I have pretty poor eyesight. I am far beyond hoping to see anything on the standard eye chart and passed up legally blind over a decade ago. The professionals I have seen don’t bother with that 20/20 scale. Last I heard, back in college, I was 20/1800. If you wear contact lenses, the prescription may hold some meaning to you. Mine is –8.75. Only certain companies make lenses in that power. On top of that, I have an astigmatism.
Most of the time, this really doesn't matter. I mean, who doesn't have an astigmatism? I wear my contacts or glasses—though I prefer the former—and live life.
Lately, it has garnered far too much attention in my daily routine. I unexpectedly ran out of contacts in May. My pack rat tendencies caught up with me when I realized, too late, that my stash of lenses were all in prescriptions too week. Then I couldn’t get into my doctor until July! What was I going to do? It took several days of finagling to buy some more contacts online. Drama.
When I did get in, my doctor felt that normal contacts aren’t giving me the correction I need. So he decided to try out a new contact lens for me—Touric, if you know what that means. Apparently, you have to ‘orient’ these lenses, so there is a top and a bottom.
I tried them for the first time, but they would float around every time I blinked. I was seeing double out of one eye—when you include the other eye, does that mean you see three total, or just one and a half?
Anyhow, needless to say, this sample was a no go. I need a tighter fit, so the contact won’t swim and swirl in my eye. Tighter. What? I actually like small places, but the idea of tighter contact lenses makes me feel a little claustrophobic. How about you?