So I went for a second opinion regarding my eye prescription yesterday. I was able to get the optometrist to check my eyes based only on my sight without glasses as well as with the tests that they had done to check my eyes. They also neutralized my glasses as I did not know what their prescription was.
He said that what people with 20/20 vision can see at 500 feet I can only see at 25 feet.
He wanted to give me a prescription of the following:
OD S -5.50 C - 3.75 A 004
OS S - 7.00 C - 1.50 A 180
The glasses I am currently wearing are the following:
OD S -5.50 C -3.00 A 178
OS S -6.75 C -1.50 A178
My glasses do have a slight blur but it does not get in the way of doing any distance activities and I find that close up activities I can feel the strain after a while.
The difference in what he wants to give me spherically is so minute, however the .75 jump in astigmatism correction in my right eye would hinder progress and make my prescription trickier to reduce. I told him I can see fine in my old prescription.
He also talked a lot about how what is going on with my eyes is genetic and how he is the head of the clinical board for the school of optometry at a university in a nearby province. Kind of indicators that I would not get any help with a reduced prescription. When I told him that I would like something reduced for close up he told me that because of my age I perhaps was starting to need bifocals and he would check for that. Im 40 this spring. Anyways, he checked for it and I don’t need them (which I knew already) so the conversation regarding having a reduced prescription separate from my current pair stopped dead.
So, moving forward it looks like I will be on my own. I COULD travel 1.5 hours in the opposite direction from my town and go see another optometrist but I think maybe I will save that for a later date…say next year…when Ive reduced my diopters a bit.
I think the plan going forward is to order glasses online. I got the optometrist to quote me on a pair through them. it would cost me upward of close to $700CAD for a pair through them. That’s more than I would pay in a year going through an online glasses retailer so that’s a no go for me.
I also think that I’m going to stick with my current glasses prescription for my distance base point prescription. What he wanted to give me was similar to the other optometrist and that correction did not feel right. With my glasses, while there is a bit of blur, i feel comfortable and feel like my eyes are working better than in the prescription in contacts that i was given last Fall.
Now to order my first set of differentials!