Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tighter? Really?? Or ~ Contact Lens Woes

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.Contact Len on Finger closeup

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?

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