…the gift of sight… all too often among things I take for granted…

…as a wee lad of barely 4 years of age, this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler was already an avid reader… the local public library in Elder Park in Docklands, Govan in Glasgow, where I grew up, was an oasis in an area deprived of many things… the junior section encouraged kids like me, and my cardboard library ticket was covered in the smudgy, inked, date stamp marks in no time at all… one unwelcome side effect of this onslaught on the book world was the need for the miniature Master Gallacher to wear eyeglasses, even before school age…

…bespectacled I became for the ensuing 30 years or so, when the advent of contact lenses allowed me, partly from vanity, partly from ease of wearing, to acquire a pair, although it must be confessed, there were times when recalcitrant, prodigal lenses adorned the living room carpet and the depths of armchair folds of my home rather than my eyeballs, such was my clumsiness in handling them…

…a further 15 years elapsed and the eyes were treated to the next wave of optical miracle… laser treatment... happily, this sustained my vision for another 20 years, until a recent calamity befell… from whatever source, I know not whence, the left, upper side of my face was blitzkrieg-attacked 4 months ago by a severe bout of shingles… for a while, the resemblance to the Phantom of the Opera was remarkable, but the novelty stopped there… it was more than a tad painful affliction, and it left a nasty legacy of infections in the cornea and surrounding eye area… the infections have since been taken away, but a mistiness remains in the eye, necessitating the procurement of a pair of glasses... this time, the ‘progressive, multi-focal’ sort…

…I’d never heard of these before now, and I’m wearing them for the first time this evening typing this blog… and what a relief from the awkward visual discomfort of the last several weeks… I can actually see again… more than six decades to close the circle from the first pair to the current pair of glasses… and for the present, it’s not difficult to fathom what I’m most grateful for?… the gift of sight… all too often among things I take for granted… see yeez later (literally!)… LUV YEEZ!

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15 responses to “…the gift of sight… all too often among things I take for granted…

  1. I’ve worn glasses since 12, but the progressive lenses are great. I have to say sometimes reading, I use no glasses for I am nearsighted. Glad to hear you’re doing fine.😊

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  2. Congratulations on the return of your vision and the glasses. 😀

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  3. I started out, at age 9, wearing glasses for distance. For the last 20 years or so I’ve had to use bifocals. Then I heard of the progressive lenses and absolutely love them! @v@ ❤

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  4. I’m glad you’re seeing things clearly again, even if it requires glasses to achieve it… Whatever works, right?

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  5. I’m relieved to know you’re feeling better. Shingles being a particularly nasty re-visit from a latent chickenpox virus that’s been a stowaway in our nerves, I’m fortunate I got that over with when I was still in my teens (about 8 years after the primary infection). In adults “of a certain age” (such as we) the unwanted visitor can be much more ill-behaved, as in your experience.

    I first became bespectacled at age 6, and contact lenses came at age 12. Since then I’ve had one cataract removed, and am overdue to get the other one done (I’m essentially blind in that eye, now), but a host of more urgent health problems cropped up, demanding immediate attention. Maybe later on this year I’ll be able to leave off being a cyclops, get the surgery, and then enjoy stereoscopic vision again, even if with the help of “reading” glasses.

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  6. At the grand old age of ten and a bit I was told I had one eye long sighted, the other short so was given the wonderful pink NHS thingies. 😀 Although I didn’t wear them, after 6 months I was given the all clear and then in my 20s I had contact lenses and discovered ‘there are squirrels in those trees.’ :O
    Fast forward to a cataract when it was discovered I had a similar problem to Christine and everything was put on hold.
    Good on you, my friend. Maybe one day we’ll see each other; meanwhile, as you say, let’s just be thankful for this wonderful gift which allows us and Mabel to continue our scribbling. Mwah. x

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  7. I’ve been wearing progressive lenses for years now and I’ve always been pleased with them. I never wore contact lenses because I have allergies and my eyes water a lot. I’m glad the lenses are working for you. 🙂 — Suzanne

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