Sunday, June 28, 2009

Eye Sea U

I am getting cataract surgery on my right eye in a couple of weeks. Two weeks after that the Dr. will do the left eye. He says that after the surgery I will not need my glasses to see at a distance. At best, I will only need glasses for reading and maybe not even that.

I go my first pair of glasses when I was about 15 years old. I began wearing them all the time when I was in my early 20's. I have been wearing glasses continuously for the last 40 years. I am so use to wearing glasses that sometimes I have to put my hands up to my eyes to be sure that I have them on.

I have mixed emotions about not needed to wear glasses. They have been a part of me for so long that I feel that something is missing if I don't have them on. I suppose a psychologist will say that I am hiding behind my glasses and maybe I am, but so what. And I guess I could always wear glasses even if I don't need them, but that seems kind of dumb.

So, being able to see again will be nice. The jury is still out on not having to wear glasses.


  1. I've worn glasses full time since I was probably bout 8 years old? I have very sensitive eyes too and it's hard for me to find contacts that work with out bothering me... I would LOVE lasik surgery to not have to put my glasses on in the middle of the night just to pee!

    Good luck... :)

  2. Jerry, methinks you may enjoy being glassless for once.

    I'm very nearsighted and have been wearing glasses since 2nd grade, then switched to contacts in my early 20's (hallelujah! is all I can say about the change).

    Now I'm back to wearing glasses for reading and recently have acquired my first pair of bifocals (oh, the ravages of time). Don't like'em much, to tell you the truth, but admit they are useful.

    If there was an affordable surgery that would *guarantee* a glassless existence for me, I would consider it. Alas.

    I hope your surgery will go well. (My mom had it a couple of years ago and she has not had any problems since.)

  3. I do understand.

    I love my reading glasses. It like a horse with blinders .. it makes me focus straight ahead on what I'm reading.

    Hey you live in CA you'll still near sunglasses..


  4. I have a feeling you will like not having them, a lot! I wish I could say that I won't have to wear glasses again. :)

    Good luck with the surgery!

  5. Miles - I never tried contacts. They always seemed like more trouble than they were worth, although I know people who love them.

    Elizabeth - I am very nearsighted also. I find it interesting that with cataract surgery I will be getting many of the benefits of lasik surgery AND, unlike lasik, it is covered by insurance.

    Ms Hen - My glasses now get darker in the sunlight, so I am sure that sunglasses will be on my shopping list.

    Sarah - Thanks. Maybe some day you will be able to say that you don't have to wear glasses again.

  6. Jerry - wishing you good luck with your surgery.