Around about Christmas 2009, I began to feel light-headed. At first I thought this was a bug, but as time went on the feeling didn’t deteriorate. The room wasn’t spinning, but I felt a bit lop-sided and not right.
I went to the doctor and they prescribed me Prochlorperazine Maleate, which can be used to treat vertigo. It didn’t do much though.
Increasingly I began to wonder as weeks passed if it was to do with my vision. I was now in the position where I was using my lenses less, and going without, and the ghosting was growing more pronounced. On my next trip to the contact lens clinic at Maidstone, I mentioned this to the man, the same who had previously shunned my queries about my second batch of lenses. He looked confused and said that dizziness shouldn’t really be a part of this. Nevertheless I insisted my contacts be reviewed, and, to be fair, I was then given a new left lens, a Rose-K lens, which I am told is a lens designed for Keratoconus, but with no tweak of my right eye.
Again, trying these lenses were and still have proven to be a bit of a nightmare. They have been painful and the vision, whilst crisp in terms of close-up reading, does not compensate adequately for the ghosting. To make matters worse, the dizziness still persisted. Out of desperation, I returned to Specsavers.
I was looked at again by Specsavers, and was given higher strength glasses. These seemed to help a bit, but unfortunately, did not compensate for the ghosting. Nor did I expect them to, but for a time I was comfortable enough to use them, with the dizzy feeling in the background still.
In July 2010 I moved house with my fiancée, into our first home together. It’s a lovely little terrace house. With this came a change of doctors, and with the dizziness still persisting I visited them. Several vertigo-related exercises were tried to no avail, and so I was referred to a neurologist, just in case (more on that later). At the same time, having read up quite a lot by now about my condition and the specialist places that treat it, I asked to be referred to Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead for further investigation.