Today is the day I type my first blog entry without wearing any glasses. Yep, I have my contacts, and already I see I’m in for an interesting ride. After the contacts went in for the first time, and settled down, I immediately noticed that my right and left lenses have considerably different strengths. My left lens is about where it should be, but my right was a tad weaker, meaning my focal point is about a foot or two further away. I’m not sure whether this is a problem or not, because I normally read with the left eye anyway. Also, this set up gave me a bit of a secret power: if I have a meeting with someone, they’ll tend to be exactly where my right eye can focus best. Also, the right eye proved just strong enough for it to be legally ‘safe’ for me to drive to work without needing corrective glasses. Which is not to say, of course, that I don’t need them. I most assuredly do, and the glasses will be arriving roughly about a week from now.
But I’m not quite sure if I’m going to like it. See, during the day, my eyes became quite strained while I was looking at the monitor. Upon relating that to my wife, she wondered if I hadn’t been set a wearing schedule to help my eyes acclimatize. I hadn’t be given one, and the subject wasn’t even brought up. I will probably wear them for part of the day tomorrow to help my eyes a bit, so the current theory is that this is too great a change for my eyes to just take it in stride. If the strain persists after a couple of days, I’ll probably put a call in to discuss it, but for now I’m choosing to believe that this is just an adjustment period, and that I’ll get used to it.
Clearly, though, I’m taking a bit of a chance — if I need to correct my contacts, then my glasses will become less effective. So I’m hoping I won’t have to.
Stay tuned for more updates.