I Can See Clearly Now

by Sherry Riter in Memory


vision eye chart

When I was in elementary school, the whole class walked single file to the nurse’s office every year to take the eye (vision) test. No one, including my parents, knew that I had a hard time seeing. I felt that it made me “lesser” of a person and I didn’t want eyeglasses, so I never revealed my problem to anyone. While all the other children took their turns covering one eye then the next reading the lettered eye chart hanging on the far wall, I would stand in line and memorize the correct answers to the eye chart questions.

Many people in my family wore prescription glasses. I loved them and thought they were beautiful and handsome, so I have no idea why I had such crazy ideas! Anyway, when it was my turn to step up to the line, cover one eye and read the chart, it was as fuzzy as a foggy shower door after a very hot bath. That didn’t matter. I would pass the test each time because I had completely memorized the correct answers.

Now that I am older, I actually think eyeglasses can look cool or add the intelligent factor to your appearance. It all just depends on the style of eyeglass frames used. Of course, I now know that it doesn’t make me any better or worse than another person. I was so ridiculous as a child! I love my “bifocal progressive four eyes” which enable me to see clearly. Besides, I will always look studiously intelligent because I wear them faithfully.

I guess I should have preceded that last sentence with “Nerd Alert!”

Disclosure: I will be paid by GlassesUSA for my post.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anything Fits a Naked Man March 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I never needed glasses and have always wanted them. I think they make everyone look so much more intelligent!!

What a smarty you were to memorize the chart beforehand!! Sweet!


2 Oh Sew Good March 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

If I went by your "theory" then I would be intelligent some of the time. hahahaah 🙂


3 Mrs. Claus March 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

LOL!! It is funny, I didn't read your post before I posted mine . . . that cracks me up!!!


4 Teresha@Marlie and Me March 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I was purposely failed an eye exam so I could get glasses! I got an incredible headache and threw them away.


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