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Nov 28, 2007

South? Dakota?

Eyescrip600
This happens every two years.  I go to the eye doc for a new one of these and then realize, 30 minutes later, that I can't do any work the rest of the afternoon because I can't see.  (We go to the eye doctors and they blind us.  Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?)

Other things repeat:  the semi-annual puzzle of "what do the 'S' and 'D' stand for in my prescription?" followed quickly by, "Oh duh" and "Of COURSE."  And the every-four-years challenge of picking out a new set of frames after my existing ones have just worn out.  This challenge is two-part.  First, the aesthetic part ("I want something exactly like what I have now, but better.").  Second, my vision is so suck (see scrip, above) that when I take off my existing glasses to try on the display frames with their fake lenses, I have no idea what I look like.  I might as well be passing judgment on the the relative attractiveness of two moss-covered rocks -- at the bottom of a lake.

Solution? Buy contact lenses (that I'll use maybe one day a year).  And after I've picked out one or two decent pairs of glasses, pester any attractive, nearby women for an opinion. 

OK, so that's not the only solution, and the contacts are also useful (the lenses, not the women) as a backup for if I ever lose or break my glasses.  But anyway.  I feel silly every time I have to do this routine.  I'm glad it only happens every four years.

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Incidentally: I first met my current eye doctor two years ago, and man did I think she was a grumpy and prickly person.  I've spent the last two years thinking that every time I passed by her office, and I didn't really look forward to coming again this year.  But I told myself, "Don't let her bring you down, man. Go in there and be a cheery person."  And guess what?  This year she's as sweet and charming as can be.  I'm guessing that she was in the middle of a really bad day the first time we met.  And I'm hoping that in the future I'll remember not to judge so definitively off of one impression.

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Comments

I hate when they dilate my pupils. I assume that's why you can't see anything?

OS and OD stand for oculus sinister and oculus dextrus... Latin for left eye and right eye. Doctors, they do love their Latin.

I get a small quantity of disposable contact lenses when I go to the eye doctor. It's cheaper than getting real contacts, I don't have to worry about damaging or losing them, and if kept unopened, they can last a really long time.

Another tip: when trying on frames, bring a digital camera (or use your camera phone, if you have one). Put the frame on, take a picture of yourself, put your regular glasses back on, evaluate the picture. Technology!

Posted by: Ken | Nov 28, 2007 2:09:35 PM

As usual, Ken is correct on all. And as usual, I have my minor tweaks.

Credible parties refer to O.D. as both "oculus dextrus" as Ken wrote and "oculus dexter" as I think of it. With my rusty Latin, my sense is that "oculus dextrus" is a bastardization that came to be accepted use in both medical and lay language.

Re: a camera for checking out glasses. That's certainly better than doing it blind, but for all the pushing up and down the nose, checking from slightly left and slightly right, etc., it doesn't quite do it for me. It is, however, the way my best friend gets his Friends to evaluate glasses at a distance.

In fact, the first painting you see under "Projects" at right is based on just such a campic that he sent to show some prospective specs. Little did he know what would happen.

Posted by: Phil | Nov 28, 2007 3:31:11 PM

Dude - join the 21st Century and find a doctor using an Optomap system:

http://www.optos.com/us/Products-Services/About-optomap-products/optomap-Retinal-Exam/

I use Ira Tucker in Cary. The whole exam takes less than an hour, no dilation, and the Optomap provides something like a 250% greater view of the retina.

The downside is that most insurance will not pay for it.

Posted by: Tarus | Nov 28, 2007 3:39:11 PM

Costco has great prices for (cute!) glasses, and you have a willing accomplice with a membership. I'm experienced at helping male friends choose glasses and gladly offer my services!

And yeah, see if you can get some contacts to wear when trying on glasses.

p.s. our eyes are about the same level of badness. I'm -6.5 and -7. At the moment I can't remember which eye's which, though.

Posted by: Stew | Nov 28, 2007 6:09:09 PM

Thanks, Jenny -- you would definitely qualify as "attractive nearby woman" :-)

Indeed, my current frames are from Costco. A great buy four years ago. I switched to Sam's Club when one opened near where I was living at the time and that's where I plan to go for this pair. That said, several of my friends have informed that that are huge differences between how Costco and Sam's Club run their businesses, so I'm going to switch back to Costco in 2008.

Meanwhile, though, I'll get these next specs from Sam's Club. Something to remember them by ;-)

Posted by: Phil | Nov 28, 2007 6:27:13 PM

-7.25? Hah, I've got ya beat by another 5 or 6 diopters! Beyond the range of LASIK.

I too am puzzled as to how a temporarily blind person is supposed to pick out new eyeglass frames. The last time I was in that position, though, I asked the optician to pick some out for me, and honestly he made a better choice than I would have. So take Stew up on her offer!

Posted by: --Lisa S. | Nov 28, 2007 8:01:34 PM

-7.25? Hah, I've got ya beat by another 5 or 6 diopters! Beyond the range of LASIK.

I too am puzzled as to how a temporarily blind person is supposed to pick out new eyeglass frames. The last time I was in that position, though, I asked the optician to pick some out for me, and honestly he made a better choice than I would have. So take Stew up on her offer!

Posted by: --Lisa S. | Nov 28, 2007 8:02:09 PM