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[4.5 Billion Years of Wonder] Contacts!

No, not this kind:

This kind:

I went to the eye doctor yesterday to get my glasses prescription updated and get measured for contact lenses. I left wearing a pair of contact lenses and feeling utterly euphoric.

I used to wear contacts, years ago when I still worked for AT&T - I had to stop after getting laid off because they would have been too expensive. The reason for that was because I'd developed an astigmatism, and I'd begun to get some blood vessel growth into my corneas; the way the optometrist at the time talked about it, you'd think I would be on the brink of death if I didn't switch to gas permeable lenses.

It's kind of crazy how technology has advanced in the last eight years. First off, my eyes are fine for normal lenses, which now routinely are made so you can sleep with them in (holy shit what). And the optometrist said he thought they'd correct enough for the little astigmatism I have without having to go fancy. So far, he seems to be right.

Oh yeah. And I wore the pair he gave me for something like twelve hours on the first day, and almost forgot they were in. Technology indeed. I can't begin to say how excited I am.

Even cooler, my glasses prescription has not changed at all, even though it's been three years since I last got a new pair of glasses. (I actually only went in because my lenses were getting scratched up enough to annoy me. And what I considered "scratched up" is nothing compared or other people, so I got some well-deserved teasing for being insanely anal retentive.) So - and this is the most exciting thing of all - the optometrist said I should be good to go for Lasik when I can afford it.

I just. I am so full of happiness I can't begin to describe it. I've had glasses since I was in grade school, and my uncorrected vision is somewhere down in the 20/500 range. The idea of being able to just... wake up and see is mind-blowing.

Not yet, of course. I haven't even started my real job, and I still have student loans to pay. But as soon as the loans are paid off, I'm going to start saving. And until then, I'm going to love the shit out of my contacts. (Which are also cheaper now than when I used to wear them. I live in the future.)

So, so very happy.


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Jan. 17th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
yes yes yes this yes

I break things I am near. Including my glasses, because I just cannot convince my brain that they are part of me, so I'll push them off (or into) my face and so on. Also I feel weird if I don't have peripheral vision.

I'm still a bit nervous about LASIK- I'll probably go for it eventually, but not until the first people who had it have had it for longer than my remaining life expectancy without going blind. Just in case.

But.. yeah. The ability to see without THINGS ON MY FACE. Is best thing ever. Sod the flying car :-)
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm aiming for the Lasik as soon as I can afford it, because early to mid forties you hit another period of your eyes getting worse and needing glasses again. I want to enjoy it as long as I can! ;)
Jan. 17th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yep, they're really amazing, aren't they? I wore hard lenses for years, since back in the dark ages when I first got them they were the only contacts that could deal with astigmatism, and due to the increasing frequency of OH-MY-GOD-MY-EYES-ARE-CHEWING-THEIR-WAY-OUT-OF-MY-SKULL attacks, I gloomily concluded that I was getting too old to wear them and would have to switch back to glasses. Then I broke a lens while on vacation, got modern astigmatism-correcting soft lenses as an emergency replacement, and haven't, er, looked back since.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
with your fancy new job, you ought to have an FSA program. that can go to lasik, and you can put in up to $2.5K, i think.

lucky you, i can't wear disposables like that cos my eyeballs are too small. also, i can't see up close with contacts. *envious*
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