September 15, 2008 7:08pm CST
I went to the Optometrist over the weekend. I have been experiencing watery eyes and sensitivity to light these past few days and these got me worried. I was thinking that maybe it was because I have been staying too long staring at the computer screen. But then, I have been experiencing these symptoms even before. So I decided to visit the optometrist. It is good that I have a vision plan in my health insurance. It paid for my eye exam. I just have to co-pay $10 and that's it. However, the doctor said that I need eyeglasses on an "on-need basis". It means that my eyesight is not that bad but I still need to wear eyeglasses at times especially if I am driving at night. And that is where the big expense begins! My insurance only covers the eye exam and certain percentage of discount for the frame and lens of the eyegalsses. The result, I have to shell out $178.99 to be able to get my very first eyeglasses! Well, if it is for the the goog of my eyes. Then I guess, it is okay. I don't plan to abuse my eyesight and eventually have to have somthing major done to my eyes. So I think this is better. I would have gone to the optometrist if my eyesight becomes poorer than what it is now. By that time, it may have been more expensive for me. When I tried my eyeglasses, it is okay. Everything is clearer especially at night! So it is really a help for me! Hopefully, I would be able to take care of it properly. After all, I don't want to shell out another $200 for eyeglasses!
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• Quezon City, Philippines
16 Sep 08
Well computers can indeed make your eyes strain. so I suggest that you refrain from staying long in you PC. It may be the primary reason why you are experiencing this symptoms. But as you've said it was even before using the PC you're experiencing this. And the more you'll experience this if you stay on the PC. So stay away or do not stay long and rest your eyes.
• United States
16 Sep 08
well, at least you haven't damaged your eye sight. when i read the beginnings of your post, i thought oh oh, they have the same problem i have. i have severe allergies. i contracted conjunctivitis (infected eye tissue) from the a/c blowing across my eyes. it causes severe tearing and light sensitivity. i'm on antibiotic drops and it seems better on day 3. well, good eye sight is a gift we must not abuse. i'm glad you were able to only wear when needed. do you rest your eyes during the day? an old wives' tale: the red cushioned "tomato" shape that sewers use to hold their needle is one of the best things to refocus and remove eye strain. i think they tell you to get off the computer every hour. it's hard to do when you are mylotting though !
16 Sep 08
yeah, getting off the computer is hard to do especially if you're hooked.... one of health teachers in highschool said that if we want to rest our eyes, you have to stare at the green leaves of trees....this shade of green helps relax your eyes.... not sure if it is true though.....
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• United States
29 Sep 08
I've been using my eyeglasses since I was in 2nd year college. I always thought its a relief to have one. We'll at first it was. Because I no longer experienced nausea and vomiting, watery eyes and I saw clear images. But then as the years went by, I kept on upgrading the grade of my glasses. And I saw it has no end. But one day, when I surf the net, I saw links on how to rebuild your vision without using an eyeglass. I just signed up and they gave me samples of eye exercises which I tried right away. And I saw improvement in my eyesight. Eventhough I didn't really applied for the program because I have to pay $97. But with just the sample exercises my vision improved. So I guess that offer was totally great.