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I Am Blind As a Bat Without Glasses

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    Must Have Glasses Is Understatement

       Except for reading, I need glasses for every other aspect of my life.  I got them in Kindergarten and they have been a ever present part of my life since.  I'm 20/50 to 20/70 corrected vision with a astigmatism, myopia, and stereo blindness.  The only limits I have is no...
    PrairieDog71 PrairieDog71 41-45, M Jul 17, 2012

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    But that doesn't mean I can't see how many

    fingers you're holding up, geniuses Okay, maybe it does but hey these glasses are doing a good job Ten years with glasses and counting
    iiArial iiArial 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 6, 2014

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    I am practically blind without them .

    Sometymes its depressing I feel ugly becoz of dem
    poulamibonnie poulamibonnie 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 6, 2014

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    Blind As a Bat.....probably Worse!

    I am totally useless without my glasses - or rather without my glasses or contacts as I am usually in contacts rather than glasses but you get the idea. Without either I am blind, they say as blind as a bat but maybe a bat is better off. I am very short-sighted - I am in the -12...
    Helena1989 Helena1989 18-21, F Sep 21, 2009

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    I Wish I Could See Myself Sometimes

    I know when I don't have my glasses on (sometimes even when they are on) I don't always see everything. I have tripped, fallen, and even ran into things that people say "didn't you see that?" I can honestly say no I didn't. It's rather amusing and I really wish I could see it...
    Tara277 Tara277 26-30, F Oct 15, 2013

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    Eye Chart?

    Take away my glasses and I'm not even sure where the eye chart is, let alone being able to read the thing!
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F May 27, 2012

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    One Day - Lasik

    In the meantime, yes - I am a blind as a bat without my glasses. I've had them since I was knee high to a circket and it's just gotten worse over the years. It's not that I don't look good in glasses mind you, but it's just frustrating at times because they need constant cleaning...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 28, 2009

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    Everything Became A Haze

    I was diagnosed with strabismus when I was about 2 and have been wearing glasses ever since. I was the cute little bug eyed Blonde girl who had to sit in the front row of every class. When I turned 11 I got contacts and wore them for a couple years but I now have glasses again...
    BlackTattooedEverything BlackTattooedEverything 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 6, 2013

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    - 4.50 in both eyes, with astigmatism in the

    right eye. Okay, technically not blind but, anything more than a foot from my face is not clear.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 19, 2013

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    Damn Keracotonus its really bad now.

    I hate it in 2 years I've gone from perfect vision to needing stronger and stronger glasses. Its not even like glasses are that amazing, they hurt after a while and the need to wear them is annoying but meh, without them I can barely read anyting. Yesterday I couldn't even make...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 6, 2013

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    Sometimes i can't even see

    that there are words on a sign, let alone what it says. I can't see anything past like three feet its such a pain
    anovasiangel anovasiangel 16-17, F Mar 26, 2014

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    Well, only people close to me knows

    that I wear glasses. Imagine my horror when I had eye infection that lasted for a week, I had to skip work. :p Nope, I don't wear eyeglasses outside, I am not comfortable wearing it. I am near-sighted and I only wear clear soft contacts which I replace monthly. Planning on have...
    myzunderstood myzunderstood 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 6, 2014

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    Blind Without Glasses To

    just had a yearly eye exam and was told my vision is 10/350 with out glasses and 20/20 with. she told me without glasses i am legally blind. so i knew my vision was so bad that i can not see the big E at all but i did not realize it was this bad. i cant even see a person face...
    littlema07 littlema07 26-30, F Nov 12, 2012

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    Number Thirteen

      I first had to get glasses in the third grade although my eyes weren't really that bad at that time. And like any other kid at that time I believe glasses weren't cool that I would be an automatic freak or nerd so I tried every single way of breaking my glasses...
    Dormantdrakon Dormantdrakon 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 9, 2009

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    Blinder Than A Bat (If Such A Term Existed)

