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marcmagus: Ten the hard way (ten the hard way)
Monday, December 20th, 2010 09:49 am

I can already feel the blank stares of the people who haven't known me in one of my prior lens-wearing periods and haven't discussed these things with any of the fairly small number of other people out there who use them. So here's the background on what's going on.

Nifty things you can do to eyeballs using rigid gas permeable lenses... )

In summary: they can do really cool things with rigid lenses to make your eyes work better even when the lenses are out, and you don't have to worry about them screwing up with a laser and making things both worse and uncorrectable. (They've probably improved that failure rate enough I should look into it again, but when it was new those numbers weren't making me happy.)

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marcmagus: Ten the hard way (ten the hard way)
Monday, December 20th, 2010 09:40 am

I voted with my impatience and decided to go ahead and do the lens thing. Even if this turns out to have been a poor choice, at least this time I won't regret procrastinating it for another year when I had a chance to do it.

Yesterday wasn't too bad. I awoke with kind of mediocre vision, but good enough that I could be fairly functional for an hour or so before it really got to me, then switched into some glasses which we believe to be -2.0 diopters. I didn't do too much that involved reading, because I spent a fair amount of the day with pretty blurry vision, but I could mostly get by. It was actually less bad than I expected.

This morning marks day two. My eyes are now uneven, with (surprisingly) the right eye having significantly better vision than the left. I'm typing uncorrected right now, and I know that I'm primarily using my right eye for reading, which is kind of uncomfortable and probably going to lead to a lot of strain and headaches, especially since my vision is a bit blurry even in that eye. It also will make switching to low-power glasses awkward, because the ones I have at these powers are balanced between the eyes, and I probably need something in the -2 to -3 range in the left, and probably only about a -1 in the right right now.

Hopefully as things get worse they'll also even out, but today's likely to be a day for a lot of radio or mindless TV or such that don't really require a lot of looking at things, or something.

Whee!

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 01:40 pm

Finally found my old contact lenses, which I've been searching for since Thanksgiving because I'd decided to return to wearing them, partly because my glasses prescription isn't strong enough anyway, and partly because I hate not being able to lie with the side of my head against something when I'm awake because my glasses interfere and it's annoying.

Also, my life is different enough in terms of my tending to go to sleep in a more intentional way that I'm less concerned about missing nights like I used to a lot, and I'm not doing anything important enough that I can't afford to lose a few days to complete inability to see as my eyes readapt to the lenses.

Finally, I'm kind of hoping that the forced ritual of dealing with the lenses every night and morning will help me to be more consistent with other things like hair care that are a bit more procrastinatable. If it works, this could be beneficial to my getting more done every day and being healthier.

The less good news is I found them now rather than shortly after getting back. I leave on Thursday to visit family and friends for the holiday season (I don't know exact details, fixed locations are Westchester, NY and Baltimore, I don't know if I'll be able to fit you in but I probably wish I could, feel free to contact me privately to discuss.).

As I recall, the 2nd and 3rd days after I start on the lenses are the ones where I'm almost completely useless, being unable to see with or without glasses for most of the day. It'll probably be frustrating for a couple days after that, but I'm not really sure. There's also a slight chance that they won't work right at all, which won't have any negative consequences except that I won't be able to see well until I give up and give my eyes a couple of days to get back to normal for the glasses to work again.

I'm likely to want to have some glasses with me for late evenings, though I don't know which, or even if I have anything appropriate in the heap [totally not a stack, which I said first] of random old glasses I have for this purpose. There's a limit to how many glasses I'm willing to tote around with me while traveling (that limit is probably 2 pair).

So I'm trying to figure out: do I put the lenses in tonight, or do I procrastinate starting them until early January.

Again, my eye doctor assures me there's no safety concern (they night not have the desired effect, but they can't hurt me), but I could be left unable to make out any sort of detail outside of about 6" from my face for a few days. Actually, I'm kind of guaranteed that effect, but I might get that without coming out the other side with normal vision all the time.

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