wore eyeglasses in 3 years, for nothing...

Philippines
April 27, 2012 8:49am CST
4 years ago, I was often dizzy and nauseous after a few hours of working on my computer at the office. And, I always go home with a headache. After eliminating other possible causes, we believed its probably my eyes. So, my partner brought me to an optical shop to get my eyes checked, and then they diagnosed me of having stigmatism. After a few hours I got myself a new pair of eyeglasses that also cost me half my paycheck. I wore those for about a year, and when I felt the dizziness came back, I had my eyes checked again, which resulted to me buying another pair and used it for 2 years. Still, the dizziness and headaches give me frequent visits, so we thought of seeing an eye specialist. I was surprised to hear from the doctor that I didn't need any eyeglasses, because my vision is perfect. All those dizziness and headache is a result of computer fatigue syndrome. The only cure I needed was to rest my eyes every now and then, when Im using the computer. argh! So I heard from friends, that optical shops are mostly after their eyewear business, so they would always take the chance of making a sale for every customer/patient that seeks for their consultation. That's just absurd. Did you have similar experience with optical shops?
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• India
28 Apr 12
I never rely on opticians. I first check with the doctor. With his prescription only I will buy any glass. Without doctor's prescription, I don't go to the opticians straight away and check there. Because, most of them are not qualified men. They just buy the equipments and make a show. So it's better to check with a qualified doctor and then wear glasses. This is a very serious issue.. because, wearing wrong glasses will produce adverse effects. It'll spoil your good eye and make you wear glasses forever. So better be very cautious in this regard!
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• India
28 Apr 12
There are some software applications available online. You can download and install them as they are free of cost. They remind at regular intervals to relax eyes. They put up a flashing dialog box on your screen, asking you to rest your eyes for a few seconds. If you are busy with some important work and can't afford to relax at that time, you can disable those apps fora short time. It's that easy
• Philippines
28 Apr 12
I should have known better. It's just that it was more convenient to go to these shops, as they are inside malls. Anyhow, I'm glad I got rid of those glasses. How do i search for these software?
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• Philippines
29 Apr 12
Hey, i did find a few sites with free downloadable softwares. I tried one, and it really helps. I am forced to take a break and relax my eyes. Thanks so much for this.
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@lmw814 (124)
• United States
28 Apr 12
I've never had this happen and I've also never gone to an optical shop for an eye exam. I always go to an ophthalmologist's medical office for exams. I can tell you that your vision does change as you get older, and other times, it improves. If your astigmatism is only slight, then it's possible your vision is still considered normal. I actually have 2 different pairs of glasses. One pair is called my "computer glasses" and the other pair is for distance. The computer glasses have helped me tremendously.
• Philippines
28 Apr 12
Oh, so the computer glasses are for radiation, I suppose?! That's great. I understand that we really have to take care of our eyes. It's going to be a really dark world without them.
@lmw814 (124)
• United States
28 Apr 12
I don't think they're for radiation. I have 2 eye problems; both nearsighted and far sighted, so one pair of glasses is to see things up close, and the other pair is to see far away.
• Philippines
28 Apr 12
Oh really? So, you have to switch glasses depending on what you're at. That's tedious, but perhaps, when you're used to the routine, it doesn't really matter.
• United States
27 Apr 12
Ouch. That sounds awful, and it's horrible that you had to spend all that money to correct a problem that wasn't there. Personally, I've always had bad vision. I was given glasses when I was just three years old, and I really needed them. Mom likes to tell me this story of how she wasn't sure I really needed glasses when they first told her, until she tried pointing out a picture of a kitten on the doctor's desk to me. I had to walk up to within a half a foot of it before I said, "Oh it's a kitty!" So I've always needed glasses, got contacts when I was 14 and I know I need them.