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Jackie Hyland: Clearer vision

Posted May 4, 2015

Jackie Hyland, WRAL news anchor

It is so true in life. You don't know what you got 'til it's gone!

My whole life I have enjoyed perfect eyesight. I never knew what it was like not to be able to read up close or far away without glasses or contacts. That is until I hit my forties and, slowly, my perfect eyesight started to slip away. I fought it at first but eventually, after struggling to see and headaches, I gave in and started wearing glasses. I was so happy that viewers liked me in glasses. It really helped my confidence.

Recently, I have been struggling in everyday life. Sometimes I don't have my glasses with me and I squint to read my iPhone. Then, when I look up, everything is out of focus and it takes so much longer for things to come back into focus. It can be frustrating!

So, this week. I went back to see my eye doctor and told her it was time for me to try contacts. I know, I know. Millions of people wear them. But when it's your first time, well, it can be intimidating. After a couple of eye exams, my doctor picked out a pair of contacts and, before I knew it, she had popped them into my eyes.

It was not as bad as I thought it would be until I tried to take them out! What an awkward and uncomfortable experience. I felt foolish as my eye doctor's assistant watched me stick my finger into my eye repeatedly and fail to grab the contact! By the time I got both contacts out, my eyes were angry and aggravated. Then I had to put them back in!

I am still not ready to wear my contacts on television. I think the prescription needs to be tweaked a little. This whole experience has really taught me to appreciate what you have in life, because you never know when it will be gone!

Until next time, be well!

Jackie is the mom of a tween and a teen. She is an anchor for WRAL-TV. Find her here on Go Ask Mom monthly and follow her on Facebook.

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