Sight Seeing Sunday

1.) “I met a blind man…who taught me how to see…

A blind man…who could change night into day…

If I can…I’ll make you come with me…

Here comes the sun, and we’ll be chasing all the clouds away.”

2.) “Take a look into my eyes…

Tell me what you see…

Tell me is it true…

Tell me is it me…

Mirror, Mirror.”

3.) “Don’t cry for me Argentina…

The truth is I shall not leave you…

I kept my promise…

Now keep your distance.”

The first quote by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and the second quote by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard are why I am celebrating today.

For those celebrating Easter and Passover, I wish peace and happiness to all of you.

For me, today is Sight Seeing Sunday.

I had LASIK eye surgery on Friday. After a day of blind sleep, a whole new world has opened up to me.

4.) “A whole new world…a new fantastic point of view…”

Ok, enough of that.

I was never legally blind, and my heart goes out to those who have never had the gift of sight.

For me, glasses were simply a nuisance. I have lost them, broken them, replaced them, had them slide up and down my face, and have to try and either play sports with them or without them.

I never wore contacts, and just wanted to feel what so many people feel like every day.

I wanted normal sight.

With much trepidation, I decided to finally have LASIK eye surgery. I have pondered this for years, and I finally felt comfortable that the technology was advanced enough and the prices were affordable. I found a clinic very near my home that was well established.

Yet even advanced surgery involves risks. It is one thing to bet on a stock. Betting on my own eyes was not something I relished doing. I felt living the rest of my life with glasses was simply untenable.

The evening of the surgery I was able to see far away, but close up was blurry. Reading a book or anything online was not possible.

By Saturday things were improving.

After many hours of sleep and careful applying of drops, things improved further.

(Drops are miserable. I am uncoordinated, and have wasted plenty of drops by misfiring. They also taste terrible, which shows how badly my worst misfire was.)

I can now see. I keep reaching for my glasses on my face only to remember that they are not there.

While it is way too soon to judge, my initial reaction is that this is paradise.

I can see like I have never seen before.

I do not have to worry about my friend trying to get me to hit on another guy in a bar because I cannot tell man from woman.

I have an appreciation that cannot be measured in words.

I cannot wait to complain in September that my supposed high definition television is not really high def.

After three decades of glasses, I am finally free. I will need reading glasses one day, but to just walk around without them is fantastic.

Not everybody has my experience. I am lucky and so far blessed.

Now I need to find a cool pair of shades.

In my closet I found sunglasses from college. I found one pair where in the corners I can see behind me. They may look dorky, but for girl watching they rock.

Maybe I will buy a pair of Kool Moe Dee glasses and bring back the 1980s rap look.

Shades will now be a fashion statement rather than a necessity. Try wearing shades over glasses. Two hats looks intelligent by comparison.

This really is a beautiful Sunday.

Oh, and as for the song by Eva Peron from Evita, that has absolutely nothing to do with anything. One of the side effects of being cooped up in my condo is the equivalent of cabin fever. Singing show tunes is the first sign of brain rot.

So as I mumble through a Susan Boyle tune…

5.) “I dreamed a dream and time went by…

Something or other worth living…

I dreamed a dream…”

I am just happy that I am now 20/20 bordering on 20/15. I pray this continues.

Sight Seeing Sunday is here, and it is more beautiful than I could have possibly imagined.


One Response to “Sight Seeing Sunday”

  1. Congratulations, Eric. Enjoy your new eyes!


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