I've recently got new prescription eyeglasses. Unfortunately, the new eyeglasses aren't feeling right, and I'm not sure if this is part of the normal adjustment process or if something went wrong. Details under the fold.
posted by dubious_dude to Health & Fitness (25 answers total)
So, I'm myopic, but not sure about astigmatic. I'm a bit unsure of exactly what's wrong with my vision, other than the fact that I'm nearsighted and need glasses at all times to function. Been that way since I was about 10, and I got my glasses replaced every year, or every other year. I can't see at all (as in, everything is a blur except whatever's maybe 2 or 3 inches away from my eyes), so glasses are a necessity.
The last time I got my prescription changed was in May 2012. I didn't have time to renew the prescription last year due to timing. My eyesight has been fine lately; just seeing a bit of degradation with my vision due to the prescription becoming older/outdated. Nothing unusual.
Recently, I went to the eye doctor and an eyeglasses store, to finally take the exam and get a new prescription, and therefore new eyeglasses (stylish frames for the win). My new eyeglasses were picked up today.
The employees at the store (which is a private, local store, not a chain such as Lenscrafters, and has great reviews on Yelp) adjusted my eyeglasses, and in the process, adjusted the actual "size" of the eyeglasses. I'm not sure exactly how to describe it, but they brought the two sides a bit closer/further together (can't tell).
What makes this so complicated is that I have an half-grown right ear, so they have to adjust it specifically to make sure it fits/is on properly. That always takes a bit longer, but it always works out in the end.
After leaving the eyeglasses store, everything felt a bit funny... slant-ey. Not exactly unusual for new glasses, but things felt a bit too slant-ey, and the ground didn't seem stable/straight like it did with my old glasses. Also, I felt like some very small areas were "pinched", and when I looked upwards, with my eyes on the bottom area of my glasses, everything seemed to kind of "lift" up, if that makes sense. I'm sorry, I know I suck at explaining this. It was kind of hard to be able to walk properly, so I swapped to my old glasses, where everything suddenly felt familiar again. When I arrived home, I tried using my laptop with my new glasses. No go. The laptop screen literally looked kind of... abstract. Again, hard to explain - kind of "oval" in a very slight way, and some areas just looked... weird. I don't know how to explain it. I'm now wearing my old eyeglasses.
What's also making this more complicated is that I'm Deaf. I'm afraid somehow the exam kind of was 'messed up' or that they took down the wrong information/wrote down the wrong old prescription. I'm not sure if this is the normal adjustment process, because when I replaced my eyeglasses in 2012, my prescription was unchanged from 2009, but I had no problems at all viewing my computer screen, and everything was somewhat slant-ey at the beginning, but not as bad. I think.
I know you aren't my doctor, and the best step is to talk to the staff there. However, I'm also not wanting to go through all that hassle, especially given the communication barriers and all, and I'm not sure if this is the normal adjustment process. Everything through my new eyeglasses are crystal clear, just slant-ey and a bit 'pinched'/weird looking in some areas. My old eyeglasses was more wide/square, while the new ones are more round - but I don't think that makes a difference now, does it?
Sorry for the convoluted, scattered explanation. This has been so stressful for me. Being Deaf, eyesight is of utter importance to me, and I am not sure what's going on. I'm just a bit lost with the whole process - I had a hard enough time understanding the differences between myopic/astigmatism.
Thanks for any help!