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Hello - I am extremely frustrated with my blended vision and wonder if anyone shares has my particular issues, and if so, what they have found helpful.

I had PRK over 2 years ago, and a subsequent enhancement over 1 year ago. It's a long story, but my NON-dominant eye is fully corrected for distance: zero refractive error, 20/15. Whereas my dominant eye is undercorrected: -1.00, somewhere around 20/25 to 20/30.

Words cannot fully describe how unsettling and uncomfortable this has been for me. I realized within the first two weeks that it would have been much better had my dominant eye been enhanced for distance, with the non-dominant eye remaining undercorrected. (which is what is normally done) This has affected me physically and psychologically in ways I never would have expcted.

Does anyone else have this kind of vision, and if so, can they share what has been helpful to them? Below are some of my issues/experiences:

I am in my early 40s. I don't technically "need" reading glasses yet. But, I wear them anyway for comfort, otherwise it's too hard to stay focused. (I wear a pair with only one lens, for the fully corrected eye). My dominant "near" eye just doesn't seem strong enough to pick up the slack in terms of near-vision activity, and the fully corrected non-dominant eye feels stiff, useless, and uncomfortable, like it's in the way. In addition to wearing the reading glasses for reading & computer work, I tend to wear them around the house, to even out the eyes. But it's not the same.

During the first month after the enhancement, I had a really hard time keeping my head up straight, in fact it was physically almost impossible. My neck posture was terrible for most of this past year, and it took me awhile to figure out why: Having a stronger non-dominant eye actually requires me to hold my head differently. It's like when you exercise and discover obscure muscles that you didn't know you had. I spent 40 years holding my head a certain way, without being aware, and now I have to hold it differently, and my body still isn't used to it. No matter what I'm doing -- working at a computer, or talking to a friend, or taking a walk -- it's like my neck muscles are fighting each other, still trying to figure out what to do, and it's distractingly uncomfortable, even painful!

I really, really miss my undercorrected non-dominant eye. If I could undo the enhancement and just buy distance glasses, I would. I don't tolerate contacts due to dry eyes (hence the surgery), but I'm considering trying to find some that I can tolerate, just so that I can feel like myself again. My eyes are not doing what they do best, and this vision is depressing, uncomfortable and unenjoyable. Focusing intently on anything - near or far - is uncomfortable to some degree. I don't think I've had one day in the last year where I haven't been distracted by my vision. I'm wondering if I will continue to adjust, or if this is it. I initially considered enhancing my dominant eye, to fully correct them both, and wore glasses to test that -- but found that uncomfortable too.

This situation was completely preventable, if only I'd tested this longer than I did before having the enhancement. So to anyone considering having their vision corrected to something they haven't had before -- test it out, thoroughly!!





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