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Issues getting Glasses

Postby Bellatrix18 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:45 pm

I have had a lot of issues trying to get glasses. My vision fluctuates all the time and its worrying me when I drive because I sometimes can't see distances and things get fuzzy. Not long before being diagnosed last year I went to the opticians twice within a couple of months. The first time they said I was short sighted and could have glasses if I wanted but it wasn't too bad. Then my vision got worse again so I went back 6 weeks later, hoping to get glasses. They tested my eyes again rather than just getting me glasses, but this time diagnosed me as slightly long sighted and having trouble seeing close up, they wouldn't let me get glasses for my previous 'short sightedness' because now I had a different prescription.

I was very confused, but now that I have my diagnosis it makes so much sense. I've rung them twice and gone into the store and asked them face to face what they could do to help but so far I've got nowhere. They will give me another eye test but my eyes are ok with distances about 70% of the time so I run the risk of not being given glasses once again. I also have spent £50 on pointless eye appointments only about 10 months ago and, being currently unemployed, don't want to spend another 25 quid to be sent away again without the glasses I need. The woman even told me to look on the internet for a 'cure' because her friend had some 'health thing' that she cured over the internet :shock: (I politely explained there was no magic cure!). They said they might ring me back if they can find a specialist who wants to help... but that was a month ago and I'm not holding my breath.

Has anyone got any advice?? I feel like I'm going round in circles with them. :roll:
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby kazza65 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:00 pm

I've had something simpler with when i'm driving, my vision goes. If i concentrate on road signs for a long time my vision goes hazy. Also i have noticed that when i'm on my laptop i have noticed that i'm getting loss of vision in the bottom half of my looking.
I thought mine was down to blood pressure but it wasn't because my G.P did a week of checking it and it came back at 122/80 which i was pleased with so I'm going to make an appointment to have mine checked.
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby SianneArtarian » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:12 pm

It's funny that you mentioned this. I am 36 and had an eye test two years ago. I was told I had perfect vision. At that point I had had Fibro for two years but was still undiagnosed. I have been doing some work as a self employed mystery shopper for the last few weeks since Uni finished for the summer. I did two assignments six weeks ago where I had to mystery shop two different opticians for eye tests. I went to the first an almost fell off the chair when they said I needed glasses! (I had to say I had not had an eye test since I was a child as the scenario for the mystery shop). Of course I could not reveal myself as a mystery shopper as that is the number one taboo in mystery shopping so I had to play along. The very next day I mystery shopped the second optician, who told me I also needed glasses but my prescription from them was almost half the strength of the one from the previous day! Again I could not reveal myself and I could absolutely NOT say I had my eyes tested the day before as that would have blown my cover. I thought once I received both pairs of glasses I would know which prescription was right but six weeks down the line I am none the wiser!

It never occurred to me that Fibro might cause fluctuation in vision but seeing your thread has made me see that it might be possible and provided an explanation of why I received two vastly different prescriptions on consecutive days. I realised that different opticians have different equipment but that would only allow a small fluctuation in my opinion and not one as different as in my case. Another symptom to add to the list!
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby morette5 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:47 pm

Yes me too. I am short sighted since 10 yrs, (gradual and very slow deterioration).
Once fibro kicked in at 45 ish,i have suffered massive fluctuations.
I know varifocal kicks in around age 40ish normally, but mine is not the same from one day to the next.
Half the time i can't see at night to drive.
My glasses are useless. (They are new).
The other morning i woke up in a panic, my vision was perfect i could see out the window and down the street, Oh my god i slept with my contact lenses in.
I rushed to the bathroom to wet my eyes to release the lens which was firmly stuck to the eyeball. but it wouldn't move.
I ran back to the bedroom to get the saline solution and noticed my contact lens case lid was closed. Inside it was my contact lens.!!!!
Woke up with perfect vision. Thanks Fibro!
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby morette5 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:47 pm

Yes me too. I am short sighted since 10 yrs, (gradual and very slow deterioration).
Once fibro kicked in at 45 ish,i have suffered massive fluctuations.
I know varifocal kicks in around age 40ish normally, but mine is not the same from one day to the next.
Half the time i can't see at night to drive.
My glasses are useless. (They are new).
The other morning i woke up in a panic, my vision was perfect i could see out the window and down the street, Oh my god i slept with my contact lenses in.
I rushed to the bathroom to wet my eyes to release the lens which was firmly stuck to the eyeball. but it wouldn't move.
I ran back to the bedroom to get the saline solution and noticed my contact lens case lid was closed. Inside it was my contact lens.!!!!
Woke up with perfect vision. Thanks Fibro!
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby ..:: lisa ::.. » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:29 am

Me too!!

