Hi, I’m Heidi, nice to meet you all!
There’s not a lot of stories and updates about first diopter. Or I just didn’t find them…
Ofcourse the best way is to not having any kind of myopia in the first place, but my situation is probably the next best. Huge thank you to Jake and Endmyopia for saving my eyes <3
(same text below that in my introduction. It takes time for me to write in english, so taking the easy way…)
Last two years I have noticed a bit of blurry vision when driving and watching tv, but didn’t think much of it cause it always cleared. In this winter it started to show much often and many days in a row, until it showed every day. So, I made an appointment with “eye doctor” and she prescribed me R -1.75 L -2.0 and -0.5 cyl in the right eye. (Feb 17th)
In that point I thought there is no other choice, but get used to the idea of wearing glasses for the rest of my life. I was so sad about it, but didn’t know any other way.
I got the glasses (March 1st) and when I put them on, it felt like my eyes could blow up. I felt like I could trough up, same feeling as when I was pregnant. “You have to get used to them”, was only response I got. Tried to wear them for a three days, but my eyes hurt, my head hurt and I felt that I could see too brightly, but couldn’t look at anything well. Didn’t wear glasses on day four. Day five I put them on for a 15min drive, when I got home I got headache and my eyes were so sore that I had to go to a darkened room for a while. Even in the next day my eyes hurt when I tried to look at anything near.
Then I started to google things on my own, and I found finnish “eye professor” Kaisu Viikari and learned about pseudomyopia for the first time, and became confident that I had it, all symptoms matched! I asked three other “eye doctors” about this, they didn’t want see me, cause “you’re too old to have it” (I’m 40) I insisted on new exam and started to lessen my smartphone use, take more time outside etc.
Within this time I found EndMyopia and wow what a resource of info!
My second eye exam was made by optician and results were -1.0 in both eyes, -0.5 cyl in the right eye. (March 12th)
Got new glasses in March 25th and those seem too bright too, so I ordered online -0.5 and -0.75 versions, haven’t received those yet. It is certain that I need some in dark driving, so I’ll try what is enough but not too much. In the day I can see 20/20 line in Snellen, it is not totally crisp, but readable.
One thing troubles me, that cylinder in the right eye… There is no blur or double vision in my right eye, it is in my left eye. I asked about it and was told “it is right”. But is it? I left it out totally from glasses I ordered, cause my research let me to believe it is so small anyway, so no harm leaving it out and especially cause I’m not sure that it is right.
Within this time with EndMyopia and taking my measurements in the morning lightning, they’ve increased from 109cm to 141cm.
I understand that my situation is quite different from many of you, this is my first diopter. I’m mad at myself for abusing my eyes for the last 10 years with screens and smartphones, taking my eyesight for granted. But I’m so grateful for this knowledge that I have now, even if my problem doesn’t go away totally, allthough I’ll work for it!