‘Eyesight . . .’

I went to a new eye doctor yesterday to get checked out. I brought with me the results of my last exam, in November.

After that November exam, I’d waited – for insurance purposes – until the dawn of 2020 to get new glasses, then dallied my way through January and February, and then . . . well, ya’ll know what happened then. And since that November exam, the blurry spot in my left eye had become a bit more blurry – and the glasses I’m wearing were now somewhere between three and four years old – so I thought I’d have my vision checked again before I got new glasses.

As I expected, the previously discovered cataract in my left eye has gotten a little bit worse since November. One seems to be forming in my right eye as well, although it’s still minimal. I will have to have lens replacement surgery sometime, certainly on the left eye and perhaps on the right.

The doctor said yesterday that if it were 2019, he’d have me get the left eye done now. But it’s 2020, with all that entails, and he said another year will be okay, as my right eye is still fine and the left eye blur – was there ever a band called Left Eye Blur? There should have been – will be no more than an annoyance.

He said that if the left eye gets rapidly worse, I should call him and we’ll get the surgery done. Then he increased the strength of my bifocals a bit and that was that.

I chose a pair of frames roughly the same shape as my current glasses, gunmetal instead of bronze, and we were done. My new specs should be here in two weeks.

Not a lot of tracks on the digital shelves have the word “sight” in their titles. One of them is “Eyesight To The Blind,” written by Sonny Boy Williamson II (according to Second Hand Songs). There are a couple of versions he recorded that are floating around dated as 1951.

The video here is one of them, and it matches one of those in my collection. The notes – from an anthology I borrowed somewhere – say that it was recorded in Jackson, Mississippi, on March 12, 1951, and was released as Trumpet 129. I’m not sure if that’s entirely correct, but it’s nevertheless a fine, raw Sonny Boy track.

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One Response to “‘Eyesight . . .’”

  1. David Young says:

    cataract surgery was the best thing that happened to me. Painless and most don’t need glasses after. Because my eyesight was so poor I still need glasses, but only for reading. I can drive without glasses now.

    Practice holding your eye still in front of a mirror. For my first eye, I thought I was keeping still, but I wasn’t. It took 20 minutes or so. The surgeon said “keep your eye still” I thought I was , but obviously I wasn’t. I practiced before the next surgery. It took less than two minutes.

    Good luck.

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