100 Word Challenge: Vision

Last fall I went in for my annual vision exam. I am hopelessly myopic so my prescription changes, sometimes drastically, every year. I got my new script and instead of selecting new frames from the optic department at my doctor’s office, I went to my regular eyeglass place.

If you’ve worn glass before, you know that there is typically a period of adjustment when you first wear your updated lenses. For me, it’s depth perception. I don’t trust myself with stairs for at least a week.

With a new script in hand, I go to my Eyeglasses Guy and order new frames and lens. When they come in, as expected my vision is a bit wonky. But unexpectedly, it never sorted itself out. I had a sort of tunnel vision. My periphery was out of focus and my center vision wasn’t right either. It was giving me headaches and making me nauseous.

Luckily, I have an old pair of glasses, maybe four years old, that are strong enough that I can see. Back to my optician to have the prescription double-checked. I need to know who messed it up, the doctor or the optical place.

After telling the technician my issue, she took the new glasses to check the prescription. She did find an anomaly but couldn’t tell me if it was a problem with the script or if the lenses were made incorrectly without a second eye exam. Then she mentioned that both the old and new frames were a bit out of alignment and took both pairs off to adjust.

I’m sitting there, practically blind just waiting. When she returns she puts one pair of glasses on the table. One of the temples snapped off. She broke my effing glasses! It didn’t matter that I couldn’t see through the lenses, she effing broke my NEW glasses.

I’m freaking out thinking she broke the one pair I could actually see with. Regardless, I only got a cursory apology with a caveat about how the frames were low quality. If my Mister hadn’t been with me, I would have broke-up the place.

In the end, I went back to the first eyeglass place and they were as aghast as I was that such a travesty occurred. Long story, short… the newest frames and lenses were still under warranty. The Eye Glasses place also had an on-site optometrist who offered to double-check my eyes to get a proper prescription. Funny thing, according to her exam, my left eye script was fine, but the right one was extremely off.

I now have my new lenses – and frames – and like scales falling from my eyes… I can see!

And, for the record, I will be finding a new optometrist. I like the doctor, but the office staff has a lot to be desired.

Sometimes not seeing things can be a blessing. – August Strindberg

This week’s word is:

Vision

What to do:

Using “vision” 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.

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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

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