Whiteboard eyes

Throughout primary school we’d often look at whiteboards and chalkboards during class. It was where teachers would write up tasks, math equations and words. For years I could see everything clearly. In fact, I wasn’t even concerned about my vision for all those years. It was never something I’d think about because there was nothing wrong with my vision. I could see everything clearly. Once I turned about thirteen or fourteen and I was in high school, that’s when I started noticing a change. My eyes started feeling like they were straining more. The writing on the whiteboard started to look like it was moving and jumbled. This was when I started questioning my vision and decided that I needed to book an optometrist appointment. Brighton is my local suburb and I was lucky that there was a good optometrist near me. My mum mentioned that she wasn’t surprised that my eyesight was suffering, especially since her eyesight was also quite poor.

During the optometry test the eye doctor ruled that I was in fact short sighted and would require glasses to be able to see the board. From this day I have been wearing glasses at university, at work, and when I drive. It was as of recently when I discovered that I needed to get my eyes checked again as it felt like my eyes had regressed. I was suddenly struggling to see the TV and watch films from my couch. I booked in for another eye test. Bentleigh had some available bookings so I went one day after work. It turns out that my eyes have in fact regressed. This is a common thing people experience as they grow older. Those who are in their twenties and are already short sighted report that the vision has gone more blurry, even with glasses. The optometrist told me that as we grow, our eyes stretch and this causes vision to get more blurry. While this is annoying, the eye doctor believes that my eyes shouldn’t get any worse.