My eyes are not working together

My eyes are not working together

My Mother at 94 years of age

My Mum at 91 years


For a few weeks, my eyes were not working together. I try to focus on things with both  eyes but the right eye seems like its crosses over some of the times. When I try to observe things like reading on the computer or reading a book, only my left eye seems to be working fine and the right eye pupil turns inwards. That is the reason I usually see a blurry image focused by the right eye. Seeing blurry and double images make everything confusing for me, I can’t interpret what is actually happening around me. Sometimes I try to align both the eyes together but fail from time to time .

My Mother had a series of eye injections while in her eighties. Fortunately they worked and today at 94 years old she can still read books, one of her greatest pleasures along with cross word puzzles .

They say that eyes are the biggest gift that we as living creatures are blessed with. Eyes help us see this beautiful world, people and the exquisite sites that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us. But what if, this best gift of eyes becomes the biggest nightmare of one’s life.


What’s Wrong

The fact that my eyes are not working together makes me feel uncertain and I couldn’t understand what to do to stop it. There is however one thing that I’ve’ve tried and succeeded, that is when I cover my right eye with my hand or a cloth, my left eye seems to be working perfectly well and same is true in case of right eye as well. It definitely means that both my eyes are perfectly well, but then what’s wrong?

In order to find my answers, I consulted an ophthalmologist after mustering a lot of strength. The doctor conducted a detailed examination of my eyes involving many tests like corneal light reflex, retinal exam and visual activity. To my surprise he also conducted a few brain and neurological tests as well. He told me that the reason why my eyes are not working together is because I am suffering from strabismus. It is a vision related ailment in which both the eyes don’t line up together and don’t look at the same subject at one time.


Looking for a Solution

There can be many causes of this problem but it is usually present in children at the time of birth. However adults like me can develop this vision related ailment due to many factors such as diabetes, botulism, stroke, Guillain-Barre syndrome, injuries to brain and its surrounding muscles etc. Honestly I have no idea about what caused this weird disease to me but I am desperately looking for its solutions. Exercise may help.

My ophthalmologist suggested me to do some exercises in order to make my weaker eye muscles better. He told me to place a patch on my left eye i.e. the one having better vision, so that my right eye could work harder to focus on things. According to the doctor, it’ll make the muscles of my right eye stronger and the nerves would be able to communicate properly with the brain as well. He even suggested me to wear glasses.

However I’d like to know more elaborated reasons for why my eyes are not working together and even about the best treatments possible. All suggestions are welcome

Reading Without Glasses

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Reading  Without Glasses

It’s been a long time since I last updated this site but something happened the other day that made me think perhaps it will be of value to all those in a similar situation to mine. I’ve been treated for Glaucoma over the last three years; not too bad, two types of drops two times a day and a different one at night. That routine has kept the pressure down mostly of the time and I haven’t had any trouble with the drops other than that they make the corners of my eyes very itchy and tired. But, hey – I can live with that.

I wear glasses for reading and working on the computer; can’t do without them, or so I thought until I was warming myself the other day by our glass back door. The sun was pouring in and it was warm on my back ( May until August is Winter in New Zealand.) I stood there, reading the local newspaper, and suddenly I realized  that I was doing the impossible – reading the small print without my glasses. The sunlight was directly hitting the newspaper and when I moved it slightly it hit the shade and I could no longer read the print, not even the large headlines.

I thought this required further investigating so that evening I tried reading under all the lights around the house. It was hopeless – I couldn’t function without my glasses. And then a thought hit me. The lights we have burning in our homes are not sunlight – white light! Today we can have white light by way of LED lights.

Spent a few hours looking over the Amazon product range and found one that stands out suitable for the American 120 volt system  sells at $25.95 for a pack of six, I think here in NZ we would pay more, worth looking into if you have a problem with lighting in your home.

If you use glasses for reading, see if it’s possible for you to read in sunlight without your glasses, love to hear how you get on, leave a comment.

Potato and Chorizo Croquettes cooked by Mike Smith

Potato and Chorizo Croquettes

Potato Croquette

Potato and Chorizo Croquettes

Looking through old magazines can be fun. I like to pick out  recipes from  lifestyle magazines and see how close I can get to reproducing the dish. On this occasion I selected one with the main ingredients being potatoes and chorizo sausage – I thought it sounded tasty. And it was. I recommend this dish as a light lunch with loads of flavour.

In the recipe the chorizo sausage skins were to be removed. Unfortunately the type I bought, the skins were very fine and stuck like glue so I ignored that part and simply went ahead and chopped the four chorizos into small pieces, lightly fried them for a few minutes and poured a couple of tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar over them, allowing the heat to evaporate the vinegar after removing the pan from the element.

At the same time my 500 grams of potatoes that I’d pre chopped were nicely simmered and, once soft, I mashed them and left to cool. I sped this up by placing the saucepan in the sink topped up with cold water.

During this time I’ve finely chopped up  two tablespoons of parsley, grated a half cup of tasty cheese and combined it all with half a teaspoon of smoked paprika. I then added the chorizo, cheese, smoked paprika and parsley to the potatoes, mixed it all together with salt and pepper to taste.

On a lightly flowered tray I shaped the mix into fingers and placed them in the freezer for a few minuted to firm up.

In the meantime I’ve beaten two eggs, found two containers, one for half a cup of flour and one for two cups of breadcrumbs (or if you have them, panko breadcrumbs are the best – they look more appealing and are lovely and crunchy).

By this time the potato fingers should be firm and easy to handle. Dip each one first in the flour, then the egg and finally coat with the breadcrumbs – makes about twelve good sized fingers.

Place in a frying pan with about half a centimeter of oil (choose one of the healthier oils that can take the heat such as grape seed oil or rice oil), cook for a minute or two and turn over to finish off cooking evenly.

Enjoy these tasty Chorizo Croquettes with a healthy selection of your favorite salad.

We have used:

500g potatoes
4 Chorizo sausages
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1/2 cup tasty cheese
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
salt and pepper
And for the coating –
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup flour
2 cups breadcrumbs
4 tbsp oil

In place of the Chorizo you can use tinned fish, chopped ham, finely chopped cooked bacon or finely chopped vegetables.
In place of the Red Wine Vinegar you can use sherry or beer or leave out completely.

In place of Parsley you can use finely chopped fresh rosemary or mint.

Breadcrumbs – make your own by using a day old bread placed in a food processor until well crumbed then place on a tray in a preheated oven at 170c,  turning each minute until golden brown then remove from oven, let cool and store in a sealed container.

Your comments are welcomed.





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