I’m Legally Blind…?

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, but there is a perfectly good explanation for it: I couldn’t see. No, I didn’t go blind; I simply got my eyes dilated. For those of you who are unfamiliar with eye dilation, it’s just something they do at the eye doctor for every checkup that makes you unable to see well for a few hours after. (I could see well enough to watch TV, but not well enough to read actual words, let alone write them.)

For today’s post, I am going to give you a play-by-play of my eye doctor experience.

I had a 4:00 appointment so my mom dropped me off at 3:45. When I opened the door of my doctor’s office, I was surprised to see every single seat filled. I signed in and then awkwardly stood in a corner for a solid 5 minutes before an open seat was available. While waiting, I read Dolly Parton’s autobiography, which is quite interesting, and after about 15 minutes I was called into ROOM C. This is where I do a preliminary eyesight test with an assistant (not the actual doctor). I was able to see pretty well with my glasses. Not perfect, but not terrible. I then was sent back into the waiting room for another 15-20 minutes before being called in to see the doctor. He examined my eyes with various machines and then told me to take out my contacts and put on my glasses. I didn’t like the awkward silence so I asked why I see better with my contacts, as opposed to glasses. He ended up speaking in gibberish about the reasons for a solid 3 minutes, during which I paid absolutely no attention.

He then asked me to read letters on a screen and I did extremely bad and could barely see anything. He then told me to take off my glasses and read from the screen (with nothing to correct/help my vision! gasp!). I could not see a thing (not even any blurry black) and then he put huge lines on the screen (bigger than the Big E) and I couldn’t see them. My doctor then proceeded to tell me I’m legally blind (????) and that I’m 20/200 (I think…I wasn’t really paying attention to numbers, as I was more wrapped up in the blind part). So that was nice….

Then came the dreaded moment…eye drops. No one will ever understand how much I hate this part. You then have to tilt your head back, look up at the ceiling, and sit there as he puts multiple eye drops into your eyes that sting. After that, I was sent to the waiting room to wait for my eyes to fully dilate (which was the purpose of the eye drops). I always look so weird with dilated eyes (which is when your pupils become huge) since mine are usually always so light. On a person with brown eyes, it’s not as noticeable.

I then went back into the waiting room (again) which was kind of awkward because it looked like I was crying, as my eyes naturally teared up from the eyedrops. Lol. Awk. Because I couldn’t really see anything, I couldn’t read my book, look at my Twitter newsfeed, or text my friends. Instead, I took out my iPod (which is very old and has very old songs) and decided to listen to a few songs. Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” immediately came on and, as it turns out, the iPod wasn’t plugged in and it STARTED PLAYING OUT LOUD. Everyone looked at me and I quick;y put the headphones in and just sat there with my eyes closed, trying to act like nothing every happened….But it did…..Oh well…….

About a half hour later the doctor called me back in, gave me a new prescription, and I left. My dad picked me up, got me La Bottega (avocado salad; no almonds) and I went home. What a riveting story!

Later that night I watched Bachelor in Paradise (which I LOVED…let me know if you want me to write a post about my thoughts!) and then said goodbye to Carly who I won’t see until Thanksgiving!

That’s pretty much it. If you read this far, then you are awesome.

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