Watch Your Kid’s Eyesight Please

I feel pity of this girl. I spotted her at a shopping mall in Southeast Asia, sitting in a stroller that is definitely too small (later I found out that it is her sister’s stroller), keeping herself busy with her parent’s smartphone, holding it so close to her eyes. And as you can see she already wear glasses to correct her vision.

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She reminded me of the little me, when I was 10 or 11. I wore glasses as well at that age, being unable to see the board at school. Back then, it wasn’t smart phone that keep me busy, but books. I read hell lot of books, holding it as close as the girl in the photo held her phone. I read at night, on the bed, in the car, at the restaurant, anywhere.

Nobody told me not to held the book that close, or to took off my glasses while reading. At -2, I could still read books without glasses. Just like the parents of the girl, they just keep themselves busy with their stuff, happy that their kid keep herself busy instead of bugging them.

I can tell what will happen with the girl, based on my own experience. Soon enough, being forced to focus so close for a long time, the eyes will adjust. It will focus so well within that short distance, at the expense of distance vision. I required thicker glasses to see the board at school, and soon enough, the only thing that I can do without glasses is to read book, holding it that close to my eyes.

If she still keep her habit, and nobody tell her to put the phone further away, or to play outside, just like me and my book, I continued my habit. I still held the book that close, with my glasses on. My eyes kept adjusting with the need, as witnessed by my climbing prescription. Without I realized, now I can’t even read the book at the distance without eyeglasses. I only noticed one day, when my glasses broke. I was shocked that I really can’t see anything to do anything. I’m crippled, disabled, and needed the crutch called eyeglasses to function.

I was lucky that with my high myopia and inability to see anything without correction, I don’t have any other eye problems that usually come with high myopia. I hope the girl is lucky as I do, or even better, can someone please tell her to take care of her eyes?

Five Items on Deserted Island

In response to Daily Prompt: Five Items. A classic question, revisited: what are the five items you must have on a deserted island?

I would like to start this post with a caveat: Just because I’m in a deserted island, doesn’t mean that I want or plan to live there and stranded forever.

With that in mind, here is my list of 5 must have items on deserted island:

  1. My eyeglasses, if I would like to have a chance to survive
  2. A tent to hide from the sun, and to sleep
  3. Satellite phone, or some kind of radio communication. It is good to connect with someone
  4. A boat or raft, so I can visit some nearby island for variety.
  5. A multipurpose knife for various purpose, such as cutting trees, fruits, etc

What’s yours?

Ignorance

In response to daily prompt: The Eight Sin. You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason.

Then let ignorance be the 8th cardinal sin.

When someone know that something is wrong, but pretend not to know and won’t do anything to fix it, or when we see someone in need, but won’t lend our hand, that is ignorance. And it won’t make the world a better place, hence why it should be the 8th cardinal sin.

I think we human should help each other, to get things right, and strive to make the world a better place. Too much focus on our wellness at the cost of those around us and the environment is ignorance.

So, ignorance will be the 8th cardinal sin.

Meditation

Aside from putting my glasses in the morning, I don’t have any other favorite routine. In fact, the glasses routine is a matter of necessity and survival than favorite. True that I drink coffee every morning, but as told by nananoyz, it is for the survival of others. Since I live alone, the coffee really are not a daily necessity.

But, as part of my new year resolution, I have started a daily routine in the past 2 weeks: Meditation. For the last 2 weeks, I spared 10 minutes in the morning, right after I woke up to do 10 minutes meditation.

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I have been following the mediation program from headspace, practicing mindfulness. While I’m not there yet, I do feel calmer and controlled in my daily chores at work.

And I do still drink 2 cups of coffee for the survival of my coworkers.

At the moment, I’m near the end of the Take10 program as part of the free trial, and considering to pay for the subscription. If any of you are paid subscriber, I would love to hear your opinion and review. Should I pay and join the program?

This post is written in response to dailyprompt Just Another Day. I’m not affiliated with headspace or any of their marketing agency, not even benefit from referral.

