I’ve always had horrible vision. I started wearing glasses in early elementary school and wore them full time until I got contacts my freshman year of high school. Since then I have worn contacts full time.
Before I got pregnant with Wagon Jr., my prescription was -6 in my left eye and -6.5 in my right, and that had been relatively consistent since college. Pregnancy messes with your body in so many ways, so about a year after his birth, I wasn’t shocked to find out that my eyes had become -7 and -7.5. I updated my contacts and glasses and continued wearing contacts full time.
Then after I had Lil Miss Wagon, my eyes didn’t just take another huge dive in prescription (all the way to -8 and -9!), but they were also looking very red. I wasn’t experiencing much pain or discomfort, and it didn’t seem to make a difference whether I was wearing my contacts or my glasses, so I just ignored it. Then my eyes started becoming very tired, especially at night after a long day of staring at a computer screen at work. I was feeling a lot of pressure behind my eyes, and I knew something was probably wrong when I couldn’t read words on the TV anymore and I started seeing double.
I went to see an opthalmologist who diagnosed me with severe dry eye. I started on a routine of 4 different kinds of eye drops: a steroid drop, a prescription drop called Restaysis to help me produce more tears naturally, a gel drop for nighttime (apparently I sleep with my eyes slightly open!), and artificial tears to instill every hour of the day. All of a sudden I became an eye drop expert (a previously foreign section of the pharmacy I quickly conquered! Holy moly are eye drops expensive.) and my nightstand was totally taken over. In addition to my drops routine, my opthamologist instructed me to start taking fish oil supplements and using hot compresses on my eyes each night. I was determined to fix my eyes and keep them in good health.