I’m bored and I’m defying The Boyfriend’s instructions of not looking at the screen. Here I am putting another post up. If I were as prolific in my work-related writing!
It just occurred to me how people with perfect eyesight will never understand how it’s like to be half-blind without a pair of glasses. Having worn glasses for 21 years of my life, I am perfectly positioned to explain this to the curious. From the young age of 9, after being diagnosed as short-sighted (my parents found out through testing me with car plate numbers), I was under strict instructions of never taking off my glasses except when I shower, or go to bed. So, you could say that my specs were very much part of me and my appearance.
Therefore, I went through most of my life (until yesterday) without knowing how I look like with no glasses. I wore contact lenses for once in my life, when I was 23 perhaps, when I went snorkelling. When I bungee-jumped at 26, I gave up after 1.5 hours of trying to put the contacts in, and did it half blind. My daily routine of washing my face did not show me how I looked. The reflection in the mirror was always blurry, and when I moved closer to it I saw my features instead of my face. So, this is something that I need to get used to. It’s like removing a permanent feature, for instance your eyebrows, from your face.
Sports. This is quite obvious I guess. My taichi teacher used to say that my posture was horrible because my head was always slightly tilted. I attribute this to the glasses that were constantly sliding down my nose. Out of habit, I’d lift my head. Eventually I had to take them off. I am currently doing capoeira and I cannot do it with glasses because they’d fly away when I do cartwheels. Swimming, well, I lost my good pair of prescription goggles and have not swum with clear sight for a very long time now. It’s not fun to lose one of your senses when you’re engaging in sports.
Glasses fog when you get out of air-conditioned rooms, or eat steaming bowls of noodles. They also retain drops of water when you get rained on. They smash against your face when you take a basketball to your nose. If you get scratches on your lenses, and it happens after years of wiping condensation and water off your glasses and basketball attacks, your vision is marred, until you get a pair of new ones. And, they’re fucking expensive.
My decision to go for LASIK surgery was connected to that. I broke my (relatively new) glasses by dropping my laptop on it (yes don’t ask), and decided that if I’m going to spend hundreds on a pair of new one, I should just fix the source of the problem. And thus two weeks later, here I am, with a pair of sun visors indoors, defying The Boyfriend’s instructions of no computer usage.
What else. There’s always a ring of blurriness in your peripheral vision (outside the coverage of your glasses), that’s why you always have to adjust the glasses, push them up your nose, for instance. Losing your glasses, and I am prone to losing things in general, is the most annoying thing to experience – you curse as you fumble around, groping random objects, knowing fully that your glasses would be so much easier to find if you had them on.
So, in short, I’m glad I’m done with them for practical reasons. But for aesthetic reasons – well, I’m still trying to get used to my face. How would you feel if you did a permanent removal of your eyebrows?