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Cute New Glasses
So recently, 7 years or so post-lasik, I've been getting a lot of headaches. Mostly after a long and intense day of work, glaring angrily at a computer screen containing code that has been frustrating me to no end, I'll look up to find I have a throbbing headache.

It's hard to tell if it was work stress or eye trouble, but I hadn't had my eyes checked out in a couple of years, so it made sense to go. I went a couple of weeks ago, and got a thorough checkup.

Basically, my eyes are just fine. I can read everything he throws at me. A few of the smallest lines are a bit fuzzy, but still readable. I had trouble reading the tiny print when he blocked one eye. But really - everything was fine.

I explained that I have been getting headaches. They start in my left eye, wave through my forehead, and head back. They only come after using the computer for a long time. He agreed they sounded eye related, but didn't have a lot he could offer me. He put together a tiny prescription enhancement and had me try using it, to see if I found it helpful at all. I shrugged. "Maybe?"

My theory, and it makes sense to him, is that although I can see everything, it is a mild strain to do so. That mild strain, amplified over eight or nine hours of glaring at a computer screen, escalates into what I'm experiencing.

("Plus," suggested one of my coworkers. "You have to work with us." I agreed.)

The best suggestion he had for me, and he said this very dubiously, was that I could try a very very mild pair of reading glasses. 0.75 is the number. You can't even find them at the drugstore, where the lowest ones are 1.25. (.75 what, you might ask? I don't know.) Although they are very mild, I might find that they relax my eyes just enough to stop the tension from building up throughout the day.

Since you can't find them in stores here, of course I turned to my trusty internet. I found some lovely folks in China who had a ridiculously cute pair for very cheap, at the right number. I was a little worried that the stripes would be a bit much, as they were gaudier online. However they turned out subtle enough that I don't feel I'm wearing clown glasses.

I'm not sure how much I'll wear them, if at all. I haven't decided yet if they actually help or not. I've just started experimenting at home, to see if they seem to be helping. If I get used to using them here, I'll try bringing them to work in a little while though.

I don't want to wear them at work until I'm quite sure they're helpful though, because I don't want to be teased. Kids can be so cruel!



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djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: August 15th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back to the girls-who-wear-glasses crowd. Glad to have you return to the fold, prodigal.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 15th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! You posted before I finished my post.... :) :) I'm only sorta back, maybe, now and then.
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: August 15th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
They're really cute. And they'll go with everything!

My prime requirement this time out was cheap. I found a pair that I liked, they are purply. I worried about it for a week, and now I love them. NO MORE HEADACHES!!!!


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Edited at 2011-08-15 03:30 am (UTC)
elizilla From: elizilla Date: August 15th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Lasik can't fix the thing that makes you need reading glasses. I had to get some this year too. I don't wear them very often, but then, mine are not as cute as yours, either. :)

Edited at 2011-08-15 04:25 am (UTC)
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: August 15th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a .25/.50 prescription in my glasses, but when on a computer for 8 hours even that little bit of strain caused headaches.
annielaurie From: annielaurie Date: August 15th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think those look really cute on you! I get glasses at 1.00 strength at Walgreens for about $15. I had my lasek done for mono-vision, meaning one eye is done for distance and one for nearness because I would have needed bifocals at the time. It took forever for me to get used to that, but I did. I do still need reading glasses, though, for up close reading since my "near" eye I had done for the distance of my computer monitor. You will find that if the cheaters help keep the headaches away, you will be better served to use them any time you are reading where the light is not very bright since this is the issue for anyone getting to that age to need cheaters, lasek or not. I love to read books, and I can read them just fine in the sunlight, but once it's nighttime and I am reading with a lamp, or I am readying on an overcast day, I need my cheaters or I end up with eyestrain.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: August 18th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Every place I've looked has 1.00. But since you can get glasses from Zenni for $18 shipped in any prescription you want and a ton of different frames, it's almost cheaper to go that way.
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