Saturday, February 27, 2010

RUNNING: A Year Without Glasses!

Last month I visited Hoopes Vision Center on the occasion of a one-year follow-up after my Lasik surgery. The appointment went extremely well and everything checked out according to expectations. According to the evaluation, I was seeing 20/20 and even reading reasonably well with material at a distance that didn't require a backpack excursion to place it somewhere.


Thinking back, I don't remember when I last didn't wear glasses. So, I went back through as many old family photos as I could find and the first photo of me with glasses I could find was in would you believe it was 42 years ago?? No doubt, there are many arguments that could be made about the merits of wearing glasses - I mean, look at all the historical fashion trends I reflected and the unmistakable fashion statements I made! However, when all is said and done, it's nice not having them on my nose. While it is true that I still - out of habit and on a relatively frequent basis - try to move them to a different position on my nose, it is nice having to retract my hand realizing it won't do any good anymore. My nose is there to stay!

Reflecting back on the 42 years I remember several failed experiments to wear contact lenses. I remember stitches above my eyes when elbows of basketball players decided my glasses were improperly positioned on my head. I remember a variety of methods to ensure my glasses stayed on my head when I no longer found myself upright on my water skis; those experiments were equally successful. (Dredging the bottom of Hyrum Reservoir would, no doubt, return multiple items whose return would have made my Mother much happier.) I even remember using m glasses on top of a camera lens to turn it into a zoom - with similar results. But the experiment I never really succeeded at trying, namely creating windshield wipers for them in the rain, will no longer be necessary.

After all these years knowing that the writer of the song: "When you walk through the rain, hold your head up high" was certainly NOT someone who wore glasses - I can now do it! And can still see afterwards!!

In all seriousness, I am extremely grateful that the surgery went so well and that I am seeing about as well as could possibly be expected. It's nice being able to buy several pair of sunglasses that wrap around and protect the eyes and don't cost a fortune.

And running one year without prescription eyewear?? Its been great!


Rachel's Mommy said...

Wow--15 pictures of you--can you say, "Narcissist?" J/K--I'm glad the surgery went so well for you--you look great without glasses, though I'll miss having two sets of "four eyes" in the family. However, it probably won't be for long, since Rachel is destined to have poor vision!

princess jen said...

So fun to see all those old photos! I'm glad your surgery went well and that you are seeing well without your glasses. I should probably start wearing glasses again just for reading and computer work. I had to wear them all the time and then after a while I just stopped. They were too cumbersome and not cute at all! At least glasses have gotten more fashionable over the years. Speaking of Rachel... have you had her eyes checked yet? Maybe she'll turn out okay :)

Super Daysh said...

I still think it's rather weird to see you without glasses- and I can't believe that it's been a whole year already!! That is so crazy. I am glad that the surgery went so well also and that you see so well!! All those old pictures are pretty darn fun though! I will miss all the fashions you didn't follow. ;)

Mythreesons said...

Let's just say that after seeing all those pictures, we're ALL grateful to have you glassless... thank you for not inflicting 70's glasses on us any longer. Some of those pictures are pretty dang funny. I didn't realize it had already been a year. I'm already used to you without them!
I'm really glad the surgery went so well, as well... makes me nervous. I still remember Scott Harbertson's horror stories, so I'm glad yours has been a success!

Rachel's Mommy said...

wow dad. so classic seventies. some of those pictures are hilarious. what a babe you were. :)
love you daddy. i'm so glad the surgery went well and that the results are still very pleasing to you. hope it stays that way for a long time! love you! and thanks for the amusement!