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Eye prescriptions (or how blind am I?)

Skryker
February 7th, 2007, 06:43 PM
Since I just got my new glasses, I've been wondering about my prescription. I know it's pretty high powered, but I kinda hate seeing the look of shock on the optician's face when they get a look at my prescription-not to mention being excluded from any specials and deals that they have on. :frustrated:

Soooooo, for anyone who wears glasses/contacts-what's your prescription? Am I that much in the minority? :sad:

Mine is -9.0 in the right eye and -8.0 in the left (plus adjustments for astigmatism in BOTH eyes now. Sigh. At least having that correction has sharpened my sight with my glasses on.) Is that really that bad? :o

Prin
February 7th, 2007, 06:48 PM
omg!! That is huge! I'm -1.0 in both eyes. (or +1, I dunno, but it's definitely 1.0...)

:grouphug:

Skryker
February 7th, 2007, 06:53 PM
Eep! I think my very first pair of glasses were a -2 or so-that's the nearsighted direction. And that was 25 years ago. :o

My poor Mom has one nearsighted eye (with astigmatism) and one farsighted eye. And now she needs bifocals, too. :D Must really confuse the optician!

Prin
February 7th, 2007, 06:56 PM
Yeah, I'm gradually learning not to be so peeved about wearing glasses. I only need them because of a concussion.:frustrated: But legally I don't need them to drive (which I find wacked and dangerous).

My dad is like -3 or something and his glasses make me dizzy..

breeze
February 7th, 2007, 07:00 PM
I wear glasses but i don't remember the perscription. but now instead of going once every 2 years i am finding i have to go once a year (guess it is the age thing) lol i also have sensivity to light so my glasses have to be tinited all the time

Hunter's_owner
February 7th, 2007, 07:00 PM
Yeah -8 and -9 is pretty significant. I was always -2.75 until last time and I changed to -4.5.

I know how bad my eyes are, so I really pity you....you must not be able to see a thing:sad:

My friend is -8 and has really bad astigmatism too, and I know how bad she is....wow

jiorji
February 7th, 2007, 07:56 PM
skryker i bet you my dad will beat your eye thing. He has always worn glasses and it's really bad. If he takes off his glasses and you put your hand at half a meter, maybe like a foot, in front of his eyes, it's REALLY blurry for him. Plus he's somewhat color blind too.:cool:


i used to have good eyes but they kind of got screwed up with TV because i don't have cable and i only use those cheap antennas and the image always has a shadow so my eyes kind of adjusted to that tv image and now i can't focus on real things properly :mad: But i'm sure it can go back to normal :fingerscr

Byrd
February 7th, 2007, 07:56 PM
I do visual field testing (testing for glaucoma) and deal with prescriptions a lot. I work for three different ophthalmologists and two optomotrists.

I, personally, and -6.5 in both eyes. -8.00 and -9.00 is pretty bad, but not overly bad (I had a young lady in the other day that was -20.00). Your prescription is too bad for Lasix, they don't get good results with those over -5.00. You are what is commonly known as 'near sighted' where you can't see clearly at a distance, a plus prescription is just the opposite.

I don't know your age, but seeing that you likely have a large cup you may want to ask your optomotrist for a visual field test. Just to keep an eye on things as large cups can lead to glaucoma in the future.

Hope that helped.

SnowDancer
February 7th, 2007, 10:35 PM
My husband needs to go to the eye specialist again for yet another prescription - probably the highest he can go. Don't recall what last one was, but I took it in to the store where we buy his lenses (we get small frames for him to deal with the thin lenses that otherwise would be coke bottles - so no specials for him either). Last time he was parking car so I took in prescription so we could begin pre-selecting frames and our regular salesman was out. The new fellow didn't pay much attention to the first name, but kept looking at my eyes and wondering who made me such marvellous contacts - either that, or where was my cane, since I don't wear glasses - still 20/20 - kind of a shock. When he gets his new prescription, I will post the horrific numbers. He wouldn't drive with his Dad after Dad turned 55 - well my husband has his Dad's eyes and he is 58. I know the feeling of driving with him!

Catzig
February 7th, 2007, 11:40 PM
Skryker, you're only half blind ;)

Byrd, there's always Laser PRK if you're not a good candidate for Lasik.

I had my first eye surgery at 4 yrs of age and have had some pretty awful glasses over the course of my lifetime :sad:

Skryker
February 8th, 2007, 10:54 AM
Thanks, everyone. I'm lucky that I can get glasses that correct my vision quite well, so I guess I should stop feeling sorry for myself. :rolleyes:

jiorji, I know what your Dad goes through-without my glasses anything more than about 2 inches in front of my nose is just a blob or a blur. To read something without glasses I have to close one eye and hold the page right up to my face. So irritating!!

Byrd, I'm 35 so I hope I'm not in the danger range for glaucoma yet but I'll definitely mention it to my eye doctor next visit. I'm paranoid about my eyesight-even if it's bad I want to be very careful with what I have. :o So I talk about the laser surgery (I think the lasik wavefront is supposed to be able to deal with high prescriptions) but I'm really scared to make things worse for myself!

SnowDancer-:grouphug: for your husband! ANd for you, driving with him.:D

Catzig-isn't it amazing the number of frames now? Unbelievable! It's so much easier now to find something decent. Even with thicker lenses.

Hunter's_owner
February 8th, 2007, 10:59 AM
Catzig-isn't it amazing the number of frames now? Unbelievable! It's so much easier now to find something decent. Even with thicker lenses.

That is what I thought too, until I went to get my new glasses. There were only 4 there that fit me correctly and they were kids:eek: So I had to take the best of what I could get. I can't ever get any cool frames to fit me right:frustrated:

Skryker
February 8th, 2007, 11:03 AM
:grouphug: HO! Adding insult to injury, not only do you have to wear glasses, you can't get ones you really love. :sad:

Wow, only 4? Even the kids sections where I was looking had 40-50 frames.

Hunter's_owner
February 8th, 2007, 11:12 AM
:grouphug: HO! Adding insult to injury, not only do you have to wear glasses, you can't get ones you really love. :sad:

Wow, only 4? Even the kids sections where I was looking had 40-50 frames.


Yeah exactly. I can go and pick out 10 that I love, but they never fit:sad:

Yeah there was lots of kids glasses there, but most are too small. Then there are lots of adults but all are too big. It is the in between that I need, and out of them, there were only 4 that had a colour and style that I liked and could wear. I have red hair, so that limits the colours I can wear a little too:o

So yeah if I was smaller, there would be lots and if I was bigger there would be lots, but nope....I'm in between:D

Stacer
February 8th, 2007, 04:18 PM
I thought my eyes were bad! I'm -4.0 in my right and -4.5 in my left. I worry about my eyesight, the last time I was at the eye doctor I was told I have an astigmatism. I am due for another check up soon. I can sympathise.

Byrd
February 8th, 2007, 05:29 PM
Byrd, I'm 35 so I hope I'm not in the danger range for glaucoma yet but I'll definitely mention it to my eye doctor next visit. I'm paranoid about my eyesight-even if it's bad I want to be very careful with what I have. :o So I talk about the laser surgery (I think the lasik wavefront is supposed to be able to deal with high prescriptions) but I'm really scared to make things worse for myself!


Any eye surgery causes the cornea to thin. When you do this, you chance glare. That's why my boss said that I shouldn't do it, because there is a 75% chance of glare with my prescription and I wouldn't be able to drive at night, I do most of my driving at night, so no corrective surgery for me. :rolleyes:

Forty is usually the age to start testing myopics for glaucoma.... seems to be the age for testing for everything now.