Since I’ve started EM because of massive headaches if my glasses weren’t completely straight, I’ll have some relief, and then have to go get them straightened more and more frequently until I can’t stand them anymore, and then I lower it. Repeat. I’ve lowered both Spherical and Cylinder and this always happens. This last time I lowered Spherical to where I could tell it was definitely a little too low (I could not see clearly) - and it happened again. They were fine for a month before I had to get them straightened, then another month, and then a few weeks, and then I got them straightened a few times in a row and they never quit bothering me, and then covid lockdown, so I couldn’t get them straightened and quit wearing glasses for the last month.
So I started wondering if it’s the astigmatism that causes me problems if the glasses aren’t perfect, and I’d found an online contact company that did free trials. I upped the Sph in the left eye from -1.50 (which seemed too low in glasses a month ago) to -1.75 (which I know is even stronger in contacts), and dropped the -1.25 astigmatism altogether. I dropped the -1.00 astigmatism in my right eye and didn’t order right eye contacts. I got a call to fax a prescription from my provider in (which I don’t have), and thought I wouldn’t receive them - but low and behold, beautiful, wonderful contacts!
So far, thrilling! I can see far distances crystal clear, but with directional blur on signs sometimes - it’s kind of hit and miss. My right eye is having trouble keeping up (usually it’s the left that’s behind), but my right eye is so far ahead, I’m comfortable ignoring it for now. There’s actually much more directional blur up close then there is far away, which seems weird. If anyone has an explanation for that, I’m all ears. I wonder if it has to do with the Sph being overpowered…
Do I reduce back down to -1.50, or leave it overpowered and get rid of the need for astigmatism first? Could leaving it clearly overpowered put me backward on the Sph reductions? I know I’m in new territory since you’re not supposed to drop astigmatism all at once, but I consider it necessity because of the headaches and brain fog with astigmatism correction. I think I’d be more comfortable with it lower since I’m not outside all the time, but maybe the overpoweredness kind of forces the eye to focus well and possibly recover from astigmatism? If so should I add in a little Sph in my right eye? Is it worth the risk that the company will catch on and refuse to fill my order without a prescription (they’re legally required to have one, I somehow slipped under the radar)?
Why the heck is there more directional blur up close?
Thank you for any input.