The Daily Digital Photo
Chronicling the life of Clayton and Spenser, with memories of Scooter

March 25, 2009

These are my new glasses. They are progressive bifocals. The frame is basically two arms with a nose piece, the lenses themselves are unadorned. I also got clip-on sunglasses to fit. Want to guess how much this all cost? Give it some thought while you read about my eyes. I started wearing glasses in second grade and became "moderate to severely myopic" with a prescription of -9.00 in the worst eye. I could barely see anything without my glasses or contacts. In 2002 I finally got the courage to have Lasik surgery. It was like a miracle. Literally overnight my vision became 20/20! It was spectacular, such an amazing thrill to be able to see! It really changed my life. But a few years later I found myself squinting. And each year I became a little more nearsighted, and this year my left eye measured -1.75 and my right eye 1/3 of the way to where it was at -3.00. My opthamologist said that I've regressed more than anyone else on whom he has performed Lasik surgery. (This is actually my second claim to fame -- my birthday is JFK assassination day.) My eyes can't have more Lasik, and while I could have another kind of procedure he won't do it until my vision stabilizes. So I'm pretty much stuck. I'm still glad I had it done and my vision is still much better than it was. But it's a bummer, I had that brass ring and then I dropped it. Oh, and those new eyeglasses? $600!