At the age of 2, I received my first pair of glasses. My mother said the first thing I really saw was a huge American Flag on base. Apparently they were the brightest colors I had ever seen. I talked about flags for weeks my mother told me.
My eye condition has yet to be determined if it is passed down, however my grandfather had bad vision. In the army as a young man debris damaged his eye on top of his astigmatism, Later in life he suffered greatly from glaucoma and cataracts with numerous surgeries. He spent the later 25 to 30 years of life barely able to see, but managing wonderfully. He is a big role model for me for the obstacles I may or may not have to face. My parents have normal vision, wear glasses. Two siblings with perfect vision and one sibling who has my diagnosis as well.
My vision is all I have known my whole life. In comparison to my peers who did not struggle with vision impairments, I would say I am stronger, due to being set apart growing up as a child and among other children teens and even adults who did not understand and were cruel.
I’ve spent most of my life at -24 right, and -23 left eye. 2 discs astigmatism. My childhood and pre teen and early adult years were all the same, there generally was no change until 2001. A blood vessel in my left eye had started to leak blood into my retina creating a shadow in my vision. I underwent Vizudyne therapy to fix the problem. Very interesting laser surgery by the way. However the damage can not be reversed and now have a scar that blocks part of my central vision (looks like a black rain drop everywhere I look but only if my right is shut). It does not affect my daily life at all.
Growing up with glasses that are this expensive was rough. For fear of breaking them and not being able to see, I became a wallflower of sorts. I was the guy who wanted to, but didn’t. Alienating my self from social activities. Being the loner though, I became creative, became a big dreamer, read a lot, and excelled in my studies.
Four eyes, Coke bottles, Double Hubble, Can I borrow your glasses I need to see Pluto. Yeah that’s a day in the life of me in junior and senior high. Teens can be so cruel. I remember once I broke my glasses so I didn’t have to go to school. That worked only once that was a great month.
As an adult my specs seem to make me a spectacle sometimes, everywhere I go people are always asking if they can try them on, How do you see out of those. etc….. Most are just curious because it is not something they see everyday. I don’t mind much. I have even made some friends because of them. My glasses can be an icebreaker sometimes.
When I am not wearing my glasses I literally do not see at all, the world is one big blur of color and light. Wearing glasses I see well, sometimes in the early morning after waking it takes a few minutes to adjust to light, dusk and dawn are huge problems for me.
Mostly all my life my specs have got me to 20.70. My latest pair have me to 20.40.
[I am] able to drive. I deeply love driving.”