Eye-glasses

It is 2 pieces of plastic, insignificant for most people, but I consider it as part of myself. It always go where I go, including the most private place such as bathroom and bed. In fact, in the bathroom, I shower without my clothing, but sometimes with that plastic piece. It is called eyeglasses, and it means the world to me.

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My eyeglasses has literally means the world to me, without with, world become colors blended together. It is an integral part of my eyes. It is not natural part of my eyes, but just as with the natural part, all of them is needed for me to see.

It is the window to the world for my eyes, literally

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This post is written in response to WordPress weekly photo challenge: Eye Spy

Walking Outside Without Glasses? Not Advisable

This simulation below is why for someone with high myopia like me is not advisable to go outside without glasses. I was walking along a road that is being closed for traffic, and cleaning up my glasses when I heard my friend yelled at me.

“Watch out for the branches”

By reflex I look up, and squint while cleaning up my glasses.

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What branches?

“Where”, I asked her. “I don’t see anything.” “Put on your glasses,” she replied. I follow her advise, and immediately understand what my friend was talking about.

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Oh that branch

So, yeah, walking without glasses is not advisable for someone who need -12 correction. At least, not where the road is full of dirt and garbage

The Squint Reflex

It is no secret that people with myopia tend to squint a lot when they are without correction. This is especially true for those with low myopia, as it helps to make things clear. I remember doing it a lot when my glasses was not up to date.

However, I don’t think high myopia squint a lot. First, you seldom see a high myopia without their glasses, for obvious reason. Squinting doesn’t help high myopia much, if at all.

But apparently I was wrong. I was cleaning my glasses during my morning run when I heard a horn. I instantly look up, and in a reflex, I squint. I think, the squint reflex was built in every myopic person, low or high.

At least, I was right on one thing: squint didn’t help much. It did help to transform the white wash out in the distance into vague shapes

Halloween Night Walk

In response to WordPress Daily Prompt: Trick or Trick

“Trick or Treaat!”

A bunch of teenagers yelled as I answer to the bell. I immediately regret it, as I just run out of candy. It was pretty late, and I don’t expect any kids to still come and collects candy

“Sorry kids, I just run out of candy”, I answered.

“Then it will be trick”, one of the kid said.

I think for a moment. Just for the sake of Halloween, I thought. “OK, what will it be?”

They discussed for a while, then said: “We want you to walk to your fence without glasses.”

I took off my glasses. Those kids instantly blend into the blur. I squint hard and can see the greyish line under the street light. The fence. “OK kids, move away, blind lady coming”

I did it without hassle, as I know my yard very well. The kids were happy as they took off. But the experience left me to think, what if the trick was for me to walk through cemetery, at night, without my glasses?

Happy Halloween

Augmented Tamara

Tamara wasn’t born and grow up with high myopia. It would be easier if she was wearing glasses in the young age, but she doesn’t. All of it changed when her parents died in a car crash, leaving her alone with no money and no family.

In need for money, Tamara signed up to an experimental technology that promise to enhance human’s vision. The technology basically inject the natural eye lens with experimental nano technology. The nano tech can help to cure myopia, and enhance the vision by adding Virtual Reality to the vision. It is sort of having a built in Virtual Reality in your eyes, without the bulky VR google. She thinks that it would be cool.

Tamara woke up with a little headache from the procedure. She look around in her hospital room, but can’t tell anything different in her vision before the procedure. A nurse came in, alerted when she woke up.

“Good morning Tamara. How do you feel”, she said.

“A bit of headache. But other than that, all is fine. However, I don’t feel anything different in my vision”, Tamara answered. “Was the procedure fail?”

“No”, said the nurse. “The procedure will instantly correct myopia. But since you have perfect vision, you won’t notice the difference. We haven’t activate the experimental Virtual Reality Technology. The doctor will come in a minute to activate it”

Just as she finish, a tall Russian man come in. “Good morning Tamara, I’m the doctor in charge here. How are you feeling today?”

