I picked up my glasses today.

United States
December 6, 2008 12:25pm CST
This is weird. I've been wearing contacts for over 6 years now, I stopped wearing glasses about 3 or 4 years ago. But due to an infection and some scratches in one eye, I was told to get glasses and not wear contacts for awhile so the eye could heal. So I just put my glasses on for the first time, and I can't see a thing!! They're the same prescription as my contacts, but for some reason I'm having trouble seeing with them. Everything is still rather blurry. They said this was normal. My eyes will adjust. I'm just used to the contacts, which are directly on my eyes. With the glasses being a few centimeters away from my eyes, that changes the power of the prescription. So my eyes will have to adjust. Until I get used to them, I shouldn't drive with my glasses on, or do anything else that requires proper vision. I probably also shouldn't be on the computer trying to read, but hey, I can't stay away, lol. Do you wear contacts and glasses? Have you noticed a difference in your vision when you switch to one or the other?
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
8 Dec 08
When I was about 25 I noticed that my vision was a little blurry when I was trying to read something across the room from me. I went to the doctor and was told I was near-sighted and needed glasses for driving and watching television. I got glasses as I cannot bear to put contact lenses in my eyes. I have a phobia about scratching my eyes, etc. Anyhow, about 5 years ago my vision seems to have improved because I haven't worn those prescription glasses in about 4 years now. It would help a little bit but I really don't bother with them. However once I turned 40 years old I noticed that I was having a problem reading fine print, like on coupons or recipes, labels on cans, etc. I asked my eye doctor and he suggested bifocals. "I said oh I don't think so". So now when I need to read something small I have a pair of readers that are strength 100 so I can see the print clearly. I hope your eyes get better soon. Have a nice day and happy myLotting!!!
@camomom (7536)
• United States
6 Dec 08
I used to have to wear glasses 24/7. I then went to only having to wear them when reading. When I got my "reading" prescription I had the same issue. My eyes never adjusted, I quit wearing them and haven't worn them in about 3 or 4 years. I can see just fine.
• United States
6 Dec 08
My prescription is really strong. Without glasses or contacts I can't see a thing, blind as a bat. Honestly I can pretty much only make out colors.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
6 Dec 08
I would give it some time and if the blur doesn't get better, I'd go back to the doctor and have them re-checked.
• United States
7 Dec 08
It's already getting better. I had a horrible headache earlier trying to use the computer with the glasses, so I took them off and went back to the contact. Odd because right now I can only wear 1 contact in the eye that was not infected. I can see better with only 1 contact than with these glasses. But then I put them back on and watched a movie. It's still a bit blurry, but I'm wearing them now and don't have a headache.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I wear glasses. Old age is the cause LOL I have both near and far sightedness. I am due for a check up, well over due really, and my glasses are driving me crazy. I just have to come up with the cash for an exam and lenses. I'll have to keep the same frames.
• United States
7 Dec 08
I go to Walmart vision center. They aren't too bad with the prices. I got a contact lens exam for like $80, and my glasses were only $140 total for frames and lenses. They have frames starting at $40, and I picked the cheapest type of lenses, rather thick ones. Do you need bifocals? They're probably a lot more pricey. I don't do it all at once though. I got the exam back in June, just so my prescription would be up to date, it lasts for a year for contacts. I haven't purchased contacts yet, I was waiting till I had the money, then I was forced to get the glasses cuz of the problems I had. I will get contacts probably right after Christmas.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
8 Dec 08
That's a good idea to update script first. yes I do wear bifocals. I had vision insurance before and I'm not so sure I have it now. The lenses were like 80.00 and I got the frames (Burberry) at a big discount. all together the glasses were like 150.00 but the exam well that was like 80 i think.
@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
6 Dec 08
My daughter's youngest son (12 1/2) has worn both contacts and glasses. She keeps his glasses as current as his contacts because you never know when you might need the glasses. One of his eyes is much worse than the other one. She tries to make sure he uses his glasses pretty often. I think that's how she discovered his eye was worse and she took him to her office and had him checked. She had to change the prescription in his contacts. He wears the kind you are supposed to take out every night, but, being a kid, he falls asleep and forgets some nights. She tried to remind him to take them out and put on his glasses before he gets sleepy. If you haven't worn your glasses in years, it looks like you would have had to have another examination for them. Did they not encourage you to do that, or did they just make the glasses by your contacts prescription? Be careful until you are sure you are adjusted. By the way, my grandson never realized he had bad vision until my daughter took him in to have his eyes checked because he sat so close to the TV! He was an A student, but then she found he couldn't even see the board! He relied on what he heard and taking notes. But, when he got his glasses, he could not believe how plain everything was. He had never complained at all about not being able to see!
• United States
6 Dec 08
I had an eye exam back in June, so they went by the prescription I got then, which had been the same since the last time I was examined. So basically my glasses and contacts do have the same prescription. I used to see just fine with glasses before I swtiched to contacts all the time. The reason I ended up with the infection and scratches on my eye was from not taking my contacts out before I went to sleep. Warn your grandson that it is very important to only wear contacts when he has to! My doc doesn't want me wearing contacts again ever! But I will as soon as I can afford to buy more.
• United States
8 Dec 08
Huh! That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. The strength of the prescription should take into account if the glasses are a few cm from the eye or applied to it in the form of a contact. Personally, I think they messed up on your prescription. You should get it checked.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
6 Dec 08
I have been wearing glasses for about 3 years now. Before that I wore contacts all the time for about 12 years. Before that it was glasses strictly for 3-4 years. I never really noticed a difference when I switched from one to the other. At least not a difference that I remember now.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
6 Dec 08
i love glasses, i can't stand contacts being in my eyes, i can't rub em n i can't see in the dark with them. i used to wear contacts more often when i was younger, but then i was told to wear glasses more when i got sunburn in my eyes.