Glasses Anyone? How Blind Are You?
Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:15 PM
I started wearing glasses in grade 5, and with time just got blinder and blinder. Finally I reached the point, when my eyes were at -7.5 in one and -8 in the other, and even with the most expensive super thin lenses, I had coke bottle bottom glasses. I wondered what would happen if I was travelling on business and there was a hotel fire, and I couldn't find my glasses, or if I was out somewhere, driving, and broke my glasses, I'd be totally helpless. So I got laser eye surgery done and what a life changer.
I still think about the drive home in the taxi, looking out the window and realizing I could read the signs over the shops for the first time since I was a teen without glasses. Tears filled my eyes.
Of course, now, with aging, I'm back to glasses because I can't read small print without them. I'm typing this without glasses right now, so it's not that bad, but glasses make reading the smaller print possible.
So, fellow nerds (hey, anyone who started reading sci fi at 8 and eagerly anticipated the new tv series Star Trek is a long time nerd, or should I say geek?) just how many of you wear glasses? And, lol, how bad is your eyesight? Informal poll. /smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:20 PM
And it's getting worse I know that, because it's running on the male side of the family. My granddad was practially blind in the end.
But I am able to drive because of the contact lenses. That's a piece of my quality of life. And if that were to go or better no longer possible, I think it'd be quite bad.
A good thing: I can choose any sunglasses I like.
Edited by Lord_Tyrion, 27 January 2013 - 12:26 PM.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:24 PM
Superman, for crying out loud, disguised himself as Clark Kent just by wearing glasses.
It was a bit more than that, at least if you watch Christopher Reeve (although slouching and pitching your voice up an octave don't really come across well in comics).
On topic, I just collected my new glasses today. The dioptre numbers don't look too bad, -1.25 in the left and -1.50 in the right, but I also have astigmatism.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:31 PM
Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:58 PM
I've gone through about 6 changes to stronger prescriptions since I've started and I know I'm ready for another one. Oh and I just got a letter from my insurance provider saying they no longer cover getting new glasses, which they used to cover for a new pair once every year. So isn't that nice.
Still have very good eyesight close up. Can read very small print in books/instructions/etc. without any aid for my eyes. My glasses bother me when I wear them while reading a book or pad or on the lap top.
I'm also one of those super icky scared type people about anything coming close to my eyes. So no contacts for me. The idea of eye drops scared me until I was in my late teens. Not opposed to at least looking into lasik, at least if/when I get to a point where I feel too burdened with the glasses, which at this point, I don't.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:09 PM
My eyesight has been improving over time-which is freaking my doctor a little bit, since I wear glasses to compensate for my eyes not having organic lenses.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:10 PM
I did wear lenses for a couple of years, but they disagreed with office-buildings and laboratories, so now I only have disposable lenses for sports and special occasions. I know I probably could get surgery, but haven't looked into it seriously yet.
* to get an idea, things start to blur after 10 cm.
Edited by Seli, 27 January 2013 - 01:12 PM.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:12 PM
Started wearing contacts 3 years ago, too. The first time around it took me 2 hours to get one in. When I got used to it, I started scaring people at school by rubbing my open eyes with my fingertips.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:13 PM
Would I be lost without them? Probably not as much as you'd expect. Back when I used to do that sort of thing, I had a few occasions of having to find my way home of a morning sans contacts (cos you can't sleep in those bloody things if you want any eyeballs left the next day), and while it was a bit freaky, it was far from impossible. Still, I always carry a spare pair if I go on holiday, just cos of the potential for hassle if nothing else.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:14 PM
More importantly, they looked terrible.I'm glad to be rid of them.
Edited by Castel, 27 January 2013 - 01:27 PM.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:21 PM
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:22 PM
Edited by Skunkbelly, 27 January 2013 - 01:33 PM.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:30 PM
Glasses credentials: I started wearing at around age 11 or 12, (and it was probably overdue) I think my current prescription is somewhere in the -5.00 range plus some mild astigmatism, and I'm pretty sure I would be considered legally bind in New York without glasses.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:32 PM
Edited by Odendisa, 27 January 2013 - 01:34 PM.