Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I Have Astigmatism

I started getting headaches a lot when I was in 4th grade. My parents thought I had a migraine. They brought me to a healer and this healer provided me a kind of flower (I forgot what it was). The healer said to always apply the flower on my forehead on a specific stroke- center to right temple, center to left temple. I had to leave the flower juice on my forehead for 24 hours. It seemed to help. My headaches stopped.

In 1997 my frequent headaches came back. One day, I had to stay in bed with my eyes closed. I vomited a lot and the daylight was too bright. My parents thought I had an eye problem so they brought me to an Optometrist. The Optometrist said that I had an astigmatism. I did not know what the h*ll it was. So, I started using eyeglasses. I am not sure why I was so excited to be able to use an eyeglasses. I thought people with eyeglasses were cute and hip.

I looked like a genius (I thought) when I started my sophomore year. I was the only one with glasses. I felt so cool. I used my glasses for quite a while until prior to my high school graduation. I just realized that I looked old with them.

So, what is astigmatism? According to MedicineNet.Com, Astigmatism is characterized by an irregular curvature of the cornea. It is an eye disorder which is also known as a refractive error. The eye of a person with astigmatism is shaped more like a football or the back of a spoon instead of a spherical in shape.

The causes of astigmatism can be hereditary, can be from pressure from the eyelids on the cornea, incorrect posture or an increased use of the eyes for close work.

I am not sure what caused mine because I am the only one with astigmatism in the family. My mother used to always tell me (scold me) that I used to read a lot in a dimly lit room. I know. I get very lazy once I get excited with things so I probably was too lazy to get the light (lampara).

Now, I use my eyeglasses when I am driving only. I am nearsighted so I can see very well while working in front of my computer but things far from me are too blurry. I still get headaches but not too bad. I guess I just have to be careful with my eyes by not blogging too much. Sigh!


Pinoy Around the World said...

hmmm, so this was what you were busy about - a new blog look! and it is very fancy and attractive, indeed!

i too am having sight problems now. i think mine have something to do with the natural aging process, he he he!

Majik said...

I was blog hopping and found your

I get a lot of headaches too, believe it or not. I'm thinking it's because I spend too much time in front of the PC. Haven't really gone to see an eye doctor yet...but after reading your piece, maybe I should.

I like your lay out by the way. Hope you can visit my blog too and maybe we can exchange links :)

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