It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the eye doctor.
Growing up, I wore coke-bottle glasses starting in 4th grade, then progressed to hard contact lenses in 8th grade as the result of a basketball ‘incident.’ A few years and many headaches later, it was found that my eye shape had changed, which necessitated soft contact lenses from then on. Basically, I was pretty much blind-as-a-bat, can’t-see-the-alarm-clock, what-do-you-mean-there-is-a-letter-chart-on-the-wall? for most of my young life. So when the opportunity to get PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) FOR FREE while in the Air Force presented itself, you better believe I jumped on board. I’ve been seeing 20/15 since January of 2008.
Or so I thought.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve noticed my vision hasn’t been as ‘crisp’ as I was used to, but I felt I could still see fine. I mean, compared to the vision I had growing up, I was in heaven. I never dreamed I’d need glasses again until 40… Well, apparently it’s not unheard of for vision to shift a bit even after the surgery, and my astigmatism has gotten more than a little worse. It wasn’t until I was looking through the corrected lenses at the eye doctor today that I realized just how ‘bad’ my vision has gotten.
And, just like other essentials in life like cell phones and big-screen TVs, once you have perfect vision, you don’t go back. (And I’ll admit, a small part of me was sad that after the surgery I wouldn’t get to wear fun frames anymore. I just never anticipated needing glasses again until the dreaded ‘BIFOCALS discussion.’)
So, new glasses for me! I’ll need them for night-driving (I’ve had an especially hard time with glare and light-relection since the surgery) and distance vision, but they’ll help with reading and note-taking as well. I don’t see myself ever getting contacts again; my vision is good enough that it’s not worth it to bother with them.
I tried on a few pairs today and narrowed it down to four–all with teal/green accents (shocker, I know). I’ll go back soon to make a decision.
I’m more than a bit excited, and SUPER excited our vision plan will keep this relatively painless…