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I am a 20 year old male. I have nearsightedness and have had

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I am a 20 year old male. I have nearsightedness and have had it for about 7 years and it has progressivly been getting worse but is taken care of my glasses or contacts. I normally wear contacts. I also have astigmatism in my left eye.
Lately, I have been having trouble seeing my laptop screen. When I am at my desk using my big 32 inch screen, I am fine. Watching TV, I am fine. Driving, I am fine. But when I sit with my laptop on my lap, it just takes so much energy to see the screen.
I went to my eye doc about 6 months ago with the same problem and she simply increased my power in my contacts and glasses... didn't make a different.
I tried readers, but those are for up close reading. They DO help, but not for far away reading. Is there anything that is the opposite of reading glasses to help with this problem?
Any over the counter classes I can wear when I use my laptop?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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It is possible that your contacts have too much minus power in them or that you are having difficulty with accommodative spasm. It would be very unlikely that an otherwise healthy young man such as yourself would need trifocals (glasses for both near and intermediate/computer reading distance).
The best way to get to the root of this problem is with an extensive refraction. This is done by first doing a "dry" refraction (no drops). Once this data is in hand then you return to the doctor for a "wet" refraction (with drops). The Rx from the two refractions are compared and, then if needed, a third refraction is done to see if you can tolerate more "plus" power in your glasses.
Sounds like a lot of work but it is the best way to see if this is the cause of your difficulties.
Does this make sense to you?
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
This is the best way to test for this? I am away at college and the only opthemologist I have ever seen is back up north in Maryland. There is no "quick fix" like reading glasses?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Actually, a local optometrist could do the above testing for you without much difficulty....however you could try a temporary fix by going to the local dollar store.
Bring your laptop and a book with you to the store. Try on different strength "cheaters", starting with the lowest power available (+.75, +1.00, +1.25 etc.) The smaller the number the farther away the "cheaters" would work from your eyes.
When you find a couple of pairs that work for you, buy some (since they only cost a buck :) and leave them around the house, in your computer bag etc.....
This should help until you can obtain your 4.0 GPA for this semester and get in to see your favorite eye MD ;o)
Let me know how things turn out and if I can do anything else to help. Good luck in school.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I did what you suggested and tryied the "cheaters". At the store they seemed okay, but once I got home and started using the computer it wasn't so great. I will just get my files from my opthamologist from home and see a local optomitrist... because in order to get that 4.0GPA, I need to be able to see the computer.

Thanks for the help and luck,