I’ve been wearing glasses since I was six or seven years old. Genetically inclined to bad vision, I probably didn’t help matters by sneaking the chance to read by low light after I was supposed to have gone to bed growing up.
Anyway, I have always wished I could explain to others just how horrible my vision really is. I wear contacts that are -6.5 strength. I’m legally blind. I can’t remember what it’s like to wake up in the morning and be able to see clearly what’s around me (unless I fell asleep with my contacts in, but then my eyes are all uncomfortably dry with contacts sucked onto them). It’s bad.
But then…I had an idea. One morning last week, I got up to let the dogs out to potty in the back yard. I saw how pretty some of the flowers looked with dew drops on them, so I grabbed my camera and headed back out to take some pictures. I was wearing my glasses. I hate taking pictures when I’m wearing my glasses. But that morning, it finally clicked with me that I could, in fact, show how bad my vision is. Using manual focus, I took a regular picture, then I took unfocused the camera until it looked the same when I looked through the lens with my glasses on as it did when I looked around the yard without my glasses.
Here’s part of our back yard:
And here’s the same part of our backyard when I look at it without glasses:
Here’s part of my little backyard garden:
And Here’s part of my little backyard garden without aids to my eyes:
Heres’ my plumbago ariculata on that cloudy morning:
And here it is through my eyes:
I don’t know about you, but it literally hurts my eyes to look at out of focus pictures. It’s amazing that it doesn’t hurt my eyes to look at the world all out of focus when I don’t have contacts in or glasses on.
I just have to say that I’m glad I was born in an age where I don’t just have to be blind. And when they figured out a way to make my glasses’ lenses not look so thick.
And one more thing. I really, REALLY want to get Lasik. If I ever get the money, I’m thinking of asking if I can have it video taped. I would be willing to share said video tape on the blog. Would that be too gross?
Also, I need to raise about $4,000 for that surgery. If you’d like to contribute to the Give the Blind (Meghan) Their (her) Sight Back Project, a project I just made up, feel free to make checks out to me and send them my way. It’s a worthy cause, and I will list all contributors on my blog when I have the surgery.
I’m kidding about sending me money.
I really hate being blind.
But really. Don’t send me money.