Through blue tinted lenses

On a nice Sunday afternoon, I sat waiting at my optometrist’s office for the doctor to give me the go ahead to order my next set of contacts. It brought back memories from VIII grade. Waiting on a wooden bench on a busy road in Alwarthirunagar to find out if I needed glasses. Squinting to read the letters on a white background, the doctor pronounced me half blind and ordered prescription glasses for me.

Over the years I have been through glasses with tortoise shell rims, black carbon frames, brown carbon frames and different kinds of lenses. Some with reflective coating, some without. For the longest time I craved those lenses which would change color in sunlight and become more like coolers. I thought glasses made me look “intellectual”. Boy! was I wrong? All it did was to make me look like an Owl.

Then there was this phase where I opted to wear contact lenses much to the chagrin of my cousin who was an optometry student at that time. She advised me against the perils of less oxygen to my cornea, of increased eye infections. The adamance of youth won and I sported RGPs or Rigid Gas Permeable lenses since my eyes were not the normal shape and soft lenses were not for me. That began about 5 years of religiously packing my “lens gear” as I called it everywhere I went. It made me even more responsible than I was. I hated the lens with a vengeance and hated glasses even more. So, when my sister sported soft contact lenses, I would forever be at her back to remove them if she was home. It was so ingrained into my head that it was uncomfortable that I could not relish the idea that others’ found them nice.

Then I went under the laser to correct my vision and the next few years were pure bliss. I remember walking out from my home one day eye patches off and revelling in the fact that I could actually see the distinct leaves in the tree. Till that day, trees were one mass of green or brown. I enjoyed that moment of realization that there was more to everything than that met my eye. Literally!

Then as time passed, I realized I was squinting again while watching television. So, back to the doctors only to find that the laser was not foolproof. This time I had a choice of soft lenses given the advances in technology. For years now, I have been wearing lenses only as long as I have to. I switch to glasses the moment I am home. To me they are the equivalent of staying home in PJ’s.

So, this weekend when I went in for my annual eye exam and the doctor mentioned that there were better lenses now should I want to try them, I was all ears. Fitted with the newest pair, I could hardly feel them. They still dry out before the day is done but they are infinitely more comfy.

I walked out into the sun like many years before enjoying the moment of crystal like clarity. Knowing it will not last too long.

8 comments

  1. Haha.. I am so reminded of my childhood.. I used to think too that glasses would make me intellectual. i complained of headaches, insisted on going to the doctor only to come back with some vitamin concoction like Waterbury’s Compound, or be told that my eyes were good enough for a jet pilot. Hmm.. over a period of time I gave up – and envied my brother who had glasses from the age of 2 or 3. I am now 28, and I am finally thankful that I don’t need glasses. I will gladly wait for my 40s to get “Chaaleeswaram” glasses.

  2. //revelling in the fact that I could actually see the distinct leaves in the tree. Till that day, trees were one mass of green or brown.//

    Could relate to this one πŸ™‚ That’s the first thing that struck me as soon as I got my first pair of lens after my power had increased by a great degree.

  3. I am with Rekha on this – used to love glasses but right now I am happy, I don’t need one. You were the first person I knew, that used lens (atleast in such close quarters). I used to admire the way you so effortlessly put the lens in your eyes; if I as much put kajal in my eyes, it will become all watery. I also thought wearing lens was way cooler than my normal existence πŸ™‚ But now 10 years wiser, I understand why you hated contacts or glasses back then and was bent upon the corrective surgery.

  4. Hi Laksh. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 12. Never liked them when I was younger,.. and used to try to not wear them any chance I got. Of course, that meant walking around like a blind bat! Ha! Ha! Now,.. I’ve resigned to the fact that I will always need glasses. But of course, I use contacts when I go to parties or any other special occasions… (and that’s the only time I wear make-up too πŸ™‚ )

  5. I am sorry that I just cannot relate to what you have written here. Having grown up in a family of everyone wearing glasses, I always felt like the odd person out. I still do for various other reasons too πŸ˜‰ So, each year when I went for my eye check up, I would eagerly ask; can I wear glasses now…the doc would go no…you have 20/20. I had no idea what that meant as a child, just that it meant no glasses that year too. Through my stay in the US, I never had them checked. A couple of years, I was at a friend’s place who happens to be an optometrist. She checked up A’s eyes and then offered to do mine too. Her verdict…you would need glasses only when long sight strikes!! Something to grow old for πŸ˜‰ This is very much like I told my friend in dance class once who had major problems with skin…I was so insensitive (I was really really young!) I said I don’t know how it feels to have zits! πŸ™‚ She thankfully just laughed and said be thankful! In a way, I wish I had all that agony rather than what I have now!!

  6. Uhh…glasses! I hated when i got one! But now i have accepted them. Unlike you, i never ever got the feeling of ‘intellectual’. So, the moment i got admission into a college, i forced dad to get me a pair of lenses. Now its all cool! And even i switch to glasses the moment i get back home and if i dont have to step out again!

  7. @Rekha: LOL! Have heard so much from Akay about similar cravings. Guess grass is greener on the other side. I’d give anything to be lens free.
    @Aparna: πŸ™‚ Only someone with high power can appreciate. πŸ™‚
    @anamika: Let’s talk today then.
    @Akay: Glad to hear you are wiser πŸ™‚ I remember your fascination with glasses.
    @Spillay: Same here! Contacts reserved for special occasions. I equal comfort to no lens/no glasses.
    @Apar: Be glad woman! Skin woes are for a totally new post. How I wish…
    @Shalu: πŸ™‚ I hear ya!

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