Are you blind too?

I was sophomore in high school when I started wearing eye glasses. I remember complaining to   Mom back in sixth grade that I couldn’t read the writings in the black board in front of classroom, but she somehow ignored that and only had me tested after a few years. I was fidgeting in my seat while the ophthalmologist asked me to read the letters in Snellen chart a few feet away from me. After that, he had me in autorefractometer/biomicroscope whatever and soon, my eye vision was determined: I had astigmatism and myopia.

After that day, I started wearing prescription glasses. At the age of 14, I found myself too young to wear eye glasses as I often see a pair worn by grandparents. During that first year wearing my first spectacles, it took few adjustments for me to be comfortable wearing my “second pair of eyes”.

Fast forward. I was a sophomore again, this time in university. I was still wearing glasses though with higher grade. It was always my trusty companion especially in attending classes, taking notes, reading books, using the computer, checking the menu board in fast food restaurants, and so on. After a few months or a year, I have to change eyeglasses and the checking of my eyesight became routine that sometimes I cheat whenever they use  eye charts for me. I somehow memorized them!

Move another four years. I am now a graduate and have an editorial job in one of the leading publishing companies. And yes, I still wear my eyeglasses. In fact, as I am creating this post I am wearing my reliable specs!

Now, I know you guys are good at Math and would figure this out soon, but so as not to break a sweat, I’d tell it anyway: I’ve been wearing eyeglasses for almost eight years. Soon to be a decade, huh? I’m sure some of you have been wearing glasses for a while too and that you can agree with me when I say that this pair of lenses is very important to us. To some, even dependent to them.

And since we are already here in this topic, I will be listing some experience that I have with and without my dependable eyeglasses. Disclaimer: According to my recent check-up, the eye doctor claimed that I don’t have any other eye condition other than myopia.

With eyeglasses:

  • I look older, more mature, and a librarian. I know I have just committed a mistake under grammar— parallelism, but I just wanted to make a point.
  • With my older pairs, there were always marks beside my nose bridge and in the eyeglasses’ arms whenever I remove the specs. Ugly, I know.
  • I keep on pushing the spectacles up whenever it slides down. Even while talking. Mostly while talking. Nerdy.
  • I don’t like it when my eyeglasses looks like sunglasses in photo. It just looks weird.
  • Others may tease you a Harry Potter wannabe even if you are a girl. Even when your specs are squared.

Without eyeglasses:

  • I squint a lot so I can focus my eyes to read what is there from afar.
  • I frown most of the time. Not because I want to. It just goes along with squinting.
  • I am myopic and cannot see much far objects. So I read books inches away from me. You can also use the phrase “buried her nose in a book” to me. Same with mobile phones.
  • My parents always complain when they spot me sitting near our TV. The TV set is a big, smart, LED one so my folks are somewhat baffled why I still like to view near or in front of it.
  • My friends, acquaintances, and colleagues often tease me as a snob. Worse, they just assume that I am. To be honest, I am not, but since I cannot see a tiny wave or a shy smile even a few feet away, they cannot get any reaction from me.
  • My close friends are my eyes. When we are talking and they will point at something, they’re always like, “And we are laughing like crazy. Oh, look, look! That guy in blue who’s standing in the corner. Isn’t he cute? Ah, never mind. You can’t see.”
  • I feel partially blind in total darkness. Since I cannot sleep with even a bit of light, my room is like a cave. Whenever I go to bathroom or get a glass of water, my arms are outstretched like that of a blind person – feeling my way to the destination. Same goes in theatres.

Are you laughing now? Or nodding? There are other things that I could list here, but I do not want to kill you of my boring experiences so I’ll stop. The end point in this list is eyeglasses are created to make our lives more comfortable and convenient. There might be disadvantages wearing them, but the benefits that one can get will outshine them. So even if wearing specs may create your image as Ugly Betty, it would surely make your daily life easier. Don’t you think?

 For some, can you see yourself in those I have mentioned in the list above? Or are there other experiences you’d like to share? Come on and don’t be shy! 

51 thoughts on “Are you blind too?

