In this thread it was mentioned that one of the reasons that you should have your eyes checked every year is that your glasses/contacts prescription could have changed and you do not realize it. I have heard this before, as if someone’s vision can get substantially worse without a person realizing it.*
I will admit that the first time that I did get glasses as a teenager it was somewhat of a revelation of how clear things could be.
However, after that, I have a mental benchmark of how clear things should be. I find that I can notice when I am a quarter of a point off. Am I unusual in this?
One of the big tip-offs is road signs at night. If you squint, do the road signs’ text clear up a bit? Your prescription might not be optimal. Looking at text from a projector in a dark room? Additional difficulty determining faces at distance?
Do you notice or not notice when you need to get new contacts/glasses?
*Yea, I’m sure there are circumstances where this can be true. Some little old lady that is half senile and never leaves her home might not realize that her distance vision is deteriorated. I am talking about active adults.
I do not. Never have. My eyes have always been getting worse at a fairly rapid clip, but I never notice it until I’m getting yet another stronger prescription. I cannot afford new glasses/contacts every year, so I don’t go in that often. If I did, I’d get new ones every year. I tend to go in every three or four years, when they’re so scratched or so uncomfortable that I can’t put it off any longer, and just sit through the lecture about how I really need annual visits. But every new pair of glasses or contacts is like that first moment of brilliant clarity all over again.
Now that I’ve hit 40, I’m hoping that may slow down a bit. My opthamologist just winces when I ask if middle aged presbyopia can “cancel out” myopia, or at least slow it down.
I’m seriously looking forward to getting cataracts, so I can get artificial lenses paid for by insurance. I just hope I get them before a retinal detachment.
I think that without an objective metric, everybody is overestimating their ability to measure their own vision. Either that or your vision is rapidly deteriorating. I mean especially with myopia. All people don’t have the objective experience to say for sure, and confirmation bias makes this harder.
Night driving is not completely related to your absolute acuity.
Sure - it will cancel out your near vision and make you uniformly bad!
I didn’t used to notice, but the last year or so I have. I’m just at the point of needing reading glasses, or bi-focals, or some other solution. I didn’t used to have to take off my glasses to read my phone comfortably.
I very recently got progressives. I’ve been reading stuff by looking under my small frames for a couple years, and it got to where I was starting to hold things closer than normal reading distance, too, so I figured I looked enough like a weirdo from tilting my head up and holding small print (like ingredients at the store) up to neck distance if not closer, it was time to take the plunge into the more expensive lenses. Totally worth it!
And to answer the OP, yes, I’ve been very sensitive to Rx changes since I started wearing glasses/contacts as a teen. Somewhere in my mid-20’s, my Rx for myopia has gotten less strong - which also presents itself as blurred distance with glasses on. I was probably 28 when my optometrist asked me if I realized my Rx was getting less strong as the years went on. I said, no, I just knew fine distance viewing was getting blurry. Apparently that can happen with over-correction, too. He said that by keeping up with my changing vision, it helped with improving acuity. Not that the myopia would ever go away, but I kept it from getting worse somehow.
Anyway, after having yearly changes in my distance vision finally stop and has been static for about 4 years (weird!), now I need 1.5x reading power. It just seems to never end. I’m hoping my reading Rx stays the same for a while and I can just keep wearing these lenses since they’re 4x more expensive than my single-vision ones were. I went from 5 pair to play with and interchange and match with outfits to just this one.
I get a new pair every January, this is when my private health care benefit amount resets. Yes I have lots of pairs with no real change, but cool to have one at work, in the car, in the shed, in the bedroom, in the kitchen etc as I cannot read without them!
When I first started to need glasses in my mid-20s, I didn’t know it. I was getting headaches, but didn’t know why. Since then I have noticed when my eyes change. I have great vision insurance and I go to every year and get an exam and a years worth of contacts or a new pair of glasses. Since my prescription hasn’t change in a few years I have prescription glasses and sunglasses, and the last few years I’ve gotten contacts.
My prescription has been stable for quiet a while, but I used to be able to tell by how well I was seeing at night, if I had trouble it was time for a change in my prescription. Another indicator was how well I could see thru a window screen, if I could see things clearly everything was ok, but if my eyes focused on the screen I knew it was time for a trip to the eye doctor. Once I needed bifocals or progressives I could definitely tell when the reading portion needed to go up.
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