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Should I see the Optometrist again (long details, sorry)?

Asked by FireMadeFlesh (16543points) February 25th, 2010

I have always been on the borderline of needing glasses. I had them when I was 6 or 7 until I was about 12 when I ditched them for typical high school social reasons. They did not have an effect on my vision, and when I go for checkups they still tell me I can have glasses but don’t need them.

I went in May last year, because when I studied intensely I would notice a halo-type effect around the words/letters I was reading. The person I saw said that tinted glasses may help, because I am sensitive to light, and to come back in 6 months for progress. I returned in September because it was bothering me again, and saw a different optometrist who recommended eye drops, because the problem was a bad refractive index when my eyes dry out. These have helped a lot.

My issue is, during the May appointment the lady placed a lens over text while I was reading it, and I was able to concentrate better and read a lot faster. The man in September solved my original problem, but did not run this test so I am left wondering if I am reading and concentrating at my potential, and whether my natural laziness is due to this issue. I am not sure if it is a big deal and worth shelling out the money for glasses for such a benefit. Can you offer any advice on this?

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Violet's avatar

Get the glasses. You’ll be happy you did.
I think it’s weird the optometrist told you to come back in 6 months, and that the other told you to use eye drops Maybe try a new optometry office. Do you have insurance that will cover part of the cost of the frames and lenses?

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@Violet I have no idea whether my insurance will cover the glasses. I found the conflicting advice strange too, but the second guy was in a bit of a hurry and was confident that he’d found the problem. At least the appointments are free on Medicare.

janbb's avatar

I would get the glsses if you can afford them. What’s the down side of being able to read more comfortably?

marinelife's avatar

I say get them too.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Get the glasses if you afford them. There is really no social stigma about this. Not using needed correction can affect your learning and possibly worsening your vision later on.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land I’m not worried about the social aspect any more, that was years ago.

I agree with you all that getting the glasses is better than not, but it worries me that the person who recommended them is the one who didn’t find my original problem. I don’t fancy running around to a dozen different appointments to confirm diagnoses, and I doubt Medicare would be too impressed either. I think I’ll make another appointment though – thanks for your help!

Violet's avatar

If you can, somehow find out if you have coverage through Medicare. Usually if you have coverage for an optometrists, you have partial coverage for frames and lenses

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