Kathy Riordan

Kathy Riordan
Florida, United States
April 27
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FEBRUARY 9, 2012 12:51PM

Perfect Vision

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It occurred to me when I looked at myself in the mirror this morning that I would never see myself the same way again.

My perspective is about to be forever altered. 

I remember exactly when it occurred to me that I might need glasses for something slightly more serious than just acquiring a look of scholarly sophistication in high school, that just so accessory meant to perch on a nose and make others think I actually knew what I was talking about, whether or not I did.  I was driving with my college roommate, Anna Tueller, sometime in the middle of the 1970's and suddenly had to reach for the glasses sitting on her own nose and shift them quickly to my own to see traffic.

From that time forward, corrective lenses in one form or another have been a necessity, and not an option, an essential luxury at times, a nuisance at others.

Sometime in college I started wearing contact lenses on a regular basis, first the hard ones in various colors--brown, green, and blue--to suit my mood, with all the nonsense that accompanied them, electrical sanitizing contraptions and plenty of expensive liquids, one to clean, another to rinse, another to sterilize.   From there I graduated to soft contacts and eventually, thankfully, to disposable daily wear, which I wore faithfully and lovingly until a couple of years ago when half of one decided to stay behind in my eye.

I suspected it was there.  Intellectually, I knew it was limited in its range in my eyelid, which is where I felt it was.  It could have been that it fell out with the other half, and I was just irritating my eye by tugging at it and looking for it.  Professional inspection seemed to be in order.  The eye doctor's assistant was quite sure there was nothing there, and the physician, when he finally entered to take his own look, concurred.

"Wait a second," he said.  "Let's put a little fluorescein in there."

 It was when I heard him say "Forceps, please!" to the assistant that I knew it was trouble.

From that day, I've been a four-eyes, more than semi-reluctantly, but equally reluctant to resume daily wear of contact lenses.

Today, all that will change.  I will never see myself the same way again.  Or anything else.

Would that surgery could correct what we see beyond the glass, with perfect clarity, bring us wisdom, bring us insight, bring us light.

Tomorrow, it will be a different person looking back at me, a different world.  






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Good luck. I am sure that you reflection will be wonderful. Not sure about the wisdom part..but surely your joy might bring you new perspective. :)
Good luck Kathy. And please keep us posted as to the availability of the surgery for clarity, wisdom & insight!!
Good for you! I will probably do the same when I get a little older. I like the way glasses look on me, but get tired of having to push them up on my nose. I also get tired of their weight. Although perhaps I should always wear them. Just this morning my 4 year old granddaughter informed me that I look better with my glasses on.....:)
My best friend had it done last year, he looks wonderful and says his vision is perfect. He didn't even miss a day of work! Good luck!
I like the eyedea of being able to change one's eye color. Best of luck with your new look and vision.
I have worn glasses since I was 17. I feel not only blind without them but also naked. For one thing,they hide the bags under my eyes which are so large it has been suggested I have them monogrammed.R
Good luck. I've been wearing glasses since I was 7 or so. They're just a part of my self-image.
Good for you, and good luck. -R-
It's wonderful that this surgery exists. I wish you luck! As others have said here, please keep us updated.
Just don't wind up with three eyes, Kathy. That's not a good look. :)

Heal well and see even better.
Hope the surgery went well.
And a nice face, it is. Good luck. A friend of mine has sworn by it as well.
I've had quite a few friends get it done. Me, I'm still behind the glasses cause it makes me look scholarly or something!! ~:D
I think you look great in glasses! But I get how you'd be tired of them. My husband had lasik in the mid 90's and even then, in his thirties, he was really almost blind at night without his glasses. He left the surgery with 20/10 vision and kept saying -- "Wow! Wow! Oh my God!" It was the first time since he was kid that he was seeing things. (But yeah, if the surgery improves more than just your physical vision, I'd like to know about it. I could use some insight and wisdom.)
It sounds like an exciting change. Just think what fun you can have with sunglasses.
Good on you. I am chicken about such things. Fortunately I can get along w.o. glasses and do, most of the time.
Good for you! Ive always been the girl with red glasses, have all different shades. I like wearing glasses, call them 'face jewelry. ' but yo go girl... And post pics!
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I don't know what happens but nearly everyone it seems needs reading glasses at 40... then it gets worse from there. As in, you can no longer read sub titles either. I think you look lovely.
Good luck with your procedure! Here's looking atcha!
Great ending to the essay. And so, now that tomorrow has rolled around, do things look different to you? How about smell? :) Hope it went well and that you get what you hoped for, though I have to say, you looked pretty good to start with! What with scholarly and all.....Rated with RRR