I was told I have "something going" on with my peripheral vision.

I was previously long sighted and had been for a number of years.

Now I'm like some of you, I really struggle when driving. By the time I've focussed on a sign, it's gone lol
And when it's raining people need to fear for their lives, I know I do!

I was told I didn't need glasses anymore and I could only be tested every 2 years I think.
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby AmazingB59 » Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:42 pm

New to the site, just read the problems with eyesight and glasses. Right now my eyes are burning and streaming and I have also had to change prescription within a short time of each other.
My optician (Boots) took a picture of the back of my eyes so he can monitor any changes and described how fibromyalgia may be affecting the eye. I have to see them every 4 months so they can monitor the changes.
Unlike some of you, I am tax exempt so can afford the visits although new prescriptions does cost me; Boots try to keep the cost down and do not offer me items I do not need.
This is what I look like lol!!! :cry:
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby Diane64 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:13 am

Hi. im going to get a eye test this week, my focus is all to pot the last few days, I have went from reading glasses to varifocals (not cheap) which I got about 9 months ago, I am worried that if the test at the time means I need a different strength how much is this going to cost every few months if sight issues vary. really annoyed!
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby Gracious » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:05 am

Vision fluctuations, I have found to be common. My ability to focus fuctuates all the time. I have been ever so slightly long sighted since my 20's and when tested there would be variations, but I would have a retest and find there was no change. I have had the same Optician since 1989 and he's really into being thorough, especially with underling medical conditions. I was only diganosed a year ago with Fibro, but for 24years he listened to me about all my ailments, my migraines, back spasms, depression, fatigue etc...(you know the list we all have one).

Anyway I found there were certain times of the month my eyes would feel more tired, dry, weepy etc, I put this down to the fluctations of my hormones in my monthly cycle (I have PMS/PMDD). Then there were times I was more tired/exhausted too. We found when I went for tests feeling this way it guaranteed an incorrect perscription.

So I learned when my good days were, I have a window of 3-5 days in my cycle when its optimum for testing my eyes. I also rest up and really pace leading up to the appointment to ensure I am at my best. Thats when I get the best reading and a more accurate perscription. I recently had to get reading glasses too and again I asked for two tests to ensure it wasn't because I was fatigued or a possible migraine flare etc. My optician showed that my sudden need for reading glasses was in keeping with my age (44) and he also explained with his fancy little gadget and chart that in a year or two I may need adjustment, again all normal for my age.

I have days when I dont need either of my glasses and days when neither are effective, but I see the days when my sight is bad, blurred or tired as a warning sign that I may have over done it the day before, or that a potentional flare it on the way and re-adjust my pacing regime. Its annoying but thats Fibro for you. The good thing is its quite normal with FMS to have fluctuations in your ability to focus...but learning when it is the optimum time for your tests is helpful, as no one wants to spend huge amounts of money constantly changing lenses all the time, unnecessarily.

Hope this is of some help.
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby denys » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:05 pm

Thanks Joanne always helpful to be given an insight to something that may have been overlooked I have fluctuations in my eyesight too so will keep a check on whether mine is caused by the reasons you have given :-D :-D :-D
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby rich44 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:47 pm

Please don't take this as argumentative or patronising in any way as it's really not meant to be but please be really careful if you find your vision fluctuating if driving, simply because if there was an accident even if it wasn't apparently your fault if the police checked your eyesight at the roadside and they had any doubt you could find yourself prosecuted.

As I say not meant in a nasty way at all just that I'm a bit ocd on making sure I'm fit to drive as if anything happened and someone got hurt I'd never forgive myself if I'd chanced it & driven.

Hope you're getting on ok at the moment.
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Re: Issues getting Glasses

Postby alibp » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:00 am

Are you in receipt of benefits? If you are you can get free eye tests in a lot of opticians and free or reduced price glasses. I find my eyesight fluctuates. Had an eye test last week and collecting glasses on Wednesday. They said my left eye is no longer compensating for the very slight issue I had with my right eye so my right eye is getting strained and getting worse. I do wonder if on my good days the left eye is compensating but not managing when I'm not so great.
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