Initially, when we were first dating and
he got me this wonderful set of golf clubs. All excited. Got the shoes, got the clubs.
I did lessons. He taught me a lot. And I tried and I practiced and
I hated it. So, out of frustration, I gave it up. I just said, you know what, it’s not something I’m gonna do with you so… I remember one time, I think it was in third
grade, I actually caught the ball. Someone kicked it and I caught it, and it was
such a huge moment for me because I had never caught a ball before! Well, every other time, I got hit in the face or it went by my head. I just said, “Well, gosh, I must be a real klutz then.” You relegate yourself to the fact that
you’re going to be the last one picked, so you know, it was just a bummer. The eye exams I mostly had were the
ones that they did in school where you just read the eye chart. And if you
could read it, they checked the box and you were good to go and really had no idea that there were other
eye issues. So I just thought I was a klutz and there was so much more to it than
that. Kathy’s condition is isometropic amblyopia. She has
one eye that’s much more farsighted than the other. And she also had one eye higher than the other eye and couldn’t focus properly. So she was using one eye. So, he explained how my brain works in relation to my vision. All these years, I had adjusted
and compensated and didn’t realize that it was even a problem until he diagnosed
it. I was like, “Oh, my gosh.” I just thought I needed glasses and I had no idea.
It was a very a-ha moment. The fix was vision therapy. Seems so innocuous, but it really made a
difference. It’s just a matter of, I think, retraining my brain to work with my eyes. Well, as far as therapy’s concerned, if done properly to fruition, it’s good for life. It’s like riding a bicycle. Once you get that skill in place, do you retrain on your bicycle next year? No, you put the bicycle in the closet, take it back out a year later, get on it. You ride it again. No problems. I didn’t realize how much depth perception was compromised. The, the biggest thing was just knowing what it was, and then knowing that there was something I could do to make it better. It wasn’t just about a stronger
prescription. This actually fixed the problem, which is pretty cool. I just
couldn’t golf because my vision didn’t allow me to hit that tiny ball. Now that I can see,
now that my eyes work, we can do it together, so it’s really kind of cool. Of course, this has helped me to realize how
critically important vision health is and how it shouldn’t be ignored until you think
need glasses when you’re 37.