Can I see clearly now?
February 16, 2012 6:26 AM Subscribe
My annual eye exam is coming up. I've had a years-long string of not-quite-right corrective lenses. What can I do to get an accurate prescription this time?
posted by yersinia to health & fitness (24 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm super nearsighted (~-7.50 in contacts, coke-bottle in glasses), and I've had about five years of awful luck in contact and glasses prescriptions. Regularly, about once a year, I've gone to the doctor, given my best answers on the eye test, and received a slightly different prescription from last time's, only to find out, when I get the lenses and settle in a bit, that it's not *quite* clear-- fine for daily life, but with a little residual blurriness that makes me squint a lot without realizing it and give myself frown lines and headaches.
Since I have no money and no time, I've just lived with whatever slightly-off eye apparatus I just bought, but the result is that I've been cycling daily between two pairs of glasses and a set of contact lenses that are all slightly different, slightly wrong prescriptions. Which means I don't at present have a really good conscious sense of what perfectly clear vision would even look like. Meaning I can't honestly tell whether A or B is clearer in the next eye exam... and cue vicious cycle.
I'm wondering whether there are best practices for receiving eye examinations that might help me find my way out of this blurry existence. I thought maybe That Machine (name escapes me) that automatically measures vision might help, but my last Pearle Vision exam incorporated the Machine, and the resulting prescription was just as bad as the rest of them. Would it help, possibly, to go to an actual doctor's office instead of a mall place? Anything else I can do?