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My new glasses

June 15, 2020

Since my brain injury a couple of months ago, suffering concussion, I have experienced headaches, eye problems and a general level of difficulty in thinking that I call ‘brain fuzz’.

During New Zealand’s COVID lockdown, it was impossible for me to get my vision assessed. Two weeks ago, when I did, I was diagnosed with an astigmatism. The optometrist suspected that my brain was compensating for it, and then post-brain injury it lost that ability, revealing the issue.

I’m now two days into wearing my new glasses. I’m still getting used to them, and I’m still finding my feet with the remaining concussion symptoms. I have residual self-image every time I see myself in the mirror. I don’t look like “me”. FaceID recognised me straight away. I’m sure it won’t be long before I feel the same.

I don’t mind having to wear them though, having clarity of vision again is awesome.

I now have the ability to work at my computer for longer, more easily, before my concussion symptoms rise.

I’ve regained a sense of self returning back too. I realise now that the over-head of my eyes not working properly was perpetually clouding my headspace as much as my vision. I feel more like myself again. It’s wonderful not to feel so much like a stranger in my own body.

Me, wearing my new glasses


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