Spice of Life column

Eye doctor visit challenging, but worth it

Brenda is done with cheapo drug store reading glasses, goes for a proper prescription

In this time when we see great surges of COVID–19 cases in the States where folks threw caution to the wind, gathered in great groups of human flesh, some figured the media was spewing a big hoax on them. The results are now in full swing.

What does all this have to do with us? Maybe those who feel they are invincible to the virus might take care to protect those around them.

All this went through my mind the other day when I went to get my eyes checked. I was told to be ready for the exam. Arrive on time, knock on the door and then follow instructions given by a nice worker.

I put on clean underwear (did that at home) and was ready as I can be. Hand sanitizer-done. Temperature-good. Face mask-not so good. Darn thing would not stay put. Hook it around my ear and twang the think would come off. Finally, I had it secured. I saw a big X on the floor and prayed they would not want me to stand there so I could be weighed.

Off to the first exam room. By now the mask was still leaving my face so the examiner found another mask for me that worked very well.

Read the letters. Did that. Since I am blind in one eye, I was finished quite fast. Next, I was told to sit. Chin here. l looked in the hole for the hot air balloon. Found it. A bright light or two was done to measure something or other. Off to the next room. Wait for the doctor. He came along. Look here and a few more bright lights. Next some drops. Sit and wait.

I went through this process because I wanted glasses that had the reading part included. I have 20/20 vision after cataract surgery. That’s 20/20 after having 20/300. How about that? I don’t need glasses but I need eye protection from the sun and other flying bits. One eye is what I hope to keep.

I wore sunglasses and bought drug store reading glasses. Darned annoying. The explanation about that is the pile of broken reading glasses beside me. I said to myself “why not get everything in one pair of glasses?” That is what is about to happen. With lots of help, I was soon told that in three weeks I will have a system that will help me a lot. Can hardly wait.

I had worn glasses for 73 years so I am sure I will get right back to the routine.

I will remember to use a mask when I must. I now know I need a mask that fits better. Thanks to everyone at the FYI optometrist office who helped me with the process. You made a big difference.

You can call 250-846-5095 or just email mallory@bulkley.net.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Witset releases COVID-19 strategy following three confirmed cases

Plan implements strict measures to contain spread of the virus

Meet the 10-year-old girl who grew a pineapple in northern B.C.

Emily Atkins discovers it takes a lot of patience to grow tropical fruit in a temperate climate

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

Single-engine aircraft crashes near Telkwa

Two occupants of the plane sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospital

UPDATE: Search continues for Thomas (Tommy) Dennis missing from near Kitwanga

Tommy Dennis was last seen Sept 16 wearing blue jeans, black cap, rubber boots, grey checked sweater

COVID-19: 4 more deaths, 366 new cases in B.C. since Friday

A total of 8,208 people in B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19 since January

Group wants Parliament, courts to hold social media to same standard as publishers

Daniel Bernhard made the comments shortly after Friends of Canadian Broadcasting released a research paper

B.C.’s Chase Claypool catches first NFL touchdown pass

Abbotsford grad establishes new record for longest scrimmage TD by a Canadian

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. has highest number of active COVID-19 cases per capita, federal data shows

B.C. currently has 1,803 active cases after weeks of COVID-19 spikes in the province

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

181 days gone: Family continues to look for man last seen in RCMP custody 6 months ago

Brandon Sakebow’s last known location was leaving Mission RCMP cell, police say; family has doubts

B.C. unveils new cannabis sales programs to help small, Indigenous growers

Government did not say how it will define small producers, but says nurseries will be included in the policy

Most Read