Blind in one eye
Posted by AnaV on 1/25/2010 at 6:35 PM
Hi, I'm Ana, and I'm 16. Due to a recent accident, my right eye is completely blind. My left eye is healthy and has good vision. However, I'm worried that my blind eye, my right eye, will start to wander and become "a lazy eye" due to the fact that it isn't used. Appearance- given my age- is important to me, and on top of my half-blindness, I don't want to have to worry about how my drifting eye looks! How can I prevent this from happening? Or, if it does end up happening, how can I fix it?
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Re:Blind in one eyePosted by beccawhizkid on 1/25/2010 at 8:12 PM
My suggestion would be to try and not be critical about it. I am 16 too and still have strabismus/nystagmus (no muscle control) which gives me a loss of control over my eyes. Most people aren't going to look at what you look like on the outside but on the inside. I also hope you are okay considering you were in an accident. I have been legally blind since birth but if you have any questions or just want to talk my email is email@example.com
Re:Blind in one eyePosted by Mike99 on 1/26/2010 at 8:48 PM
Hey Ana, I'm 26 and have been blind in my left eye since I was 9 months old. I don't think there is much you can do about it. What I can say is my eye isnt that bad and its never made finding a girl or anything a problem. I dated a girl for 3 years and all my buddies were super jealous.
There may be times when it'll be hard but dont let anyone make you feel bad. The one thing I learned is your friends will always be there and stick up for you if you need it.
Re:Blind in one eyePosted by cjamesfly2007 on 1/18/2011 at 9:24 PM
hey ana ive been blind in my left eye since birth and i know how self conscious one can get. I however am not here to offer you any encouragement because im extremely self conscious lol. In any case being blind for me has made it extremely difficult to ask a girl out. Im planning on getting a glass eye in the future though if I do have success in my endeavors while being self conscious Ill let you know my technique Good Luck
Re:Blind in one eyePosted by loveshaynaflint on 9/29/2011 at 2:11 PM
I've been blind in my left eye since i was a little girl. I'm 15 now. I have a lazy eye because i don't use it. If you're struggling that bad with it, there IS a surgery you can do that tightens the muscles around the eye so that it moves WITH your good eye. I had the surgery done a few months ago but since i was blind in that eye for so long, it didn't make it perfect. but it's barely noticable.
Re:Blind in one eyePosted by Lilypad on 10/20/2011 at 10:56 PM
Hey everyone- I'm 25, but blind in my right eye since birth. Understand being self conscious- definitely went through tough times with bullying etc. However- at 15 I did have the surgery to tighten the muscles to help it follow my "good" eye... I think it helped a little, but mostly helped my self confidence. Most people can't even tell- even after they have known me for years. Believe me- you are your own worst critic- when you are tired and look in the mirror and think your eye looks horrible- just remember everyone else doesn't notice it as much as you do. Once I realized that it was easier on me.
Re: Blind in one eyePosted by PMBlind on 7/12/2012 at 12:29 AM
I am currently 38 soon to be 39. I have been blind in my right eye since birth as well. Currently now have less than four feet in my left eye. I have had a few surgeries done on my eyes in the past the earliest done at age 3. The last two at age 19. The last two were just mainly to reduce the increased eye pressure from both eyes at the time reading was 35.
Re: Blind in one eyePosted by wwefan2014 on 3/7/2014 at 2:47 AM
I have been blind in my left eye since I was born (I'm 25). I had surgery to try and correct my left eye when I was 7 but it didn't work. I have a lazy eye that was made worse by the surgery. I was bullied because of my eye. And being blind I don't tell a lot of people. I was wondering if I would be abke to wear contact lens (I hate wearing glasses but i have really blurry vision with out my glasses
Re: Blind in one eyePosted by deathofthehype on 6/17/2014 at 6:34 PM
hey Ana im 15 turning 16 in july i understand what you're saying when i was younger (don't remember what age) we had newborn puppies and i touched them and rubbed my eyes without washing my hands and things went down hill. my mom took me to a whole bunch of eye doctors but they couldnt do anything im now blind in my left eye and its lazy since i dont use it and super self conscious im not sure if thats what really caused me to become blind but it happen and i hate it lol i started to just cover it with my hair in like the 4th grade im in highschool now and still cover it i have a hard time dealing with it
Re: Blind in one eyePosted by JosephPavett on 8/3/2014 at 5:10 AM
Hi Ana, I realise you posted this a few years ago but in the chance you are still following this I thought I'd share my experience and ease the worry of your eye wandering.
I am 27 and I live in the UK. When I was 12 I had an accident with a retractable dog lead which left me blind in my right eye, it's not completely blind - I can see light and shadows but it's there's a lot of scaring so I only use my good eye to see (my brains decision, not mine). I've always worried about the eye wandering as I don't use it and on visits to the doctors I've been told it should be already. But it doesnt, apparently you have muscle memory, as my eyes had 12 years of memory the bad eye still follows the direction of the good eye. People still tend to 'talk' to my bad eye as it has some bluish scaring across it, it's really frustrating as I constantly think its started to wandered by my family and friends assure me it isn't. I probably interrogate my boyfriend on the subject every couple of weeks just to be sure....he basically tells me to shut up and stop worrying.
Occasionally when I look in the mirror and stare at the bad eye it will creep about half a CM up so it looks like is sits slightly highter or if I take a photo I can't look to the left too much as the right eye will creep up as it does in the mirror. I think it's something to do with the angle and the muscle there getting lazy. I also try to make sure I get a good amount of sleep as being tired can affect it. I'm not going to lie, it kills me, I hate seeing it like this, having photos taken stresses me out and I have to review them straight away but friends understand and indulge my neurotic eye OCD...
So, my point is that 15 years after the accident my eye (thankfully) has retained a lot of the muscle memory and moves in line with the good eye. It is getting weaker but not to the point where I'd consider corrective surgery yet. I think in my 30s I may have the muscle tightened but it will be for my own peace of mind....I am the worst critic and will pick up on the slightly millimetre of difference when other people will not notice a thing other than the scaring.
I hope this has eased your worry! Joseph x
Re: Blind in one eyePosted by jackiew on 8/7/2014 at 10:32 AM
I am blind in my left eye. I have been this way since I was 4 years old so it is all i know. Only now at 34 years old i have been experiencing severe anxiety over it. I think about my appearance from time to time because my blind eye is lazy but since I only notice it in pictures I tend to turn my head the other way to take pictures. when I am with friends and family i dont worry about my appearance at all. My major issue is the anxiety of being blind in one eye and needing glasses for the other. I have accomplished so much in life, graduated college, raised two children on my own, i drive, and do anything i want......why am i so scared of only being able to see with one eye? I am so happy to have found this site and to see that I am not the only person who is blind in one eye. I worry that i will get older and continue to lose sight in my good eye and go blind....i think i know that is not going to actually happen but yet I still worry constantly....can anyone who is like me just put my mind at ease??? Desperate to hear from someone like me
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