Should I go for a new eye exam?

by Ben

Q: Hi, I’m 18 and have been wearing glasses since I was 14, I was never told how much I should wear my glasses but have ended up wearing them full time for a number of years.

My different prescriptions goes as follows:

11/14- OD: -0.5 OS: -0.5
11/15- OD: -0.5 OS: -0.5 -0.25 180
01/17- OD: -0.5 OS: -1 +0.25 90
02/18- OD: -0.5 OS: -0.5 -0.25 180

I feel as that the last test was really rushed, the optometrist was new and nowhere near as understandable as the ones I’ve had in the past. These exams were all done under one place by the way.

I know my prescription is only mild but my glasses do help me see a lot. The optician said I was more farsighted last time I went and I feel he made a mistake as my old glasses appear so much sharper when I compare my left eye.

1) If I was to have a new test under a different place would they understand my concerns and allow me a free eye test as I’m still in education or would they expect payment? Cause to be honest im only bothered in checking if I don’t have to pay cause I hardly have money for an eye test.

2) Also is there any correlation to young adulthood and eyes, as in what is my prescription likely to do in the future, will it get better?

A: Hello,

1. Free consultations because other shop made a mistake... it's hard to believe they will do it, but I think the easiest way to find out is explaining the situation and the rest depends on them...

2. Normally, if you have myopic astigmatism, it will not get better, usually the myopic part diopters grow in time, or stay the same, the astigmatism part is present due a corneal misshape, this usually stays the same, but also this can grow slowly in time.

With your small diopters, it is possible that sometimes you feel better and sometimes everything is foggy, depending on how tired your eyes are, but this doesn't mean is better or worse.

I think you should find a good optometrist and stick with him, so you can see the evolution from year to year and keep it under control.

Also, if you are not happy with the results of the consultation, go back and explain, you should not pay twice for the same thing.

Hope this helps,

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