I don’t want to be too dramatic, but my life has changed. I’ve got a new accessory and a new outlook going into February.
The months (or years, now that I think about it) before I visited the eye doctor were a pain because I knew in the back of mind that the blurriness of street signs and the DirectTV guide on our giant living room TV was not because of the sole fact that I hadn’t slept well or that my eyes were tired from staring at a screen all day. I have known for quite some time that I needed glasses. I finally made the appointment after pulling over in the rain on my way home one evening because I simply couldn’t see the stripes on the road.
I did some research to understand if it was technology that was quickly damaging my vision or if it was just bad luck. Thankfully, genetics played a small role. For weeks I started to prepare myself to meet a pair of glasses. Contacts weren’t an option because I tried them years ago. Different story for a different time.
Within the hour, it was confirmed that my eyes did not, in fact, have perfect vision. If you want the truth, it was probably within two minutes of the prescreening that the nurse basically told me my vision was terrible. She couldn’t believe that I had been functioning without eyewear.
My optometrist couldn’t believe it either and it was confirmed that I am extremely nearsighted and have an astigmatism in one eye. Instead of feeling like I received bad news, I was ecstatic. The problem that I have secretly complained about was so close to being corrected.
It took me some time to choose the right frame because I am a perfectionist. The poor guy helping me probably pulled more than 20 different frames and we narrowed it down from there. It felt like wedding dress shopping all over again because the one had to be THE one — classic and trendy all in one. The worst part was walking out of the office several hundred dollars poorer and without glasses right way. Waiting a week felt like an eternity, but I don’t think I will ever forget the first time I put them on.
I was amazed. I was able to look across the room and see the extra large picture of downtown Kilgore — clearly. While I don’t really need them all the time, they’ve become a part of my every day routine. Mainly because I really need them to drive and I paid for the blue light lenses, a new way to combat digital eye strain and for me, headaches. Prior to glasses, I could barely make it through the day before there was a piercing pain behind my eyes. I worked a very long Tuesday this week and never felt better.
My work world has been turned upside down in the last week. How have I been handling the cards we’ve been dealt? Better than ever -— because of these glasses. I would even argue that my general mood improved. It is incredible how much better you feel when you are not straining your eyes all day.
I truly took my eyesight for granted and now I have a much better understanding and appreciation for my eyes and taking care of them. It’s the little things. It is the seemingly unimportant aspects of life that people with perfect eyesight take for granted without even knowing it. Afterall, I think it is one of the greatest five senses given to us.
Ashton Griffin is managing editor of The Henderson News. Her email address is <email@example.com>.
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