Wonder Wednesdays – What is astigmatism?

What is astigmatism?

If you read yesterday’s life update post, you probably saw this topic coming… 😆

Answer: Astigmatism is an eye defect in which the cornea, the clear round part of the eye that covers the pupil and iris, is not shaped correctly.

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Or you could simply say that a normal eye cornea is shaped like a round ball while an eye with astigmatism is more like a football. This causes light that enters to be bent which means that the light rays don’t reach the back of the eye as they should, causing images to blur or distort. Sorta like this:

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Some websites defined it as a “refractive error.” For me personally, without my glasses, LED clocks are one of the hardest to read because the light from one number blurs into the next. (And until I got my glasses, I thought this was a normal thing and wondered how people could easily read those things. XD) Turns out, this usually causes light to not focus correctly, and in my case, bright lights became painful.

So, how does one get it? Most people are born with it. But luckily, glasses or contacts usually fixes it. 😀

Crystal Clear – Life Updates, June 2018

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I did one of these and I thought it might be time I wrote another.

As you may or may not have gathered from some of my past posts such as Allergy Season Poetry And Flower Photos, I’m an allergy sufferer. This year had been a lot worse in some ways than previous years for some reason with pressure. It turns out a lot of the sinus pressure behind the eyes that I thought I had wasn’t sinus pressure…

We made an appointment for me to get glasses. I was so nervous that I pretty much worked myself into quite a few anxiety attacks. 😅 But as usual, I made a mountain out of a molehill. Everything went fine. My eyes are healthy, just tired of trying to focus on stuff.

Glasses fixed the majority of those problems I was experiencing. 😀 I knew that I couldn’t see in the distance. I haven’t since I can remember. Haha, I thought I could see fine up close, but it turns out – I couldn’t. XD I’ve never seen this clearly before. It’s a shock. I was a bit queasy and a little dizzy after putting the glasses on for the first time. My brain was overloaded with seeing everything up close and far away.

Haha, I actually thought that all lights such as white letters on a black background on closed captioning on TV, LED clocks, etc were supposed to have little halos around the letters, which made it extremely hard to read them when they blurred the next line of text or letter and number next to each other. Turns out, they don’t. And this is caused by something called astigmatism that I was apparently born with. But the glasses took that away. It’s still weird seeing things as they are supposed to be seen.

So after over 25 years of my eyes trying to adapt to astigmatism, my eyes were tired and sick of it, and it manifested itself as mimicking sinus pressure.

For those of you praying for me, I thank you. 🙂 God answers prayer! Sometimes in unexpected ways. I wondered if perhaps my allergies caused a sinus infection or something, but nope – turned out, it was mostly the eyes. And the actual allergy problems are not so bad now – no allergy meds needed presently. 🙂

As for my adventures so far with my glasses…

  • I may have annoyed my mom by reading too many sale signs in the shopping center, and business signs, road signs, and speed limit signs on the way home…
  • When I got home, it took me a while to get used to seeing myself with glasses. I’d walk by a mirror, “WHO IS THAT – oh.”
  • I spent five minutes with glasses cleaning cloths and the spray on glasses cleaner trying to wipe a smudge off the glasses and was annoyed that every time I put them back on, it was STILL THERE. Turns out, it was glare. (Go ahead and laugh – I did! My dad did too. He was the one who suggested it was glare. XD)
  • Taking photos of myself – or my mom taking pictures of me – might be more difficult now because of the glare problem. And also, during a recent video chat, the glare on my glasses was literally showing my friend that I had two laptop screens for eyeballs. O.o I’m still working on figuring out the best angle to get rid of it.
  • I accidentally left the spoon in my tea after stirring in the honey and came close to scratching the lens  – or knocking the lens out – when I took a sip of it. (Thank you, Jesus, for protecting my glasses – and using the glasses to protect my eye!)
  • It’s nearly impossible to keep the glasses on my nose when trying to garden. As soon as my face becomes oily, they slip down my nose. My dad called me “Granny” like in the Beverly Hillbillies, which I found amusing. XD I had to go back to the eye care center and have the glasses adjusted. Now they stay on my face.
  • I saw a vulture flying low over our road. And… I actually saw it. Not a fuzzy thing being washed out by the bright sky. Crazy!!!
  • I can wiggle my ears – the left ear the best – and I’ve discovered that I can make my glasses dance on my face. I wonder sometimes if I am too easily entertained…
  • At this point, without my glasses, everything is super fuzzy. I guess this means that my eyes are now used to my glasses and aren’t trying so hard (which I’m glad of because I don’t want them to feel like they are going to explode), or I just didn’t realize how fuzzy things actually were before and now I have a crystal clear image to compare it with.

And this concludes my adventures of getting glasses. 🙂 See you tomorrow for Wonder Wednesday!