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Each Eye is Seeing a Different Size of Print

12/14/2009

Question:

I just noticed that when I cover one eye and read something and then switch eyes-they each see the print differently. My left eyes sees it bigger (actually what I am seeing with both eyes) and when I look at the print with just my right eye, the print looks smaller. I`ve done this about 10 times and consistently there is a difference.

I am 57 years old and terribly nearsighted-I`ve worn glasses since I was 8. I have my eyes checked yearly but I never noticed this problem before.

Answer:

This may be something benign or it may be the sign of some early changes in your retina. As a nearsighted person, you are at greater risk of some problems like macular degeneration and retinal detachment. You should be receiving yearly dilated eye exams, and it may be time.

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Response by:

Mark  Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD Mark Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD
Formerly:
Professor
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University