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Offline J.R.E.

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Not gonna play around !!
« on: July 31, 2006, 08:04:55 AM »
Well...

 I Have been having some vision problems, probably for about the last month or so. I had my last eye exam , this past December,( so it hasn't been 7 months) and everything checked out OK then. But this past month, I been having a little bit of blurryness in my eyes. I wear progressive lenses, and when one has to occassionally look out of the bottom of the lenses for distance, somethings not right. It not a constant thing, but its enough to cause aggrivation. So I have an eye appointment set up for this coming Friday, to see if something may be going on.



Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline Trish

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2006, 09:51:19 AM »
Good luck Ray...

I'm not in the stage of eyeglasses just yet, but it's right around the corner... I'm finding myself holding things further & further away in order to get a good look without a blur.  Probably just an age thing for me and I'm due for an eye examination also.

I wish you all the best,

Hugs,

Trish
"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is buit."  Eleanor Roosevelt

Offline Christine

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2006, 10:42:43 AM »
Hi Ray,
Does your eye doctor know you are positive? Please make sure he checks for any possible problems in your eyes related to hiv. Your counts are good, so it probably isn't hiv related, but have it checked just to be safe.

I recently started using bifocals and reading glasses after pretending for about six months I did not need them. It is sort of hard to get used to the bi-focals.
Christine
Poz since '93. Currently on Procrit, Azithromax, Pentamidine, Valcyte, Levothyroxine, Zoloft, Epzicom, Prezista, Viread, Norvir, and GS-9137 study drug. As needed: Trazodone, Atavan, Diflucan, Zofran, Hydrocodone, Octreotide

5/30/07 t-cells 9; vl 275,000

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2006, 10:56:46 AM »
Another thing...Have you been on any new meds? Sometimes they may lead to blurry vision. Good luck!
Positive since 1985

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2006, 11:05:42 AM »
Hi Ray,
Sometime last year, I noticed some progressive blurred vision too. It turned out that I had a floater, which is not uncommon for our age group, whether HIV+, or not. I thought I was developing a cataract. I hope that your vision problem comes out to be something benign too.
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Offline krakerjm

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2006, 11:20:14 AM »
Since it isn't a constant thing and your lenses aren't correcting it, yes, off to the eye doctor and if it isn't something he can single out, speak to your medical docs about it.  I wore drug store cheaters for years for reading until I finally couldn't read road signs til I got close to them; driving for a living, that wasn't good.  Had money then so got no-line bifocals, very easy to adjust to.  Way over due for new glasses and just got a letter that Fl medicaid will cover them, not just the exam any longer but two pair of complete glasses a year as determined necessary.
GWM, 63, PN w/footdrop
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Offline kcmetroman

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2006, 11:36:38 AM »
Good luck Ray, whatever the hell it is!

Offline david25luvit

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2006, 01:02:09 PM »
Yeah Ray...When it comes to your eyesight...dont play around buddy.
Good luck..........hope it all works out well.  Keep us informed :-*
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Offline purpledragonfly

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2006, 01:12:43 PM »
Ray,

I am glad you are going to the eye dr. and do let them know you are poz. They will do special test to make sure everything is ok. You are very lucky to have insurance that covers eye, i do not and have not been to an eye dr. in about 4 yrs. I know i need new glasses, my eyes are blury even with my glasses on. I am trying to find a way to get them taken care of. I will be calling my case manager to see what can be done. I have to admit it has me worried, if i can't get help paying for the exam and glasses i am afraid i might loose my sight.
I hope everything turns out fine for you. good luck.

Wendy

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2006, 08:50:03 PM »
Ray,

I am glad you are going to the eye dr. and do let them know you are poz. Wendy


Hello Wendy,

Oh yes, everyone that works on me knows that I am HIV positive. Dentist, dermatologist, eye Doctor. I am very open to that info.

It seems that since I got this flat panel monitor, thats when the problem started, although it could be something pre-existing. This Monitor seems so intense, and no mstter how I adjust it, I just can't seem to get it right. There is no noticible infection in the eyes. No redness or discomfort.


I've been swimming a lot in the Gulf this past month. Maybe something in the water. Anyway, I will let you know how the eye exam goes, maybe I just need to be kicked up a notch in my precscription. ( Like my eyeballs don't already look big enough !! :P



Thanks------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2006, 09:07:33 PM »
Ray, hopefully you just need a slight change in your prescription.

I go around blind as a bat half the time..I have to wear glasses to drive, so they stay in the car.   I sometimes wear one contact lens, that works pretty well for me.  I got some of those new O2Optix ones to take to Montreal, so maybe I can actually SEE the city and my A.M. Family !

When I hit the lotto, my first scheduled procedure will be Lasik....next, Sculptra!

Good luck, let us know what you find out.

Hugs,
Alan
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline Eldon

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2006, 09:09:48 PM »
Hello Ray it is Eldon. Let us know how it turns out at the Eye Doctor.

Offline HIVworker

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2006, 09:23:03 PM »
Ray,

The only thing that I can think of to do with HIV that could cause your symptoms is CMV and he/she would know by looking at your retina whether it is this or not. Given your numbers it is unlikely but it is something to talk to them about. It normally comes on with T-cell counts lower than 100.

