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(Some Blind Guy)   Some viral images may A: Embarrass people? B: Make people famous? or C: Help determine whether or not you have astigmatism?   (studentproblems.com) divider line
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5 days ago  
So JJ Abrams has astigmatism?
 
5 days ago  

fusillade762: So JJ Abrams has astigmatism?


My first thought exactly.
 
5 days ago  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: fusillade762: So JJ Abrams has astigmatism?

My first thought exactly.


Man does it drive me nuts to see optical lens flare on what clearly isn't supposed to be glass someone's looking through. And don't get me started on movie binoculars.

/optometrist
 
5 days ago  
As someone with astigmatism (left eye only), that's not what astigmatism does.
 
5 days ago  

Ishkur: As someone with astigmatism (left eye only), that's not what astigmatism does.


I was going to say something but figure I would read the thread first.  My night vision resembles the pic on the left and my optometrist has yet to diagnose me with astigmatism.
 
5 days ago  
When you show these images to folks to make them feel bad, you're kind of astigmatism stigma stigginit.
 
5 days ago  
 
5 days ago  
Either one or both of those images is wrong. For me it's defined radial streaks (like a star) and sometimes a slight halo, and only at night. That said, my optometrists over the years have happily said nothing about it.
 
5 days ago  
As then guy in TFA says, astigmatism is a source of blurring not of flaring. If words on a billboard smudge like those taillights do when you try to read one at distance, then it might be astigmatism.

I have it in both eyes, and if I'm not wearing my glasses I can still read just fine until you get about 10 feet away then stuff starts to blur. It's not the same as short sightedness, that's everything going out of focus. Things are still in focus but text looks like someone has smeared wet ink with their thumb. (So basically the same sort of visual effect as light flares, but applied to things that aren't light sources, during the day)

I'd had it for years before I realised it probably wasn't normal. The moment of realisation for me was playing a game on my Xbox and struggling to read text and thinking 'surely they wouldn't ship this so unreadable'. Turns out they hadn't.
 
5 days ago  

Cyrene Valantion: As then guy in TFA says, astigmatism is a source of blurring not of flaring. If words on a billboard smudge like those taillights do when you try to read one at distance, then it might be astigmatism.

I have it in both eyes, and if I'm not wearing my glasses I can still read just fine until you get about 10 feet away then stuff starts to blur. It's not the same as short sightedness, that's everything going out of focus. Things are still in focus but text looks like someone has smeared wet ink with their thumb. (So basically the same sort of visual effect as light flares, but applied to things that aren't light sources, during the day)

I'd had it for years before I realised it probably wasn't normal. The moment of realisation for me was playing a game on my Xbox and struggling to read text and thinking 'surely they wouldn't ship this so unreadable'. Turns out they hadn't.


Yep. Mine kicked in by the time I was 7 years old, 45 now. Both eyes though one is worse than the other. Without glasses everything 10 inches beyond my nose is blurry.

No streakiness at night, but the blurriness causes haloes.

Added bonus, I hit bifocal age a few years back, so I got that going for me.

Even the astigmatism contacts don't work worth a shiat for me. And my prescription has never been stable enough to get my eyeballs lasered.
 
5 days ago  
It could be worse.

: Eye Stigmata : Foamy The Squirrel
Youtube -GgR2NMMsZ0
 
5 days ago  
How can a picture know if you have holes in your hands?
 
5 days ago  
Went most of my life without ever really questioning my eye sight but a couple years back it became pretty obvious to me something was wrong, the clincher was when I realized I wouldn't really be able to recognize someone down the hall at work unless I previously knew what they were wearing that day.

So I've got astigmatism in one eye and the other eye ain't perfect either, glasses changed my life.  The strangest things to get used to was how I felt 'shorter' walking around because I guess I could see the ground and grass in full detail so that felt like it was closer, or something.  The other is that all the lit displays like computer screens were trapezoids while wearing glasses for the first while, like the left horizontal line is smaller then the right one.  Now they're uneven only when I take my glasses off.


Dumb-Ass-Monkey: How can a picture know if you have holes in your hands?


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Duh!
 
5 days ago  

BumpInTheNight: So I've got astigmatism in one eye and the other eye ain't perfect either, glasses changed my life.  The strangest things to get used to was how I felt 'shorter' walking around because I guess I could see the ground and grass in full detail so that felt like it was closer, or something.


That's pretty much my eyesight also, and I too noticed the ground changes position with glasses on, even when it comes to getting new glasses because your prescription alters. It arrives at your feet sooner than you expect when walking. But I don't know why, I figured it was something to do with refraction, and of course you adapt pretty quickly.
 
5 days ago  

Nidiot: That's pretty much my eyesight also, and I too noticed the ground changes position with glasses on, even when it comes to getting new glasses because your prescription alters. It arrives at your feet sooner than you expect when walking. But I don't know why, I figured it was something to do with refraction, and of course you adapt pretty quickly.


I guess quickly is relative, it took a couple days yes but fark me it was hilarious to think of how much effort I had to put into navigating my feet over even a street curb.  Fortunately I am highly experienced in drunken-wander-home skills so I think that helped.
 
5 days ago  
I have been diagnosed with astigmatism and I get very similar effects from car lights at night.

I hope it would be obvious that the exact pattern or smear you see will depend on the type and degree of astigmatism you have so just because you personally don't get the exact image shown in TFA that just means you personally don't.
 
5 days ago  
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5 days ago  
I have astigmatism and can tell you, for a lot of people with astigmatism, that is exactly what they see at night.

Some people see starbursts, some people see two seperate lights from one, depending on the angle of the source.

If you've ever spent a lot of money on an RDS and thought it was broke because it had multiple dots or looked like a streak, you have astigmatism. I did this recently. Fml.
 
zez
5 days ago  
"Astigmatism means your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football, so light is focused at more than one place in the eye."

Isn't a rugby ball and a football about the same shape?
 
5 days ago  

zez: "Astigmatism means your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football, so light is focused at more than one place in the eye."

Isn't a rugby ball and a football about the same shape?


Rugby = a place in England, with a school that promulgated a set of rules for a variation of football.  Notably, you're allowed to pick up the ball and run with it, and the ball is watermelon-shaped.

Football = a game played by kicking the ball, in which you're not allowed to use your hands (except for the goalkeeper).

American Football = a variation on Rugby, invented on US college campuses circa 1870.  Notable for stopping play whenever the player holding it hits the ground (after 1882), allowing an overhand forward pass (after 1906), and using a particularly pointy-ended "ball".
 
4 days ago  

zez: "Astigmatism means your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a football, so light is focused at more than one place in the eye."

Isn't a rugby ball and a football about the same shape?


Someone tried to get clever and blew it
 
4 days ago  
Yeah, the picture is only somewhat descriptive of astigmatism. I have what doctors classify as "extreme astigmatism" (3.25 cylinder in one eye, 4.05 in the other) and it mostly presents as the inability to focus on fine details, such as the lines in text. I get the starburst effect that some others in the thread have mentioned, and in some situations I get a fully-formed "snowflake" effect, such as when looking at the glowing red digits of an alarm clock in the dark, I can see mirror copies of the digits floating around the central digit. It's almost like double vision, but it works with just one eye open and there are three copies per eye.

/Eyes are weird.
//The visual cortex is weirder.
///Three floating slashies.
 
4 days ago  

Nullav: Either one or both of those images is wrong. For me it's defined radial streaks (like a star) and sometimes a slight halo, and only at night. That said, my optometrists over the years have happily said nothing about it.


That sounds like what I experienced for a while after having lasic.
 
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