After returning from Baku, I made an appointment with my developmental optometrist and explained my problems with lights in Baku and not being able to speak in English.
He couldn’t see a connection to the lights problems and my brain since I had the same problem with the lights with one eye closed or both eyes open. I told him that although I usually don’t wear contacts because I see better with glasses, I found that I didn’t have the starburst problem at night while wearing contacts. He was puzzled. He asked to see my glasses and then put them under a microscope.
The culprit was not my brain but my glasses! It turns out that the anti-reflective coating on my glasses was cracked and creating the odd refractions of light that made me see starbursts and long rays of light at night. The spectacles I got in Taiwan about 2.5 years ago had been making the last month terrible for me. He told me to see if I had other glasses at home with non-reflective coating that was not cracked and try those. Otherwise, I’d have to order new glasses. I didn’t want to get new glasses now as my prescription might change once I am done with therapy.
The other good news was that I am fusing in my peripheral vision and the doctor is confident that I can move towards fusing in my central vision and get over my “horror fusionis” (the inability to fuse two disparate images).
I came home, found a paid of glasses I bought at Costco six year ago and voila! I can drive at night again! I went to the coast for the weekend and was ecstatic. I had my freedom back again!
Ever since my change of specs, I have had a lot of energy, no night driving problems and no need for caffeine. I am taking the nutritional supplements the Azerbaijani neurologist recommended but I am not taking a tranquilizer. I am not that crazy!