My wife was recently approached by one of the trainers at our local health club, “Why didn’t you tell me that your husband was an eye doctor?”
I’d like to think that her answer was, “I just don’t like to brag too much about that.”
The young woman went on to explain that she had just been to a local optometrist and didn’t know what to do. She continued by saying that she had been having trouble driving and thought she needed glasses to help with that. In addition to working at the gym, she is a full-time college student and admits to being on her phone “all the time.”
She said, “He told me that my problem was not distance vision, but that I used my phone too much and he gave me glasses to wear when looking at my phone or working on my computer. But the glasses MAKE MY VISION WORSE.”
She went on to ask my wife - in the gym, “What should I do?”
While this story is third hand, I have heard it enough over the years to discern what I think is going on. The trainer is experiencing accommodative spasms (aka computer vision syndrome, digital eye strain, etc.) Basically, the examining optometrist diagnosed that she does so much near work that her eyes can’t always focus in the distance very well.
She would have “liked” some glasses that correct her distance vision when driving during these spasms, but the optometrist felt it best to relieve this near strain as a long term solution. My guess is that the glasses have some low plus power.
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