Snapshots from Green Victoria (tedwords) wrote,
Snapshots from Green Victoria

One vision

Argh, by the see, by the see!

One of the things that's been driving me crazy lately is problems with my eyesight. Actually, it's been something that's been going on for a few years. I just can't find a set of contacts that really works for me, any more.

Two years ago, my eye doctor prescribed bifocal contacts, and at first, they seemed perfect. I could finally actually see up close and also, far away, which is something that had become a problem. But then, as time went on, the bifocal contacts I had got worse and worse, especially when it came to reading. Since that's pretty much what I spend the day doing, that's a bit of a problem.

About six months ago, I thought I had the problem solved, but then I started having problems with my right (dominant) eye. It would start getting red and infected, and there were two occasions where I had to lay off wearing contacts for a few days, because it looked as though I had actually scratched the cornea.

Since then, I really haven't been able to find a pair of contacts that work for me. I've been through all sorts of types and prescriptions, and nothing's really working.

This last visit, the doctor suggested that perhaps bifocals weren't going to work. He suggested two options: mono-views that allowed me to see far, and for which I could wear prescription eyeglasses to read, or a combination where my right eye would be used to see far and my left to read.

I tried option a on Saturday night and it was awful, frankly. I couldn't see up close at all, even for things such as driving the car or reading my Blackberry.

The second option was better, at first. But then, I started to develop a headache from having to adjust my vision so much. And also, anything "in between," such as my computer screen (which I look at all day) was hard to see, and I kind of have to squint or cock my head to the right or left to really see what's on it. That's not going to work.

And last night, after a few hours of wearing the contacts, I took them off, and suddenly, I couldn't read with my glasses any more. There were floaters in my eyes, which made it really difficult, no matter where I tried to read. That really freaked me out, and I'm kind of afraid to put the contacts in again.

I wonder if part of it is the place I'm going to. It's one of those chains, so I get a different eye doctor each time I go. Hard to really get any true continuity that way. But then, these days, what are the options, really?

Any suggestions?
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