Two Fridays ago, when Viv and I were driving home from a visit, I noticed that the vision in my left eye was kinda blurry. The way I noticed was that we were stopped at a red light, and there was a billboard placed at such an angle from us that I could only see it with the left eye (from the right eye, the view was blocked). The text on it was completely blurry! Then I turned my head slightly so the right eye could see it too, and the text completely cleared up.

Over the next couple of days I did a number of tests (where by “tests”, I mean, “trying to look at things with one eye or the other closed”). Again and again, I found that my left eye just cannot make out text at much of a distance. Within 1.5 metres it seems OK, but beyond that, smaller text seems unreadable. Stuff in general gets blurry too – tree branches, doorframes, etc. (basically everything). But my right eye seems to have perfectly fine vision, such that when I look at things with both eyes, I just get the clear view that my right eye provides.

But then, I also reflected that I’ve been getting a much higher frequency of headaches over the last couple of years, many of them concentrated specifically around the left eye. I always blamed my sinuses (I do seem to have crap sinuses) but I couldn’t help but wonder if this was related to the vision issue, instead.

So, I made an appointment to see an optometrist, and that was earlier today. The findings were completely unsurprising, really: I’m short-sighted in my left eye. I was recommended to get glasses, and I’ve now ordered some (they’re supposed to take 2–3 weeks to get made though). I was told that I don’t have to wear them all the time, because my right eye’s good vision means it’s not exactly necessary, but I suspect I’m going to end up wearing them most of the time, anyway. During the appointment, when the optometrist tested the correct lens for my eye, it felt really satisfying. Like, a lot of tension around my eye, which I don’t usually notice because it’s there all the time, dramatically eased up. I suspect that when I have them I’m going to feel a lot more comfortable, even if my actual dual-eye vision doesn’t improve that much.

Both my parents have been short-sighted since childhood, and my sister needs glasses for astigmatism, so until now I’d been the odd one out in the family with my “good” vision. I guess those days are over 🙂 Why it took until my late twenties for my vision to actually get short-sighted, when usually that develops in childhood or early adolescence, IDK. I also don’t know why only one eye is affected instead of both of them, although I’m certainly not going to complain about it, haha. At any rate, I’m really looking forward to having my new glasses in my hands (or on my face) and hopefully I’ll feel more comfortable once they are 🤓