Vision Quest: Have You Had Your Eyes Checked Lately?
That said, I do love my glasses. Beyond allowing me to see better, the frames I have are the only fashionable accessory statement I make. Silly as it may sound, it’s likely that it’s because I really like these spectacles that I haven’t gone in for an eye test in a fair good few years.
Well, today I had an appointment with my local optometrist for the full-on exam and a new prescription for glasses.
Now, I haven’t been wholly irresponsible when it comes to my eyes. I’ve had regular neuro-ophthalmologist checks on the state of my eyes and the optic nerve and all. I have healthy eyes, just eyes that need corrective lenses. In fact, my optic nerves are still in very good shape – even for a person without multiple sclerosis.
The dilation thing they do in order to get a good look inside the old eyeballs throws me off for most of a day. In fact, because many people have had this part of an eye exam, it’s not a bad way to explain the slightly off-balance feeling that many of us with mild MS balance and vertigo can experience.
The long and short of the exam is that I’ve been under-compensating my distance vision, thus masking my difficulty with close vision. It’s kind of like the way many of the coping mechanisms and assistive devices we use may mask some of our outward MS symptoms to those around us.
The nystagmus (rapid little movements) in both eyes is a little more pronounced that it has been in the past, so the idea of progressive or bifocal lenses isn’t all that practical. Something that I hadn’t really thought of, but there is an upside to the thing…
I need new glasses. I need two new pair of spectacles – one for reading and one for distance. And I’m getting to that age where UV light isn’t the best thing for my eyes, so I’ll also need a pair of polarized lenses for the odd sunny day that we get here in my town. Now I get to have three new pairs of corrective glasses.
Our man in our little town didn’t have much of a selection of frames from which to choose, so it looks like I’ll spend a bit of time on the East Coast leg of my book tour looking for some stylish new frames to match my new prescriptions. I don’t love wearing glasses, but it looks like I get to shop around for a couple of new frames. I think I’ll keep the pair I have now as the sunglasses. After all, they’ve been with me for a good number of years now.
Wishing you and your family the best of health.
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