My eyes feel "glazed over" or unfocused (or very slightly crossed?) for much of the time, and it's making me feel like I'm losing my mind!!
Here's some hx: I'm 49 YO female, physical therapist. Near-sighted since 7, had Lasik
eye-surgery about 10 years ago w/excellent results. At the time I was told 1 eye was undercorrected to prepare for mono-vision later.
About 9 months ago began feeling "muscle fatigue" if I read too much (like I wanted to "stretch" and move my eyes in every direction, not really the typical move-the-paper-further-away sign), and began feeling like both my distant and close up vision were deteriorating. I saw my optometrist
, and he said a) my eyes were not really corrected for mono-vision, and b) I should be wearing reading glasses
religiously to avoid straining my eyes, (and that strain would cause deterioration of vision--this surprised me since I felt that "working" my muscles might keep them in shape?). I've used reading glasses since then, but near and far deterioration continued (or at least did not improve)
Past 2 weeks (or possibly longer?), noting this symptom of "glazed over/unfocused" feeling MUCH of the time, like 80% of the time. I CAN focus, especially if I keep my eyes moving so I'm looking at something new, but if I relax, my eyes will kind of zone out. I returned to my optometrist, and he kind of dismissed that symptom, and suggested that there is no such thing as "working to focus at a distance"--you can either see or you can't, you only "work to focus" up close. I do agree that when I "zone out" it's more dramatically impaired up-close, but I can and do "haze over" in the distance too.
I'm not sure of the correct verbage, but my eye exam showed: Left:needs .5 correction, Right: 1.0 correction, but with astigmatism. Reading glasses (1.25). My dominant eye is right.
This week I've tried the following:
Left only .5 correction (daily wear lens
)--clearer vision, but not much help w/glazed feeling.
Right only 1.0 correction (daily)--again, clearer, but still glazed
Right only .5 correction (daily)--seems better than others, but not good enough.
I'm not sure if correcting the astigmatism too is key, or if I should tweak the up-close correction--like get glasses to use at the computer in addition to the reading glasses? I have recently increased time on the computer (moderately, not dramatically), and when on the computer I feel like neither the reading glasses nor using nothing feels correct.
Sorry for the wordiness, but it does seem like an odd symptom! Thanks for your advice!