Contact Lenses

I finally got around to going back to the optometrist to get a new prescription for glasses and also got a prescription for contact lenses.

The first time I went to get a trial set of contact lenses, they made me sit down and put them in, take them out and put them in again before they let me leave with them. I had the hardest time doing that, I was not comfortable sticking my finger in my eye and because I can’t see close up without glasses, it was that much more difficult. The person was so annoyed that I couldn’t do it she wanted to give up on me and suggested that I leave and come back another day, presumably when she wasn’t there. I kept at it and was able to be “approved”.

Then it took me 4 weeks of trying different magnifications and weekly checkups with the optometrist to find the right ones: Dailies Total 1. I’m now much better at putting them in and taking them out. After getting the Dailies Total 1 lenses, I got another prescription — contacts require a prescription per brand — and tried AcuVue Oasys lenses and see if I like them better. They are softer and a bit more comfortable but they, in the presbyopia version (which I think means you can only see Presbyterians), are 2-week lenses and I prefer one-day lenses.

The optometrist is SODO Vision Care who works out of our Costco. I paid $110 and visited 5 times, got 3 prescriptions (1 for glasses and 2 for contacts) and a bunch of free contact samples. Pretty good.

Contacts are much harder than glasses to get started, but for the first time in years, I can see my phone and use the computer without glasses. It feels life-changing. My vision is still not perfect with the contacts so I still use glasses for extended reading, but it’s so nice not to always be looking for or cleaning my glasses! And I can even wear sunglasses and read too!

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