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Glasses #SOL19

March 12, 2019

I had high hopes of participating in the month-long Slice of Life Challenge, but my eyes had other ideas. So, basically, my eye fatigue or computer vision syndrome came back with a vengeance–just in time for the beginning of the semester AND the start of SOL. So even though I had already signed up and had every intention of blogging every day, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the commenting commitment and wasn’t entirely sure I would be able to post every day, especially since I knew I would have to do screen-free weekends to give my eyes a break. This also led to me not updating my blog at all for the past two weeks. Of course, that could just be typical beginning of the semester stuff.

Anyway, all of that wonky eyeball stuff also led me to getting glasses. More specifically, I got glasses that are specifically for filtering out blue light so I can use the computer without causing my eyes extra stress.

When I went to the optometrist to double check on the prescription I got last summer for reading glasses and ask about the computer glasses, the young woman who explained my prescription to me pointed out that I have a very slight astigmatism.

Now. This might not be a big deal to those of you who already wear glasses, but I have often bragged about my 20/20 vision. Do you know what an astigmatism means? No more 20/20 vision! But, I told myself, there’s a bright side to this diagnosis. Because do you know who else developed an astigmatism? Malcolm X. And he was a brilliant civil rights activist, so obviously I am (a) a huge nerd and also (b) in fine company.

But then I reminded myself that he got his astigmatism reading voraciously by dim prison light in order to educate himself, and I got mine from fooling around on the internet. So, you know, never mind.

In conclusion, I’m posting today because I got my new glasses. It’s a different world behind lenses, y’all.

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7 Comments

  1. A.M.B.

    Welcome to the glasses club! I started wearing glasses my final year of college, and I love my growing collection of frames. I’ve been lucky that I haven’t needed to change my prescription much.

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    • Akilah

      I am hoping mine won’t change much now that I’m counteracting the eye strain. FINGERS CROSSED.

      Reply
  2. Ally Bean

    Well you know I’m going to say that wearing glasses are no big deal. It’s in the title of my blog, for goodness sake. Better to know what’s wrong and fix it, than to live in denial and confusion. 👓

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    • Akilah

      That is so true! re: your last sentence. It makes such a huge difference.

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  3. Ramona

    What a wonderful time we live in that they can figure out how to solve your eye problems. Hoping the lenses let your write more. Your voice is delightful!

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  4. K E Garland

    You know who else has astigmatism? MEEEE! So, yeah…you’re in double great company because I got mine from reading a lot on and offline before and after the interwebs were a thing lol

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    • Akilah

      Kathy and Malcolm X. I’ll take it.

      Reply

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