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The first week of not wearing contact lenses was nothing short of frustrating. I was in constant bad mood and lazy to do anything because I could not see things near and far very clearly, even with my specs on. I was in such a bad mood I almost wanted to break my spectacles' frame into two so many times in a day (but didn't eventually do so because you know, new pair of specs are not exactly cheap lah... and money doesn't grow on trees). I got pretty bummed I didn't even bother cleaning my house for days (where's that infamous OCD lady that looks like me living in my house?) because I could not even see if my house's floor was dirty or what so why waste my energy and time, right? #Out_of_sight_out_of_mind This happened for so many days until one night, my husband asked me to vacuum clean our bedroom's floor because there were so many fallen hair strands (mine!) scattered on the floor. Moreover, I got so lazy putting up make up when going out because any eye looks, especially eye-shadows and eyeliner, are often rendered useless for specs wearers.
In that first week sans contact lenses on my eyes, I frequently complained to my husband that everything I saw was very blurry. I could not watch TV nor read the texts on my hand-phone or laptop without having the tip of my nose touch the screen. My current specs were not comfortable because they're too big for my face. I was overall still not used to wearing my specs and they gave me mild headache especially when I had to go out or drive. Alas, I thought I needed to get a new pair of eyeglasses with correct power measurement as mine was made nearly two years ago.
One Saturday afternoon, my husband brought me to an eye-wear shop not far from our home to get new glasses. After about an hour examining my eyes, two opticians in that shop gave up. One of them wrote a reference letter for me to go to an eye specialist and get accurate correct lens' power measurement from the doctor as they were not able to do so. Seemingly, healthy eyes would generally have 999 score written on the small paper that the eye vision examination machine in the shop produces. This score actually measures the ability of the eyes muscles pumping blood to the eyes or something like that and determines accurate reading during an eye examination. Guess what, mine resulted in 555 only. This reading shocked me greatly because the optician said when the reading comes out in 222 or 333 score that usually means total darkness.
Needless to say, I went to see the eye doctor again in the next morning.
On my second consultation with the ophthalmologist, after I shared with her the issues I encountered at the eye-wear shop the day before, she did a more thorough exam on both of my corneas. She then declared that due to prolonged wear of contact lenses, my corneas were sort of crying out for oxygen and there were a lot of dry spots on my corneas. There's erosion in my left cornea and my right cornea began to experience inflammation too. She further explained that this happened because contact lenses actually cover iris so there would be no oxygen for the eyes if contact lenses are worn more than 6-8 hours a day. Before I left her office, she asked me to continue using the antibiotic drops for both eyes for another week.
Moving on, this doctor assigned the clinic's optometrist to do a vision test on my eyes as well so I would be able to make new specs, despite her guess that this may just be another futile attempt as my eyes were still inflamed. As expected, after checking my eyes' vision for few minutes, the optometrist also told me to do another vision examination some other time when the inflammation in my eyes had reduced and my eyes' health are in better state because inflamed eyes would not give accurate vision reading and cause blurry vision no matter what. On top of using the prescribed eye drops from doctor, she also advised me to look something far away to relax my eyes every time my eyes get blurry or tired.
Last Sunday, I went to see the ophthalmologist in the same clinic for follow-up check as my eyes still feel dry, tired and experience burning sensation every now and then. The doctor gave me a check on my eyes' corneas and movements as well as my eyelids. She found out that there are still dry spots in my corneas although my eyes are not inflamed anymore as in my Marginal Kerastitis is slightly better now and the antibiotic eye drop is no longer needed. Nonetheless, no green light to make a new pair of specs was given yet as it will still take a long-term treatment to cure my Marginal Kerastitis. I will still have to use the eye drop for dry eyes few times in a day for few months and am now recommended to carry this eye drop everywhere I go. This doctor reiterated that not wearing contact lenses again permanently is the best option or we can review whether I can wear contact lenses again or what type of contact lenses I could wear in the future when things get better.
After this whole ordeal with blurry and painful eyes, not to mention the financial costs involved thus far, I am not too inclined in wearing contact lenses again. I have now slowly gotten used to wearing specs although if I got a choice, I'd rather not. LOL. But seriously, it really takes time and effort to get used to wearing specs on daily basis after years of wearing contact lenses.
If only there was a real warning of the negative side effects in wearing contact lenses for prolonged use, I could have avoided all these problems. But yeah, regrets always come in the end.
Lastly, my next appointment with this ophthalmologist is next month.. and we'll see what's the progress then. Hopefully, no more bad news.