This past December, I actually went for an eye exam with an ophthalmologist. Perhaps I should mention that for years my eye exam consisted of me going to a Dollar Store with a piece of paper and checking which pair of $1 reading glasses helped me read better. But I needed to get checked for Sjogren’s Syndrome and had a thorough eye exam.
After he checked my vision, he flipped to three settings and asked if they were clearer. To my surprise they we so much clearer. The result was me ending up with trifocal blended lenses.
It took about two weeks for me to get used to them perhaps because I kept using my $1 pair for working on my computer. But alas those broke forcing me to only use my new glasses. Now I love them.
Why is it that sometimes when it comes to things that will benefit us, we are reluctant to use them? We get used to what is not as good but helps a little and want to keep the status quo.
One thing my fellow spoonies, people who live with chronic illness, will understand is the thought of going to any doctor is stressful. That is due to many reasons such as doctors telling us everything looks good based on blood work, but we are in pain and have other symptoms, doctors not believing us when we talk about symptoms, and the whole maze of getting a diagnosis.
So I avoided eye doctors too. I kind of lumped all doctors together. My discovery was that ophthalmologists are not stressful. I plan to see him once a year.
I am still not convinced I will make the BIG appointment in a city one hour away at the University Medical Center with a rheumatologist. That is the kind of appointment where they poke, prod, do tests, take blood, and tell me they do not see anything. Either that or a diagnosis comes that is life altering such as when I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Hypothyroid, Celiacs, Fibromyalgia, etc.
I think for now I will just enjoy seeing better.
Thank you for reading. God Bless..