Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Monitor installed

While I shuttled children this afternoon, Elvi drove down to Burlington to retrieve the new monitor. Gosh, I'd forgotten how nice its screen looks.

I calibrated it in ColorSync, which advises you to squint or lean back from the monitor as you calibrate. (Un)fortunately for me, I have keratoconus in my right eye, so all I have do is close my left eye and the monitor gets blurry.

I've worn glasses or contact lenses since Grade Two. I developed astigmatism in my teens, but contact lenses corrected for that. When I decided to switch back to glasses a few years ago, the optician couldn't get rid of some slight double vision. I saw an ophthalmologist on his recommendation, and the doctor diagnosed the keratoconus in the right eye.

At the time, the only options he presented to me were expensive hard contact lenses or corneal transplant surgery. Since the lenses will need to be replaced if the keratoconus worsens, I opted to do nothing.

I'm a big wuss when it comes to eyes. I feel uncomfortable when someone only points at my eyes with a popsicle. Putting my contacts in is fine, but corneal surgery? Not yet.

Soon, maybe. I'm pretty much legally blind in my right eye now. I can't read these words with my left eye closed until I get about three inches from the screen.

Other options have developed in the meantime, such as Intacs. I should look into this again. I wear my glasses everyday, but wear contact lenses for hockey, and I'm not sure there's a non-surgical solution that's flexible enough for my lifestyle.


Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

Desperately want lasik surgery but what if there's a blip in the power while the guy is using the lazer on me? What if lightning strikes their emergency generator? What if the surgeon sneezes? What if the anesthesia makes me throw up? All of these what-ifs could result in lazer stripes across my face and a blind eye! Yeah, forgot my meds today...

January 17, 2006 2:51 PM  

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