Monday, 11 January 2010

NOT SEEING CLEARLY . . .


I've been told on many occasions that I have pretty eyes. At the risk of sounding narcissistic (which I suppose I am, so maybe it doesn't matter if I sound it!), I have to agree. I think my eyes are my best feature. (Yes, I DO have two, although the above picture may have you thinking "Is she Cyclops???")

The problem is that they don't work!

They're crap.

Like I mentioned in my post yesterday I've been short sighted since before I even hit my teens. My mum and dad are both short sighted too, so I guess it was always on the cards (my brother is also short sighted and the only one in the family who escaped it appears to be my sister). And I'm not that kind of short sighted where I can actually see pretty well uncorrected. I actually can't see clearly more than a few inches away from my face. I can function around my flat okay, if I'm just sitting reading or something, it's not an issue. But the TV is a blur, and as for going out of the flat without my contacts in . . . it's just not a consideration.

Not being able to see clearly is something I find unbelievably frustrating. I don't particularly suit glasses either so when I'm tired sometimes my eyes end up dry and irritated from the contacts and there's not much I can do about it, apart from mainline eye-drops.

Sometimes I really wish I could wake up and have perfect eyesight. Unfortunately, the only times that ever happens is when I accidentally fall asleep with my contact lenses in.

(Which happens fairly regularly and never fails to disappoint me...)

I sometimes think about laser eye surgery but the thing is that, despite sticking plastic discs in my eyes for the past seventeen years, I am actually incredibly squeamish about eye-related things. Even trying to read people's accounts of their own experience of the procedure freaks me out and I usually have to stop halfway through. If I can't even READ about it, how could I get it DONE to me?

But then how good would it be to be able to open my eyes one morning and be able to see absolutely EVERYTHING? And know it WASN'T because I simply had drank too much the night before and not taken out my lenses?

Wow.

That WOULD be incredible . . .

23 comments:

  1. If I had any kind of voluntary surgery, it would probably be lazer eye! Totally see (no pun intended...) where you're coming from.

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  2. My father had it done and he just said that it was a little uncomfortable.

    Personally, I like girls with glasses; makes them look sophisticated ;)

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  3. My boss and another few coworkers have seen a specialist that actually correct your sight with contact lenses. My boss was like you and her sight is now perfect, it took her a year with those special contacts, but she is now free. I'll ask her today the name of it and if it is available elsewhere than in Québec.

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  4. I wanna do LASIK but the thoughts really scare me :(

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  5. My boyfriend always talks about getting Lasik, it's a little scary but one of my coworkers got it and she sees perfectly now. I'm squeamish about it too (truth be told, ever since I saw Jessica Simpson get it done on Newlyweds!) but from what my coworker told me, it sounds like she feels it was worth it!

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  6. Lol..you always crack me up even when you aren't trying to be funny.

    I have perfect vision but I've always wished I needed glasses. Love them!

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  7. I've always had great vision and just recently got a pair of glasses for driving at night to make things a bit clearer so I unfortunately don't have much advice. The only thing I can offer is that my friend had it done and said it was a breeze and loves it. If I had bad eyesight I totally would get it done.

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  8. Eyesight is definitely the one thing I occasionally worry about losing!! LASIK would definitely be my way forward!! x

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  9. I'd love to have it done too but i'm just way too scared!!

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  10. it's good to know your best feature. i've been considering laisk for a while ... not sure i'll do it but have been considering!

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  12. I'd love to have laser surgery too. I don't need to wear glasses all the time only really for driving and distance things but it would be nice to not have to remember to take a pair with me everywhere just in case I need them.........but then I heard that they actually cut your eye!! eeek!! I naively though they just shone a lazer onto it

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  13. I sympathise with you P.

    I've been shortsighted and wearing glasses since i was 6 years old. There were a few years in my teens where i refused to wear them and insisted that my vision had got better ... but those years of not wearing them strained the muscles and made it worse!

    I'm a qualified dispensing optician so, luckily, i dont mind glasses. I currently own about 9 different pairs ( only 3 have the correct prescription in them tho... ) and i need to wear them from the time i get up til i go to sleep, so i totally get where your coming from. I've had a chat to the optometrist i work with about LASIK but right now, i'm gonna stick with my specs...

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  14. the eye surgery sounds a bit...scary, but it seems as if many people have had positve results. Hmm, decisions!

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  15. I've grown used to having to wear contacts primarily because the thought of having surgery on my eyes freaks me out!

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  16. Btw, to answer your question I liked the Lolly Winston's books that I read.

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  17. Ok, I have had Lazer Eye surgery. You truly do wake up and can see within hours of the surgery.

    Trust me, it is the best thing ever. I had it done about 10 years ago and never looked back (also excuse the pun). It is a slight discomfort and no more for about 10 seconds. Honestly, if you have the chance, definitely have it done!

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  18. I've been jamming little plastic discs into my eyes for years and I am squeamish about eye stuff too. I can't put eye drops in my eyes. What I'd give to be able to wake up and see, though.

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  19. my eyes are HORRIBLE!

    so horrible in fact that they are too bad to even have the corrected lasik surgery.

    i would do that in a second if i had the chance.

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  20. I want lazer eye surgery, too scared like you.

    Also because my eyes are astigmatic I can never see quite clear with contacts (unless I get the special ones), but I refuse to use glasses all the time.

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  21. I'm sorry to say that I've never needed contacts or glasses. I have really good eyesight but in a way it sucks because I get really bad headaches becuase my eyes focus too fast. 3-D and me are not friends. lol. My cousin is getting the laser eye surgery I think soon, I'll let ya know what he says.

    I'm so squeamish about eye things too. People tell me that I have pretty eyes too. They're kinda honey colored. Your eyes look pretty from the picture!! I hope you feel better!!

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  22. I'm short-sighted too! Have tried contacts a few times but just don't like taking them in and out (too much effort for me, hehe).

    And yes, falling asleep with contacts in = OUCHIE.

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  23. I wouldn't consider laser eye surgery at the moment... mostly because I know exactly what the surgery involves and it freaks me out and makes me want to vomit.

    Anyways, a few folk have told me I suit glasses and I don't *really* mind 'em. Except when it rains or they get steamed up when it's been cold outside and go indoors where it's warm.

    Tried contacts once - hated 'em. I might not mind them now but they're just a bit fiddly, to me.

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