I forgot to include a small detail in my May roundup – I now wear glasses. I’ve been putting off a visit to the eye doctor for quite some time now, but when I went to get my driver’s license renewed in April I barely passed the eye test. I didn’t realize just how bad my vision had gotten until I started wearing glasses and had to adjust to them. Actually, my vision is not bad, I just have a lot of astigmatism. This is a problem that has plagued me throughout my life.
I started wearing glasses when I was 9 years old and I remember being surprised at how different the world looked once I started wearing them. Leaves had definition! Everything was so much clearer! I never liked wearing them and of course some mean elementary school kids called me “four-eyes” and such. My glasses were always quite thick and I was sure that I would never be “pretty” as long as I wore them. Here I am with my Great-Grandmother and my paternal grandparents, wearing my glasses.
When I was 12 years old, I started wearing contacts and I wore them almost all the time until I became pregnant with my first child when I was 24 years old. The shape of my eyes changed so much (astigmatism) that contacts became uncomfortable. Out came the glasses again, and even though they were supposed to be thinner due to new technologies, they still were quite thick. I really hated them.
When the wonder of lasik eye surgery came about, we saved up our money so I could have it done. I was the perfect candidate for the surgery because of my extreme case of astigmatism. That was in the year 2000 and I was told that I might have to have the surgery redone a few years later and that I would still have to wear glasses once I got older. I felt lucky to get 12 full years out of the surgery without any complications or relapses. My eyes have been very healthy and I have loved every day that I did not have to get up and put glasses or contacts on. It’s a gift to be able to see clearly from the moment you open your eyes each day. I was sad when I knew that gift was ending. I figured that I might just be getting “old” or that I would need another lasik surgery. I was surprised when my eye doctor said that neither was the case. I’m still not at all farsighted and I’m not really nearsighted either – just that darn astigmatism thing. He also said that another surgery would be more complicated, more painful, and have a longer healing time. I’m not interested in any of that so I just decided to come to terms with wearing glasses. The good news is that now my prescription is very mild and I can wear nice thin lenses. In fact, my current pair of glasses is rimless, wich is something I never could get away with in my earlier years.
A lot of people in my family wear glasses; my dad, my mom, my brother (pictured above), and my son and I think they all look great in their eyewear. Why should I feel any different? I’m finally comfortable with how I look in glasses. It does mean that I have a few new challenges when I’m getting my picture taken, but that’s no big deal really, I’m just glad that I can see.
You know what’s really funny about the whole thing? Hardly anyone has noticed that I’ve been wearing glasses again – not even some of the members of our immediate families. Does anyone remember the episode of Friends when nobody realizes that Chandler got new glasses? I’ve been giggling about that in my mind.
It’s ok though. I figure that just means they look natural on me. lol!