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So, having decided to take part in the Optical Express Team 21 project, the first step is to go for a consultation with the Optometrist.
This in itself was going to be a bit of a mission as the centre is in Cambridge and I needed Merry to drive me back as the examination leaves your sight blurred and sensitive to light for a few hours; fitting that in around getting the kids to their various destinations at the start and end of the day and continuing the search to replace two members of staff at work could have been a problem but luckily Optical Express were able to schedule the appointment for the same day that we already had to take Daughter #1 to an outpatients appointment at Addenbrooks.
At -3.5 in both eyes, everything is dangerously hazy without my arsenal of optical wear (glasses, prescription sun glasses, contacts, contacts case, and solution). I tote it around religiously – I need to make sure that I am armed for every eventuality!
To celebrate their 21st year at the forefront of eye care, Optical Expresshas offered 21 bloggers and influencers, and one lucky competition winner, the opportunity to have laser eye surgery and to document their journey and experiences right from consultation through to perfect vision.
I am one of the extremely fortunate #Team21 members! I couldn’t believe it when the offer dropped into my inbox, but I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and – despite my fears and anxieties – grasped it with both hands.
Those of you who already follow me on instagram and twitter will know that I have already had the surgery… but as it’s such a big subject, I thought I would break it down and start from the beginning…
I’ve been powering through shortsightedness since I was thirteen and I’m now twenty six – I’m too squeamish about my eyes for contact lenses to be a viable option and I really can’t stand wearing my glasses. I’ve simply never gotten used to the feeling of having what is essentially a strip of plastic strapped around the top half of my face and so, being a stiff upper lip sort of chap, I’ve for the most part done without.
I’ve been pretty blind for as long as I can remember and have worn glasses since I was about 8 or so. My eyesight really deteriorated in my teens and when I was 19, I made the switch from glasses to contact lenses. That was a transition and a half. I had to wake an hour earlier than usual as it took me an average of 45 minutes to put the contacts in every morning. It drove me mad! Eventually, I got used to it, and I have worn them almost daily ever since and until recently, as annoying as it is putting them in and having to remember to take them out, it was fine and it worked for me. I’m short-sighted and my eyes have deteriorated to -4.25 in my left eye and -3.0 in my right eye, which means I’m pretty much blind.