>Looking Through Bright, Blurry Glasses….


Have you ever heard that old saying, ‘The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.?” Well….

I went to the eye doctor yesterday afternoon. And you know, it’s usually a hurry up and wait kind of thing. At any kind of doctor’s office. And so it was this time.

However, the main assistant, Diane, was a complete hoot. Instead of just sitting there, I asked if I could look at frames, so she and I got up and began scouring the selection. She had a great method for picking out what looked best. It was better than purse shopping. Almost as good as book or decor shopping, and that’s saying something.

She picked out over twenty frames, and then we went through a process of elimination. And we found the perfect pair. Wow! Then we processed all the costs and before I even saw the doctor, we had the total, minus the insurance discount, and how much I needed to pay to get the glasses ordered. (I have to pay the rest when my new specs come in.) She then got all my prep work done. We were on a roll!

By that time, the doctor was ready. And here’s the point of this whole thing. The first visit to this office required an eye dilation. (It had been a loooong time since my last exam.) Doc dilated my eyes as soon as I got there, then did the exam. The second visit, no dilation. Then I skipped a year because of the house hunting. Guess what? I had to have them dilated again.

An important note: people with astigmatism keep the dilation much (much) longer than people without. My dilation lasted about ten hours!

However, this time Doc dilated them nearly at the end of the whole exam. Remembering my last experience, he put in drops that would decrease the dilation time. He did warn me that it was goopy and would cause blurry vision for a couple minutes.

Um hmmm. Either I’m completely weird with any kind of meds (I’ll have to do a post about that sometime…) or people with astigmatism also have a difficult time with the un-dilation drops. My eyes were blurry for most of the evening. Therefore, I was unable to do pretty much anything. At all. And I had a headache because of the unnatural brightness and the stress of trying to see clearly.

I did go back to work, though. Director and Assistant insisted I just hang out in the office for a while-they even turned out the lights and closed the blinds. (See, don’t I have great bosses?) When I felt okay enough (relatively speaking) to go back to my classroom, I only had six kids left. After about five minutes, Director came, divided out my kids, and said if I felt like it I could just straighten up my room and go home. Wow!

I did straighten it up, and as I punched back out to head home, Director warned me, only half jokingly, ‘don’t wreck!’

Now, I’m behinder than ever but it’s okay. I’m getting ready to head out and do some errands. Then it’s home, housework, homework, and I HOPE to get to the other awards I need to pass on.

Till then, have a great Saturday and I’ll see ya soon!


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Posted on September 18, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. >I hope this weekend treats you really fine.My most memorable eye exam was my mother's. At the time, she carried a cane … not for weakness but for a trick knee (courtesy of her abusive father) that seldom, but unexpectedly, would give out on her.The cane was like a spare tire … not often needed, but great to have when it was.We were in the exam room when we heard a terrible commotion out in the hall right in front of the door. It was the ex-wife of the doctor, insisting on a free eye exam as had been the custom … before the divorce.My mother looked out to see what was going on and was met by the furious ex-wife who snapped, "Mind your own business. Who the hell do you think you are anyway?"Mother drew herself up to her full height and said very, very softly, "I am Sioux with a bad temper and a cane."The woman looked into my mother's eyes and backed quickly away. Wise move.Have a beautiful weekend, Roland

  2. >I once had to go to the eye doctor because I had scratched my cornea. The exam went fine, but as I was waiting to pay I started getting real dizzy. I looked around for a place to sit. I vaguely remember the receptionist saying "That will be….", and I fainted. I woke up with the Doctor and the nurses all around me.To this day the poor receptionist gets teased about the prices making people pass out.

  3. >*Roland-wow! I really would have liked to meet your Mom. She sounds feisty! My mom was, too, and she was just a tiny thing. You have the most interesting stories and adventures. Of course, the dark, painful ones usually make the most interesting reads. I am sorry you and your mom had to go through those dark things….*Pamela Jo-wow, that sounds scary. I'm glad everyone, including you, can laugh about it now. I hope you feel 100% very soon!

  4. >You were worried about getting your eyes dilated, and I think it's worse than you thought it would be! I hope you catch up on everything soon. On the upside, you don't have to go through this again for a long time + cute new glasses are on the way!

  5. >I have astigmatism, too, but haven't had trouble with dilation before. The last time, however, it didn't last too long at all – maybe about four hours total. I totally relate to Behinder Syndrome.

  6. >I hope you're getting aheader by now. Must be a pain getting that dilation so regularly. choosing frames! don't get me started. Sounds like you had a good experience..:)

  7. >It's a good thing you selected the frames first while you could see!

  8. >Your photo today is wonderful. I'm glad your problems were short lived and that you work with such understanding people. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. >That sure sounds like an ordeal just to get an eye exam. Glad it all worked out and I too react so differently to medicines I hate them all. I was once given a shot that was suppose to relax me and I ended up cleaning house for hours trying to get the dang shot to work. 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. >…and the puns just keep on rolling, see? 😉 lol

  11. >i'm a fellow glass wearer too… luckily, the astigmatism skipped me though my youngest brother has it 😦 – i had to see a specialist for dry eyes and had to place drops on my eyes for the duration of my pregnancy with dom.i've never had my eyes dilated, but i can almost feel your pain, because i wear sunglasses even when the sky is cloudy or overcast.i'm so glad you have co-workers that are caring. i hope you are well. thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment too. *hugs*

  12. >Oh dear…I'm needing a new prescription and I forget about the dilation drops…I guess I'll just have to wait until after the first of the year to schedule.

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