      1. It was difficult to see, but as a child, I was afraid of my friends teasing me.

        Yes. Im not a big fan of contact lenses; the thought of poking something into my eyes is scary.

            1. Scariest, I daresay! And I’m afraid the studies now aren’t enough and in the few years something might happen to those who had the surgery. Will they go blind? Aaah~

              Thumbs up! Let’s just wear eyeglasses. There is an unending list of frames to choose from anyway 🙂

  1. No glasses for me. I’m blessed with perfect vision. the rest of my family wears glasses. My sister would add contact sports as being a problem for glasses wearing and chemistry lab experiments.

    What is a parallelism?

    1. You are lucky! My folks and I wear glasses though my brother and sister don’t. Oh, I forgot to mention that! It’s difficult to wear eyeglasses in sports and I had an experience where a basketball hit me!

      Parallelism is a grammar rule of balancing words and phrases. In a series, if you use two infinitives then a gerund, it’s a violation.

      Example:
      to walk, to read, and swimming are my hobbies.

      That’s incorrect.

  2. Hey, I been wearing glasses for 11 years now.. I tried contacts coz I was tired of wearing glasses and well the lens gave me eye irritations :(… I still continue wearing them… I can soo relate to a lot of things you have written.. Lovely post…

    1. Thanks for dropping by. Oh, sorry to hear about your eye irritations. That’s one of the things I am afraid of in using contact lenses. Just plainly scary! Do you use clear ones or with color? My eyes are dull black so sometimes I’m thinking of wearing cosmetic lens to bring out a different eye color, but I just couldn’t do it.

        1. I often wonder why most East Asians have poor eyesight. Perhaps it is because of their eye structure? Sometimes I feel unfair that we wear eyeglasses for forever while people in other countries have perfect vision. 🙂

  3. similar story..no glasses and then the next day , glasses at -5 (that is not a typo, there is no decimal).. boy the world looked wonderful that day. I was in 8th grade 🙂

      1. oh yes….I still wear glasses (that display photo is an anomaly..i do take my glasses off occasionally when being photographed) and no the eyesight won’t improve from that number unless u go for some kind of surgery !

  4. I always wanted to wear glasses; my best friend had them when she was five and I wanted some, too. I didn’t need them until high school when I took a programming class and had a hard time reading the monitor; my parents didn’t want to get me glasses then because when else would I be using them? (BTW, this was in the late nineties so I’d never had a class before that used a computer the entire class period. To age myself even more, the language we coded in was BASIC.)

    I had the same prescription ever since, but I have a feeling I need to be checked again soon. My parents eyes started going when they weren’t much older than me. Fortunately, I still love glasses so as long as they don’t get too bad I’m excited about the prospect of getting new frames.

    My husband would trade me in an instant; he has had coke bottle glasses (sadly, this is the most apt way to describe them) since he was very, very young. There are pictures of him when he was two or three where he opens his eyes really wide because he just can see. Once he got glasses a whole world really changed!

    1. Then you got your wish then! 🙂 Forget about age; someone always says it is just a number.

      It is not uncommon for parents to have poor eyesight as they age. I think it’s something of a presbyopia. But for us, yes, the common conditions are astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia.

      I agree that there’s a lot fun in choosing trendy frames when we are due to change glasses. Unfortunately, some “cool” designs aren’t fit for my face shape so I really have to make do with the others. And oh, did I mention about colored and printed frames?

      Coke bottles! Oh dear. His eyes are not very good, I take it. Did you guys try to wear contact lenses? Or lasik surgery?

      1. He can use rigid contacts; they’ve actually help his eyes keep their shape so they haven’t gotten too much worse over the years. He can’t have Lazik as his eyes are practically flat. There is a surgery he can get that’s similar to what they do with cataracts ; they put a lens under the eye flap, I think. Someday he’ll have it, but it’s expensive and not covered by insurance.

        It’s hard to find good frames that fit your face. I found a pair I love and might have new lenses put in the if they’ll let me. We’ll see. 🙂

        1. Sorry, but what’s a rigid contacts? And I didn’t know Lasik can be impossible for some. Oh, I’m afraid of anything to do with the eyes and imagining myself in an eye surgery really fills me with dread.

