Well! I am very particular, I figure, hey! I'm going to the doctor, I'm paying them to keep me healthy, if they do a shoddy job at it, I'm not afraid of firing them and moving on to the next. Thankfully, I'm in a location where that is possible, unlike where I grew up which was basically a one horse town.
What this boils down to is that I have really good doctors that are innovative and relevant, but also listen and don't push too hard to sell you a product. (Those are my basic criteria).
I went in a few weeks ago for my normal eye exam and also had something pretty specific I wanted to talk to her about. Lately, I've been having trouble focusing anytime I switch from reading up close, to reading at a distance, to reading my monitor. So much so that it takes me a few seconds to really begin to focus (which is a long time for your eyes). I was beginning to get concerned because it was starting to slow me down.
When I mentioned this to her, she asked a few questions about whether it was the transition from near to far or from far to near and I explained it was basically both.
This is where it got interesting. Dr. J started explaining two things. Number one: as an everyday contact wearer dry eyes can be a serious problem. It's vitally important that any of you contact wearers go out and get yourself some eye drops for everyday. I've started using Opti-Free PureMoist ReWetting Drops and it's like night and day, truly. The same goes for those of us staring at a computer screen all day.
The next thing she mentioned was something new(ish) to me. She recommended getting computer glasses. This is not something I was very familiar with but I was excited to learn more. Essentially, what Dr. J explained is that when you stare at your computer monitor all day, at a relatively close distance, your eye muscles get sort of stuck. They bunch up in one position and have a hard time releasing. When you add computer glasses, you're allowing your eye muscles to relax which is what they need to do to be able to focus on distance or to easily refocus for something closer than your monitor.
Now, I know what you're thinking. Aren't those just readers? Negative ghost rider. Readers only magnify, these guys are a light prescription, just enough to help your eyes relax. And, the biggest difference is that these do not replace your contacts. These are worn over your contacts. They're like the "That was easy" button from Staples only for your eyes. They're made specifically to help not replace.
So, here I am now, wearing my computer glasses and typing to you. I have to admit, these things are amazing. It's the end of the week and it's been a rough week. My eyes are tired. I've never been so thankful that I have these glasses. All I have to do is slip them on, give my eyes a second to adjust and I can type away with zero strain.
If any of you are having the issues I was having, I would recommend you talk to your optometrist about it and see if computer glasses are something that would help you! I really love mine.