I recently decided that I wanted to change my look.
I used to wear contact lenses all through high school, college, and the first year of my marriage. Then one random day, I decided that I didn’t want to wear contacts anymore. They seemed to dry out all the time and I got tired of random eye irritation and annual eye infections.
But 5 years later, I realized that I miss my good ole contacts.
- I hate it when I go to get my hair done and I can’t see what’s going on. Someone always wants to talk to me when I have my glasses off. I’m very nearsighted and it’s hard to hold a conversation with a blurry spot.
- It’s a pain when it rains to wear glasses. Raindrops just hang out and have a party on my glasses and I have to keep drying them. Then they smear…
- Even something as simple as taking a shower or washing my hair can be a challenge because I can’t see what I’m doing.
- Moving from warm to cold or cold to hot temperatures causes dense fog on my glasses with a visibility of two inches.
After mulling over the decision and talking with my husband, I decided to make a doctor’s appointment for a contact lens fitting. What should have been simple, has turned into something quite complex.
I was given a trial pair of contacts to wear on last Monday. After putting the lenses on, I noticed that it was kinda hard for me to read smaller print, but the Ophthalmologist told me that my previous eye doctor had my prescription too strong. He wanted me to try the lower prescription and see if my eyes would adjust.
Okay, I thought. I’ll be a good patient and try it.
After two days, I decided that it wasn’t working out for me, so I decided to call the office and ask for the prescription I had before. The doctor agreed and gave me another trial pair. When I put that pair on, I noticed that things were even more blurry than they were with my first pair!
Frustrated, I decided to wear my glasses until my follow-up appointment.
On Monday, I told the Ophthalmologist about my problems with the lenses. He just knew he could help me out. It was like a personal challenge for him.
He had me try on over 6 different pairs of contacts, none of which gave me the vision quality I was looking for. I became very discouraged and my eyeballs were getting irritated.
The Opthamologist finally told me that I need a certain prescription for my left eye that is not available. Manufacturers just don’t make that strength and I would have to either go up or down.
I tried that last week and it didn’t work, I thought to myself…
He continued to tell me that he could get me close to 20/20 vision, but there still would be some blurriness. He said that I wouldn’t be able to see as well as I could see with my glasses, even though I would have better peripheral vision with contacts.
He gave me another pair to try out for a week, but I couldn’t get home quick enough to take those out. They weren’t comfortable as the first pair that I had and I just can’t get used to blurry vision. On the drive home, I couldn’t read street signs until I got up on them. What is the point of wearing contacts if you still need reading glasses?
I guess I will continue to wear my trusty old glasses as my sole means of seeing the world a little more clearly.
So long contact lenses…