It’s 1:30am and the alarm sounds. Snuggling my sleeping bag closely around my neck, I’m not ready to move. For a few moments, I secretly wish I heard the pitter-patter of rain on the tent. But, eventually someone starts moving and eventually the whole crew is ready for this alpine start. The mountain awaits us and so do my contact lenses.
Bet you didn’t expect that one.
Whether it’s clunky classes or contacts that are easy to lose, dealing with corrective lenses when you’re an outdoor fanatic can be a real bummer. Putting the contacts in your eyes in the wee hours of the morning, knowing you won’t take them out until a good twenty hours later, is sometimes quite torturous. I have never braved the wild with my glasses, but I can only imagine how annoying it must be when you’re fiddling with a helmet, goggles or sunglasses. Then there is losing the contact lens in the snow (done that) or a hiking trip (done that) or having it in for so long that it dries up almost completely (done that, too).
But, I can see clearly now! After a few years of humming and hawing, I finally underwent laser vision correction last week (PRK Advanced Custom Wavelength, to be exact) and I am so excited to see the world with new eyes. It was a tough recovery, but it will be well worth it. Finally, I’ll be able to stay up late watching the August meteor shower and roll out of my sleeping back during an early start and not have to fiddle with lenses. I won’t have to worry about dust dirtying my eyes when I’m running down scree slopes or whether or not I remembered to pack some contact solution when I hit the trails.