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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My eyes do not adjust to light at the same pace. When I come in from a sunny day, my right eye takes considerably longer to adjust to the lower level of light. It's like I am wearing half a pair of sunglasses for awhile. I'm not sure if this is serious, but it has been getting progressively worse.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   may i know ur age ?
User :   33
Doctor :   may i know your occupation?
User :   Soldier
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   has this affected your work ability in any way ?
User :   no
Doctor :   can u tell me how long does it take ?
User :   it varies from 1-2 minutes to as much as ten minutes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   1-2 minutes is actually fine
User :   for one eye to adjust more quickly?
Doctor :   oh ,i meant both eyes
Doctor :   In that case, there must be an issue in the sensitivity of the eyes
User :   the time |I gave you was the difference between eyes adjusting
Doctor :   to light
User :   with my (r) eye taking much more time
Doctor :   ok, i understood that
User :   ok
Doctor :   what we need to do, is to get a slit lamp examination of the eye
Doctor :   so that the retina can be examined , to rule out conditions like optic neuritis
User :   I'm guessing it is just taking the pupil longer to dilate in the right eye?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   so would that be with an optometrist?
Doctor :   but the amount of iris contraction will depend on the amount of light entering the eye and sensed by the retina
Doctor :   you need an opthalmologist
User :   ok
User :   I am currently deployed, do you think that may be a contributing factor? The desert is extremely bright, and It started happenning here
Doctor :   yes,
Doctor :   when there is too much of light, the eyes take time to adjust , but this is equal in both eyes
Doctor :   there should not be any time lag in both eyes
User :   That's what I thought
User :   But none of my Docs here have ever heard of a condition like this
User :   Granted, they aren't eye doctors
Doctor :   are you being examined by a eye specialist ? OK NO
Doctor :   So as such there is no need to panic as it is not affecting your work ability
Doctor :   but as and when u get to see a eye doctor, you can get examined
User :   I work at night right now, but it could be a problem if I switch to days in the future
Doctor :   oh ok
Doctor :   In that case, you might consider talking to your superiors and asking for change in working hours, or for medical help
User :   I work in pharmacy, and if I have a patient immediately after I come in from outside, It would delay helping them until I could read the prescription
Doctor :   i understand ,
User :   it almost feels like when you wear 3d glasses but aren't watching a 3d program
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   you should consider using dark glasses while working in light , to reduce the time taken to accomodate to the light
User :   I am going to try to get transition lenses
Doctor :   that will be good
User :   ok, I will see if there is an opthomologist on base while I am home on leave next week.
User :   thank you for your help
Doctor :   You are most welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   bye for now
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