I’m worried about my eyes

19 thoughts on “I’m worried about my eyes”

  1. Another “Whatif,” I am prone to glaucoma? Grandma had it, I have it. It’s like high blood pressure in your eyes, except it quietly destroys your optic nerves. Like high blood pressure, it is eminently treatable, either surgically or by using eye drops. I had the laser surgery and my pressure is great.
    I downloaded “The Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” as audio files, listened to them nightly on my IPod, but it took me weeks to get through them, as the readers would put me to sleep. Ditto with books on tape when we used to make our marathon drives to the Keys.
    So now I am paging through our tattered paperback copy of “Lonesome Dove” for about the fourth time as I make my way through the tetralogy. As I mentioned the other day, it’s great to know you have thousands of pages that you will enjoy reading! It’s difficult to get an emotional attachment to an E-Book, even if the words are identical.

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  2. Born with a lazy eye that required two surgeries before the age of two, I always assumed that I would go blind one day. (I don’t assume it anymore, but it could still happen.) I resolved early on that, by God, I would learn braille before I would give up reading books. (Helen Keller was a childhood hero of mine.) Best thing about e-readers? You can make the text so large that even having your pupils dilated can’t stop you from reading. 🙂

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      1. Haha! I started learning Braille several years ago so that I could read on buses without getting motion sickness. It’s harder than you might think, but who doesn’t love a good challenge?

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  3. Hey Andrea!
    Yeah, drinking def causes dbl vision, hahaha! Pot has def been shown to lower ocular nerve pressure, smoke when you drink, haha!

    I have astigmatism, wh/ isn’t a great candidate for surgery. Best thing is regular exams, and a solid history of meeting life’s challenges and overcoming them, wh/ you have.

    Love to all,
    Uncle Syd

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    1. I have asked friends for doc recommendations. It’s been a couple of years since I got them checked. The first time I went to the eye doctor I fainted when he did the glaucoma test. That didn’t bode well for me going for regular visits, but I’ll give it another try.

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    1. Ahhh, you have caught me. I don’t write in my journal regularly. I sometimes jot a few things down while dinner is cooking or while the kids get ready for bed. Never right before my own sleep. That time is for reading.

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    1. Have you tried it? I’m much more conscious of blinking now, and I can feel how dry my eyes are sometimes. I’m not convinced it helps though. We’ll see what the next eye doctor says.

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  4. I have a magnet that sez: “Growing old ain’t for sissies” and that’s the truth. That said, audiobooks, I thought, would be a great way to spend the time on my drive to KY to visit my dad. I could re-read the classics! Listen to the book club choice! And then … absorbed in my book, I went west instead of east. And then … I read a blog that pointed out that folks who listen to audiobooks while driving are more likely to have traffic accidents. My bifocals *already* make me feel like I’m more at risk for a traffic accident. I shall have to return to belting out my version of pop music, embarrassing my children. The books I’ll never read are piling up. They’ll probably fall over on me and kill me one day.

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    1. Uh, I can’t allow that to happen. If you need to shrink your pile, feel free to feed some to me so the swaying stack doesn’t present a danger to you. And I love your magnet – it’s so you :-).

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  5. I was caught by your line, “Whatif our kids hate to read?” I was never afraid of this–I think children surrounded by books and avid readers can’t help but love reading–but then I gained a ten-year-old stepdaughter who grew up around non-readers. I actually find her dislike of reading fascinating, because it’s so foreign to me. She loves to kid me about how much I read. But I think it’s pretty clear why she doesn’t like it: she hasn’t had a lot of practice. She reads slowly, and frankly, if I had to read books at that speed, I wouldn’t be very interested in them either. But with a few more years of practice, she may get quick enough to start discovering the joys of the printed word!

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    1. What an interesting point. You’re absolutely right that it’s not as much fun to read when it’s slow going. My best friend hated reading when we were growing up, mostly because she didn’t like the material teachers required. As an adult, though, she did find the joy of reading, and she ended up returning to college in her 30s to get a degree in literature.

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  6. That’s one of my biggest fears too. I don’t read every night, but I dread my eyes failing on me one day and that I can no longer read whenever I feel like it.

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  7. I think the ‘what ifs’ can make us crazy. I have to stop myself when I get into that line of thinking or I swallow myself whole with worry. Instead I try to just take things one at a time as they come and don’t dwell on the future possibilities. Each day definitely has worry enough of it’s own.

    I wish I could be “one of those free-spirit women with long silver hair”. I always swore I would. Then I swore I’d just do natural henna mixed with hibiscus. This year with full time caregiving and feeling as if I looked liked one of those comparisons of the before and after pictures of presidents, I caved. I’ve started using semi-permanent dye sometimes.

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