October 19, 2004

A new view

Blurred vision. Check. Headaches. Check.

So I a have been having some problems with my vision in the past few months. Prolonged reading in books, computers, driving incessantly, and the fact that my contacts haven't been updated in about two years.

Let it be known to all that I am incredibly near-sighted. So embarrasing. I can't see anything but fuzziness when my contacts are out. Is that a dog...or a really big cat? Um...dunno.

Anyway, today I finally got in, my appointment actually starting on-time.

But I did arrive early. This is not an ordinary office. In my little town, the offices tend to be so as well. I felt like my closet is a bigger space. :-D Just some chairs, carpet, and a few nice-looking advertising boards with people with the fanciest colored contacts and Hilfiger glasses accent the waiting room. So I was there with almost every seat filled--about ten of them. I hate to be an eavesdropper, but one conversation between a mother and her outrageous teenager begged to be heard, principally because they were shouting at each other.

It went something like this:

Mother: Why can't you just leave your sister alone? (whispered, but very audible tone)

Girl: BECAUSE! She gets away with EVERYTHING. I don't understand why I get SCREAMED at all the time, and she just gets away with it. (YELLING! The tones reverberating throughout the closet, I mean waiting room)

Mother: Do you HAVE to yell? (whispering--I can hear every word) You don't act like that in a DOCTOR's office. You don't act like that in a public place (italics mine).

Girl: I am going to say whatever I want. If I feel something I am going to say it. I am not going to keep my feelings in.

Mother: You will learn when you are a parent.

Girl: Who says I want to be a parent?

While I didn't share the yelling part of the interlude in my experience as a teenager--yes I still am one on the verge of being a twenty-something--I did share passionate "discussions" like this with my mom when I was her age.

So much to learn.

Anyway, I couldn't help thinking that this seemed a lot like something out of a WB series. Dawson's Creek, 7th Heaven or something.

Are people really like that? As I write this I can't help but connect it to Doogie Hauser.

So after all of the dramatics by the three little ladies, I was very happy to get inside.

Optometry tests are really scary for me--I never pass them. haha. My eyes are rather bad, flattened corneas or something. I just smile and nod at the blurry face in front of me (my contacts are out at the moment). Thankfully, this doctor seems to know what he is doing. He gave me the 411 on laser surgery and talked me through contact care.

The freakiest part about the entire examination is when he dialated my eyes with this liquid that looks like iodine. I felt like someone was rubbing cotton in my eyes. And very sleepy. I have to get it done again for a prolonged period in December for glacoma testing. Argh.

After that, I got a new pair of contacts, and a free sample of solution. I have another appointment next week. Apparently, he isn't really satisfied with the prescription yet.

I am, though. I can see EVERYTHING now. Blurred vision. Gone. Headaches...well, we'll have to see about getting rid of some stress in my life. Huzzah!

Posted by Amanda Cochran at October 19, 2004 12:07 AM

*shaking her finger like a mother* I thought you said you were going to get glasses to give those poor eyes a rest once in awhile...

Glad your eyes are feeling better. Blurry vision really does a number on your mind. I'm so near-sighted that they almost can't get contacts made for me *eesh* And laser surgery? That'll be cheaper than all the contacts, solution, glasses, and whatnot in the long run... sign me up B)

Posted by: Karissa at October 19, 2004 9:06 AM

I am going to get glasses too. However, the lenses are going to be so thick, I probably won't be able to wear them in public.

Posted by: Amanda at October 19, 2004 9:13 AM

Wow! That bites. What did your perscription end up being? Mine is a -4.25 in both eyes so the lenses on my glasses should be pretty thick, however you should ask them about a special lens. I can't remember the name of it right now, but it's a lens for people that have heavy perscriptions.


Posted by: Tiffany at October 19, 2004 10:30 AM

I had been a geek for years before I got glasses, so when I finally got them for the first time around age 20, they felt comfortable -- like old friends I didn't know I had.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 19, 2004 10:00 PM

Wow, this girl I used to be bf with had glacoma. She was forever getting eye tests and stuff. It blew. I wish you the best of luck. =(

Posted by: Rowdy at October 19, 2004 11:22 PM

You can get the lenses thinned down like I did, but it costs a little more... I have terrible vision, like you, and the lenses aren't that bad. Or try to find a cute frame that is thicker (*ahem* like my librarian style glasses ;) so that the lens thickness isn't as noticeable in an aesthetic sense.

Posted by: Karissa at October 20, 2004 2:04 PM

Thank goodness for contacts! Good luck with all that...

How about some more blogging?? Missing your frequent posts! ;) See you soon!

Posted by: Amy Collins at October 20, 2004 10:39 PM

Sorry Amy, so busy with WCT and Hebrew Scriptures, and the Setonian and Life. Though my blog hasn't been the stellar representation of my academic journey (like last year i.e. I just saw a squirrel a minute ago), I think the fact that I am not blogging as much indicates that I am concentrating on all my classes, rather than just Lit and my independent study.

Prioritizing can really suck. Especially when your beloved blog gets let out to dry.

Posted by: Amanda at October 21, 2004 12:03 AM
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