Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 15, 2010 in Randomness | Subscribe

I’ve been blessed with good eyesight since I was a kid, and when I visited é›…é›… in Memphis the future-optometrist even determined I’m part of a relatively small number of people in the country who would be classified as a “true emmetrope.”1

After successfully making it through years of computer science and 1L year of law school without any problems, I guess I’ve been taking things for granted: between a research memo for DVLaw, a research memo for Legal Letters, and a midterm for ConLaw, this week I’ve developed this insanely annoying twitch at the outer edge of my left eye :cry:

Not sure if it’s plain ol’ eye fatigue or something serious, but I’m officially not a fan…

  1. Basically means both of my eyes are normal-shaped, compared to folks who have one or both eyes that are slightly misshapen but still see 20/20 due to the brain compensating for vision problems. []

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Thomas Hutto
Oct 18, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Mine was doing the same thing. It stopped after I got more sleep, cut down on caffeine and felt less stress about work/school. What also helped were minimal amounts of exercise. More probably would have been better.

Oct 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Is it sad that after reading your comment I actually did a mental pros-and-cons list in my mind on giving up my eyesight versus giving up caffeine? :beatup:

Oct 18, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Mr. Hutton is correct – all of the above will affect your eyesight.

Also, an emmetrope doesn’t mean your eye is ‘normal-shaped’, it means that when light rays enter your eye, they focus on the retina when your eye is relaxed and looking at an object 6 meters away (tonic position).

Also, according to Google health:

Treatment for eye twitch:
Eyelid twitching usually disappears without treatment. In the meantime, the following steps may help:
* Get more sleep.
* Drink less caffeine.
* Lubricate your eyes with eye drops.

Oct 19, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Also, the number of emmetropes equals about the same number of people who are myopic. They each comprise approximately 25% each of our population. So it’s not exactly a small number. Hyperopes make up approximately 50% of the population.


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