Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Blinded by the Light

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“Am I going blind?”

This was what I asked my ophthalmologist during my annual eye exam last week.

I’m weird about eyeballs. I could never wear contacts. The thought of touching my eyeball sends chills down my spine. As for the Discovery Channel episodes about eyeballs, can’t watch them.

Bright lights, drops, puffs of air, and the dilation readied me for the exam. The technician performed an array of tests. The finale was two photographs taken of my eyeballs. Spots stole my vision for a couple of minutes.

Finally, the doctor entered the room. We chatted briefly, and he took a seat in front of the computer to review my test results.

He scrolled through the screen before standing and turning off the lights. “I want to recheck a few things. Some of the readings might be incorrect.”

At first, I thought, okay, there’s always a chance for human error on the part of the technician. There was no error.

When the doctor asked me to lean forward, look through the lens, and read the two lines, I complied. The problem was, when I looked, I only saw one line.

“Are there two lines now?” I asked, blinking a few times.

“Yes. Let’s try it again,” he suggested.

My heart pounded in my chest. How can a writer write if she can’t see? How can I drive to my day job? Will I ever see my first book cover?

After a few adjustments by the doctor, I finally saw the two lines. I released a heavy breath and asked, “What’s wrong with my eyes? Why couldn’t I see the second line?”

He smiled and turned on the lights. “You were looking through lenses based on your current prescription. Your eyes have changed a lot since last year.”

In the end, the doctor showed me the pictures of my eyeballs on a giant screen, which gave me the willies. He said my arteries were in great health and there were no signs of macular degeneration or glaucoma.

With blurry eyes, I headed to the front desk to buy my new lenses. As I strolled out the door, I was relieved I wasn’t going blind. I was thankful for my good eye insurance that covered 100% of the over $400 exam, including the new lenses. I was also thankful that I only live one mile from my doctor’s office. Driving in bright sunlight after having your eyes dilated is blinding.

How are your eyes?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

144 thoughts on “Blinded by the Light

  1. I am glad you’re okay, Jill. I have noticed I probably need a new prescription for my reading glasses. I wear other glasses for distance, too, but I couldn’t handle bifocals! Anyway, yesterday I took Brownie to the vet, had forgotten my reading glasses at home, and had to have the tech read things to me on a form I needed to fill out! It was embarrassing, but mostly I felt frustrated! Enjoy the weekend!

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  2. I am due to visit the eye doctor but have been afraid to! I think I am okay with distances but I cannot see anything up close. Even my readers are not enough anymore! So glad you are getting new lenses! Of course you will see your book cover, you will see that shiny cover beautifully and uber clearly!!! 🙂

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  3. What a relief! This had me in suspense. What a difference having a right (re-adjusted) prescription makes 🙂
    Best wishes,
    Takami

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  4. Oh Jill I was right there with my heart in my throat with you during that appointment! I’ve had bad eyes all my life and my eye pressure was high for several years–which is a concern. I started taking a teaspoon of fish oil every day and it went away. My eye pressure went back to normal. So glad your insurance covered everything!

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    • Thanks, Kourtney, so was I. 🙂 I’m happy to hear the fish oil has worked for you. That’s interesting, I always thought you had to use drops to lower the pressure. Anytime you can avoid a prescription, it’s a good thing.

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      • It’s one of those weird home remedies. Fish oil helped with my eye pressure and my bad cholesterol levels. 🙂 Apple Cider Vinegar helps with my allergic reactions in my eyes. When I drink a couple teaspoons a day, my eyes tend to be less itchy and bloodshot. No idea why it works. 🙂

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