Okay, I had a two hour eye doctor appointment today. It cleared up a lot of crazy stuff, but it also leaves me with doctor’s orders never to wear glasses again. But I’ll get to that.
We go in. I have the optional photos taken of the back of my eye to check for freckles and macular degeneration and all that. I did warn that every time I’ve agreed to have this done, it’s never worked. They asked me to clarify, I pointed out that my eyes are really blinky around lights. Turns out I was right. Ten attempts to take the pictures, ten misfires because I blink faster than a camera shutter. Crazy.
Then we went on to the eye exam itself which is what took the time. The Doc was noticing some things and going “This is just bizarre.” I’m like “please tell me what is bizarre.” He said He wouldn’t in case my concious thought influenced what was going on akin to a placebo.
He tested my eyes with lens normally. Then in the dark. Then eye charts in normal lighting. Then in low lighting. Then with various flashes of light and my muscle strength and so on.
Now I’ve known for a long time I have more rods than cones in my eyes, or maybe it’s the other way around, but I see better with my sunglasses on that with normal glasses. I’ve always known that. And the doctor was doing these tests to actually confirm this wiithout explaining it to me.
At the end of the exam I learned several things.
1. I need different strength perscriptions for normal lens and sunglasses. Turns out if I wear normal glasses I’m a -3.25 in my left eye and a -3.75 in my right. With Sunglasses, this drops down to -.25 (he said only half a lens but what he gave me -.25 so who knows. I’m not an eye doctor) and my right drops to a -1.00 even. I’m not sure why this is. I can give conjectures, but to be honest I was mroe relived that I didn’t have Glaucoma or something. Holy crap people, if you are a doctor never be all like, “HMMMM.” or “This is weird.” or “This is strange” to a patient and then delay telling them why! It makes the imagination go CRAZY!
This also explains the source of all my migranes and headaches. It’s because when I wear normal glasses or contacts lens my eyes are so light sensitive the nerves and muscles are constantly contracted and relaxing. Far more than the eye ever should. My right eye suffers from something skin to snow blindness under normal everyday light, and the headaches are from my eyes trying to compensate to my light sensitivity and the over working of the eye muscles. I didn’t even know that was possible.
The other was that my sunglasses were too strong a perscription. We cut them down and oh my god, was it instant relief. It’s like I could feel the muscles just contracting in my head and neck.
2. I was also advised to never wear normal glasses or lens again. This gives me three options. The first is to only wear sunglasses. Yes, even at night. Which really isn’t a problem for me as I tend to forget I’m wearing them indoors or at night anyway. Several of my friends can vouch for that. The second option is to wear these “Sunglass Contacts” made by Nike of all companies! It’s sunglasses in contact form. They gave me a trial pair for a week to see how I react and then I’m coming in next weds to do a follow up exam. The third option is LASIK. The doctor strongly recommended it for me but also warned even with normal eyes it increases a person’s light sensitivity and for me, he has no idea what it would do as I pretty much have Johnny the Cave Troll eyes already.
My boss said she has relatives who have had LASIK but that I guess it wears off after a while? I’d never heard that before. Anyone have had or know anyone that has had LASIK? There’s a place right near work here that offers it, but I’m worried about it being temporary and the increases my light sensitivity even more. The fact it’s behind my once a week migranes is bad enough? If it got worse then I’d just be walking into the further “Alex is a Vampire” stupidity.
3. I am currently at my desk working with my sunglasses on and I feel like a tool.