          Perhaps your husband can have the operation soon. Let’s pray for the insurance to include it in the future 🙂

          You’re soon to change glasses? Wow! Mine will be around February and I’m eyeing (pun intended) for a huge black frame!

      2. The rigid contact are sometimes called hard contacts, as opposed to the soft most others can wear. They can be pretty expensive, so I imagine we might pay off they surgery by using all the stuff he no longer needs to buy. One way or the other, it’ll make him feel better about himself and that’s what matters.

        1. Aha, I have heard of the hard contacts. I think those are the ones that easily moved unlike the soft ones. Surgery can be the best option as you’ll get rid of the glasses and contacts expenses, but it is expensive itself!

          I agree that how he feels is what matters. Sometimes, having unable to see things well makes me feel low.

  5. hmm… why no contacts? – because I never really hated my glasses… or maybe I am too lazy to wear/change contacts or maybe both 🙂

    how about yourself ?

      1. Why am I having a hard time believing you did count the age and if you didn’t, why not ? it’s always good to keep doing some maths now and then to keep the mind sharp, isn’t it?

  6. I’ve been wearing glasses for almost half my life. I’ve reached the point where I have to wear bifocals now! (I’m giving away my age, I think)

    1. As I have said to one of the commenters, age is just a number. You should be proud you have experienced wearing that kind. 🙂 Yes, sometimes wearing eyeglasses can be tiring and it isn’t that much interesting to look forward to the rest of my life with this aid, but without it I will be helpless.

  7. Being short sighted and colour blind, I have no look in the eye department but I do enjoy pushing my glasses up my nose, especially when taking about something that I may not be right about, the pushing up motion makes me look like I know what I’m on about. Nice to see I’m not the only one that has the joys and annoyances of glasses.

    1. That’s such a humbling view, Ste J. Now I feel like an idiot for complaining much.

      I also tend to push my glasses when I try to bullshit; gives me a few second of thinking time. “Well,” while pushing my eyeglasses up. Nice to know we both have this *nerdy* gesture!

      1. I like that, stalling for time to to think of something good to come back with. I like to see the world through your eyes. See what I did there. Complain away, being English I notice a distinct lack of complaining and to much politeness over here.

        1. Haha. I think I’ve mastered most of the ways how to stall. When I was still studying for my degree in International Relations, I always have 30-second/one-minute thinking time to give a 3/5/10-minute speech about local and international public affairs! 🙁

          Too much politeness, you say? I don’t know what you’ll think of me, but I fancy living in your country during 17th century. I also like the regency era and sometimes dream of myself wearing a beautiful gown attending a tea party. How I admire their choice of words. So diplomatic!

  8. You may be blind as a bat without them. But, well, you know what? you’ve got dream-boat eyes. Listen, you go right on wearing your glasses. I don’t think I want anybody else to see what gorgeous eyes you have 🙂 🙂 But wait, this makes me think about all the people before eyeglasses were invented. It must have been weird because everyone was seeing in different ways according to how bad their eyes were. World must have been more varied … the glasses standardize our -points- views … a little … 🙂

    1. That’s such nice for you to say. But I don’t know what dream-boat eyes look like. Sorry *grins* Oh you must see me in person. You won’t notice my huge “dream-boat eyes” but the furious and clearly shouting dark circles that I have! It’s really terrible 🙁

      I haven’t thought of that when I wrote this post. Thanks for bringing that up. It would be a little hard to imagine people with different eye condition trying to live their normal lives during that time.

  9. My parents discovered I needed glasses when I told them I could not read the ads on the side of the highway. When I was 8, we were stuck in traffic every weekdays and the radio and the billboards were my pastimes. I started wearing them full-time when my computer usage increased. Now, I feel I need them on my face.

    I recognize the pushing gesture. I do it without glasses on xP

    1. We had the same pastime! I also love to read the signs and it was frustrating when my eyesight was getting poorer as the letters became blurry. Good thing your parents detected it at an early stage so you had corrected it earlier.

