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.
- 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.
- 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!