Hi I wanted to share my story about my eyes and hope someone can help me.
Until I was 16 years old I never wore glasses. But at that age I noticed that my vision was getting worse at all distances but more noticeable far away, I couldn’t read subtitles on the television anymore. Until I got glasses I never had issues with tired eyes or pain behind and around my eyes.
I got my eyes checked by an optometrist and she said I had astigmatism. My prescription measured with cycloplegic drops was:
Left eye: Spere: -0,25 Cyl: -1,25 axis 80
Right eye: Sphere: -0,25 Cyl -1,5 axis 100
The hospital told me that the optician had to measure again to give me the glasses prescription. They gave me glasses with the prescription of:
Left eye: Sphere: -0,75 Cyl -1,25 axis 80
Right eye: Sphere -0,75 Cyl -1,5 axis 100
This is the first time I felt a tired feeling around my eyes when I wore my glasses for the first time. I Didn’t wear my glasses all the time since my vision wasn’t that bad. I remember I could see much sharper without glasses if I rested my eyes for a longer time. After 6 months I got used to the glasses and I didn’t feel much tiredness or strain anymore. It was pretty much okay for a couple years.
Then I lost my glasses and got new ones with a slightly different prescription. I believe 0,25 or 0,5 more cylinder. I remember it took a very long time until I was used to these glasses again. For a couple months I had some tiredness and headaches again but this went away finally. In the next summer I didn’t wear my glasses for approximately 3 weeks because I did a lot of outdoor activities where glasses were not an option. When I had to study again I put on my glasses and the headaches returned but they were worse now. Especially when looking close up I felt a lot of strain. It was so bad I had to give up on college and quit. I was 19 years old at the time. I felt contact lenses were a lot more comfortable and relieved the strain a bit. But these lenses gave me eye lid infections so I wasn’t able to wear contact lenses anymore. I went back to the optician twice but they said my glasses were fine and I just had to adapt to it.
In April 2017 I decided to have laser eye surgery because I thought having a prescription that stays the same forever will give my eyes the chance to fully adapt and eliminate my headaches. The other reason was I couldn’t wear contact lenses but I’m a very active person who likes to do water sports where I’m not able to wear glasses.
I was a good candidate for TransPRK but my doctor said my glasses were a little bit too much minus in the past. So he decided to treat a lower prescription than in my glasses.
The lasered prescription was:
Left eye: Sphere: -0,5 Cyl: -1,25 axis 73
Right eye: Sphere: -0,5 Cyl: -1,5 axis 110
After the surgery I got very intense eye strain and I was not able to watch tv or read for months. It turned out I was overcorrected and my prescription measured with cycloplegic drops is now:
Left eye: Sphere: +0,75 Cyl: 0
Right eye: Sphere: +1,00 Cyl: 0
For the first 5 months after surgery I didn’t wear any glasses because my doctor said it would regress but this never happened. After 5 months I got glasses with the prescription of L: +0,75 R: +1,00. I remember my eyes got a little bit used to the overcorrection after 5 months and the eye strain was not that bad anymore but still present especially around my right eye. When I put on these glasses the strain became worse again. And my vision in the distance was worse than without glasses. My near vision was better.
After a couple months my vision in the distance cleared and my headaches and eye strain were not as bad anymore but still there. I got an extra +0,25 in my glasses in both eyes because the doctor at my second opinion said my eyes were still in a locked up accommodation. After the change in glasses my headaches were more intense again, after 2 weeks I changed back to L: +0,75 R:+1,00. I still had trouble seeing up close but I waited another couple months. The eye strain/ headaches became a little more manageable in the months after but didn’t go away. Then I went to an optician who gave me prism glasses. I felt like these glasses helped a little to see more comfortable in the distance but didn’t help nearby. And I had to get used to them again and headaches became worse the first weeks. She gave me prism because my left eye was a little higher than my right eye.
After 2 months I went for a 5th or 6th opinion at the hospital (I lost count). I already checked everything else that had to be medically checked but we came to the conclusion that the cause of the pain is 100% from my eyes.
At the hospital my eyes were measured again with cycloplegic drops. The result was now:
Left eye: Sphere: +1,25 Cyl: 0
Right eye : Sphere: +1,75 Cyl: 0
They told me to get rid of the prism glasses because my eyes could do this on their own they said. I was being told to wear glasses with the prescription given above. They also said my eyes were not working together well.
So here we go again another change. The eye strain and headaches worsened again but this time the pain became as bad as it was the first months after my surgery. I noticed my vision nearby was better but in the distance it was blurry. It is now 2 and a half months since I got these glasses and the strain/pain is less than the first weeks but still there. It gets worse when I do a lot of close up work like typing this on the computer. The vision up close is better but still not as sharp as it was before my surgery. The positive thing is that my vision in the distance is now sharper than 2 months ago so I can let go of some accommodation. But it is still so painful sometimes that it is hard to function normally.
The strain is completely gone when I wake up in the morning after a long night of sleep but kicks back in as soon as I open my eyes. But it depends on how well I rested my eyes for the past week. Also my vision in the distance is much better in the morning than it is in the evening. Studying is almost impossible, also riding a bike and driving is really hard. The best thing I can do is staring in the distance. My life is completely messed up right now. I use a towel during the day to cover my eyes and make my vision pitch black to have instant relief. My vision is not perfect I see a little bit of ghosting when I look on a screen from close up. Especially in my right eye above and under white letters on a dark background it is noticeable. This could be because I also have haze since the surgery which is slowly fading away.
Dry eyes was also a big thing but after 1,5 years after the surgery it is now a lot better.
Now 1 year and 10 months after the surgery and still having headaches/ eye strain every day.
So my question is if anyone here experiences same issues and how or if they found a solution?
-Does it maybe take 1 or 2 years with these glasses I now have to let my brain adapt to my eyes?
-has the small ghosting caused by the haze anything to do with my eyestrain?
-Do I maybe have an even larger amount of farsightedness than is measured until now?
-Are contact lenses a better option than glasses because they don’t enlarge the image like plus glasses do?
-Is there any other thing I have to get checked?
-Any tips or recommendations?