Like many people, I wear glasses/contacts. I’ve had them since fourth grade.
|Little Gia - I look normal enough, eh?|
Unlike most others, my glasses are INCREDIBLY STRONG vision is atrocious and I cannot see a thing without them. Like, if someone has 20/20 vision, something that is 20 feet away LOOKS 20 feet away. My uncorrected vision is approximately 20/650. Something that is 20 feet away looks 650 feet away to me.
|Sexy Blurry Boyfriend|
So, I don’t just need my glasses to drive, I need them to function on a daily basis.
|Whoops. More eyeball poking|
And, like the 99% of the population, I’m pretty poor right now. I’ve spent the past 6 or 7 years without eyecare insurance. This isn’t incredibly unusual, I know. But it meant I go to the eye doc at Walmart. One step up from that guy with the van in the back of the parking lot who offered me discounted lasik. Lasermobile? No thanks, ax murderer. I won’t have you harvesting my eyeballs for your weird doll collection.
|Also known as Rapemobile 3000.|
I’m lucky in the fact that my prescription hasn’t changed since high school. But that means I’ve had the same $20 WalMart frames and lenses. The bad thing is that coating on the lenses is all chippy and whatnot. Day to day, this doesn’t bother me. But at night, it creates giant halos.
Why am I bringing this up now? Because we recently had Daylight Savings
AKA the worst time of the year for me.
See, I work til 5pm. And from March-October, this isn’t a problem. I can wear glasses to work, hop in my car, do some highway merging, and get home no problem. However, wearing contacts for 8 straight hours of looking at a computer gives me headaches, probably because I have the vision of a bat.
|Is that a swarm of gnats or some woman's hair? Probably gnats. Better go swoop into it.|
Once darkness hits, all bets are off. All I see are bright lights coming at me and I have no idea what lane anyone is in. It’s like driving with a granny:
|[Cut me a break. I can't draw cars.]|
Except I’m not senile, so it’s FUCKING TERRIFYING.
My current solution has been to suck it up and wear my contacts. Sure, it causes headaches and my eyes hurt and it makes me miserable, but at least I’ve managed to get myself home in one piece so far.
However, my current job provides eye insurance. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!
So mark it in your calendars, kiddies. Tuesday, December 6th. Gia has an eye doctor appointment! She’s going to get brand spankin’ new glasses!
[Yes, Gia may find out that the night driving issue is due to her bad vision and not her shitty glasses and even brand new glasses won’t fix it, but let’s not rain on her parade, shall we?]
FYI, I’m also going to inquire about lasik surgery. Sure, I won’t be able to afford it for a few years and sure, Boyfriend says its like being in A Clockwork Orange, but hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?