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#1 of 9 Old 06-30-2007, 01:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am embarrassed to say that it's been 5 years since my last exam by an optician. I wear glasses and used to wear contact lenses but have not since 7 years ago when pregnant with my first child. So, today I had my exam and I'm trying contacts for the first time in a while. I am also waiting until my new glasses will be ready (supposedly in an hour!). My question is, does it take you a while to adjust to a new prescription? Because theoretically, I know my vision is clearer in each eye now. When I test them individually, my sight is much crisper! But it feels like it's taking a while for both my eyes to see together, if you know what I mean. I feel like it's a little hard to balance, my depth perception is weird, and I just feel a little off. I think I remember this from when I have gotten my prescription adjusted in the past, but it's been so long I can't remember if this is normal for the first day with new glasses/contacts. Your experience??
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I actually don't go by whatever reading the new exam gives, but use my old one from about 7 years ago.

I was alarmed that my prescription kept getting worse and worse, and read in books about improving vision naturally that the "sharp" feeling you get with a new prescription is actually bad for it. Your vision is not a "fixed" thing, and can change dramatically with help (exercises, rest, etc.).

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Depth perception definitely can change with a new prescription. If one eye changed more than the other while you were wearing your old prescription, then you would have been relying most heavily on one eye in certain situations and that affects your depth perception.

That said, I have never had exactly the experience you describe and I would be paying close attention to make sure your prescription is really correct for you.
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I know what you mean, but for me the difference was
1. Left eye and right eye have different prescriptions for eyeglass lenses
2. Contacts were same prescription for both eyes so I could use them interchangeably
A new prescription makes the world look like a whole new place. BTW, I am nearsighted, but the years my eyes have had the most work, ie handwork like knitting, crocheting, or reading, are the years my vision is the best. My vision improved dramatically when I started knitting. Iwent back to the same prescription I had several years before.

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It takes me a good couple days to get used to a new prescription, even if it's a small change. I also had a hard time when I switched back from glasses FT to contacts (after about an 8 year break). When I wore contacts way back when, I'd wear them from 6am to midnight or so w/no problems. This time I had to get torics for astigmatism and to took me a couple of weeks to get up to FT wearing comfortably.

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If you have an astigmatism that changed more than .25 diopters, it's very common to be able to see clearly but feel kind of "swimmy." Toric contact lenses also have an adjustment period because they can rotate on your eye a bit.

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Interesting about the astigmatism. I do have astigmatism in both eyes, but this is the first time it's severe enough to warrant correction by contact lenses. I don't know what "toric" lenses are, but I do know my new lenses adjust for astigmatism whereas my old ones (years and years and years ago) did not do anything for the astigmatism. So I'm now thinking that maybe that's the weirdness. My new glasses are FINE and do not make me feel weird, and I have not tried the contacts again since the 4 hours I wore them yesterday.
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Torics are the astigmatism correcting lenses. The rx I'm on now are the first pair I've ever had like this- WAY more expensive than 'plain, regular' lenses. They're weighted a little bit to reshape your eye.

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It's definitely the contacts then. Is this a trial pair? There is a possiblity that the ones you have aren't working optimally for you. You should try to wear them for a few hours a day for a few days to try to get used to them. If this is the first time you've worn this type of contact, your doctor should have scheduled you for a follow-up appointment in a week or two so that he can check the fit and make sure you're seeing properly.

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