Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Getting a new Fit

Yesterday I had my latest Eye Exam.

My RGP's were/ are on their last legs. 

As previously blogged about I had been on a hospital visit here in Malaysia to get a Topography done, 

but had not yet seen an optometrist here in KL yet to get a fitting done based on that Topo... 

As for yesterdays visit... I went to a local Optometrist I found via the Keratomania Facebook Group . 

As i might have already eluded to in previous post, my right eye is sort of along for the ride and not like the greatest contributor to my vision and i basically do most of the work with my Left eye, back in the UK I had already had a discussion with my Specialist that i might not need to do anything for the right eye, as it would not bring any value, so when i met with Darren from USJ optometrist we decided to check both eyes out, and determine once and for all if it would ad any value whatsoever, and we came to the conclusion via chart tests etc, that it would not.. 
if anything i could always ad another contact if required, but for now, nope, we go with just my left eye as the right one is "beyond" control.

Anyways after having spent several hours at the Optometrist i've of course ended up with sore eyes to the max, as was to be expected but a new tactical approach with regards to new type of Contact lenses, and instead of the Rose K. RGP's  I previously used, we are going to try Kerasoft ones instead.. which will apparently help with reducing my depth n width perception issues a bit better. less bumping into things is always nice (-: 

I'm still going to need Specs on top of that though for special work circumstances, and i chose a nice and light frame for that and they will be fitted with a lenses with "anti glare" film, with some new "Blue Zone(??) technology (i've forgotten the exact name of it, but my buddie Huai Bin recently blogged about a similar product BlueControl)

I also, very rightly so, got told-off for not owning a "Proper" pair of Shades, but a cheap market stall equivalent.
So  I walked away with a proper pair of Ray-Ban's in the end... Thank heaven i'm in Malaysia, as in the UK or Holland that would've cost me my whole months salary i guess..

All in all a tiring, expensive but productive day...can't wait until the Kerasofts arrive.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Lover of the Light

In all honesty, depending on how my eyes are behaving on any given day, im not a BIG lover of the light, and should wear my sun glasses more often i guess.. .but I am a BIG fan of the actor Idris Elba.

An actor who, in my opinion,  has a screen presence that you just cant argue with, but for some reason, I had not yet seen the video he did a year ago or so for Mumford and Sons's "Lover of the Light."

I knew the song and for me it had already a certain meaning,
probably best described in the article you can find right here where the writer explains beautifully how songs can have multiple meanings from one person to another.

In there, she describes how she had one interpretation of the song in her head, and then through the Video itself another.

She writes:

"The video portrays a blind man who abandons his cane and ventures out into the world to run free in nature. While eyes are mentioned several times in the lyrics, this video is not suggesting that ‘Lover of the Light’ was written about a blind man. Instead the video serves as a beautiful metaphor for empowerment and inspiration – a man who literally puts his weakness behind him and runs wholeheartedly towards the light."

The reason i'm bringing it up is because when I saw the video earlier today I ended up a bit choked to be honest.. it provoked soo many different emotions, whilst the subject was dawning on me, ( I wasn't aware Elba was portraying a blind man here) 

It "clicked" when I saw him navigating himself through his house ( and surroundings) in ways I still do myself, when I have "bad eye" days, using "touch of hands and arms as a guide for determining, width, depth and distance.

Suddenly i started paying attention, and pressed start again, to watch from the beginning, and that's when it hit me... this is me... apart from the being completely being blind part of-course, just "blind" moments.....
but more as a metaphor of having gone through slowly loosing my sight, having found out i have KC, having learned how to manage it, how to deal with limitations it threw at me, and more to the point, just learnt how to just get on with it...

or as the aforementioned writer said in a much more poetic way...

"a man who literally puts his weakness behind him and runs wholeheartedly towards the light."