Stupid Glasses...

Posted by Dan on Nov 30, 2005 @ 6:22 PM

Around 1993 I developed an astigmatism in my right eye. The first time it started acting up I got real nauseous trying to focus on anything for too long at a medium distance. I went to the eye doctor to have my eyes checked out, which is when I found out I had an astigmatism. My vision has always been at least 20/20 (it's still 20/20 in my right eye and 20/10 in my left.) Anyway, the doctor prescribed me glasses for reading (and for staring at the computer screen) to help calm the astigmatism. I wore the glasses for about 3 or 4 weeks until my eye calmed down and then I just stopped wearing them.

Anyway, about every 4 years or so the eye acts up again and I go through a similiar routine. Eye starts bothering me, go to the doctor, get glasses, feel better, stop wearing them. Well, just recently my eye starting bothering me again, so I just got my third pair of glasses.

The thing I always forget (and they never tell you about) is how much glasses can shift your perspective until you get used to them. Any rectangle within 12-24" of my face looks like a trapezoid. Here's what I'm talking about:


Fortunately, today's much better than yesterday but it's still throwing me off. If you're wondering, I got a pair of Oleg Cassini 1241 Wood Framed glasses. They look like this:


I actually think these glasses look halfway decent on me. I'm sure they'll end up in a drawer some place in 4 weeks, but I'll try to wear them when working at the computer for long stints—I promise Mom! ;)

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  • Okay, thank GOD someone else has the same problem I do and I'm not going crazy. I got my first pair of glasses the other day (I'm 34 years old) and was diagnosed with a very slight astigmatism. Because I sit in front of a computer all day and do a lot of reading, this was causing eyestrain which resulted in constant eye twitching which was driving me crazy.

    When I got the new glasses and tried them on in the store everything looked okay. It wasn't until I sat down in front of my computer that I noticed the trapezoidal distortion (mine goes the other direction from what you drew). I called the store and was told that it would take a while for my brain to adjust but frankly, I just couldn't accept that without doing some more research. While this isn't a medical journal, it's nice to know I'm not alone...
  • Steph:

    You'll be glad to know the problem does go away. I'm also still wearing the glasses--and holy crap, it's almost been a year! (I didn't realize it's been 10 months already.)

    My eyes definitely don't get as tired anymore and I haven't really had any of the weird focus headaches I used to get from the astigmatism. (Where focusing on any stationary target about used to cause my eyes to rapidly keep refocusing.)

    I only wearing the glass while at the computer and I don't need them, but they definitely help.

    Anyway, I just wanted to ensure to you that the trapezoid thing does fade away. I think it was probably somewhere between 7-14 days before I no longer noticed it, but it got progressively better each day.

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