Twenty years. That is how long I have been wearing glasses.
I am near-sighted.
In all those years, I am not even sure what it is called – but it’s the one where I can’t see things far away.
Except for lately.
I have started to remove my glasses to read my phone, which I suppose means bifocals are in my future.
However, I am pretty religious with my eye appointments for two other reasons: glaucoma and diabetes.
My grandfather had glaucoma, and every single time I go to the eye doctor my mother reminds me to remind them of that fact. After all this time, you’d think she’d know I will remember to tell ’em that, but you would also think I would remember whether I am near-sighted or not. The thing is, they have to do extra tests when you have a history of glaucoma, that one where they touch your eye, which I hate, but I do it, cause, duh, as my mom will tell you – my grandfather had glaucoma.
My doctor knows me by now – that he has to put me in a head lock to keep me from moving.
Works for me.
The other reason I have my eyes tested every year is my diabetes. One of the first things to go with that crazy disease is circulation, which is why the extremities get affected first – the feet and the hands. But sometimes people forget about all those little blood vessels in the eyes. If circulation doesn’t flow, your eyes stop working well.
It’s odd, but I can tell in my vision when my blood sugars are messed up.
OK, that isn’t odd, it is scary.
Which is why I go. And get dilated. And let my doctor not only hold my head in a vice for to glaucoma test – he also shines a light with the power of the sun into every corner of my eyes to make sure my blood vessels look healthy.
I have been lucky so far. Clean as a whistle.
Can you imagine my life, as a graphic designer and photographer, if my eyes were not OK? Do you remember that time my corneas got messed up?
I don’t even want to think about it.
I’d rather get my eyes checked and keep on with the pretty pictures.
For another 20 years at least.
Do you wear glasses or contacts?
Do you get regular eye exams?
Have you had any “Eyetastrophes?”
Visit SeeMuchMore for more information about VSP and vision care benefits. I was selected for this post by the Clever Girls Collective, and all opinions expressed are my own.