Monday, 17 June 2013

Happy Monday: Goodbye Glasses

I remember being desperate for glasses as a child. I have vivid memories of going with Mum to the optometrist, sitting in the waiting room for her to have her eye tests done and picking out the frames that suited me best. I always begged her to buy them for me "I can just have them with plain glass, they will make me look smart" I would plead with her... a battle that I never ever won. It wasn't until I was in my early 20's that I finally needed to get them, and by then, I was very much over the idea of just having them for fun.

I don't mind having to wear them, and in every day life it's no big deal (even though it's rather annoying that I've needed prescription sunglasses for the past 5 years), but my dependence on glasses has become increasingly frustrating in my career. Working in front of a computer, or watching TV with glasses on has never been an issue, but during dance classes they really have been a hassle. I need them to see the kids, then I don't need them to demonstrate or choreograph.

Well... as of last Friday I no longer need them at all! I made the decision to have laser eye surgery, and although I'm still in the healing stage, I now have 20/20 vision! I am sitting at my desk and looking at the computer screen without glasses. I am off to teach my first class this afternoon without glasses, and very importantly I will be able to walk down the aisle without glasses!

It was not a pleasant experience to have done. I'm a very squeamish person and being awake while your eyes are being reshaped with a laser is uncomfortable to say the least. I now have four weeks of having three sets of different eye drops put in four times a day (also an experience I could do without), but I can see! How exciting it is to look out the window and see the individual leaves on the trees, and to be able to watch TV while laying down.

I'm so happy I bit the bullet and made the decision to get my eyes fixed.... and I finally get to wear non-prescription sunglasses! What an especially Happy Monday this is!

Photo: Very excited that in 3 weeks I can finally wear my non-prescription sunglasses!

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