Goodbye Grumblings

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I can see clearly(er) now

Blurry nasturtiums
An approximation of what I saw without glasses until yesterday

For 51 years, my left eye has been useful for motion, colour and shape–and not much else. I’ve been grateful for it, and quick to point out that it’s better than no sight at all when doctors dismissed it, saying I had “one good eye.”

But yesterday things changed. I went for cataract surgery and had a new lens inserted. Last night, I covered my left eye and looked in the mirror without my glasses on. I looked at my right eye with my right eye. I beheld the impressive dark circle under my right eye. Clearly, I need more sleep. But it was fascinating! There are so many things I haven’t seen with my right eye. I’m even imagining being able to read (rather than guess) some of the rows beneath the big E on the eye-test chart.

Red nasturtiums and green leaves
This is closer to what my right eye sees now WITHOUT glasses! 🙂

As I understand it, my vision will change and improve over the next month. My brain may even learn to see in stereo. Does that mean I’ll be able to throw straight and catch things? Who knows.

Right now, I’m seeing the world in a new way, and I’m grateful for the medicine that makes it possible. I’m also thankful that the joy of being able to see better is strong enough to help me overcome half a year of not writing.

Nope, nothing to grumble about here, so we’ll let that sleeping dragon lie.

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About GrumblingSusan

Word lover. Story addict. Daydreamer. Optimist. Ottawan. Treehugger. Scouter.

12 Replies

  1. Tyke

    Holy —-!!! That gives a whole new meaning to the song line, “What a difference a day makes, 24 liddle hours”.
    I am almost jealous.
    The discoveries you about to make, that we ‘normal sighteds’ take for granted. From the flight of a Hummingbird, to the impish fun in a child’s smile.
    Congratulations, I am sure you will agree, it looks good on you.

    1. GrumblingSusan

      Hi, thanks for reading and taking the tyme to comment. And for the puns. Much appreciated! Still waiting for eye number 2. Thanks to glasses, I have been able to see hummingbirds occasionally, when they stay put, and the various impish expressions on all sorts of faces. It will be neat when I can see them properly without help! Maybe January. (-:

  2. Lise

    So very happy for you Susan! Must be amazing!

    1. GrumblingSusan

      It is really neat to see edges without glasses on. Kind of fascinating to watch my vision go from blurry to clearish depending on how I turn ny head. Thanks for reading! (-:

  3. Lorie

    That’s so great! John had cataract surgery in both eyes and couldn’t believe the brightness of the white snow. Amazing what’s possible these days!

    1. GrumblingSusan

      I know! David’s laughing at me cause I keep turning off lights when I spent the last few years turning them all on.

  4. Aunty Gwen

    A joyous day indeed! And Happy Birthday! XOXO

  5. Debbie Soroczan

    Yay! So happy for you! I remember getting my first pair of glasses at 16 and seeing individual leaves for the first time in who knows how long. A miracle that I could play Little League up until then!

    1. GrumblingSusan

      Another reason I am glad we live now, with today’s medical tech. (-: Thanks for commmenting!

  6. Kath

    Such great news. Most auspicious way to celebrate a birthday, too!!
    I’m thinking on my perspective change story, so you’ll see more from me later.

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