i wear contact lenses, gas perm hard ones. without going into the messy details, that is what works best for my particular situation. i am blind not very functional without them and usually we get along just fine and have for a long time.
this week they turned on me. my eyes were a little irritated earlier in the week, not uncommon during pollen season, and i did the things i usually do to help but it didn’t. today it became obvious that my eyes did not want any foreign how can you call us that? don’t we belong here? haven’t we always been good to you? objects inserted in them so i have been wandering about in foggy muddle most of the day just doing the few things that don’t require clear vision- laundry, napping, meditation, eating, a long soak in the tub….
once upon a time, i had backup glasses- like coke bottle bottoms and really great for fine hand sewing but impossible to use for walking, driving, and general life. the frame broke about 15 yrs ago and i never replaced them because they’re unbelievably expensive and really i only need them for things that go bump in the night and to find the right buttons on the microwave to heat water in my pre coffee morning haze. i now use the unbelievably thick, seemingly unbreakable lenses from the old glasses for this. i hold one lens up to one eye as needed to see what must be seen. i can, if bored enough, read awkwardly and use the computer one-handed this way. i just can’t manage the shift key.