    I literally cannot see anything text-like without my glasses unless it's either 10cm from my face or 1m high and wide, I can't even see what I'm writing now without squinting or putting my face right up to the screen I have severe myopia and have had since I was 7. Other people...
    Wildt4lon Wildt4lon 13-15 2 Responses Jun 5, 2013

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    Concert Fun

    I recently had to morbidly terrifying experience of loosing my glasses in a crowd. Moreover, at an AFI concert during one of their more agressive songs - Love is a Many Splendored Thing. For the chorus, we were all sreaming ' I hate you' (perhaps the only lyrics one can...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F Apr 28, 2010

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    Blurry World

    I cant see without my glasses. I mean I can see but only if I am an inch away from something or else its a case of seeing blurred images. I have had glasses since I was 17, should have had them before but didnt get round to it. Had a phase then of just contacts as I didnt want...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 9, 2009

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    Where One Sense Weakens, Another Sense Strengthens.

    I'm not completely or legally blind, except in the dark, & extremely blurry when focusing on little objects or words or details of faces from a not so short distance. Yes, this gives me headaches and hopes of an eye exam, but in the short time since the first time I got glasses...
    MizzyPilot MizzyPilot 26-30, F Sep 25, 2013

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    Vulnerable

    With my being next to blind without my glasses, i fell very vulnerable without them. Combine astigmatism with severe nearsightedness and the world is a total blur. My day doesn't begin until I put them on. I hate waking up and not being able to see my own hand as I grope for them...
    iwantsum iwantsum 22-25, M 3 Responses Jun 27, 2009

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    I've been wearing glasses

    since I was 8 years old. While most of my family wears them as well, most of them can see without them as well as they can with them. My vision, on the other hand, is to the point where I'm considered legally blind without them, although I was fortunately told that it's...
    BLACKTIGER75 BLACKTIGER75 36-40, M Sep 14, 2014

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    Legally Blind Without Glasses, Almost Still lb With Glasses, Thank You Mother

    My eyesight is very bad, both of my eyes suffering serious, irreparable damage during the course of my childhood, specifically between the ages of 2 and 11. Both of my retinas are severely scarred, and  blood vessels inside the eyes are damaged as well. Without glasses my...
    deepintheheart deepintheheart 41-45, M 5 Responses Aug 21, 2011

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    tootaloo tootaloo 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 23, 2014

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    I wear contacts but my prescription is L:6.

    0 R.3.5 BLIND AS HEEEEAAALLL *************
    LivinLovinLaughinSomethin LivinLovinLaughinSomethin 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 6, 2014

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    Or Contacts

    I got my first glasses and contacts when I was 12. I had no idea that I couldn't see. I guess I was just used to it. It was like a whole new world, looking at things through the lenses! I remember stepping outside of the optometrist's office and noticing the trees, how I could...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 4, 2008

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    I cant see anything if i dont wear my glasses

    and i HATE them :( My mum says im not allowed contact lenses till in bout 15 :( Im only 12!
    XBrokenXLoveX XBrokenXLoveX 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 11

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    I have worn glasses since the 1st grade .

    The first thing I do in the morning is put them on . I can not see a thing with out them lol .
    Wildman43055 Wildman43055 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 25

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    Blind As A Bat Too

    hahaha! this is a funny group..heheh...yes i have an EXTREMLY strong perscription. my eyes are -14, laser cant fix them nor wav..only thing threy suggested was cateract sergery but im too young for that..anyways...yes when i dont have my glasses on everything is blurry i cant...
    ElectroMagneticForce ElectroMagneticForce 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 27, 2010

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    Although Bats Aren't Blind....

    Bats aren't actually blind (that's just a myth), but I practically am lol. I started wearing glasses in the first grade, a month after my seventh birthday. I was afraid at first that people were going to make fun of me for it, but they didn't. I turned 27 a month & a half ago...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 10, 2009

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    Glasses for almost 20 years.

