Eye Can See Clearly Now

October 30, 2008 7:00 am

A few years ago, I started getting migraines. This was before children so I was able to come home from work and lay motionless on the couch all night with an ice pad hoping they would go away. I saw a doctor and had a CAT scan on my head. Apparently I have a brain. I saw an eye doctor (since I worked with computers). My vision is 20/20 but they prescribed glasses anyway with anti-glare lenses and a slight prescription. The headaches persisted. A trip to the dentist showed that I was in need of a root canal. My dentist had gotten drill-crazy and nipped the root when she was filling a routine cavity. The fact that I had been in excruciating pain for weeks without an explanation sucked ass but finally figuring out the root of the problem was great. Get it? Root? C’mon, I’m funny.

I kept my glasses and wore them when I was working on the computer. A few months later I was pregnant with Graham and I swear my eyes changed and the prescription no longer worked. The glasses got shoved in a drawer and forgotten about until recently. A couple of months ago, I started getting headaches again. Not migraines, just bad headaches that make me want to kill. Coincidentally, this started right about the time I started reading all of YOUR blogs and blogging myself. Do you think there’s a connection here? Of course there is, you guys publish new blog posts way too often and my time is spent staring at my laptop screen well into the morning hours and it’s killing my eyes. Thanks a lot.

The other day, I made an appointment at the eye doctor. Actually, I went to the Vision Works who will never receive a ringing endorsement from me. I’ve only ever been to an eye doctor once before and I had forgotten what to expect. The exam started normally enough, the doctor was nice and I thought I was doing well. Then I started sweating. I was really squinting and trying to get the answers right, like it was some kind of a test I had to pass. The doctor was rushing through the lenses, asking me which one was clearer, this one or that one… now that one or the next one. My testing anxiety built up. The exam was short and he asked if he could dialate my pupils. Sure, I told him. A few minutes later, he came back and examined my pupils. All was fine there.

The doctor basically told me I have 20/20 vision and don’t need a prescription. Then he said he was giving me a prescription. What? Uhm, ok. He would use the current prescription and jack it up a bit to make the computer screen more clear in case I was having trouble reading it (which I wasn’t). He sent me out to sign in and talk to the sales associates. I had never been to VW before so I didn’t know about the extremely long wait times. I waited for a good thirty minutes before it was my turn. Once I sat down, they asked me which frames I wanted. Apparently they were playing some cruel joke on me because I was blind as a fucking bat and they wanted me to pick out frames. The woman looked serious (albeit blurry) so I went and picked out a pair. Watching me pick out frames was probably similar to watching Hellen Kellar pick out well, anything. I blindly reached and fumbled around the store until I came up with a pair that seemed ok. I really had no clue.

The good news is that the frames look good. The bad news is that I can’t share a picture of them just yet since my new lenses are on reorder. I put on the new glasses and immediately got vertigo. The prescription is so fucking strong (especially considering I was told I don’t need a prescription at all) that I can’t even wear them at all without immediately getting a headache. I spent an hour waiting for the sales person the other day (since you have to go through them to get to the doctor) just for them to tell me I need to see the doctor. Duh, I asked to see the doctor in the first place. So I made an appointment and went back a few days later to see the doctor and have him tell me he’s surprised they don’t work. Ok. Now fix it. He dialed back the prescription and then made me wait TWENTY FIVE more minutes in the sales line for them to order the new lenses. I should have them next week sometime and hopefully I can put this whole fucking mess (and these excruciating headaches) behind me. I guess eye can’t see clearly since the rain isn’t gone.



  1. DeeMarie

    Oh that stinks!! I’m pretty much blind as a bat, so I totally can’t relate to the 20/20 vision (even with contacts, I’m 20/40). But I have a great Eye Dr. I have to pay a little more but it’s totally worth it. They all know me (my Dr. hugs me goodbye-for real)and I’m in and out within an hour (selecting glasses and all). I hope your glasses get here soon… and WORK! You need to be able to keep your daily posts going and to take home the prize for the most First Comments in history! 🙂

    DeeMaries last blog post..Because I’m Sure You’re Dying to Know…

  2. Jim

    Sorry, I’ll try to make crappier posts so you can swear off my blog all together.

    That sounds like a top notch eye doctor you have there.

    Jims last blog post..School Picture Day

  3. Shieldmaiden1196

    Why do they want you to wear glasses if your vision is 20/20? Are you farsighted? I guess I don’t get it.

    Shieldmaiden1196s last blog post..I get the frightful….not so much the delightful

  4. Laufa

    Dude, it was a scam!!! They make their money on frames and lenses (sp?). If you have 20/20 vision, you don’t need glasses. Just pick some cheap reading glasses from Walgreens, CVS, or pharmacy nearby. Cancel your order on lens and get your money back!!!

    Laufas last blog post..Brigade

  5. feener

    i just went to the eye doc to get my contacts and they asked if i wanted bifocal contacts bc i am fucking OLD

    feeners last blog post..some days just drag on ….

  6. bessie.viola

    Ugh, that sucks. Horrible customer service is the absolute WORST! Especially when you’re dealing with anything medical.

