How lucky

How lucky to have glasses, to be able to see. I didn’t always wear glasses. My poor eyesight was only picked up in eye screening at school. I don’t remember things being blurred or hard to see. Did I sit at the front of the class? I don’t know. I remember my first glasses. They had beautiful blue frames. I learnt to be patient as the optician looked into the back of my eyes. Shining a light so I could see the blood vessels reflected somehow onto my retinas.

Rugby ball shaped eyes were the diagnosis. Short sighted. Suddenly I could see the world clearly. I felt freed from a struggle I did not know I had been going through. I only realised how bad my eyesight was when I learnt to swim. I couldn’t wear my glasses in the swimming pool and I could not recognise my friends unless they came close.

Now I understand why I got lost on a beach a few years before! I could not see my family when I wandered off. And why I got lost on a caravan site. I could not see the numbers on the vans…. Yes I am lucky. I wish others could be too…

Broken glasses

Note to self, don’t leave your glasses on the side of the armchair, my hubby sat on them. The little screw that holds the frame together has disappeared. I can’t see it anywhere. I looked at taking the screw out of an old pair, but my small screwdriver is too big. So I’ve sellotaped the lens in place but that’s unwrapping as it gets warm. Why do things have to go wrong!

Blurred vision.

I just had my annul eye test and had to have eyedrops to expand my pupils. My vision was so blurred I was not allowed to drive and when I got home I used my phone camera to zoom in so I could see things!

But then I thought how lucky I am to have a health service where I can get my eyes tested and checked with relative ease. How do people manage in other countries where poverty is endemic? I have given old glasses to charities in the past so that they can be shipped abroad and reused by other people with vision problems.

Life is not easy, and things could be much better organised. Imagine having proper collection points where you can discard your old glasses when your prescription changes. Imagine that these glasses get redistributed to people who need them. It might be that they are only shared with those that cannot afford to buy. Isn’t that a good thing? Think how much resource that could save? There must be a charity somewhere that does this…..

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Glasses

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I’ve been wearing glasses for most of my life. I can’t see very far without them. It struck me how few peoples portraits include glasses. Yes I know they were not invented till a few hundred years ago, but people must have needed to wear them. I guess people take them off when they are painted or drawn. Mind you if I took mine off to draw the result would be really blurred! And yet sometimes I have to look at the subject through my glasses and look over them to draw. That is because over the years the lenses in your eyes get harder and the muscles that bring images into focus on the back of your eyes struggle to do that so people end up using reading glasses

It’s interesting to know most people’s eyeballs shrink as you get older so if you are short sighted your eyesight can actually improve!

And don’t get me on the subject of astigmatism… Misshapen eyeballs that mean verticals and horizontals can be off…..

Oh the joy of eye tests….want to know if someone is long or short sighted? Eyes look bigger behind glasses for long sighted and eyes look smaller behind glasses for shortsighted. I noticed that when I was young. You can always tell if an actor is wearing glasses just for the character because the glass is flat. You don’t see a change in the eye size and reflections on the glass are flat not curved.

I like painting glasses, they add character, I like noticing the shape of the shadows cast on the face and if the glass is tinted then you have to work out how visible the eyes will be……