I was born with a head tilt, and had 2 surgeries to correct it.
I have nystagmus, astigmatism, nearsighted with 20/150 vision, better sight in my right and 1 years ago I was diagnosed with a slight risk for retinal detachment.
I have two questions. The first one is: I had been seeing an ophthalmologist for my eyes ever since I was a baby, but maybe five years ago my ophthalmologist retired and because of this I am now going to the generic optometrist office my parents go to every two years. I want to know if I should stay there, or if I should go back to seeing an ophthalmologist and if I should go back to seeing an ophthalmologist how would I go about doing that?
My second Question is: I have been experiencing problems seeing at night. I find that when I am walking or traveling in areas where there is dim, low light it is hard for me to see. Even when I'm walking down a sidewalk, or down or up the stairs on the side porch at my home I find it hard to distinguish one step from another.
I also find that I have to look down a whole lot and use my phone flashlight to try to provide more light even though there is Street lamps, or my bright shed light at home. Even when I put my dog out at night I find that I have to watch where she goes and watch her more carefully, or I will lose track of where she is.
I need to know if this is something I should be worried about and if this could possibly cause me to need a cane for night time travel?
Thanks for your Question
Patients with your condition should follow up with ophthalmologist. You should find one who is specialized in pediatric and strabismus because of your history of ocular surgical operations for head tilt.
Patients with reduced visual acuity can have poor vision at night more than daylight and in this case you should always be safe and use lights with or without cane. You should discuss this issue with your doctor to find what suits you best.