Optometry

The Punch Test

I have sustained an injury. That’s a nice way to put it. That makes it sound more pleasant than it probably is. Simply put, I got punched. My kid got into an argument with another kid while the parents were around, and when I stepped in to break it up the other dad got defensive and he punched me. No biggie, really. It just means that now I have a black eye, and my eyelid is swollen shut so tightly that I can’t actually see out of it. I wanted to make sure that my vision is okay, so I visited a Brighton eye doctor to get checked out. She literally gasped when she saw me, which made my stomach drop. Apparently, my injury looks a lot worse than I had initially thought. Guess my son’s friend’s dad packs a powerful right hook.

We did a couple of preliminary examinations, and the optometrist said everything was fine, but that I should rest for about a week. She also offered me a few different remedies to soothe the swelling. The cheapest was just plain ice, which I appreciated because it’s simple to make in big batches. The most expensive product she offered me was a purpose-built eye cream that I could get a prescription for and pick up from the pharmacy. This special cream had a promotion attached to it – if you purchased the cream you could book your next eye test, for Bentleigh customers only. Luckily, I lived in Bentleigh so this wasn’t an issue. I travelled to the pharmacy to pick up the cream and then went home to start freezing some water for ice. It’s going to be a few weeks before my eye returns to normal. I’m a bit embarrassed to go out in public looking like this, but my son just thinks it makes me look cooler. Small victories, I guess?

I See All

Okay, after six months, I’ve decided to make an update on my visions. This is only because my vision was really out of the ordinary, and I need to get it to the wider public. I need to get in contact with the person they call ‘Wheezie’ and let them know that they are loved. That’s all I can really say in a public forum, but if that’s your name please get in touch. I have more to say. 

I know this might seem a bit far-fetched, especially for those of you who are new to this forum. To bring you all up to speed, I got an eye test local to Brighton two and a half years ago now and everything changed for me. I went to get the eye test because I was seeing flashes of God-knows-what in the corner of my eyes and I wanted it to stop. The blurriness in my vision was giving me headaches and I just found it really difficult to concentrate at school and in daily life. 

Nowadays, I often wish I had never gone to the optometrist. Not because she didn’t do a good job, she definitely did, but because now I know too much. I shouldn’t know what I know and I’ve been told time and time again that what I think and see isn’t real. I know for a fact that what I see is real. I see more now because of my visit to the behavioural optometrist than I’ve ever seen in my life, and more than anyone else will ever see.  

To be frank, I don’t really care if you guys believe me or not. All I care about is that I talk to Wheezie. I need to tell her what I know. It’s not much, but it would mean a lot to the person close to her that I’ve spoken to. 

If you’re out there Wheezie, please get in touch with me.