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I can see for miles and miles

June 23, 2009 - Deb Gau
When you wear glasses all the time like I do, eye appointments are one of those inevitable things like the changing seasons. The leaves change color, the snow melts, you find yourself squinting a bit and going in for thicker lenses. Circle of life stuff.

I say this because lately I've been adjusting to my latest pair of specs. The thing I’ve always found weird about new glasses is how they literally change your view of the world. In my case, little details in the distance that would normally be fuzzed out by my astigmatism - leaves on trees, soup labels at the other end of the supermarket aisle - are suddenly in sharp focus. It has the strange effect of flattening your depth perception, at least until you’ve had the glasses on for a few minutes.

Some parts of this are really awesome. When I was watching TV the evening after first picking the new glasses up, it was like the images on screen were totally playing inside my brain, man. Other parts, like trying to wake up in the morning and not bump into furniture, are not so much fun.

I try to enjoy the good stuff while I can, though. After a few days you start to forget the glasses are even there.


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