    Eye doctor appointment today. Eyes dilated. Can barely see my freakin phone. :)
    mbroderson mbroderson 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 5, 2014

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    Cant Even See The Computer Screen Without Them

    ok so I am blind as a bat without my glasses and have been known to walk out in traffic without them and drop them right in front of me and not be able to find them and have can not see two feet in front of me without them
    fae430 fae430 22-25 Dec 5, 2012

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    Can't See Jeopardy.

    Just right now I am watching jeopardy and I cannot see it at all.  This sucks so bad.  Not to mention my identity is in unknown hands right now, so I am freaked the **** out.
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F Mar 10, 2009

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    For Those Totally Dependent On Glasses Or Contacts

      Like a lot of people, I really need my glasses just to function. Sometimes even finding them is a real pain if I don't know exactly where they are. I'm sure we've all seen things on tv like I did couple of weeks ago or so where a characters glasses get lost or...
    busybody busybody 22-25 4 Responses Apr 26, 2009

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    Can't See Without Them

    I've had glasses for around 7 years - since I was around 8, and I had around -7.00 in each eye. Now, I have -12.00 in each. Without my glasses, I can barely see thing! I was in a relationship where me and my girlfriend had an argument, so she felt that taking my glasses and...
    ForsakenMelodies ForsakenMelodies 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2012

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    Blind As A Bat Is An Understatement.

    I absolutely cannot see five feet infront of me without my glasses. I'm blind in my right eye, and my vision is very bad in my left eye, so I get what it's like.
    dillonhogan dillonhogan 13-15 Jun 3, 2010

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    Blurry

    I've worn glasses since I was about fourteen.  At that time, I could see a couple of meters in front of my face but my vision rapidly deteriorated over the next few years.   Now, although my vision has thankfully stopped getting worse I can only see about a foot in...
    Ryuuzaki Ryuuzaki 22-25, F 7 Responses Nov 3, 2008

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    It'S Always One...

    Apparently I'm only blind in one eye which has an absurd number of scars. Always that one stupid one that screws everyone...
    CandraFlare CandraFlare 22-25, F Aug 28, 2013

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    Ms. Magoo!

    I can't see anything without my glasses. On my bad days, it's even hard to see WITH my glasses, let alone without. I am blind in my left eye, so the glasses are really for my right eye. Without my glasses.... I see nothing but an endless sea of fog. I can't make out any shapes...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 9, 2009

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    It is worse now than it has been in months. I was hurt, once again, by being foolish enough to think that a "friend" could actually keep a promise without going back on it. I hate...
    CloseButNoGuitar CloseButNoGuitar 26-30, M 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    About a year ago my sight deteriorated hugely... even though I have had glasses for the past ten years they have never been to wear all the time just in certian activities. But now...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 20

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    yes I am blind as____. I used to rock contacts when I could afford them or health benefits covered them but no longer. I rock glasses and I think I rock them pretty damn well.
    ashleythis ashleythis 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 9

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    I'm so lost I don't know what I'm going to do. Why do i have to suffer some silly heart condition? Everything i do is wrong, EVERY SINGLE THING. My family treats me like ****, they...
    Jeegogojee Jeegogojee 18-21, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Without my glasses I can't read facial expressions
    shannonsjourney shannonsjourney 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    I'm wearing my glasses for the first time after having them for four years! lol I never knew what I was missing tbh My vision is so much better with them Like literally without...
    MyaA13 MyaA13 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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    After years of blurred vision and headaches, I finally got glasses. It's great. the headaches have gone, I feel more alert and I can see more. What I wasn't expecting was it to...
    iou1soul iou1soul 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 6

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    That moment when you have difficulty finding your glasses... because you're not wearing your glasses. Too-blurry-need-assistance-please.
    Patienceie Patienceie 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 7

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    Did you know that glasses and contact are actually harming your eye and so you might go blink one day. It is not because you are getting older, they weaken your eye soo that your...
    chuelove chuelove 16-17, F 2 Responses