Last week I was sitting in a chair, looking through a giant apparatus as the depth of my ocular deterioration was assessed. The optometrist, highly recommended by a friend who knows eye doctor’s, quietly said, “One or two?”
“One”, I replied.
“One or two?”
And so it went until, BAM…
I got a little misty. I haven’t seen clearly at a distance for 27 years now. Just a row of crisp, clear letters. They looked so beautiful.
There was once a train of thought that said if you wear glasses your eyesight will worsen because your eyes are no longer working to focus (or something like that). Right or wrong, I bought it and simply stopped wearing glasses….
The optometrist asked gently, again, “One or Two?”
I cleared the frog from my throat. “Could you go back to One? Yeah, One. I’m sorry, I haven’t seen like this in a long time.”
I left the office, having been told my glasses would be in within eight days… I tried to forget so I wouldn’t count the days. I was going to be able to see again. It took only three days for the call to come in. Talk about under-promising and over-delivering!
I picked up my glasses after my ride on Wednesday. It’s like life is in HD.
So there I stood as I put my glasses on for the first time and looked in the mirror… I could read the signs clear at the other side of the store, more than 100 feet away. 27 years is a long time to go missing most anything beyond a hundred feet (my vision is still good enough to pass the driver’s license exam, but it’s getting iffy). I wore my new glasses all evening, marveling at what I had been missing. Even watching the Tigers play on TV….
I knock Wal-Mart on a fairly regular basis (though rarely publicly). Their internet order security sucks, among other issues, but what they do right is make necessary items accessible to everyone. I do not have vision insurance so when my daughter complained about her eyesight, we decided to take care of me while we were at it, but we were paying cash.
In 1990, the last time I owned a pair of glasses, I remember the cost for the appointment and glasses topped $750 but my parents paid less than $100 after insurance. My daughter and I were taken care of expertly for 60% of what one pair of glasses and sunglass clips cost 27 years ago, and that is awesome. So knock Wal-Mart I may, they do provide a necessary service and for that I am grateful.
I still marvel at details I can now see clearly that I never paid attention to. The reflection of the lamp on the flat screen TV, the way the leaves and grass move with the wind, raindrops hitting puddles. HD Life is awesome!