Thursday, January 29, 2009

my eyes

i have lived basically my whole life with terrible vision. i started wearing glasses in kindergarten. i got my first pair of contacts as a freshman, because my parents were finally tired of broken glasses. most of those were due to basketball. yes, i caught the ball. it was all fighting for the ball that resulted in broken glasses.

my glasses to this day are really super thick. even with all the advances with eyeglass technology there are still thick. i have -6.75 vision. i don't know what legally blind is but i really think i am close.

so i have been having problems lately with my eyes. first they were really sensitive to the light, even with my sunglasses on i had to squint. well the reason is i have corneal clouding. my contacts were suffocating my eyes. not letting enough oxygen in. so instead of the regular way light enters your eye, mine was coming in and spreading out. apparently that is not good. so i got new contacts that let in more oxygen.

you would think that all my problems would be solved. no. i was driving home tonight. this was the first day wearing my new contacts and i discovered that if i close my right eye i can't see crap. i can see the speedometer just fine, but anything past that not so much. don't worry if i kept both eyes open i could see fine 20/20 even. so i guess i get to make another visit to the eye doctor.

i'm really considering that lasix thing. but i am nervous. i really need to do my research. until then i will remain a slave to the contact lense. you rarely see me with my glasses, only when my eyes are killing me.



Rebecca said...

Oh, Tara, Tara, Tara. Your eyes are not all that bad. Really. Mine are a -11. Yep. Double digits. And I am not legally blind. I wonder how close I am... Anyways, I can't have the Lasix b/c my eyes are too bad, but my eye doc said they could do a surgery like they do for cataracts. Is cornea clouding like cataracts? If so, your medical insurance might cover the surgery...

RNW said...

Go for it Tara! I had a very similar experience with contacts in 2001. My eyes were not getting enough oxygen either. It made wearing contacts very irritating, so I wore glasses for 3 years. Then my brother-in-law did lasik and I watched his surgery. It really made me want to do it, so in 2005 when we were living back in A-town, I did. It only hurts for 4 hours, and they give you really strong pain meds. Girl, you had three kids :) Compared to that it is nothing.

Go through Dr. Rush in Amarillo. He is the best. Amarillo National had a no interest pay half, pay the rest over a year plan. Let me know if you do it.