I have experienced a feeling of lightheaded-ness and spacey-ness for the past 4-5 years, coupled with fatigue after reading or watching a screen. It started in college, during a semester when I was under alot of stress. I saw a few doctors who suggested various potential diagnoses. When I went to have my eyes checked, the optometrist said I have a small astigmatism in my right eye and perscribed glasses. These turned out not to help very much, and my condition continued.
I was perscribed antidepressants for anxiety, which was the result inadequate in school because of this condition. Often I feel like I can't read/retain new information as well, and feel mentally limited. Since graduating, I have more or less just put up with these symptoms, but now that I'm 25, I'm more serious about trying to solve this problem once and for all.
A few days ago, I went to see an ophthamologist. He diagnosed me with exophoria in near, saying that it really explains all my symptoms (!!!). The only advice he really gave me though was that I should read things from a further distance. He also mentioned that I could do exercises (i.e. pencil pushups) every so often to strengthen the muscles. I should have asked more questions, but having someone tell me that I definitely have a medical problem that could explain all my symptoms made me extremely happy and I wasn't as thorough as I should have been.
From searching the eye care forums here, I have learned a little bit more about available treatments (surgery, software for vision therapy) and how each's effectiveness if viewed. Supposedly, evidence on the effectiveness of vision therapy is mixed, except that it seems to work well for exophoria I have the following questions. Any help/experience you could chare would be very appreciated. I very much want to get my life back on track and stop feeling limited by these feelings.
1. Prevention: Is there anything else I should be doing except for increasing reading distance, and the standard good reading practices (adequate light, etc)? I did move my monitor back. How often does this get worse over time?
2. Vision Therapy: How much should I practice vision therapy exercises? For how long and how often? How long should I expect it to take before noticing results?
3. Recovery: How often do adults who recieve this diagnosis and experience exophoria symptoms attain some sort of recovery?
4. Surgery: This is something I would clearly discuss with a doctor, but how often do symptomatic suffers of exophoria get surgery? What kinds of risks are involved and what level of success is typically experienced. The symptoms I have obviously bother me, and I would consider this option to rid myself of them if therapy/prevention did not work.
Thank you so much for reading this testimonry and offering any opinions or answers you might have to any of the above questions! I will continue to do all I can to return to normal.