Sunday, May 11, 2008

Too Much Light

on friday i went to the opticians to have an eye checkup. he wanted a good look inside so dilated my pupils by putting some drops in them. this stung for about 10 seconds. your natural reaction is to shut your eyes tight, but the optician said you have to blink to let the air at your eyes and the stinging soon stops. you then have that "pitch black" look.

he made me stick my face in another machine testing my visual field where i had to press a button every time a little white dot flashed. the left eye performed less well as i am partially blind due to getting whacked by a ball some years back.

he dilated the pupils to have a "good look around in there". the eye hasn't got any worse and the scar tissue has stayed put. he is going to get a camera from the NHS pretty soon, and said i can come back in 6 months time to see what the inside of my own eye looks like. pretty cool. these photos were taken by my brother after i made it home.

i say after i made it home, because getting home was difficult. if you go through the same procedure, remember to take sunglasses with you. after stepping out of the optician's there was so much light! i had to nearly close my eyes all the way home, looking through slits. once home i felt like i could see in the dark! no need for a flashlight. viewing things up close and far aways was a problem though. things were only in focus within a certain depth of Bulbgirl and i went to the cinema.

seeing some mindless colourful eye candy like street racer seemed like a good idea; blurry kaleidoscopic visuals on a large screen sounded like just the thing. outside again on our way to the cinema we met my sister. i couldn't see her but Bulbgirl could. she was waving at me and wondered why i wasn't waving back. up close she thought that the enlarged peepers were a little bit freaky, another bonus to doing this.

street racer had started by the time we got to the cinema in Glasgow, so we saw street kings starring keanu reeves instead. my vision was pretty much back to normal by the end of the movie. if you want long term night vision you could go for a surgical shine job like Riddick in pitch black, or stick with a flashlight.

1 comment:

Monks said...

"no need for a flashlight"