      I also wear it every time I use the computer, but I feel annoyed to use it when I read books. Haha! It’s like “No one must come between me and a book, not even eyeglasses!”

      Pushing gesture without eyeglasses???

      1. Sadly, my eyesight got worse over the years. It stabilized in the last years so I can keep a pair longer.

        I noticed I push my glasses up when I talk for a long time with someone. I think it’s way to break the long awkward eye contact that happens something. Even if I can’t really see people’s face without my glasses, I still “push my glasses up”.

  10. How I can relate to this discussion. I started wearing glasses when I was a child in the 5th grade. I was upset and the little boy who sat next to me (he wore glasses also) said “Don’t worry, you’ll get used to them. Some people might call you four-eyes but it’s better to see.” (no one ever called me four eyes, lol, or any other names because of my glasses) I, too, was very very nearsighted and had an astigmatism.
    Here in the US back when I was a young girl (Many years ago, I’m 62 now! [don’t ask me how THAT happened, lol]) they only had one design in glasses for girls and one for boys. The one for girls was blue, shaped like a cat’s eye, and had little fake sapphires in each corner. The boys were black and square. They were both ugly. How I hated them.
    As I grew older, they finally began to come out with more stylish frames. First I had black square ones, next little round metal ones, then huge plastic brown ones, each time I had to change my lenses the style had changed. Now I wear small rectangular metal frames that don’t hide much of my face.
    I have cataracts now and will have to have eye surgery soon. I’m not looking forward to that, yet am looking forward to seeing better. They say Ii will no longer need my glasses once I have the surgery. Now I can hardly imagine that, I’ve worn them so long they’re part of who I am 🙂
    If I were a young woman like you all are, I would try the contacts. They’re much better now. They used to be hard and irritated everyone’s eyes. But now they are tiny and very soft and flexible. You can wear them for days at a time, including sleep in them!
    If you have trouble with irritation, it may be because of the solution they’re in or the drops you use. Talk to the doctor before abandoning them.

    1. Oh my, you started wearing glasses at such a young stage! I feel like a brat now for complaining wearing mine when I was around fourteen. It is true though that those wearing eyeglasses appear weak so we are easily bullied. I wasn’t bullied, actually, but here in my country we also have that kind of connotation.

      I hope that the surgery will be a success. Oh, it will be. It would surely be a convenient operation – hitting two birds in one stone! You will get rid of your cataracts, astigmatism, and myopia. Oops, that’s three. I forgot my numbers LOL.

      I haven’t tried wearing contact lens and I feel not brave enough to do so. Some have these scary stories about wearing them so for now I will say no to contacts.

  11. Monica, you’re such a creative, strong young person with a great EQ [it is far more difficult to scale up the empathy quotient than the intelligence one, and you’re already in ‘genius’ category on the EQ scale!] As someone who has gone through the ups and downs of glass-wearing and glass-‘bearing’ – putting up with everything from teasing to having to live up to an intelligence that is presumed because of the glasses – I can surely say I more than appreciate what you’ve gone through. But I see that you want to be a ‘diplomat’ – the glasses are certainly going to enhance your personality there! Thank you for visiting my blog, which helped me find you – with whom I share more than the glasses: a love of reading, and a profession [I edit too, besides writing and researching].

    1. Hi there, Kshama? Thank you for all the compliments I dont deserve, but would gladly accept. I really like to be a diplomat, the real one. I had my bachelors degree for that and planning to take my masters abroad soon. Then I’ll take a year off for a review and will brave the very competitive Foreign Service Exam in my country, which has a 1% passing rate for the past years.

      Thank you for visiting my blog, too and I am happy to see new and old faces (not by age) here. Oh, are you also an editor by a profession? That’s cool!

      1. You’re so focused and clear-headed that I think you deserve to reach your goal. It’s a long journey, but the destination is well within reach. All the very best.

  12. I have been wearing specs since I was 7.. so that’s 11 years now! And I do agree with you that yes, without them I feel lost and think I’m blind haha :p However I hated wearing them especially throughout my teenage years… but recently receiving comments such as “sexy librarian” is always a plus! 🙂

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