“Which is better? 1 …. or 3.”
“Um, 1 seems a little bit clearer.”
“Which is better? 1 … or 5.”
“1 … or 5.”
“I can’t tell. Can I see them again?”
“1 … or 5.”
“1 … or 5.”
“5, I guess.”
“Which is better … ”
Those of you who wear eyeglasses will recognize this as the main event whenever you get new glasses. Basically, once you’ve taken a few other tests to evaluate your peripheral vision, the strength of your eye muscles, etc. the eye doctor uses this “refraction assessment” to fine-tune your prescription.
I’ve always been a little uncomfortable with relying on my own assessment to fine-tune my eyeglass prescription. Because, really, the example above is not an exaggeration. It’s always SO hard to tell the difference – if there is any – betwen the two choices. It just seems to me that in this technological age, there should be something a little more … precise.
The reason I’m griping about this today is that I picked up my new glasses this morning. During my exam, the eye doctor said that my vision had changed very little, as usual. (I usually go two years between exams.) But when I put on my new glasses – whoa! My vision wasn’t blurry, exactly, but they seem off. So much so that I actually wore my old glasses while I drove home. The optometrist (?) said that it takes a while to get used to a new prescription, especially with astigmatism (which is what I have in both eyes) but I’ve been wearing glasses for 28 years and have never noticed a difference like this. I may be calling them if I’m still having problems on Monday.
Anybody else have problems adjusting to new glasses? How long did it take? Alternatively, anybody ever have a pair of glasses that was incorrect for some reason?
Update: Well, I’m pretty sure there is a problem with the glasses. Unless my vision in my right eye changed drastically over a three-week period, which I seriously doubt. Basically, with my glasses on, my left eye sees quite clearly. The vision in my right eye, on the other hand, is fairly blurry with my glasses on. I’m going to give it another day or two just to make sure my eyes have “adjusted” and then I’m calling the eye doctor. What a pain in the rear. As if it’s not hard enough to get my butt in gear to go to the eye doctor in the first place – now I have to deal with this. Ugh.
Update #2: Took my new glasses back to the eye doctor. Yep, the right lens is significantly weaker than my prescription. They’re sending it back to have the right lens redone, and it should be ready in a couple of weeks. We shall see.