Just came from the optometrist. I sort of got chewed out because I could read pretty much the same line on the eye chart with every lens she put in front of me. With either eye. She was disgruntled and told me that not only could I focus through similar diopter spherical lenses, but also through extremely different ones. She actually said it out loud! And she was right. With a little active focus, I could read most of the letters every time. The only difference was that some lenses made the eye chart look a little brighter than others. She even took out a test lens kit to see if that would work better than that stupid automatic lens flipping machine they put in front of my face. That thing is irritating!
Then she told me my eyes weren’t supposed to be actively focusing, but should let the lens do all the work! She literally said it was a bad thing that my eyes were able to achieve focus through the variety of lenses she tested me with. It was so hard not to laugh in her face, but all I did was look politely interested, nod, and say, “Really?” She wanted to dilate my eyes because then supposedly I would lose control of my ciliary and she could do the eye test better. I told her I had to drive home, so I politely declined and she understood. She encouraged me to make another appointment to do that part at my next opportunity. Sure, I’ll get right on that…
She also tested me for astigmatism, but I told her all the images looked exactly the same. Because, basically they did. Well, I did throw her a bone and say one image maybe looked slightly different. Then I took it back and said it was the same too. From that she concluded I may have a little astigmatism! You guys are so right about American optometrists loading people up with correction! Sheesh!
I brought 2 pair of glasses with me, the -1.5 diopters of sphere I’ve been doing active focus with and a pair of -2.75’s. I chose the -2.75’s for the stronger option because Jake’s prescription lens checker suggested my full prescription may be that. I’m not sure, it seems so strong, I wouldn’t wear it except maybe if I was driving at 1:00 in the morning. But since I suppose optos want a person to have the maximum correction, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with that one. So, even though she wouldn’t give me an actual prescription without dilating my eyes, she casually suggested I should be wearing something between the -1.5 and -2.75 diopter glasses I brought. And that maybe I shouldn’t wear the -2.75’s because they were probably an overcorrection. Again I looked interested, nodded, and said “Really?”
Then she tested me for presbyopia, and when could I read the middle paragraph of the closeup chart with my stupid strong -2.75’s without hesitating, she said I had an impressive ability to focus up close for my age. The previous opto had written me a script for +2.25 add without even testing and I told her that prescription had made me so sick I nearly threw up for 2 hours after wearing the glasses for 1 hour. She suggested she would allow me to get by with a +1.5 add. Allow. I nodded, looked polite, and then told her I usually took my glasses off to read up close. She didn’t object.
So I DID bully her. Well, not bully, exactly. because she didn’t know it because I was very nice. And I walked to my car with a huge smile on my face because, like I said, I have optometrist confirmed proof that I am awesome at active focus!!!
Also, my eye health is just fine.