17 Dec 2005
The vision component of my health insurance is changing with the new year (reduced benefits), so I finally got around to scheduling my first eye check up in 3 years.
I hate getting my eyes dialated. And you’re supposed to pick out frames you’ll be wearing for a year or two with your eyes in that condition? When you can’t even see how you look in the mirror anyway because the sample frames don’t have perscription lenses? I arranged for Jeff to help me pick out the new frames.
But I’m not sure the lenses are correct.
The optometrist had told me that my near vision had changed, while my far vision had not. This was apparently the cause of the headaches I’d been getting recently from being in front of a computer screen all day (it’s because my eyes were working too hard to focus near with that perscription).
She told me that she was going to write me a new prescription for “computer glasses” to wear while I worked. I didn’t want to have to constantly change glasses as I got up or sat down, so I asked her to write me a perscription for glasses I could wear all day. She said she didn’t recommend graduated focal lenses (because my eyes would “get lazy” from not focusing properly), so she dialed down the strength of the the far vision (because I don’t drive).
It always takes a day or two to get used to new lenses, but I’m kind of freaked out by my new glasses. My close vision is sharper than my old glasses, but everything further than 15 feet away is blurry. Wearing the new glasses for a couple of hours gives me a headache. Switching to my old glasses immediately relieves my eyes, but then I have trouble reading or watching TV.
I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to have to be constantly switching from one pair of glasses to another.