When I was young I resisted wearing glasses completely, except for looking at the blackboard, and later, driving the car. Contact lenses changed all that, but I was very careless with them, and on my third pregnancy my eyes rebelled, and my optician told me I'd have to stop wearing them except for special occasions. And that's exactly what I have been doing for the past 13 years. I'm almost used to wearing glasses full-time now, but I still have a love-hate relationship with them. They're great to hide behind, but I always try and whip them off if a camera is pointing at me! Vain? Obviously I must be. But it's not just me: even my Dad got a tooth implant in his late 70s.
So what are my options?
1. Permanent contact lenses
Apparently these are supposed be a safer option than laser eye surgery .... which I thought was completely safe! But since it was contact lenses that gave me problems, I don't think that this is the solution for me.
2. Keep wearing the specs
They're not that bad, but they're annoying in the rain, and the heat, and I feel old and unattractive when I wear them. They're also expensive - I never seem to be able to find any cheap frames that I like, and then I cannot bring myself to sport the milk bottle look either, so I pay for specially thinned lenses. Luckily I don't lose them, but still. The thought of spending my 80s - if I get there - searching around for my lost specs again does not fill me with joy, so perhaps I should try something else?
3. Laser eye surgery
Tell me I'm not the only person who always thinks of this scene every time someone mentions lasers:
So laser eye surgery was always going to be a hard sell as far as I'm concerned!
Yet as time goes by, more and more of my friends are getting this surgery done, and all of them have had a good experience. So why not me too? Especially as that long overdue cheque has arrived and I don't plan to spend every cent on the kids. Apart from being totally terrified, I'm also worried that laser surgery won't solve all my eye problems, especially my developing long sight. I have visions of not being able to shave my legs or put on mascara without poking my eyes out! But this week I was told that I was wrong about that too...so what do you think, should I go for it?
There is one other option you see...
4. Going naked
With my eyes that is. It came to me the other day when I was having a quick coffee with friends. They had pushed their sunglasses into their hair, and I suddenly wondered what would happen if I did the same. At first everything looked quite blurred, but gradually my eyes adjusted until my friends were just in soft focus, and I could still hear everything they were saying. Yes I do 'hear' with my eyes as well as my ears. Just me? I don't believe you.
I did it again this morning. Headed off for a run during rush hour, without my glasses. Since it was a soft day I did not miss the drops of rain on the lenses that would be normally be blurring my vision. I did not get run over either, and I was even able to count the seven "No to Garth Brooks" posters on Clonliffe Road, that seem to be the total sum of the high profile protest against the five planned concerts at nearby Croke Park.
Going naked is cheap and not scary, and until this week it was my preferred option. But now I'm wavering.
There's one more worry too. I wonder if getting laser eye surgery would be tempting fate, as my Dad was diagnosed with cancer shortly after getting his tooth done.
What do you think? I'd love some more opinions.