While traveling, I had my contact lenses as well as glasses. I figured I might benefit from wearing the lenses, as they improve my distance vision. Funny enough, I never wore them. The saline solution was extra bulk in my luggage, and expired by the time I returned to Canada. I nearly tossed it somewhere between Shanghai and BC, but refrained just in case anything happened to my glasses before reaching home.
Are any of my readers who travel ever preoccupied with the idea of glasses breaking mid-trip? Or even losing them? At times, I would be looking down, perhaps over a bridge or even out at sea from the freight ship, and feel them slip down the bridge of my nose. This made me aware that my eyewear is a bit precarious. The screws are lose and need repeated tightening.
A friend recommended Japan’s ridiculously cheap fast-turnaround optometrists, such as Zoff or Jins, and I did peruse a few of them out of curiosity. However, I knew my prescription is a pain, and that it may take longer to have glasses made. Since I didn’t stay in one city for longer than a few days at a time, this made it difficult to arrange final pickup. I also worried about the quality of the prescription, since places like LensCrafters are known to either refuse my prescription or possibly make ill-fitted lenses with the wrong strength.
I researched further into Zoff et al when I returned from my trip. Sure enough, it looks as though these cheapie lens-makers may have hindered instead of helped my vision. Perhaps as an emergency backup they would have sufficed, but in the long run my eyesight would have suffered. What I read online is that these companies only ‘roughly match’ a customer’s prescription to whatever they have lying around in stock. This can work for people who just need a small vision correction, but ultimately, I’d be back to a LensCrafters-ish result. I’m not even sure they would have taken me as a customer!
Happily, the same frames are still on my face. I’ve however, become hyper-aware of the potential of loss or damage. I really should invest in a backup pair, but already my prescription is insanely-priced, and I’m still largely unemployed after returning from my trip.
Being blessed with low vision means my other faculties are somewhat heightened. I’m very useful at finding other people’s lost items, even if I usually can’t find my own! I survived my adventure in Asia, but did notice some deterioration in my sight while sitting on the ship home. Trying to document my escapades one night, I noticed my eyes skipping around the page trying to focus on my own handwriting. I’ve since had episodes of blurry vision I can’t quite blink away. It feels like something’s in my eyes, or like I need to clean my glasses.
My eyes feel tired or strained more easily than they used to, but maybe that’s just a normal result of the aging process. What scares me are the spots I noticed while on the ship. Not quite floaters, but something I can only compare to the loss of partial vision I sometimes get with migraine aura. The spots haven’t resurfaced though so that’s positive.
Ah, my lousy vision. I knew it would definitely deteriorate over time. Maybe life is supposed to unfurl like this. Sorry, I think this turned into a downer-post LOL.