Friday, 22 June 2012

The Beauty of Clear Vision

Specky Four Eyes
I picked up my first pair of glasses today… well, as long as you don’t count glasses in a pub… and I have to admit I feel a little stupid that I haven’t sorted that out earlier in my life.

I had to get them for my impending driving lessons (yes, I’m 38… I should have sorted that out earlier, too), but have quickly realised that they’re a far greater benefit than I originally envisaged.

For more years than I can rightly remember, life has been a blur beyond middle distance, so, for example, I had problems reading street signs until I got close up to them, and the stars – which I’ve always loved - became a fuzzy soup of diffused light.

I went out the back of my office, earlier, with the glasses on, and nearly cried happy tears, just watching the clouds…

With a little help from modern science, my long-distance vision is now perfect; it’s like upgrading from watching television on a 1970s set, to a modern, widescreen HDTV system. Even the colours are brighter and more vivid through the lenses of these glasses.

The level of detail in the banks of clouds that I simply couldn’t see before is astonishing. It’s not that they didn’t look great before (I have a thing about cloud-watching), but the feathering and definition is so much clearer.

Yes, I am rambling, but really… if you were like me and dithered over whether glasses would improve your life, don’t hesitate.

Now, I’m waiting for the Sun to go down so I can see the stars clearly again! And I can’t wait to get back to the mountains, before too long.


  1. Les,
    You look absolutely adorable!
    Just like Simon the chipmunk in Alvin and the Chipmunks. Welcome to the world of clearer vision, honey.



  2. Awesome! Wait until you go to the movies! And go to art museums and look at paintings! And architecture! And people's faces! --Adrienne

  3. So you got yourself a pair of Truth Glasses like in the movie They Live! Welcome to the 'real world'.

    I got mine my final year in college. All those blurry-faced weirdoes passing by me on campus actually turned out to be my friends.

  4. It must be an amazing experience.

    btw - didn't recognise you compared to your profile pic.

  5. Thanks so much. I am due for an eye exam. For the first time ever, I am having problems with my near vision.
    Thanks for spurring me to action :)

  6. It's good to enjoy the simple things in life :)

  7. Suzanne Lucero23 June 2012 at 11:12

    Les, I'm so happy for you. I, too, had to get glasses, although my problem was opposite of yours: I could see the trees, clouds, and stars clearly, but the words I love to read so much were beginning to blur.

    Good vision is a wonderful gift, one no-one should take for granted. Glad you got yours sorted. Enjoy.

  8. Les, you look great in the glasses! Congrats on finally getting things sorted out. Hope you had a nice clear sky to gaze at the stars last night. It does make a world of difference. My vision is the same...things in the distance are really fuzzy. That makes for excellent effects in a film, but can be a bit dicey in the real world. Enjoy your new eyes. :)

  9. I know the absolute amazement and delight at being able to see! I'm really REALLY glad you finally did this, you funny man. Oh yeah, they look GREAT! Enjoy seeing the world :)

  10. The simple things are the best:)

  11. Les Floyd , its one of the practical issue you have blogged today . Well let me not drag it to much it so happened with me a couple of months back one of my audience group like 4eyes or soda(Trying to pull my legs) in my motivational talk. I just gave a smile and answered 'its my clear vision , Make ur vision clear today for your better future'.

  12. I know exactly what you mean, when I got my new glasses last year I actually cried in the shop!! because I could see so clearly, I noticed every detail of everything around me. THe biggest shock of all was when I looked in the mirror! and saw how I had aged and looked "unkept" which of course I also worked on, through diet, sport ect. So my new glasses changed my life completely

  13. Congrats, enjoy your viewing pleasure. I know where you're coming from; although I've been wearing glasses since age 9, I went through an 8yr period of eye strain after final exams in school & when it was sorted it felt great to be able to read again after years of being stuck on page 6 of Stephen King's The Dark Half, to be able to use the computer without constant headaches & blurry vision. Well done & good luck with the driving - you can do it. I, too, took to driving later than the average person - I passed my test @ 35.

  14. Hugs to you! I can so relate. My youngest son was 8 when we realized something was wrong with his vision. We took him to a Pediatric eye specialist said he was legally blind and then prescribed glasses for him, telling us that he would never have 20/20 vision. My son kept insisting nothing was wrong with his eyes. To him this was the norm and he had no way of telling a difference until he put his new pair on. His first words to me were, "Wow, Mom, you have freckles." He never goes without his glasses.

  15. I love your new glasses, Les, and what an uplifting blog you wrote today about the joy of being able to see! I was going blind to the point where even eyeglasses and contact lenses could no longer correct my vision. Earlier this year, I underwent eye surgery in both eyes and I am now seeing 20/12 for distance and only need 1.0 reading glasses for the finest print. It is a true game changer when you can see! God bless you, and may you have the gift of sight forever!

  16. YAY For you!!! This is the First I have seen of you with your Glasses on..Looks Great.I Know the exact feeling you mean about seeing things so much clearer..I have needed Glasses for most of my Life but put it off due to vanity..I enjoy reading and seeing the Beauty in Life too much now to be Long without mine.My Sight is blurry also when I dont have mine on..
    All The Best
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    Linda S Bates

  17. Good for you. I've just started to need them for reading. And I concur: after 38 (or so) years, it's a drastic change.