Almost a year since I got my new glasses, my vision slowly blurred away again. and at some point, I again stopped wearing my glasses.
2007 and I have another pair of glasses and the reading was L:4.75D, R:2.50. I was like, okay, why does my astigmatism keep increasing? No probelm whatsoever with short or farsightedness however. I also start noticing that I had double vision, shadows, ghostly kind of image (even while wearing my glasses). My thought was, most probably this is the symptom for moderate astigmatism? (4.75D)
To cut it short, I again stopped wearing my glasses early in 2009. And I kept questioning to myself, is it increasing again? At this time around, my vision worsened. I was only dependent on my right eye, which is also blurred but slightly better than the left eye.
I was then constantly checking up on my eyes, and the readings slowly increased. Driving at night is very stressful, often with headaches, eye stress, watery, and itchy eyes! Even at 20-30 meters away I can’t recognize my own mom! Yet.. I still don’t wear any glasses!! so probably.. its time for me to go for proper eye checkup, and find out what is really going on here.
So 2011 – and the first eye specialist I’ve met with. The Doctor says that, ‘there’s something wrong with your cornea. it is bulging and not normal’. (I was shocked by this but intrigued) but he continued ‘I do not have the proper equipment to really check it thoroughly’ (like I knew what equipment he mentioned). He suggested that I go to West Malaysia (DANG!!! I’m in East Malaysia) for a further check up. Problem is….. I don’t have the money, so I didn’t go…. I recall that the Doctor did mention something about ‘hard lens’ and ‘surgery and not to do LASIK. (Doctor didn’t mention it was Keratoconus back then, and so.. I just kept this to myself.. so yeah I have an ‘eye problem.. but what eye problem?’
Then in 2012 – I meet up with a second so called “Eye Specialist”. Same eye check up as the previous doctor. This Doctor says “Your eyes are great!! don’t worry about it! You just have very high astigmatism, that’s all! And wearing glasses should solve your problem!’
I met with this specialist ( <— this is the bad egg). He acted like a specialist.. some kind of a pro. and took less than 15 minutes for the eye check up. Doctor saad, “Boy, what are your concerns? Your eyes are perfectly fine, only you have high astigmatism. I recommend you for eye LASIK! it’s very good! ” and I said ” Doctor, but last time I had an eye check up, Dr xxxXXxxx did not recommend LASIK because my eye cannot do LASIK because of the very unusual high astigmatism. The Doctor said, “Eeeerrrrrrrrrrr, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I “think” nowadays LASIK should be able to cure your eye. Give me money and we together can go and fix your eye”. And that’s it! End of conversation.. I don’t quite trust anyone when they do “errrrrrrrrrr” “hmmmmmmmmmm”
So on 1st December 2013, I get new glasses. L/R both 4D. The optometrist said that I cannot go higher with the lens prescription because he is afraid that ‘you will get headaches’ (might be true) so I stick with 4D with transition. (Deep inside I think I got scammed). They at least help me a bit.
Okay.. my eyes itch and water right now when writing this. For my last optometrist, the same check up as previously but here, they have the “I do not know what they call it” scenario. They ask you to concentrate on a red dot then the “thing” goes spiral for 5 sec. I was like.. omg.. my eyes hurt and my head goes round and round and round…. . but it just for few seconds. The result came out in paper.. some kind of like red, greenish orange, like a geographical map. (I now know it was a topography).
When my result is up, the doctor explained in a polite way “let me run another test on your eyes” and I said Okay. Then he said ‘sir, I diagnose you with an uncommon eye disease (uhuhhh.. uncommon eye disease?). You have Keratoconus eye disease.
Thank you all for reading… I know my English is bad.. I tried my best.
End of story (or To be continue?)