Despite the miserable weather, this was a great weekend, filled with painting pleasure. I think I had a solid eight hours of painting time yesterday. The downside is, I need to block in some downtime for “visual rest.” I was hoping to work on my website (moesse.com) and just had to leave it unfinished as my eyes became so darn unfocused. Leave it to me to come up with a condition that is typically a childhood thing! Did I ever tell ya I had sleeping sickness as a child? Yeah, when they quote that one in a million stat, believe me, they’re talking about me. Except for becoming a lottery winner, unfortunately.
>Phew! I thought I was going crazy after going to my physician, getting a battery of x-rays to see if sinus problems were causing the “Wonky Eye” syndrome I reported here a few weeks ago.
The x-rays and medical exam resulted in a “see your optometrist” recommendation by my doctor. She couldn’t find anything and the x-rays showed no sinus problems.
So, today I hit the eyedoctor and am really glad. Not only was my problem identified, but it’s not serious at all. If you knew me, you’d know I hit the internet searching for all sorts of diagnoses, from nasal polyps to brain tumor. Instead, Dr. Trapeni, my adorable and great-hearted eye-doctor identified it as “Convergence Insufficiency.” Basically, it’s a weakness of the muscles of my left eye resulting in the eye having difficulty to align and focus once I shift my gaze from one visual field to another. Read more about it here. He recommended a few simple vision exercises to help strengthen the muscles which I’ll definitely do.
Interestingly, this can be a cause of pediatric and adolescent poor school performance for, even if a child has 20-20 vision, this disorder can cause major problems in trying to focus on and read academic materials.
So anyway, there I am. Not a hypochondriac, or victim of brain tumor. I have weak eye muscles and it’s an easy fix. Phew!