Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A look at my eyes + Ten on Tuesday!

Hello! It's already Tuesday! I have a feeling this week is going to go by fast... Not complaining though!

Yesterday I had an appointment with a new eye doctor here in town, and like usual, I was dreading it. My vision problems started in the 1st grade, when my teacher noticed me squinting quite a bit and that is when I got my first pair of glasses.

I was not happy.

And, I still hate glasses.

Since the first grade my vision steadily got worse, until it finally stayed the same sometime in high school. Today, I am not positive of what my vision technically is, but if you're familiar with contact lens strength, my prescription is for a -9.5.

Yep. I'm pretty much BLIND. My worst nightmare is to be stuck somewhere without my glasses and needing a new pair of contacts. I always have a spare in my purse. Always. I would be SOL if I didn't and something happened.

Well, yesterday my new eye doctor suggested I try a new brand (don't they always?). At first I rolled my eyes and said, no, I'm fine but then he said that the contacts I was wearing weren't big enough for my eyes. That got my attention. He suggested Air Optx, so I have a trial of those in now and we'll see how they do for a week. He also didn't like the brand of contact solution I was using. I was using Bio-True, but he suggested Pure Moist. I can't believe they're all so different, but I figure it can't hurt. Plus, I got a free sample of Pure Moist. (Which might be why I was using Bio-True in the first place...)

What did end up making my day was, my new vision provider offers $100 towards new frames and $115 towards contacts. I couldn't believe that about the frame! I don't need new glasses (nor do I want them) but I will probably get some prescription sunglasses! That totally made me day, and I'm very happy with my choice of going with Humana One for dental and vision this year.

Anyway. Enough about vision insurance and eyeball troubles. On with Ten on Tuesday!

Today isn't exactly Ten on Tuesday... It's more of an ABC's of me. I haven't done one of these in awhile, so here goes! Oh, and as always, thank you thank you to Chelsea for hosting. She just got a NEW JOB so everyone go and congratulate her! She deserves it and I'm so happy for her! :)

A. Age: 29 - almost exactly 4 months left of my twenties. EEEEKKK!
B. Bed Size: Queen
C. Chore that you hate: Laundry! I wish I could afford to take it all to the cleaners!
D. Dogs: We've got three of 'em. Zeke, the puggle. Chico, the chihuahua. Lexi, the dachshund. (Technically Chico and Lexi are my sister's, but they feel like mine too because we all live together).
E. Essential start to your day: A little blog time and a coffee
F. Favorite Color: Blue
G. Gold or Silver: Silver
H. Height: Right under 5'3"
I. Instruments you play: None
J. Job Title: Substitute teacher and residential counselor
K. Kids: None yet
L. Live: in West Des Moines with my sister and her boyfriend
M. Mother’s Name: Denise
N. Nicknames: Amb, Ambular
O. Overnight hospital stays: None
P. Pet peeve: Negative people. dishes in the sink overnight. Unclear professors.
Q. Quote from a movie: "After all, tomorrow is another day!" Gone with the Wind
R. Right or left handed: Righty!
S. Siblings: One younger sister
T. Time you wake up: Usually around 6am
U. Underwear: I have all brands! I buy what's on sale. ;)
V. Vegetable you hate: Broccoli!
W. What makes you run late: Not having an outfit ready or not having my lunch packed
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Just my teeth
Y. Yummy food that you make: I make really good chili. If you like it spicy!
Z. Zoo Animal: Gonna have to go with the monkeys/gorillas!

Do you wear contacts or eyeglasses? How old were you when you first got them? If you participate in TOT, please let me know so I can visit your site! :)


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have contacts... I got glasses in 4th grade and then I got to transition to contacts when I was 12. I rarely wear my glasses, mostly because I hate running in glasses. But if I know i am not going ot work out in the evening, I will sometimes wear them. i hope you like the new contacts you are trying. I switched to dailies 2 years ago and LOVE them. I will never go back to having contacts you wear multiple days in a row. Yes, dailies are expensive, but my eyes say thank you. ;)

Lauren Margaret said...

My parents took me to get glasses when I was 10 because I misspelled "palindrome" as I copied it from the blackboard. Yes, apparently they had that much faith in a fifth-grader's ability to spell ;) I wore glasses for six years and then switched to contacts. I'm wearing Acuvue Oasys (why do they spell everything weird?) and I love them - I couldn't live without contacts. It's awesome that your provider gave you credits towards frames and contacts! That makes a huge difference :)

Anyway! Just stopping by from R+R's linky, saying hi from a fellow laundry-hater and monkeys/gorillas-lover :)

Suz said...

I started wearing glasses sometime when I was 11 or 12 I think? I quickly switched to contacts because I hate glasses. I thought I was blind! I can only see blurry shapes and colors without my contacts or glasses but my contact rx is just -6.5. I want to get lasik sometime, but my eyes seem to get a little worse each year and I think they need to stay stable for at least 2-3 years?

P said...

I got glasses when i was about eight but refused to wear them. My mum got me contacts when i was 13 as i was stumbling about in a blur and she was worried i might start failing school if i couldn't see the blackboard right. So that's 18 yrs i've been wearing them now (not the same pair). I have a pair of glasses but i only use them around my flat where no one can see me. I thought I was pretty blind but not compared to you, I guess. I'm only about -4.5 or so.

Kara said...

I JUST started wearing glasses in November of last year. I HATE THEM but I can see, so I guess I'll deal. My vision's not so horrible that I should get contacts, but I'm thinking I will the next time I get my eyes checked. I'm constantly shoving my glasses back up my nose. :P

(And I'm pretty sure you know I do ToT!)

Shoshanah said...

I know my eyes are like a -5 and I feel blind without contacts, so I can only imagine what your eyes are like. I use Acuvue Oasys, and haven't had any issues with them. I can't remember what solution I use, and the sad part is I literally just walked to the bathroom to check but forgot by the time I sat down. And as for how long I've had them... I've had contacts since the summer before 11th grade. I got glasses right before high school, but never actually wore them because I hated how I looked it them, which of course made taking notes a little difficult for me.

Mandy said...

I can understand your frustrations with contacts/glasses. I started wearing glasses in the 2nd or 3rd grade. Then moved to contacts as a teen. By the time I had graduated from college I was .10 away from being legally blind in one of my eyes. My eye doctor suggested that I have LASIK surgery. Within in 2 weeks I had the surgery, BEST THING EVER. Hands down. I ditched the contacts and glasses and my vision is still 20/20. Definitely check it out. The procedure wasn't covered by insurance so I paid out of pocket, but it one of the best things I've ever done for myself.

Marina said...

I wear glasses since forever and I hate them! :)

Lesli said...

I don't wear glasses but sometimes I wish I did so people would think I am smarter! Having said that, I don't really see that well far away but good enough that I can squeak through the driver's license test so I guess I am good!

Krystyn said...

Okay...had to comment. I've had glasses since like 12. And got contacts the next year!

But, I saw a super good deal (promise not spamming) for glasses here: Plum District (in the "everywhere" section) for less than $40 for glasses and lenses! So, I had to pass it on to you.

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