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Seeing The World In A Different Light

By Bob Proctor

I remember as a kid coming home from school and seeing my Mom sitting there wearing a pair of glasses. This was new! I asked her what was the deal with the specs and she said she needed them to read. She reminded me she was getting older and that it wasn’t uncommon for a person’s eyes to start going blurry when they hit their forties or fifties.

My Dad, on the other hand, had always worn glasses… at least as long as I could remember. I was so used to them on his face that it wasn’t until he took them OFF that he looked funny. But he wore them almost all the time and even required two pairs, one for in close and one for far away. I realized his continual dependence on these vision aids was at times inconvenient but he was ‘blind’ without them. I hoped I’d never be in that boat.

Back in the 1980′s a new procedure hit scene that allowed people to do away with their glasses by having laser eye surgery performed. While not approved by the U.S. government for use in the States for almost ten years many still found a way to have the procedure done. Many just slipped over the border to Canada where it was legal. It was also widely available in several European countries.

When finally approved for use in America laser eye surgery took off in popularity. Many opted for this method of vision correction and, while there were some problems, results generally were very positive. Today, some fifteen years after official approval the technology has advanced and the procedure has become quicker, simpler and safer. The older, riskier methods are still available, however, and their main attraction is the lower cost.

I find myself frequently comparing form versus function as well as quality versus cost value. Buying hangers recently, for example, I was faced with two options in the store. They had wood hangers and they had the plastic tube ones. I could buy a dozen of one type for about the same price as only two of the other type. I needed a total of ten. Which kind would you have chosen?

Mom and Dad have both had their eyes done and are very pleased with the results. They’re both in their 80′s and have no need for corrective lenses at all. This also means no more trips to the eye doctor for a new prescription and to pick out the latest and most trendy new eye glass frames. Their glasses went into the trash bin.

I’ve been thinking about having the operation myself. That new bladeless procedure looks painless and easy. Mom was right after all, and I’ve needed to wear glasses since I hit 45. And, as I expected, it’s a pain.

Bob Proctor has been writing articles since 2006 and is an expert on line man tools, however he also likes to write about leaflet holders

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Proctor, Bob "Seeing The World In A Different Light." Seeing The World In A Different Light. 2 Jul. 2010. 10 Jan 2015 <>.

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Proctor, Bob "Seeing The World In A Different Light"

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