Amber and the amazing regenerating eyesight

Last night when I looked at my diary to see what I had planned for today (because obviously my life is SO busy that I need to do that. I mean, it’s not like I could just write "Blog, eat, sleep" every day and be done with it, is it?) I found that I had written:

"9.15am – Amber"

Eh? The hell? Was I planning on being more "Amber" than usual at 9.15am? Or did I feel I’d need a reminder that I was Amber at 9.15am? Or am I just going crazy? I’m guessing Terry would probably go with "crazy", because despite the fact that everyone totally agreed with me that the whole "reading at the gym" thing = a bit weird, really, he is still maintaining that it’s a perfectly normal thing to do. His argument seems to involve proximity to the sauna and jacuzzi, which I guess could very well dupe people into thinking they were, in fact, at an expensive day spa and not AT THE GYM. Personally I think all the screaming children would convince me otherwise, but hey, that’s just me. (Also, Terry? You’re wrong.)

Oh, and 9:15am this morning was body pump, by the way. Not "Amber". 9:15am tomorrow is my first attempt at Body Combat, and I’m actually quite worried about this because apparently the fact that the schools are now on holiday means that hardly anyone goes to the classes all summer (there were only a handful of us in Body Pump today), and I’m having horrible visions of it just being me, on my lonesome, prancing around in front of the instructor rather than just hiding at the back of the room, like I usually do in classes. That would clearly be embarrassing enough in itself, but when you consider how clumsy I am (this morning I’d only been in the studio for two minutes and I’d already dropped my step and almost knocked over a whole pile of barbells), and I’m sure you can understand my fear…

Anyway, you will have gathered from all of this talk about gyms that my trip to the opticians on Friday was a relative success and I was not diagnosed with a fatal brain tumour. Or, indeed, any kind of "seen through the eye" tumor. Result! In fact, it seems my eyesight has actually improved since my last visit. Given that on my last visit it had improved from the visit before that, I’m guessing that within a few years I’ll be back to 20-20 vision again, and since I haven’t had 20-20 vision since I was about 9 years old, I’m quite excited.

The bad news is, for reasons to boring to go into here, I had to move to a different type of contact lens, which is more expensive than the ones I’ve been using. The cost of this isn’t huge, but it has made me wonder again about maybe getting my eyes lasered at some point. Terry is currently thinking about doing this too, but of course, Terry is brave and I am not, so I’m wondering: is the thought of not having to wear contacts any more enough to persuade me to allow a laser to be beamed into my eyes? (MY EYES! MY EYES!) Hmmmm. The jury is still out at the moment, but if any of you have had this done, please feel free to share your experiences…


13 Comments

  • Mags says:

    Hey, very cool that your eyesight is getting better! Mine has finally stopped getting worse and is in a holding pattern at the moment :)

    I haven't (obviously) had laser surgery, though I would like to in the next couple of years. Maybe I'll wait and let you be the guinea pig…

  • Fi says:

    I'd love to have my eyes lasered but because I am VERY short sighted, there's no guarantee that I would be totally fixed and it would be gutting to pay all that money for lasering and then still have to buy glasses.

    However, a friend of mine had her eyes lasered last year (I don't think her sight was as bad as mine to start with) and she says it's the best thing she's ever done.

  • Tracey says:

    I had eye surgery in August last year. It was the best decision I've ever made in my life, and I've never looked back (he he he) (okay it was a really bad joke). Seriously, every day I am pleased I took the plunge.

  • I've wanted to get lasered for years, but I'm cheap (read: unable to save money for the life of me) and am waiting until the cost goes down more. Apparently it drops every year, so maybe when I'm 60 and ready to rock the no-glasses-or-lenses look, then it'll be free and I'll be set.

  • Danielle says:

    If it's just you and the instructor, think of it as cheap individual lessons!

  • I had wonderful vision up until about 2 years ago when the world suddenly started to get a little blurrier. I have a pair of glasses that I never wear, but I'm find myself squinting more and more often lately, so I think it will be back to the eye doctor again pretty soon. It would be lovely if my eyesight would start magically improving though!

  • Jade says:

    I think I would rather wear contacts for the rest of my life than get laser surgery. Despite the fact that many people seem to have success with it, it is kind of a frightening prospect (esp. if you have an irrational fear of going blind:). I have also been wearing corrective lenses in some form since I was a kid; I have worn contacts for twelve years and about a year ago I started using Acuvue Oasys, and find them to be the most comfortable and durable yet.

  • Molly says:

    Body Pump sounds scary. I did a Turbo Kick class and it was not. fun. at. all.

  • Molly says:

    Body Pump sounds scary. I did a Turbo Kick class and it was not. fun. at. all.

  • Laser eye surgery scares the CRAP out of me. I don't know that I can ever do it. I'd rather continue to deal with contacts and glasses and shell out all that money because I know the chances of going blind are a lot less.

  • Katie says:

    I, too, am scared of laser eye surgery, though if they could guarantee perfection, I would totally get it done.

  • Stephen says:

    Sorry – been on holiday. Just catching up!

    I'm thinking about Lazer eye surgery too. Tell you what – you go first… ;+)

  • Amelia says:

    I had laser eye surgery – though not to correct my vision. I had a detached retina and they had to stick it back with lasers (sounds cool doesn't it?) It didn't take very long, and didn't hurt at all. I would love to have it to correct my vision but I can't as I only have sight out of one eye and apparently it is too risky.

    Apparently it isn't a permanent procedure – your eyes can still go short-sighted after the op. But as you say your eyes are getting better (lucky you!) so perhaps it wouldn't change.

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