What Do I See?

Back in my 20s I started having trouble reading street signs and bumper stickers and license plates. A trip to the eye doctor confirmed I was slightly nearsighted and glasses for distance were prescribed. My driver’s license reflected this so when it was time to renew at 35 I decided another trip to the eye doctor was in order. My glasses just weren’t doing their job anymore and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pass the eye test.

After the exam the doctor told me he had good news and bad news. The good news was I had 20/20 vision and I no longer needed glasses for distance. Silly me! I thought I needed a stronger prescription because things were getting a little blurry with my current lenses. I was feeling a bit smug here because, well, I was aging, but my eyesight was getting better. What a nice little birthday present for me!

The bad news, however, was that I was on a pendulum swinging from nearsighted to farsighted. He told me I would be back to needing glasses at 40. Well, somewhere around that time I noticed the print in my books was getting smaller so I bought a cheap pair of reading glasses at Walgreens. Lately I’ve been thinking how nice it would be if my arms were just a little bit longer.

So yesterday Katie and I both had eye exams. We thought Katie was nearsighted because she has trouble seeing the board at school. When the eye is looking at something close the muscles around the lens contract. When the eye is looking at a distance the muscles relax. Katie’s muscles aren’t relaxing like they should and that’s why she’s having a hard time seeing the board. So she’s been prescribed reading glasses in an effort to keep those muscles more relaxed. Interesting, isn’t it?

As for me, I still have 20/20 vision. Yes, unless there’s something wrong with YOUR eyesight, you read that right. When I want to I can read the fine print. The problem is I have to work too hard to do so. My cheap plastic reading glasses help a little, but I’m going to get good reading glasses and give my eyes a break. I hope this will step up my reading a bit. I’m only on my 10th book of the year, down from 28 books the same time two years ago (which was down from my pre-cancer reading days when I ignored my family and responsibilities just to finish a book). I do wear out faster and I think I’m probably exhausting my eyes. So who knows! Another month and I may be back to ignoring my family and responsibilities again!

Katie and I both had our eyes dilated and thankfully we live fairly close to the doctor’s office because things were really fuzzy for a while. Which made me think of today’s verse.

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:12

Someday we’ll get to see the completed puzzle with perfect vision. Awesome!


  1. Sing4joy on June 25, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Rockin’ good that you don’t need a new prescription yet!! And what a perfect verse! It made me think of my progression in cameras. When I got my sony digital camera with the diskette – I was so excited! It was a whole new world opening up to me! I could take as many pictures as I wanted and they were so beautiful in quality. Then, when I upgraded to my Kodak – with 5 megapixels – there was a CLEAR improvement in the quality of the pictures (even though, until I saw the new ones – I didn’t know there could be an improvement)and now – with my new Canon DSLR 12.2 megapixels, I am so excited with what I am going to see(and yes – I am seeing an improvement in the pictures that I didn’t know could be improved) And all of that made me think of THIS – it’s like your Christian walk. When you are saved, you see Jesus as this beautiful thing and you feel so free. And then, as you get into God’s Word and further along the path of your walk with Him, you look back and think, “Wow. This is so much more clear and more beautiful than that first day. I didn’t know it could GET any better.” Then you get further along in your walk and your understanding of God’s Word. And you think, “Wow! I love God even more, and I feel so free, which I felt before, but it was just a glimpse of what I am feeling now!” And so, I think you are SO right about when we ‘know in full’. It’s going to be so beyond what we know now! Yahoo!

  2. Cmommy on June 25, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I am SOOO nearsighted. But the same thing is happening to me (not the 20/20 thing)—I now pull away to read or take off the glasses to read fine print up close. Weird! The doc says my astigmatism has gotten better, but he can no longer script me to see a sharp 20/20.Can I use this as an excuse for not noticing the 8 lbs that snuck up during the spring?!

  3. The Daily "B" on June 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I didn’t know that eyesight could get better! Very cool. I am nearsighted and hate glasses. They look fine they just are a nusiance to keep in place. And to make matters worse I can’t wear contacts because my pupil is too large… or maybe it’s because I’m lazy. Anyway, I wish MY eye sight would get better! lolPerfect verse!

  4. Becky on June 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    That’s great news! Someone must be getting lots of carrots in their diet, lol.And I loved the tie-in with that verse.

  5. Lynilu on June 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Well, dear, you can expect changes in your vision on a fairly regular basis from now on. It is a rather dastardly and incurable thing called “middle age”!!! It is a nuisance, but it could be SO much worse (did you read on my blog about my friend and her eyesight?). I think you’ll be glad to have the right reading lenses, some made to fit your own needs. Happy reading!!! And even happier ignoring!!!

  6. Katybug on June 25, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Nice segue into your verse!!! I’m very nearsighted and have been since elementary school. But lately I’m having to hold things back a bit for me to read. Going thru that 40s change in eyesite.

  7. beans on June 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Wow-more than I ever knew about eyes and such. Great verse of the day.Oh, and could your secret code word verification be any longer. Seems it gets longer each time I come in!

  8. Eileen on June 25, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I have always had 20/20 vision too, and still do. However, lately I have noticed with very small print, I have to hold it at arms length. The eye doctor laughed and told me “Welcome to middle age.” I did not see the humor in that, at all. So at my next appointment, I think I will need reading glasses too. As long as I can keep reading, I’m happy. Love the verse for today. Just beautiful.

  9. April on June 26, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Is this what I have to look forward to? No pun intended. 🙂 Just wanted you to know I am still reading just not blogging…..for now. Take care friend.

  10. CindyS on June 26, 2008 at 3:50 am

    I also went in thinking I needed glasses but I was 20/20. He did prescribe glasses that just magnify words when I’m reading. Thing is, I only wear them when I buy J.R. Ward because the print is so small and then after a few hours my eyes feel all dry and itchy.So I’m wondering if I should continue straining or wear the glasses. We’ll see ;)Cindys

  11. Gretchen on June 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Good for you! My eyes got really bad after kiddos, and are swinging back a bit, but still quite near-sighted. Those hormones affect everything, don’t they? I’d have lasic, but I’ll still need readers later, so I’m trying to see the point.BTW, awesome VOTHD. xxxooogretchen

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