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I had a huge problem getting glasses with my astigmatism. I have a strong astigmatism in both eyes. What I have found is that I am very sensative to the perscription being off by a small amount. I also found that different doctors get different readings on measurements. I went to 5 doctors and got 5 slightly different perscriptions. I also agree that some shops spend a greater time getting perscriptions accurate than others. I have found the best optician and doctor and finally got a workable perscription and glasses, but not after over a year of working on getting it right. Very troubling and stressful.

To premise this I had worn contacts for 10 years and suddenly could no longer wear them. I had got older and couldn't handle the strength.
When I stopped wearing the lenses my eyes changed quickly. Apparently I was over perscribed on my glasses and contacts and now have a much weaker perscription which is better for me (20% weaker). I see easier and clearer. It took the last doctor to figure that one out.

The axis is the biggest problem for high astigmatics. If the axis is off by 2 degrees or more then the vision gets blurry and you have headaches plus (yup) dry eyes from straining. I actually bought my own set of trial lenses and frame and tested the prescriptions from the last 2 doctors before I had the glasses made. It paid for itself on the first day since one of the perscriptions (which the doc said was within tolerence) was off by 2-3 degrees in the right eye axis. Once spun 2 degrees the perscription clicked into place with my eye. In fact this was the axis I had for years before contacts (I have the records)

I agree that high astigmatics causes tight tolerences and thus must be treated with extra care by the optician and doctors. Most will just sell you glasses, but the better ones can really solve the problem. You just have to keep working at it. Find the better opticians and the more qualified optometrists. The one stop shops like Sterling are geared up for the easy patients. Don't expect the kind of service you need to correct the vision properly. As always question the results and possibly have tem test you twice on two differnet days (weekend and weekday). A rested eye is better then a worked eye (after working at a job) for long term usable results.

Finally - The better your perscription the more relaxed you will feel. I have found that a too strong perscription makes me tense and stressed and too weak perscription makes me feel out of touch with things. I also found that if the axis is off by just a bit in any eye the effect is stressful. You start off the day seeing OK, but the eye muscle is pulling a bit after a short time. By the end of the day you see better out of one eye than the other. Really upsetting in the long term.

A good prescription feels natural and relaxed. If not than something is off.


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