The "Eyes" Have It!

Beginning yesterday at around 3:15 p.m., I officially became a contacts wearer. I have been wearing eye-glasses since the 5th grade. My eyes have gotten progressively worse, to the extent that now even the ultra thin lenses are too thick on the sides to properly fit into frames with a nose piece. I went in the other day for an eye exam because my frames were beginning to crack, and I was overdue for one anyway. When I found out that insurance would not cover new frames until Jan 2009, I thought maybe I could try contacts since insurance would cover part of that. So, I did the fitting, and got them in with the help of one of the ladies there. It took the doctor to get them out. My eyes are very sensitive. That was all fine and dandy, but I had to be able to get them in and out on my own before they could let me leave with them. So I tried, and I tried, and I tried, but I could not do it. After 45 minutes I gave up, defeated.

Yesterday, I decided to have another go at it, and sure enough, I finally got it done! This morning I was able to get them in with relatively little difficulty, and I think I really like them. One thing is certain, it is definitely a different “feel.” I’m amazed at how much bigger everything looks. My computer screen seems huge! I looked down at my feet and thought, “Man, have my feet grown?” I think it is just because glasses are further from your eyes and it makes everything look more distant than it really is. I really don’t know. But I like it. My wife is proud of me, and likes it too because she likes my eyes, which is a good thing. You can see my laugh lines a lot more now, but I guess that comes with the territory.

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About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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3 Responses to The "Eyes" Have It!

  1. William Weedon says:

    I’ve been wearing them for some years now and find glasses a real pain. Wait till you’re out in the rain – and you can still see! Or in the winter coming from outside into a warm room – and you don’t fog up! And the peripheral vision! Ah, yes. I would HATE to go back to glasses.

  2. Rev. Eric J Brown says:

    It is amazing – and yes, everything does look bigger, especially on the sides of your vision.

    I don’t know if your shoulder is up to tennis – but at least go stand on a court while people are playing. Your mind will be blown.

    Welcome to the land of the seeing.

  3. Past Elder says:

    I’ll never forget the first time I opened my eyes with contacts — it seemed like seeing the world for real rather than through a picture tube in front of my eyes.

    I wore them and nothing else (well, for the eyes) for twenty years.

    Then, I began to have some eye pain, and a specialist traced it to cornea problems from years of wearing contacts too long. When you’re the only wage earner and parent and house and grounds keeper, there are typically about four hours when you do not need to see, being asleep. I was told, you’ll need to take them out about dinner time, or it will just get worse. Dinner time?? That’s the middle of the working day.

    So rather than go back and forth between contacts and glasses, I went back to glasses with great sadness.

    Until I realised, you can wear these things all you want and your corneas and everything else are just fine, and then I realised that instead of all the maintenance all I have to do is wipe them off once in a while and you’re done — and then I realised (you guys may be a ways away from this but hang in and you’ll get there) than instead of the increasing fuzziness close up when corrected to 20/20 bringing on the need for glasses anyway, for “reading”, over the contacts, I can just look over or under the lenses and see just fine, which is REAL hard to do with contacts.

    Can’t imagine going back to them!

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