Eyes have a delay to focus when head moves quickly

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Hello, I have noticed in the past couple months that my eyes take longer to move/focus when my head is moving quickly. It is most noticeable when driving: If i look up at a traffic light and quickly move my head down to look in my lap, my eyes take .5 seconds to a second to "catch up" and focus at what i want to look at.

For reference, I'm a 37 year old man who does not wear glasses, has 20/20 vision, and can read a line or two below the line im supposed to read on an eye test (last checked a year ago). I also have taken lithium for bipolar disorder for 10 years. I mention because i know it can affect horizontal nystagmus gaze. this moving phenomenon is new to me though.

I thank you for any input or insight.

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    My thought would be that you may need a prescription ( not for seeing far away) but to make the near sharper. It would be bifocals, no prescription in the top, just in the bottom. This is what I feel your eye doctor will recommend. You can try it out by getting a pair of cheap readers from the dollar store, putting them further down on your nose so you can see over them, then looking far away then through the glasses. Make sure to try the glasses on and make sure you can read through them. You most likely would nee a +1.25 or+1.50 whatever the smallest amount you can find. Good Luck

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    I've been having this exact same problem, and it's absolute hell when it strikes...

    Below are a few other things I experience when this happens:

    • I struggle glancing from my windscreen to speedometer, mirrors, blind spots etc.
    • My brain feels VERY foggy, which makes it hard to concentrate.
    • I often feel spaced out, especially when driving. It's like I feel disconnected from reality.

    I've been to the opticians recently and my vision is fine, a bit long-sighted if anything, but nothing bad.

    Got a doctor's appointment about it soon, but I've done some personal research and found something called: "PPPD" The symptoms line up really well to what I'm experiencing, so they might for you too. I'd definitely give it a Google, and see if that's perhaps what could be up with you.

    I tell you I've literally scoured the internet for people experiencing the same thing whilst driving, you're the first person to hit the nail on the head with it.

    I'm a 22yo female for reference, also been suffering with this for a few months now, but only recently has it gotten pretty bad. It's like my brain its trying to turn driving "hard-mode" it's making it a real chore, when in reality, I love driving!

    Hope this helps anyway, I'll see if my doctor has anything to say on my issue.

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      First off, why is typing in this forum so awkward? If I hit the caps button once it goes into caps lock. If I hit any punctuation, including comma, it goes into caps lock, and there's no text predict. I'm typing in notes app just to respond...

      I want to thank you for responding, and I'm reading up on PPPD and it shows some of the symptoms I'm having, but isn't 100% my focus delay while moving my head quickly doesn't necessarily happen when there is a lot of movement; it also happens if I'm on my couch watching tv. If I stare at the tv and then look down in my lap towards my phone, it's like I go dizzy and takes my eyes a moment to focus when they didn't before. It's not an issue with needing glasses as was suggested, as I have great focus near and far - it's just the time switching in between while moving my head is starting to take longer and make me feel dizzy for a short period of time until I focus again.

      I too am starting to be worried about driving. I sometimes get worried to glance down at the speedometer while driving for fear that I might get in a wreck because my eyes take too long to focus between near and far.

      Did your doctor appt. come up with anything? I might need to speak with someone soon 😦

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    You know, you should definitely try "Norbekov Method".

    Basically you can restore your health without any medicine or surgeries

    I have read a lot of positive comments on forums and I`m prety sure it works.

    Just visit their page:

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