the one where I learn my lesson

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
You know the old saying, "You get what you pay for?" I refer to it often when I'm rationalizing a big purchase such as furniture, a computer or a purse. (Yes, it always goes back to purses somehow.)

I don't seem to apply this motto to other key items. Why? I don't know. I try to cut corners at stupid places. However, I have learned my lesson. I really did.

It all started when I thought I could to go this this place to get an eye exam. (Editor's Note: I NEVER go there. I eliminated my limited shopping visits and make a point never to go in there. I thought saving $30 was worth it. It's not.) After two unsuccessful visits and major headaches from a prescription and what I still think is an inadequate eye exam, I'm taking myself to another office where I've gone in the past and had great service.

That brings me to today. I went for what I was hoping was a routine eye exam.

Oh, how I am eating my words.

As the doctor is examining my eyes..

Doctor: "Hmm. Are your eyes always this red?"
Me: "I didn't think they were that red."
Doctor: "Do you sleep in your contacts?"
Me: "No, not in years."
Doctor: "Do you notice your contacts being hard to remove?"
Me: "Well, yes, especially after I get out of the shower."
Doctor: "I need to use a few drops of yellow dye to get a better look at your eye."
Me: Thinking, what the hell is going on with my large pupils now?!

I think these are all routine questions until she tells me that my contacts may be too tight on my eyeballs. She notices cells missing on my eyeballs from my contacts being too tight and it's changing the shape of my eyeball, therefore, I'm not able to have 20/20 in one eye.

As I stare at her blurry face trying to make out her features, she tells me that I need to wear my glasses for six days and use eye drops every hour for the first day, every two hours the day after that and then four times a day until I see her next Monday. This way, she will be able to get a better read on my vision because the shape of my eyeball can affect my vision.

At this point, all I'm thinking are dollar signs because I sure as hell can't really see her through my blurry vision. Somehow I always end up with stupid expensive appointments. I had a $500 cough two months ago and now, by my own stupidity, I have to pay for two eye exams at and $20 eye drops. Why $20 eye drops? Well I can't use the one in the bottle, I need the no preservative eye drops with individual capsules. Of course!

The BF thought it would be better if I vlog about my experience because he wanted to point out my large pupils and eyeballs, but it didn't go quite as planned as because I was interested in playing along.

So, for the next six days, I'm going to be wearing seven-year-old glasses and an out of date prescription, which causes me to see perfectly fine up close but I can't see clear 30 feet in front of me. Only me, I tell you, only me.


OHmommy said...

Things like that happen only to ME!

Like getting herpes in your eyeballs and wearing glasses for 3 months. Even when asked to speak infront of 1000s of people feeling fugly in glasses.

And, yeah. I too went to Walmart. They prescribed me antibotics and called my herpes pink eye. Fail.

Allison M. said...

I'm hoping I don't have to wear eye glasses for the 3 months. If I do, I need a new prescription pronto.

Anonymous said...

Such a whiner!

Katelin said...

oh man that stinks. hope your eyes get better soon!

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

i love that you were whining in the video.


Lil' Woman said...

I had to get my pupils dilated like that last year and it was such a weird feeling!

Bayjb said...

Oh my gosh! I've never heard of contacts being too small. Ugh, I hope your eyes get better soon. And, I also need to apply "get what you pay for" to all items, I seem to only do it for major purchases too (like purses)

jamie said...

hahaha your video cracked me up!

I just ordered new contacts for the first time. I'll cut someone if they tell me they are too small. Weird.

Denise said...

I wear glasses 95% of the time because I have severe dry eye. My last appointment, the doctor attributed it to having a too tight contact with allergies so now I have a new prescription but have to use Zaditor and those Refresh Plus eye drops (in the individual capsules) that you use 2x a day.

Allison M. said...

Denise - that sounds exactly like what I'm encountering. I have eye allergies and have to use Clear Care solution and was told to purchase Refresh drops too.

Anonymous said...

ugh, my eyes are so dry, no matter how many times i use eye drops or how long i keep my contacts out. i used to pay out the nose for those refresh drops, but now i just take lots of fish oil capsules, you know, the omega-3 ones. they work just as well and my eyes aren't constantly watering.

also, i had no idea contacts could reshape your eyeball?! what the hell? are there different size contacts?

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