August 27, 2016

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Vision for a person involved in guided imagery is somewhat metaphoric. After all, words are what help create the visual scenarios for someone undergoing such meditative treatment. It is the imagination that makes the words come alive. It is the skill of the person guiding the imagery that makes the process viable and worthwhile. I remember one of my favorite sessions. The therapist or person directing me to enter another realm started out with soft-spoken descriptions of a beautiful garden complete with leafy green trees, beds of coordinated flowers, and fountains spouting gentle water sprays. There were vast expanses of lawns upon which birds alit in pretty patterns. The success of a guided imagery tour is in its ability to captivate the listener and to hit something within that resonates with strength and power.

So vision is part of my life in more ways than one. No wonder I rushed off to the eye doctor the minute I felt that it was failing me. My usual clarity wasn’t there and no doubt I need a new pair of glasses with a stronger prescription. I told the doctor I am having trouble reading even large street signs. Forget the small ones; they are impossible. I feel like I could use a magnifying glass.

I made an appointment for a complete eye exam and was surprised upon arrival that the doctor pulled out a pocket Snellen eye chart. You know the standard chart with rows of letters, each row getting progressively smaller. No more of those charts posted on the wall that you can re-read before the doctor asks you to. Who hasn’t cheated at least one time before? It seems that the pocket size is practical an easy to use in a flash for a preliminary assessment. For a major one, you have to sit in front of the professional lenses and tell the doctor which version of what he is showing you works best. It takes a lot of time. Hence the quick pocket version that started off the appointment just so the doctor could see what was initially wrong.

My sight had indeed changed and I was growing more nearsighted. I was given a new prescription to take to the optician. Two weeks later I was wearing the new pair. I was ecstatic as I exclaimed, “I can see clearly now!” Something as basic as upgraded lenses can make such a big difference in your life. I also enjoyed selecting a more attractive pair that suited my face and enhanced my features. I had the old glasses so long that I had completely forgotten about this important facet of fitting eyeglasses. If you look like a schoolmarm, you have not made a good choice. If you look like Marion, the librarian, you have aged yourself by years. If you look modern, you may have hit the right mark. Glasses are very much in vogue and there is no stigma to wearing them. Plus, contacts are uncomfortable and expensive.