#JusJoJan Daily Prompt / #SoCS – Jan. 21st/17 – Glass

Day 21 of Linda’s #JusJo Jan challenge, combined with her prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January is: “glass.” Use the word “glass,” or find something that’s made of it and use that in your post. Have fun!

Glass... Hmm, the first thing that comes to mind is glasses. Of the optical kind. You know, spectacles!

I am not a glasses wearer anymore. Around 2009 I had laser eye surgery to correct my extreme short-sightedness, and an astigmatism in one eye.It was then that I finally waved goodbye to my prescription glasses!

I was the tender age of eleven when I began to suffer awful headaches and blurry vision. An eye test proved that I needed glasses.

I recall so clearly the first day I wore my new specs home. I watched Neighbours every evening on BBC 1, and that day I was amazed at the fact that I could actually see the characters. But previously, I hadn’t even realised how blurry they had been. My whole world had been a blur, and now it was crystal clear!

At the time I was not a fashion conscious person at all. A pair of glasses meant nothing to me… and when I look at the photos I can tell! Good God, what was I thinking when choosing my frames! From a granny, to Sue Pollard, I had plenty of ‘looks’!


Then I developed a sense of style… well, kind of, and I hated to get photographed in them! As soon as I was able, I got contact lenses, at sixteen, then I felt top of the world!

It was great! I could wear sunglasses, do my makeup, and generally felt less self-conscious too.

As I started university, I realised that I was not going to be able to hide behind my contacts forever, so I invested in much nicer frames which still looked rather cool. At least in halls, or at lectures, the morning after a late night, it didn’t bother me what I was wearing, because the glasses were pretty trendy!

Then I realised that contacts weren’t always fun, especially if you fell asleep with them on, or if you managed to lose one!

Getting older, once I started work in the bank, I stopped wearing the contacts, unless I was going out. The specs lent a much more professional vibe!

Then after marriage, came kids, and the sleepless nights.

It was during those years that I started to wish for neither glasses nor contacts, but for my sight back. Grappling for my specs at night to tell the time as a baby woke for a middle of the night feed, or sometimes just wanting to know the time because the baby hadn’t woken, it occurred to me how much faffing around I was doing.

When Hubby Dearest suggested laser, I was intrigued but also scared. It was a frightening thought, someone cutting at your eye, but the outcome was something very appealing.

I didn’t get the courage up to even enquire until Lil Princess was a few months old, and was then told I had to wait until six months after I stopped breastfeeding before having the treatment.

So that was a possibility of another eight or so months before I could see again.

I did it, though.

And the feeling of opening my eyes, once they had settled the next morning, and seeing clearly straight away was mind blowing! It was like the first day of wearing glasses!

So it’s been eight years since I waved goodbye to my glasses, and as far as I know, my sight is still 20:20!

There you have it! Glass!

48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura
    Jan 22, 2017 @ 04:40:48

    I tried contacts once — unfortunately I’m one of those people who is completely incapable of touching her eyeball, so they were not an option. Now that I’ve graduated to bifocals I’m pretty much stuck with my glasses…maybe I should consider the surgery…

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  2. fattymccupcakes
    Jan 22, 2017 @ 04:02:10

    OMG! Hilarious! The middle picture is my favorite! I think you look ADORABLE!

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  3. syl65
    Jan 22, 2017 @ 00:12:18

    You chose the owl frames in your early years…meant you were budding with wisdom 😊

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  4. joey
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 23:42:57

    Wow! So brave! I remember my grandfather had eye surgery to repair his vision. Took him from a very complicated prescription to readers, and I was so impressed. I think eye surgery sounds like one of the scariest things ever. I’m glad you are pleased with your results! 🙂

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    • Ritu
      Jan 21, 2017 @ 23:57:56

      It is a scary thought.. but I stopped myself from watching videos of the procedure until after! It takes minutes to do and the results are amazing!!!



  5. John Holton
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 18:41:01

    My brother had Lasik and says he has been doing fine with it. Me? I’ve worn glasses for fifty years and see no reason to mess with anything.

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  6. dornahainds
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 17:44:00


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  7. willowdot21
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 17:08:59

    You are so brave Ritu, I wear glasses all the time because I cannot bear the thought of glasses or laser treatment! xxxxxx

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  8. pranabaxom
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 17:04:29

    The one on the right with those huge shades was kind of cool.
    I share the feeling. It’s been 20 years since I started wearing glasses. First reading and now progressive. That reminds me, need to get my prescription sunglasses today. Time to wake up😣



  9. charlypriest
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 16:58:50

    What you talking about, you are hot!
    By the way can you give me just any post from the new blog of Kruti to give her a comment, I can’t find it now. And also the link if you could.
    And by the way, you look gorgeous



  10. Judy E Martin
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 15:41:18

    It must be wonderful not having to worry about not being able to see properly Sis. I could not wear contacts or do the laser, but I can understand why people do, as it would make such a huge difference.

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    • Ritu
      Jan 21, 2017 @ 16:00:35

      It has been wonderful sis.best thing is being able to fall asleep whenever and wherever I want with out worrying about twisting my frames or dry contacts!!!



  11. jamivee
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 15:26:01

    This brought me back to my younger years when I first discovered I needed glasses. I already didn’t fit in at school and my new specs made me even more self conscious. I would put them on as I headed to the bus stop, and take them off as soon as I rounded the corner. Not one single day, from the age of 11 through the age of 16 (when I finally got my contacts) did I wear them in school. My grades suffered, since I couldn’t read half the chalk board, but I didn’t care. It’s funny, because glasses or no glasses, I still didn’t fit in. Now I wear them comfortably, as fitting in is no longer a concern, thank God!

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  12. Erika Kind
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 13:53:24

    It must be so cool to just wake up in the morning and not thinking about anything to have a clear view…. I am still not that far to laser my eyes but it would make a lot of sense thinking of the outcome!

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  13. vanbytheriver
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 13:17:49

    The center pic….I didn’t notice the glasses…I noticed the lack of your smile. Great piece, Ritu. ❤️

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  14. mihrank
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 11:17:53

    deeply spectacular. great words and introduction…

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  15. jacquelineobyikocha
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 07:41:41

    You’ve had quite a dalliance with spectacles 🙂

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  16. susieshy45
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 06:29:42

    That was a wonderful and positive outcome post. I was glad to read it as I am losing my sight each year, I appreciate each word I can read without them.

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  17. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 06:12:10

    Congrats on 3 years of great eyesight – good response to the prompt too.

    My eyesight was probably the best in the land at one time – but as I get older, life gets blurrier. My glasses are readers of various strengths – stronger as the hour gets later, and dotting the house – here a pair, there a pair, everywhere another pair.

    They haven’t figured out how to fix presbyopia yet. Bummer!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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