R
NB. Any advice about HIV is given in addition to your own medical advice and not intended to replace it. You should never make clinical decisions based on what anyone says on the internet but rather check with your ID doctor first. Discussions from the internet are just that - Discussions. They may give you food for thought, but they should not direct you to do anything but fuel discussion.

Offline randym431

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2006, 03:00:26 AM »
Hey Ray
Working on monitors does a job to the old eyesight hiv or not. Also with me, sinsus and stuffy nose from pollen in the air can mess with the vision. Wouldnt notice it except working with monitors makes it noticable more so.
PS. So glad to see your VL back to <50. Must be something in the labs processing since you jump around but always get back down to <50.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2006, 10:19:09 AM »
Ray,

Without my glasses, I run into pillars and say, "excuse me." So, eye doctors are my friend.

You are seeing an opthamologist aren't you? Its the only way to go.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline joemutt

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2006, 11:45:33 AM »
Good Luck, Ray. Since 1 month I have trouble focusing, I thought maybe my age (45) but now I'll go and really check. Useful thread :)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2006, 03:18:34 PM »
Just an update on yesterday,

 Everything went well !!! My eyes are in pretty good shape, for a 54 year old, just age related issues. Went up to a 2.50, from a 2.25 in the right eye. Left eye dropped .25 in in correction for astigmatism. While new lenses were really not needed because the difference was so negligible, I decided on getting another pair anyways, for backup.


The pressure in the eyes was 13, no signs of cataract, and everything looks very healthy at the retina, according to the doctor, no signs of infection. Soooo thats quite a relief !!!!


So?, I ask, why am I having this occasional blurring. The doctor says most likely the computer, causing it. Apparently if you spend too much time on a computer, your eyes have less of a tendency to blink, when you are looking at the screen, and as a result the eyes will dry out more easily, and become more stressed. As a result the blurriness !!

This problem  never existed with the old CRT monitor, until I got this new LCD monitor. Maybe I will buy some eye drops.

So .... I feel good, Everythings fine for now !! New glasses will be ready in 5 days.



Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2006, 03:26:55 PM »
Here's looking at you kid...as a fellow 54 year old I feel your pain. Glad your peepers checked out OK!

Hal 8)

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Offline emeraldize

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2006, 04:46:20 PM »
Ray: There's also a type of glasses called Prio, which I believe are still around, that are intended for use while on the computer. They are prescription and the measurements are configured with consideration to the average distance from your eyes to the monitor screen surface. I've worn progressive bifocals for some time and have a pair of Prio. To keep costs down (nope, I don't remember what I paid as this was a number of years ago), when I got them, I just used the geekiest pair of old frames and velcroed a case onto the side of the monitor frame for easy access. I'm not an eye doc, but this might be an option to discuss during your checkup. They make a significant difference when you're on-line. Em

Offline Nadine

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2006, 04:49:28 PM »
Ray,

Glad to hear that everything checked out fine  :)

Offline Jena

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2006, 05:06:11 PM »
Hi Ray
 I'm glad to hear everything turned out well at the eye doctor. the last time I went, last fall, the doctor told me I have something called cotton wool spots  behind my eyes. She said its nothing to worry about but that it is common in us  HIV+ folks. I had never heard of it before but I did research it and  apparently she was right. She said she'd watch it... My left eye is  rather blurry recently also, I think its related to allergies too and of course the computer screen.
 Also FYI Lens Crafters has a program that will provide glasses for anyone over 60 and/ or low income. You have to pay for the exam though.
Jena

Offline randym431

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2006, 08:38:11 AM »
Hi Ray, I knew it was the monitor. But bringing up lcd now makes me wonder too. Seems I strain more on my lcd than the old tube type. Might be something to look into (no pun). I might get my old tube monitor out and compare.

Offline Bartro

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2006, 08:52:27 AM »
Actually the LCD screens are supposed to be easier on the eyes. CRT monitors constantly flicker.  If you ever tried to video tape a television screen or crt computer monitor you can see the flicker.  It's not that perceptible otherwise.

It's not good to stare at anything for long periods of time.  My eye doctor once told me to look away from the screen at least every fifteen minutes.   A good way to relax your eye muscles is to look out the window or (god forbid) go outside and look off into the distance as far as you can see, like at the horizon or the sky.  This almost completely relaxes the eye muscles.
Rusty

Offline Jody

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2006, 07:10:40 PM »
Hi Ray...Glad you got a good eye report...Yes, the computer, TV, movies, reading, etc. all stress our eyes...We are probably the first generation that is going through this and doctors are learning all the time...Stay well and keep on truckin'

Jody ::)
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Not gonna play around !!
« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2006, 08:15:42 PM »
We are probably the first generation that is going through this and doctors are learning all the time...Stay well and keep on truckin'

Jody ::)


My partner Ed, Who works for an eye doctor, told me it's called "Computer Vision Syndrome" ( CVS)  caused from "Visual Display Terminals. I was trying to think of this name the other day, he had mentioned this to me, but I had forgotten.


http://www.allaboutvision.com/askdoc/computer-vision-syndrome.htm



Ray


Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

 


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