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It's all gone fuzzy

Ten days after ordering them, I picked up my new contact lenses. All seemed well until a couple of hours later when I picked up the Radio Times and found I couldn't read the print. I thought perhaps I just needed to get used to my new contacts, but this morning, I still couldn't manage to read a thing. So off to the optician's I went...only to be told that age had crept up on me and I now needed reading glasses. No real explanation as to how come this problem had only come to the fore with my new contacts while I had had no such problems shifting between the near and far distance with my old set -- just pay extra and order variable focus lenses...and then hope that my eyes can adjust to them. In the meantime, I'll just have to get used to this fog that seems to settle over everything that's not in the middle distance and beyond.

Woke up this morning and my arm and shoulder felt good as new. I had no problems getting dressed or picking up the coffee pot, so I cancelled my doctor's appointment. I've no idea what made it hurt like a mother for 6 days, but I'm glad that whatever it was seems to have gone away again.

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deborahw37
Dec. 29th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
I've got the same thing, need reading glasses now

Annoying isn't it!

Glad your shoulder is better
gamiila
Dec. 29th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Annoying isn't it!

Very! I suddenly feel like an old woman, and I'm not sure I like it ;-)
curiouswombat
Dec. 29th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Glad the shoulder is better.

Could you just buy a pair of over-the counter reading glasses? We can buy them from about £5.00 a pair.

Although there is definitely the possibility that they have made a mistake with the contacts. D-d used to use the semi-disposable ones and, on one occasion, when she went to pick up her next ones her sight went fuzzy - they checked out the contacts and discovered they weren't actually hers in the box with her name on it...
gamiila
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
The reason I wear contacts instead of glasses is that I suffer from terrible contact allergies. I wore glasses until 1990, when my face became one running sore from the materials used in the frames -- contacts then became my only option.

I can't wear jewelry, wrist watches or hair pins for the same reason, and must always take care that no buttons, zippers or (bra) hooks come into direct contact with my skin, or suffer the consequences.

As you say, there is the possibility that a mistake has been made...I'll ask them to double-check that these new ones were actually made for me, even though it said so on the box.
curiouswombat
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the sort of thing I wore when I first needed readers, and that my friend D (dougalsservant) still uses - the all plastic ones like these - that you only put on for the time you are actually reading - metal free.
gamiila
Dec. 29th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, those won't work for me, either. My last pair of glasses was like that, all plastic...except for the hinges (and you can see from the picture that these are the same). Even though they won't come into direct contact, my skin will start to react as if they do within the hour.

Edited at 2010-12-29 07:08 pm (UTC)
curiouswombat
Dec. 29th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
What a shame. I was fortunate for the first couple of years and really only did need to pop them on to read very small print, before it became a problem that required the reading glasses to be around all the time, just in case - which is when I got varifocals and started wearing them all the time.

I can't imagine how I'd cope with varifocal contacts - I didn't even realise such a thing was possible - I do hope it is that they have simply made a mistake, and you can put off the problems of presbyopia for a few years more.
gamiila
Dec. 29th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
I hope so, too...

To be honest, I was surprised to learn there was such a thing as a varifocal contact...and I wonder whether I'll have to make sure I put them in a certain way...I can't imagine how they work; and I'm told most people have real difficulty adjusting to them, worse than with glasses...I will have the ones they've ordered for me on trial for two months, but I don't know what I'll do if after that time I will still feel seasick.
curiouswombat
Dec. 29th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
S2C used to have contacts that coped not only with his short sight, but also his astigmatism - and he had to get those in on an exact angle. I'd guess the varifocal version would be the same. I think there was a line or a dot or something at the very top to help him get them in correctly.
gamiila
Dec. 29th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
I think you may be right. I'll let you know!
melegyrn
Dec. 30th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
Glad to hear your shoulder is feeling better.

Commiserations on your eyesight. I suppose I'm used to it now, but even my bifocals don't help much. I do a lot of reading looking out from under my glasses.

I used to wear contacts, and had one eye that needed a correction for astigmatism. The lens was weighted so it would sit correctly while I was wearing it. I expect the varifocal lenses may be the same...

Btw, best of luck with your upcoming interviews. Keeping fingers crossed for a good outcome.
gamiila
Dec. 31st, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I was fine until this morning, when I started to get really nervous about my upcoming interview -- I want that job so badly.
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