30 Wednesdays of Truth — Day 16 — Glasses

Day 16 : Someone or something you definitely could live without.

Hmm. This is actually harder than it sounds. But, after some consideration, I could live without my nearsightedness and astigmatism. I started wearing glasses in the third grade and they were real “glass” glasses. My eyes got steadily worse and I changed to plastic lenses because the glass ones were becoming too heavy.

For awhile in high school I wore contacts — hard ones, because back then only hard ones could be used for astigmatism (I understand it’s different now). I didn’t continue with contacts for two reasons: one, they hurt my eyes and I couldn’t seem to adjust to them, and two, my face felt naked without the glasses. I guess after wearing them for almost ten years, they seemed like a part of me. I only took them off to swim or sleep. Sleeping without glasses had an interesting effect — all my dreams are blurry. I wonder if that is true for others — anyone else experience that?

Currently, my left eye is twice as bad as my right one — about -8 diopters for the left, -4 for the right. That’s just the myopia correction, of course; I don’t know what the astigmatism correction is. But I don’t think my astigmatism is bad.

This picture shows how glasses correct for near-sightedness. The concave or minus lens focuses the light onto the retina instead of in front of it (a convex lens would correct for far-sightedness). Astigmatism is a little different because it produces more than one focal point, due to an irregularly shaped cornea.

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4 thoughts on “30 Wednesdays of Truth — Day 16 — Glasses

  1. I started wearing glasses in the 4th grade. I wear contact lenses now and glasses at night to read. I don’t even know what it’s like to see with my naked eyes–unless you count blur.

  2. Like with the heart cath article, you have added so much to your article by adding the diagram. There is so much that I don’t know about medical procedures and you help others understand the details of your subject so much more by adding these special touches. Great article!!!!

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