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Help for eyes over 40!

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user1485088798 Sun 22-Jan-17 12:51:05

Wondering if anyone has a similar experience or might be an optometrist that can help with my over 40 vision issues!

In a nutshell, I am 44- been farsighted my whole life. ( patched as a kid), wore thick glasses as a young child and my right eye is amblyopic (20é80 uncorrected).Through my late teens, 20s and 30s I could get by without ever having to wear my glasses. Hit 40 and things started getting difficult up close and over 4 years I notice I am having trouble with distance now too so much so that I can't quite get by without my glasses full time and I hate it!
My last prescription was 2 years ago and recenty I have been having bad headaches, eyestrain and sore eyes everyday! For whatever reason, the current glasses have never felt great, everything feel so blaring in my eyes and yet I know I need a stronger reading prescription. The optometrist says I don't need progressives yet. I am so frustrated because I can't seem to find a comfortable state and it's really affecting me. I am so worried about how much further this is going to deteriorate.
I just bad a recent full eye health exam and everything is fine.
My current prescription is:
OD. Sphere +4.25. Cyl -1.25 axis 102
Is: sphere +2.5. Cyl -.75 axis 81

Any help appreciated.

juneau Sun 22-Jan-17 12:54:33

I'm guessing you told your optometrist about your bad headaches, eye strain, sore eyes, etc? I find it hard to accept that they can't do anything for you or that your glasses/prescription doesn't need changing. I think I'd be looking for a second opinion, if it were me, but hopefully someone who works in optometry will be along to give more specific advice.

PickAChew Sun 22-Jan-17 12:55:16

If your last test was 2 years ago, then you're due another.

Varifocals are easier to get used to if you start when the prescription is still quite small and I'd say that, if your arms are no longer long enough, then you do need them.

juneau Sun 22-Jan-17 12:55:53

PS from my layman's perspective it sounds like you may need varifocals (and a higher prescription for both near and far).

njshep Mon 23-Jan-17 11:37:59

To clarify, the optometrist said I was not quite ready for varifocal....not sure what the criteria has to be.

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