100 Word Challenge: Eyes

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I ordered new glasses this week with the hopes of getting them by the first of next week.

My eyesight, to be generous, is terrible. If I’m not wearing corrective lenses for my nearsightedness, I can’t recognize my own reflection. I could never drive or cook, nor walk around inside my home, without getting lost, or hurting myself or someone else.

I also have an astigmatism, which refers to the shape of my eyeballs and how images are refracted on my retina. I have football shaped eyeballs. That also makes it more difficult to get lenses that can correct my vision to 20/20.

Add to all this that I now need bifocals… I should probably just get a service animal.

I’ve struggled for a few months with my current lenses. If I need to read something up close, I either have to push my glasses down to the tip of my nose, or push them up on my head and bring whatever I’m reading in close enough to touch the tip of my nose.

That big letter chart in optometrists offices? Yeah, I can tell you what the top letter is, but I’d really just be guessing.

Hopefully, with a new, upgraded pair of glasses I’ll be back to 20/20 vision and not be reduced to literally burying my nose in a book to see the text.

“People only see what they are prepared to see.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week’s word is:

Eyes

What to do:

Using “eyes” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

16 comments

  1. I just discovered that I have a dimple in a very unusual place. During my annual ophthalmologist appointment, I was informed that I have a macular dimple, which along with the beginnings of a cataract, explain the blurriness I’ve been experiencing in my right eye. Yet another benefit of aging! It seems as we age, the goopy stuff in our eyes shrinks away, but sometimes it shrinks away from the retina, causing microscopic damage. It’s when the retina begins the healing process that it forms scar tissue – a dimple. Thank you, retina, for your continued support – even in old age!

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    1. My optometrist hasn’t told me of any dimples, but she says my eyes are shaped like footballs. That means my retinas are under a lot of tension and in danger of tearing. Oh… the joys of myopia.

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  2. They changed as you read; narrowed for villains, opened wide for victims and frowned for determined heroes.

    You made us giggle by waggling your glasses and eyebrows.

    You blinked as you marched us on sunny fossil-hunts, you peered into books and squinted at handicrafts you’d start but never finish.

    Your eyes grew tired, old. One day, your eyes smiled love as we said goodbye but two days later, though they blinked, you were no longer there. Then they closed forever.

    But I will only remember your eyes, sparkling as you told stories, bringing the characters alive, twinkling with love.

    https://paulaharmondownes.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/my-fathers-eyes/

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  3. Luckily my progressives seem to work in all situations. I’ve added this week’s effort to Mr Linky and put a link but can’t remember how to put the Mr Linky picture(?) there. And now I see there is another 100-word challenge this week. So back to the drawing board, or the vacant page. Thanks.

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  4. I understand so well. I could deal with extreme myopia until I reached the age where my near vision got wonky. Now it is a constant battle to find the “sweet spot” where both eyes can see what I’m reading at the same time. Then there is the modern problem that there are several kinds of reading – print books, e-books, computer screens. My progressive lenses are made to allow reading of print books. But my computer screen sits higher, and is further away, so my progressives don’t work at all for that. It is a bummer to be vision impaired.

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    1. The struggle is real… I once was able to wear contacts, and would augment them with drug-store readers. It got to the point where I couldn’t get contacts that corrected my vision well enough.

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    1. I do appreciate the input, but with my 20-2200 vision there is no amount of exercising that will return my vision to perfect. I am resigned to the fact that my myopic eyes are what they are, and that modern technology can help me see as well as possible.

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