My history with eye docs is that I’d avoid them as long as possible, then go and get a major prescription increase (like -1.75 diopters) and have terrible headaches for two weeks. At the end of that break in period, I’d feel like I wasn’t really seeing any better than before. I ended up with my last refraction being at -17D.
At -17D, half my vision problems are the glasses themselves, so at the start of this journey I moved to contacts. Of course even after begging him not to give me anything stronger, he prescribed my left eye at full correction, and the right eye only a half diopter lower. While going through the fitting process my husband said I was so grumpy that I better go buy drug store reading glasses THAT DAY and not wait for the fitting process to be over and order custom ones later. Instant headache relief. I’m now wearing an under-prescribed contact and light minus driving or computer glasses over as needed.
I’m still doing a lot of stuff wrong, and have a very long way to go, but just having the power to choose my own refraction state has meant so much to me.