it’s official…

…i’m getting contacts.

went in to see the local keratoconus specialist (and he really is, he’s at the university of utah and one of his primary interests is keratoconus, so that’s pretty cool).  we talked for a bit and he fitted me for some contacts and they ordered a set which should arrive in a couple weeks.

aside from my paranoid eyeball-phobia, i’m still tentative because i really didn’t see an improvement with the test lenses (since they weren’t prescription), in fact i saw worse.  when we did those and redid the eye test, the shadows in my right eye became more distinct and distracting (and actually appeared in a different place than i am used to) which, he said, was due to some residual untreated astigmatism and basically that’s going to be the thing…it’s probably not going to be perfect, we just hope it will be better.

so i’m still not sure what to expect and my body kind of went into shock the first time we tried the test lenses so i’m feeling very tentative at the moment.  but i’m going to have to deal with it eventually and sooner rather than later…he elaborated on what the other doc said about being sort of on the cusp of legal driving limit.  he said my vision is about 20/30 – 20/40 in my right (good) eye and like 20/60 in my left eye.  the legal driving limit is 20/40, so if my right eye gets any worse,  then i’m not legal to drive, so something needs to be done.

he did say that the keratoconus wasn’t that bad (by the very fact that i’m able to do stuff…like drive, for instance), and a corneal transplant won’t be in my near future so here’s hoping the contacts will be the solution.  he also said that, being young, it’s likely that the keratoconus will get worse and that will be something to keep an eye (ha) on down the road.

2 Replies to “it’s official…”

  1. I remember when I got my first pair of contact lenses. I had to build up the time I wore them at 2 hour increments over a period of weeks until I could wear them all day. I'm not sure about 20/40 being the legal driving limit. I know there are people out on the road (especially OLD people) whose vision is worse than that. An employee at DMV told me you could miss 2 out of 6 letters on the eye chart test and they would still pass you. My vision uncorrected in my left eye is 20/400 and 20/200 in my right eye. So I am really near-sighted. Don't get discouraged with your lenses, just be patient until you get used to them. Love you mucho

  2. I remember when I got my first pair of contact lenses. I had to build up the time I wore them at 2 hour increments over a period of weeks until I could wear them all day. I’m not sure about 20/40 being the legal driving limit. I know there are people out on the road (especially OLD people) whose vision is worse than that. An employee at DMV told me you could miss 2 out of 6 letters on the eye chart test and they would still pass you. My vision uncorrected in my left eye is 20/400 and 20/200 in my right eye. So I am really near-sighted. Don’t get discouraged with your lenses, just be patient until you get used to them. Love you mucho

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