Sixteen years ago (when I was in 8th grade) I went to my first optometrist visit and was told I needed corrective lenses. I knew some things I used to be able to see from a certain distance were now blurry, so it came as no surprise.
Sixteen years ago I can vividly remember putting on my first pair of glasses, walking out of the optometrist's office, and seeing every individual leaf on the tree that stood before me. I broke down and cried.
I couldn't remember the last time I saw a tree clearly. I don't know when they started to fade and turn into these giant green blobs. All I knew was it was single-handedly THE most impactful moment I had had in a long time.
I could see the beauty around me again. Clearly. With certainty. With distinction.
My vision has steadily decreased since then. I have had those moments where my glasses fall between the nightstand and the bed and I literally cannot see where they went..so I have to resort to using my sense of touch to pat the ground in order to find them. I literally could not function as a human without my glasses or contacts. I could not see my face in the mirror when I was washing my hands. I could hardly see a foot beyond my face. I have lived in this small, blurry bubble most of my life.
Today, just a few short hours ago, I had a life changing surgery. It has been a dream of mine for sixteen years to get LASIK, and I was finally able to do this for myself.
I got home from surgery and took a nap (doctor's orders..but let's face it..I'm the nap queen and would never turn an opportunity like that down..). I got up to get a drink of water and as I passed an open window in my house, I just happened to glance out.
I could see every single leaf on every single tree in the backyard WITHOUT THE HELP OF CORRECTIVE LENSES.
My knees buckled and next thing I knew I was on the ground balling my eyes out as I watched the lush, vibrant, spring trees sway in the gentle breeze. For a moment, time stood still. I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. I got LASIK just a few short hours ago and it has already CHANGED MY LIFE.
Y'all. I can now see clearer than I could even before I needed glasses. (Continued)...