For a while now, I’ve been thinking of what next to share. I was trying to think of something intriguing, but nothing patent came to mind. After so much debating in my head, I decided to go with the flow to wherever it led, and write; whether patent or not.
Sometime ago at the office, I was playing around with my mobile camera, learning how to take good photos for the fun of it and use some of the editing apps I had recently downloaded. I took quite a number of photos of my notepads and working area.
While reviewing the photos, I came across one capturing the image of my glasses and laptop, and it appealed to me differently. After editing that particular image using Lightroom mobile App, I had a strong vibe to write about how I got my prescription glasses.
Truthfully, I never thought I’d use glasses so soon. I thought I had an awesome sight, but all my hopes and dreams of using glasses at a very old age came sooner than expected.
If you had known me in school, you would agree that I read a lot. Not to say I enjoyed reading, but I had to because I didn’t want to fail.
I had failed so much in the past and I wasn’t ready to continue the trend. My mum was one of my source of motivation. She worked as hard as she could and I didn’t want to disappoint her.
I remember crying to her on the phone on several occasions about my academics and she would always find the right words to say. I don’t think I ever went into the exam hall half-prepared.
To this day, I am still scared of waiting to write an exam. I get so nervous that my palms feel heavy and moist at the same time. The fear of not reading enough is so terrifying. Now that I think back, I’m not sure I ever read enough.
While in Part 3, I started to notice I was using extra light to read. I didn’t take it serious because it felt like the lights were dim (based on PHCN’s refusal to give full current). As time went by, the use of extra lights didn’t seem normal and my friend brought it to my notice that it wasn’t right.
She complained that the lights were too bright, and this was coming from someone who uses glasses too. I was trying so hard to concentrate on my notes that I didn’t notice I was already straining my eyes.
I couldn’t find a normal balance; it was either too dim or too bright. During my exams, I could barely read on some days especially when it was dark and there was no light. I remember struggling to finish my part 3 exams, and was glad when it was all over.
Throughout my Part 4, I was on I.T. in school and wasn’t reading as much as I normally would. This convinced me that my sight was good and my friend was only exaggerating.
Fast forward to Part 5…
My final year was filled with a lot of school activities. I had a project to deal with, classes to attend, departmental programs to function in, and a dog to care for. Yes! A dog. I mistakenly went and got me a dog because I thought I was able to manage my time accordingly.
As tests and exams were fast approaching, it felt like my eye balls were going to fall off. They were worse this time; I couldn’t read as much as I used to. Tears would roll down my eyes when I stress them.
Somedays, I had a serious headache that only relieved me when I slept. I began to get scared that I wasn’t reading enough. After much convincing from my friends, I decided it would be best to go to the eye clinic.
My first experience at an eye clinic was both exciting and frightening. I had to go through series of eye tests. After waiting few minutes for the result, the doctor diagnosed me with two forms of refractive error called Hyperopia, and Astigmatism, which was minimal.
What? How? I was thinking my eyes were fine and all I needed were some eye drops. I didn’t believe anything the doctor said until I began to try out lenses and could see better with some. I wondered what could have added up to cause these defects, and what I was doing that I wasn’t supposed to do.
Because I am terrible at speaking up in public, I wasn’t able to ask any questions, so I went home curious. I started making researches on all the terms I heard earlier, and what could’ve led to my diagnosis.
After going through a lot of websites, I was able to learn a few but important things.
Normally, your eyes are able to collect light through your pupils and bend them correctly onto the retina at the back of your eyes. When light rays are focused properly like this, you have a sharp vision.
In people who are either born with or develop refractive vision problems, the cornea and lens of the eye no longer bend light the right way. Glasses work by focusing light rays that you are not able to focus properly on your own.
Happy and sad about joining the gang of nerds, and affirming people that I was so serious with academics terrified me. I mean, I knew the glasses would make me look more pretty, obviously. I was sad because I might have to deal with a new set of people having to hate on me. Ha-ha! After about a week or two, I got my glasses and shockingly adjusted well to them.
The fact is, roughly 60% of the world’s population require vision correction. This is a lot of people, but the good side to it is 80% of all visual impairment can be “avoided or corrected”. The key is to understand the symptoms. At least that is what the internet says.
For me, I noticed some changes in my vision, difficulty reading or seeing at night, eye strain, and some others. I did not take them seriously as I should have, and the problem got complicated with time. While the presence of one or more of these symptoms doesn’t mean a guaranteed vision problem, an eye exam is recommended as a precaution.
It is essential to have an eye doctor examine your eyes to understand what’s causing these changes. It’s the only true way to find out if you need glasses, and to improve the power of observation.
My question now is this; Once you start to use these prescription glasses, do you ever stop? Do the glasses really correct the defect, leaving you with your normal sight? Are you guaranteed that after a period of time, you’re able to work without those glasses?