Monday, January 14, 2013

Vision Problems

Photo by Carol at Christmas 2012
A few weeks ago I was clicking away at an event with Tommy's camera. I was having a hard time getting into focus and when I'd check the screen the picture was blurry. I approached a young man and asked him to help me figure out how to adjust the focus. He pointed the camera, looked through the lens and pressed the shutter button half way down then informed me that the camera was on auto-focus. Duh!
He gave it back and I pointed to the same group, pressed the shutter button half way down and told him it was blurry again. The poor guy didn't know what to say. I thanked him, checked to make sure my glasses were clean and took a few more photos.
I finally gave up and took a seat.

My sister Carol had the same problem with her vision while on chemotherapy. And when it was over she had an eye exam and got new glasses. I received a new eyeglass prescription BC (before cancer) and I decided to go ahead and order a new pair. Julia first helped my daughter order a pair and then it was my turn. She told me that she was on chemotherapy a few years ago and had similar problems with her vision. She recommended that I check with my doctor about using eye drops. When we finished with the order I ask if I could have a hug.

A week later I picked up the new glasses. This time, Annie, one of my favorite eyewear consultants, was there. Annie has helped me several times over the years but I didn't know she went through chemotherapy too. Wearing a scarf is like a beacon for survivors to share and give us hope.   The doctor came over to visit and explained that when I finished chemo I should come back for another exam to see if my vision changed. Annie made a note on my file to replace the lenses for free if that was the case. After she adjusted my new glasses she gave me a big hug. It was a heartwarming experience.

I love my new glasses but most of the time my vision is still blurry.