Over the past many months, I have been having a harder and harder time seeing to read (and I spend 80+% of my waking hours reading). I wasn’t really consciously aware that anything was wrong, but I did find that I’d take out my contact lens far more often, I had all my devices set to dark backgrounds, and I was spending more time in my darkened room. I would also get terribly fatigued when I read for more than a few minutes (which, generally, meant all the time). I was getting increasingly behind in reading and responding to email. After months of things getting gradually worse, I realized suddenly that I couldn’t read at all without a lot of squinting and straining.
I went to the ophthalmologist right away, and he scheduled me for a YAG laser capsulotomy to fix a side effect of the lens replacement surgery that I needed to fix a side effect of the vitrectomy surgery I needed to repair a detached retina some years back. In the world of eye surgery, it’s a relatively quick and easy procedure (I had to have the same thing done to my left eye some years back). I’m glad it’s easily corrected, but in the mean time (the surgery isn’t scheduled until July 1st), it’s a challenge keeping up with work and home life.