The ability to have all the doctors at the Veterans Administration be able to access my medical records is extremely helpful. My doctor was able to pull up my current and past medications as well as the eye doctor's report to diagnose what was going on. He kept asking me questions and I was like, "Uh, I'm not sure." Then he clicked the mouse a few times and the info was up on the screen.
Actually, finding out that it is the medication is a great relief. My eye doctor really freaked me out. The double vision is annoying at times, but there isn't any impairment to my sight. I just have a lighter copy or shadow of the words above the current words. Black on white, or white on black seem to be the worst, so reading can be slow at times, but not impossible.
I did just finish reading a novel, so I'm not blind. There were a few times when I thought that whole sentences were lined out, but I just moved the book closer or farther away and the words separated enough that I was able to continue reading.
I'm happy with the benefits of my current medication and I have dealt with the double vision issue for 2 years (Yes, I know, but I thought I just needed new glasses and I couldn't afford them at the time), so I'm not going to change a thing. As long as my head is okay and the double vision is just a side effect of my medication, I'm cool with that.
I think the thing that surprised me most about all of this is that I was able to see my doctor on the same day I called to make an appointment. I was actually shocked when the receptionist said, "How about today at 2:30?"