Hi Everyone, it's "Jay" your host from QueensCast!
QueensCast, as you may or may not know is sponsored by Magruder Laser Vision, one of the nation's foremost vision correction facilities. You'd think that we all run around here with ability to see through walls, but this is not the case, some of us have been bestowed with contacts and glasses since what feels like the beginning of time.
Therefore, I'd like to share with you my journey to vision clarity — When I was in fourth grade, I would have headaches and stomach aches every day in school. No matter how close I sat in class, I just couldn’t quite make out the chalkboard. My mom took me to a local optometrist to have my eyes checked and we quickly realized I would need to get glasses. When you’re eight years old, glasses are not cool. As I got older, that statement rang truer as each year passed. Glasses break, we lose them, they get scratched and kids outgrow them at an alarming rate. Plus, my eyes kept changing, so a new pair was needed each year.
I was able to convince my family, and my eye doctor, into letting me start wearing contacts when I was only twelve. This was prime Middle School years we’re talking about. I was entering the seventh grade and being able to ditch the glasses was a big bonus during those awkward years. It was also a big responsibility. Even though contacts had come a long way since my mom had given them a try, they were far from perfect. I had a strong prescription, even at my young age, not to mention astigmatism. I remember the first time they put them in my eye. The technician had three inch fake nails and was coming straight at my eyeball! They sent me home with detailed care instructions, a fear of women with claws and not to mention bottles and bottles of solutions. This one pair of soft contact lenses was meant to last me the entire year.
Care and maintenance of my contacts and eyes were key — but I was twelve. No one likes waking up and not being able to see what time it is. So I did exactly what the doctor told me not to do, I slept in my contacts. Shhhh, like you've never done it! There were times that I didn’t take my lenses out for days at a time. The problem is these lenses were meant for an entire year and without proper cleaning they were growing their own science experiments. This opened the door for eye irritation, scratches, and even infections. I’m lucky I didn’t do permanent damage to my eyes.
As the years went by, technology advanced, and I was able to get lenses that were thinner and were meant to only last a month. They were more comfortable than before and my doctor thought I might take them out more often if they only last a month. WRONG! That was not my logic. I figured I had two options:
- The first option consisted of, “why take them out to clean them if I only have to wear them for a month and then you get to throw them away?”.
- The other thought was, “if I take them out every night and keep them clean, I can probably get a couple months out of them and save a bunch of money!”.
Both of these ideas were awful. But hindsight is 20/20, or in my case now — 20/15, but that's jumping ahead!