    Can’t wait to see pics of the new frames, though – I love getting new glasses. Since I don’t have to wear them everyday (I wear contacts, mostly) it’s like getting an alternate personality! 🙂

    bessie.violas last blog post..three years

  7. steenky bee (jenboglass)

    Post the pictures of your glasses, lady. I just gots to see them. I think I saw a picture of you wearing them earlier. You got new frames though. I have some sassy red ones, but it’s hard to wear them because I don’t like to wear them with red things because I think that’s tacky. I have almost the same issue as you with eyes. My vision is very good, but I have an astigmatism (I know I spelled that wrong) in one eye. Yeah, I’m not perfect. Don’t tell. Bitch.

    steenky bee (jenboglass)s last blog post..The Spin Cycle: Children of the Corn(field)

  8. Keely

    You can have BETTER than 20/20 vision, so technically you don’t need a prescription, but it might help. It probably would have been good if he’d explained that to you.

    Also, craptacular customer service! Though I found it an amusing post in contrast to the rash of recent ‘paid sponsor’ posts that were for some vision company, hehe. I’ve been blind as a bat my entire life; I get headaches if I wear my contacts too much, I get headaches if I wear my glasses too much. Fun times.

    Keelys last blog post..Half As Small As You

  9. Heather

    I HATE eye doctors too! Except for Mr. K’s most recent visit of course. They are all quacks as far as I’m concerned! Giving you glasses for 20/20 vision? Hmmmm, do they want your eye sight to be ruined so that you will depend on glasses from now on? You know, you could be getting headaches from something else! Your diet, your kids screaming, stress, hell tons of other stuff.
    I agree with Laufa, get your money back!!

    Heathers last blog post..Boys are stupie!!!

  10. carrie

    I have been to vision works once & will never go back. You think you are getting a good deal and all but when you factor in the cost of your time, you are getting it up the rear end without lubercation!

  11. WickedStepMom

    I suggest getting a glare screen. I have horrible migraines (since a card accident about 7 years ago) and it really seems to help. I am on a computer sometimes as long as 17 hours a day. So, it really helps. Plus, you may find it more helpful than the vomit inducing glasses that aren’t really needed.

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Safe-haven

  12. jenni

    this is the very reason i’be been wearing the same pair of scratched lenses for two years.

    jennis last blog post..Did You Know That I Totally Know Michael Kors?

  13. Toni

    That experience alone is enough to give you a migraine!! I mean seriously! Hope the new ones work and you don’t have to go through any of that again!!!

    Tonis last blog post..Gal To Gal

  14. blissfully caffeinated

    I have to go with my husband to the eye doctor every time because those sales people have talked him into the ugliest frames ever more than once. He brings them home, I go, “What the?” and he says, “The lady told me they looked good.” Of course they are always $200 over what our insurance covers.

    Glad you found the source of the headaches, though. Migraines are the worst.

    blissfully caffeinateds last blog post..Today, in a Very Special World Series Edition of Man Candy…

  15. Michele

    I wore glasses for years. Then bifocals. When they said trifocals (far, near & computer) I said screw that and went in for lasik. Love, love, love it. Now I buy whatever gaudy pair of readers I can find at the drugstore.

    Micheles last blog post..Contains No Hog Fat

  16. goodfather

    Headaches of any kind totally suck. I hope that you CAN put them behind you. And I agree with Heinous, he does sound like a top-notch Dr.

    goodfathers last blog post..SHE’S WALKING!

  17. Ali

    DUDE, I always order my glasses and contacts online. It’s SO much cheaper! I get the contacts from 1-800 Contacts (so I guess that’s not technically online) and I get my glasses from a couple of different sites. I posted a blog about it here: http://alisumsion.blogspot.com/2008/07/glasses.html

    Alis last blog post..THE CUTEST

  18. Lydia @On The Verge

    Glad you are seeing better. Thanks for sticking that damn song in my head for the rest of the night!!!!!

    Lydia @On The Verges last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #8 – My New Resume

  19. Lydia @ On The Verge

    You have been Boo’d. Come over to my blog and see what I am talking about.

    Lydia @ On The Verges last blog post..BOOOOOOOO!

  20. mrsbear

    So, wait, you’re getting glasses you don’t need because you have perfect vision except for blogging…Makes perfect sense. I love your blog, but strangely enough the white letters on black actually make me strain a little. Not a criticism, just something I noticed recently and since your talking vision, I thought I’d throw it in there.

    mrsbears last blog post..Boo Pumpkins or Out of my Gourd

  21. Miss Jack

    I SO agree with mrsbear. Your blog has always made me strain my eyes…but I keep coming back for more! Gotta love ya!

    Miss Jacks last blog post..He’s Got Curls…He Knows How to Use Them

  22. Ferd

    Casey, WTF!? If your vision is 20/20 and you think you see the monitor okay, you don’t need glasses! They’re just trying to sell you expensive glasses. Just sayin’!

    And the eyes/vision may not be the cause of the migraines anyway. Sometimes a cause is evident, but often it’s not. What does your primary doc say? Did you see a Neurologist?

    I think it’s good you’re getting the eyes checked out, but if it’s headache relief you’re after, you may be barking up the wrong tree.

    Ferds last blog post..Thursday Thanks

  23. GreenJello

    I used to have excruciating migraines. Migraines so bad, I was even hospitalized.

    I got rid of them after seeing a naturopathic physician (I figured if the medical physicians couldn’t do jack for me, why not try a naturopath?). He diagnosed me with magnesium deficiency, gave me a shot of magnesium right in the office, and 10 minutes later, my headache started going away.


    I’ve been on magnesium supplements since (magnesium glycinate), and haven’t had a recurrence since.

    Magnesium is the magic bullet, I tell you!

    GreenJellos last blog post..Daylight Savings Time

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