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Not something you hear every day

Went to see my optometrist last week and she mentioned that I have very early stage cataracts. Huh. My mother had cataracts that required surgery, so this news didn’t come as a complete surprise but it’s the first time I’d ever had a problem with my eyes.
“Oh, don’t worry about it,” she said. “They’re just starting. Besides, sooner or later everyone gets cataracts.”
Mm hm. Cold comfort.
Then she asked me if I wanted to get new lenses this year.
“Don’t think so,” I replied. “Has my vision changed that much?”
“No,” she said, “just a little in your left eye, and that’s going the other way.”
“‘Going the other way'” meaning…?”
“Well, your distance vision in your left eye has improved.”
“It has?”
“Well, how the heck did that happen?”
She shrugged slightly and made a noise that sounded like how you’d say “I don’t know” with a mouthful of toothpaste – no words, inflection only.
“Your vision with correction is 20/20. Without your glasses it’s about 20/50. And your near vision is completely backwards.”
“‘Completely backwards.’ I never get enough of people telling me that.”
“No, no, I mean at your age you should need reading glasses. Your near vision is like that of a teenager.”
“Uh-huh. So, let me get this straight. I should need glasses for close work, but I don’t.”
“And I have incipient cataracts, but my distance vision is improving.”
“In your left eye.”
“In my left eye.”
“Right again.”
I took a second to let that sink in.
“I’m a unique creature, aren’t I?” I smiled. She smiled back.

Can’t wait for next year’s appointment. :-)

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  1. Chris Bennett
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Penny, I have cataracts too. Found out just before my 61st birthday. “Actually”, he told me, “I noticed them last year, but you were so stressed about turning 60, I didn’t feel it would be kind to tell you then, but I have to tell you now because they are a wee bit bigger now.” So a dr. with a heart – sort of. By the way, you have always been unique in my EYES!

    • Penny-Anne
      Posted December 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      Aw, so sweet! That makes me feel better. Thanks!

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