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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The Great Big Googly Eye Testing Device.

Today I paid yet another visit to the Eye-Croaker... but for once I didn’t mind going. This was for my regular periodic checkup, not for dealing with another bout of iritis. Which meant I got both eyes dilated, not just the left one... leaving me looking like one of those big-eyed puppies in the Cheesy Art section of Wal-Mart.

I also got to look through Mister Googly, the Great Big Googly Eye Testing Device pictured above, to have my refraction checked. It’s a procedure that hasn’t changed much in the 47-odd years since I first visited my hometown optometrist to get my first pair of spectacles. “What looks clearer, A or B? This way, or that way? One, or two?” It has always fascinated me how that machine, packed with lenses and dials, can zero in on a lens prescription that gives me 20:20 vision despite the fact that my unaided vision sucks rocks.

Good news: no significant change in my prescription. Yay!

Bad news: There’s a cataract forming in my left eye, probably as a result of the steroid therapy used to treat my iritis. Fortunately, it has had no effect on my vision so far; when and if it eventually does, I’ll deal with it.

Now my main task will be to avoid being out of doors without dark sunglasses.

1 comment:

Gerry N. said...

My eye doc says I have a cataract in my right eye. She saw it first about six years ago. She finds it remarkable every six months when I go in for my diabetic exam that it, so far, has no appreciable impact on my vision. Another thing, in the US most cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure causing minor if any discomfort and inconvenience. Just one more benefit of living in the First World. I thank G-d every day that he chose that I should be born and live in America instead of some pestulant cess pit such as Europe.