2006

I'm very short-sighted and have constant problems finding my way about. I also failed my driving test six times before finally throwing in the towel and realising I would never be a safe driver. If it weren't for signposts and maps I don't know how I would dare leave the house! On the plus side I have an uncanny ability to remember most things I read, words have always been my friend.

Regards

Terence Ajbro, Black Country and British, but still lost in Denmark


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avsie  Identity Verified
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Myopia Mar 24, 2006

I wear contact lenses, both eyes at -8,5. On top of that, I have astigmatism (-1,25 on the right, -1,75 on the left).

But honestly, the "dammages" were there way before I started translating (i.e. staring at my computer screen all day). So I cannot accuse my job of anything! Even better, my vision hasn't changed one bit for the last 4 years, which is the amount of years I've been translating...


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Javier Herrera
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I manage Mar 24, 2006

LOL

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xxxBrandis
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it used to be bad Mar 24, 2006

till about few weeks back, almost -6 diapter. But now rectified through lasik operation. Don´t think I have eagle vision though but it is very good. Especially while hang - para gliding i feel the difference. Brandis

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Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Short-sighted Mar 24, 2006

I am short-sighted and wear contact lenses. My prescription at the moment is -2.75 in both eyes, but my eyes tend to get worse every time I visit my optician (which is annually). I've been told that this is quite common and usually people's eyesight "settles" in their mid 20s (I'm 25!). Hopefully this time I won't need anything stronger.

My contacts are fortnightly disposables, specially designed to stop the eyes from drying out, especially when staring for long hours at the computer screen. They are great, and I very infrequently suffer from any discomfort. And if I do, I just wear my glasses for a while.


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Agnieszka Zmuda  Identity Verified
Poland
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I'm myopic Mar 24, 2006

I started to wear glasses at the age of 10 and, exactly, my myopia progressed steadily until the age of 24-25 when it stopped at last at the value of -7,0 right eye and -8,0 left eye. There's some astigmatism (but negligible) in the right eye, too. So, no change in the eyesight for the past 15 years (cheer up, Rebecca!), but I have to undergo regular, detailed examination every 6 months or so because I'm under constant threat of glaucoma. Luckily, the results have been more or less the same (borderline or over) during the last 10 years or so and I hope to be able to work normally for a couple of years more...

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Elisabetta M.  Identity Verified
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a little tip Mar 24, 2006

Human beings were made for hunting mammoth and not sitting in front of a computer so evey 10-15 minutes look out of the window as far as you can. That was an optician said to the daughter of one of my friends when she went to purchase her glasses.
I was really short sighted and had a lasik operation and it really changed my life for sports specially.


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xxxtazdog
Spain
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fine with glasses Mar 24, 2006

I've been wearing glasses or contact lenses since the age of 10 (nearsightedness and astigmatism), and had to make the switch to progressive lenses a couple years ago. But I can see fine with my glasses...

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Vladimir Shapovalov  Identity Verified
United States
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Lasik did miracles for me Mar 24, 2006

I had -5.0 on both eyes, but about 1.5 years ago I underwent a lasik eye surgery and have a normal eyesight since than. This was probably the best decision I took in my life as after the lasik I feel better than ever.

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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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It did... Mar 24, 2006

Rita Heller wrote:

The poll should specify because there can be a dramatic difference between the two!

I have been wearing glasses since I was 9 and have had some serious retinal problems but my eyesight is 15/20 with glasses
(better than average)

How should I respond?


Hi Rita - the poll I suggested was based on corrected eyesight, but it seems to have been edited before being posted.

Me - I've been wearing glasses since I was 6 (straightforward but severe myopia), and my prescription had been stable since the age of 15, until at age 26, after several years of doing jobs that involved intensive computer work (including translation), my prescription was found to have worsened.

I consider my eyesight to be perfect with correction, but poor when uncorrected.


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