“Fine, thanks. We just have a chat about the VR technology, and that I haven’t feel any difference”, Tamara responded. “BTW, I haven’t got your name”, she said to the nurse and doctor.

“You will in a minute”, the doctor answered. With that, he pulled out a device, no larger than a remote. He pressed a button, and Tamara felt a tingling in her eyes. Suddenly, a yellow display showed up in her field of vision. It has the name of the doctor and nurse in it. It says: Dr. Leonid near the tall man, and Ms. Alina near the nurse.

“Wow… this is cool”, Tamara exclaimed. When she moved her head, the letter remain close to the doctor face, until it is out of her vision. “What else can it do?”

“A lot”, Dr. Leonid answered. “We have programmed several program on it, such as face recognition, street map, building plan, etc. It is connected to the internet so that if it can’t find the information in the built in database, the nano tech will query from internet”

“Oh wow…. this is cool…..”, Tamara still amazed. “So the program is successful. When can I go home?”

“I’m afraid that this is your home now Tamara”, said Dr. Leonid

Tamara look puzzled. “But this is hospital. I signed up for experimental program. You did the procedure, and it was successful. Now I want my money and go home.”

“Well, the procedure has always been successful all the time. We put up the advertising to attract young talented and motivated woman like you to become Russian secret agent. We enhance your vision to do the job, and tap it to our central computer so we can see what you see, and hear what you hear. This will be your home now.”

“NO WAY”, exclaimed Tamara. “I want to go home. You can take your money, but I’m leaving.” With that words, Tamara rushed out of the door, and run through the corridor.

As she runs through the hospital, she noticed that it is getting harder and harder to see things in the distance. She can see the face of the nurse as she pass by, but she no longer able to read the direction board until she is exactly underneath it. And soon, she no longer able to read the signage, even though it is right on top of her head. She started to bump into things and people, and when she finally find the main door by chance, she no longer able to see anything.

Her vision has deteriorated into hazy color blobs. She need to feel around to find the hospital wall, and walk, when she heard the voice of Dr. Leonid.

“The nano tech can cure myopia as well as causing it. It reacts when you are out of certain distance from your room, the further you are, more myopic your eyes will be. At the moment, your vision is around -70 uncorrected.”

Tamara lean into the wall closing her eyes and crying. “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME????” Tamara can see her tears clearly, but other than that, everything is dominated by white color. It is as if she look through sand paper., with bright contrast hazy color run together on a white blur”

“How do you want me to do my job then? I can’t even see anything”, Tamara said when she able to control herself.

“We can override the programming, so you can see clearly and perfectly. And with the enhanced nano tech, you will be able to recognize things that is important for your mission. You will go into high ranked official, entice them to sleep and have sex with you, while at the same time perform your job as a spy”

“But no, I don’t want to have sex with strangers. It is impossible for me to fake it.” Tamara’s voice started to shiver as she imagine her new job.

“Don’t worry, we will provide a training for that. We also have it covered with nano tech, just in case it failed.”

Tamara feel a tingling in her vagina. First, it was mild, but getting more intense as Tamara feel aroused. Tamara started to moan, her hand rubbing her vagina and clitoris. “Ooohh.. please… ah…. don’t… do… this… to… aaahh… me…..”

By now Tamara crunched in squatting position. She tried to stand, but every move on her lower body only add to the intensity of the sex pleasure that the nano tech creates. She hunched and walk to the direction of Dr. Leonid voice.

“Plea… aaahhhhh ahhhh ahhhh…aaaaahhhhh”, Tamara come to orgasm before she can finish her words. She falls to the ground, blindly and out of control, as the orgasm took over her body. It was the best orgasm that she had. Once it is over, she laid on the asphalt, breathing hard to regain her composure and thought. Suddenly, she thinks that her new job is not that bad”

“I guess… I …. have … no choice….,” she said while catching her breath.

“Welcome to your new home”, said Dr. Leonid.