I was sixteen when my parents took me to Pearl Vision in Torrington, Connecticut. It was my birthday we were there to get contact lenses!!! I was thrilled and excited with the anticipation of not having to wear glasses. I’ve worn glasses since I was 8. I’m near-sighted, and well….blind as a bat. Playing sports has been a challenge. Sweat is not good for keeping glasses perched on ones nose. Also, when a ball is whipped at ones face, and slips past the catcher’s hands…let’s just say I had to get new glasses. Then there is skiing. If you are a glasses wearer then you know about the fog that suddenly appears before you eyes as you enter a warm building from the frigid outdoors.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am ever so grateful for my glasses. Without them I would not be able to see the wonderful things all around me, and being an art teacher, that’s kinda important. I just want to experience looking at my face without their presence. I want to be able to buy sunglasses that won’t cost an arm and a leg. I want to look at my world without frames to block any details. There’s so many more cool things contacts can do that glasses just can’t provide.
So…on my pricing hunt for Kendra’s glasses (yep, she’s got em too) I asked one of the optometrists if I was eligible for contacts. He said, “Yes, and I can order you a free trial pair.” I have neglected to finish the “When I was sixteen” story which makes this next part of the story so wonderful! At Pearl Vision I had my eyes examined and then we met with the optometrist. I don’t remember all that was said, but I do seem to recollect something said like $600 a pair. You see I have an astigmatism and the contact lenses at that time were just being developed to handle people like me…ya know those special people who need to pay extra for stuff. Anyway, $600 was way out of my parent’s budget and we left. To say the least, I was crushed. My anticipation snuffed out. I remember crying and crying and crying, filled with disappointment. So knowing how I felt back then makes the “Yes” I got now that much more wonderful! As I type this entry I am the proud wearer of my very own contact lenses. I am enjoying all the wonderful things contacts have to offer me. I’m still getting a bit used to them, but it is so worth it! I’ll be attaching two pictures in the near future. You decide…contacts or glasses?