Monday, November 5, 2012

My eye abnormalities - part 2

Here's another thing about my eyes that are weird: I see different colors out of each eye. It's actually very subtle and I noticed it when I was about 12 or 13. My right eye adds a red-ish tint to everything, while everything out of my left eye looks more blue-ish. I only really notice it in bright light. It's especially prominent while looking at a white wall or something.

Last year we were learning about color vision defects and I asked my teacher after class about it. He said that he had never heard of that happening before. I took some intense color vision tests, one eye at a time, to see if there was a measurable difference between the two, and there was.

After seeing these results, my professor thought it could be the following:
1) Multiple sclerosis (not so likely because there haven't been episodes of it coming and going)
2) A brain lesion (also not likely because there haven't been any changes)
3) A difference in pigment in the back of my eye (most likely, but also most boring)

So my professor recommended having a complete, intense eye exam with the director of the clinic here at the college to rule anything major out.

In unrelated news, do you call it soda or pop?

http://popvssoda.com:2998/


9 comments:

David Lewis said...

No joke, I have the same color difference thing. I would only notice it right after I woke up.

alison said...

definitely soda. I HAVE THAT TOO!!!!! i remember looking around the living room switching eyes and the lights were just a tad different.

Patricia said...

Alright, what's happening with my kids' eyes? Don't all of you develop some disease or something and make me cry!!
Soda... although I think growing up we said pop.

Nathan said...

Soda. AND I TOO HAVE NOTICED THE SAME THING!

Kathy Haynie said...

I can see (haha-play on words) that the genetic researchers are going to have a grand time with the Lewis kids' eyes.

Soda. Even though the map says pop.
But I don't think my vote counts because I mostly call it "water." (Hahaha - as in, I don't drink pop. Er, soda.)

Anna said...

I grew up saying pop (my parents are from Oregon and California and I grew up in Honduras), but I consciously changed to soda o be cool in Virginia.

Also-- I noticed the same thing!

Anna said...

No. That's a lie. I just wanted to fit in.

Lisa Lou said...

Uh, I thought that was normal. I can definately tell that my (right?) eye has a more blueish tint...

Anna said...

This is Chris, not Anna

Anna mentioned this to me today and I said "Yeah, left eyes have more blue and right eyes have more red." I didn't know that it wasn't a natural thing. I noticed it when I was a kid and I would always shift colors sitting in church or school. I had no idea until now that it wasn't normal, so I never mentioned anything.
Now I feel so unique and mysterious.

Also, because I just got back from the field today and didn't read your last posts, I will comment on them here:
I checked the mirror and both of my pupils are a little bit further together than centered. That is also cool. Does it change perception at all? I wonder if they compensated for that when I got my LASIK done.
What are your views on LASIK?

Let me know if anything comes up about our color difference thing. Maybe we can be like a family of mutated Boxcar Children with mystery-solving superpowers.

I get to be the mean and grumpy older-brother with a heart of gold. I am just misunderstood because I am too young to have the responsibility of raising my siblings.
Sorry Mom and Dad, for this scenario you both have to be dead.