I had my annual diabetes eye screening this morning, and if I had any doubts that either my eyes have changed dramatically in 10 months or the specs are just no good, it was confirmed today.
I was asked to read the chart as far down as I could.
With my right eye, I could manage the line second from the bottom.
With my left, it was five rows up.
That is worrying, especially as I was wearing my glasses and he hadn’t put the drops in yet.
For a while, I’ve been having a few problems focusing on my laptop screen and put it down to being tired, current events or simply poor light in the boat.
Trying to read labels on food products has also been a little trying and sometimes it’s been better taking my glasses off altogether.
Walking in town on any sunny day, I have been blinded by the light (good 1976 Manfred Mann track that) and put it down to poor quality transition lenses. Funny though, I’d never had a problem before, and then I realised on previous pairs I’d always had a tint so perhaps that had been acting as a polarised filter.
In short, I have never been happy with these specs, and will not be going back for my forthcoming normal eye test. Should’ve gone somewhere else.
These days, a retina scan is included as part of the standard UK eye test, but the optician doesn’t put drops in your eyes like these guys do. Looking at my images (and for someone like me who has a phobia about eyeballs at the best of times), the back of my eyes are looking pretty clear and there are no little bleeds around the blood vessels.
I’ll get the official report in a couple of weeks.
A new prescription though will mean forking out again, unless of course that BOGOF pair I have in reserve are perfectly adequate, so I shall be going to my optician of choice well armed (or eyed, however you want to phrase it).