Okay, so some of you know, I am a Google Glass Explorer (Beta Tester). I picked the device up on Saturday. And unfortunately, I haven’t had a fantastic experience with it yet. Because the moment I put on the device, I discovered… drum roll, please… I couldn’t read a single thing on the screen. Everything was blurry.
But I took it home anyway in the hopes that I might be able to get to the bottom of this. Did I need a better prescription? Was Google Glass designed only for people with strong vision in their right eye? Well, those questions led me to a Lenscrafters yesterday where I got a really thorough eye exam by a fantastic doctor there. She set me up with a slightly better prescription, and now I can sort of make out some of the detail on the screen. But more important than that, I learned something very interesting about myself…
I have a lazy eye.
Yep. Turns out, one of my eyes has been living rent free in my head for the past 30 years.
Now, this initial experience with Google GLASS has been absolutely exhausting. But it’s been extremely informative… and perhaps a bit fortuitous, as well. You see, I could have easily walked away from this by now. I could have given them back right there at the fitting. If I had, that would have been that. I’d have just gone about my life as I had been… never knowing the truth about this freeloader of an eye.
But I’m now very glad that I’m giving this a shot, and so I’m going to explain how, despite all of this…
Google Glass might just change my life
Now for those of you with a dominant left eye who read my G+ post about this and are worried that their experience with Google GLASS might be similar to mine… don’t worry. You can feel pretty safe knowing that the chances of you having what I have are super slim. In fact, of the 8000 beta testers in this Explorer program, I could easily be the only one with this.
I have Amblyopia in my right eye. That’s the inability to focus, regardless of how strong the prescription.
There’s about a 0.1% chance that a person will develop it exactly as I have (which is particularly incompatible with this prototype of GLASS). And I’ve never noticed it, cause my dominant left eye does all the work. It’s responsible for sending all the fine detail to my brain, and so with glasses, I see perfectly. I don’t even notice what the right eye is doing… which apparently is sitting around all day like a total cheeto-eating loafer.
The good news… this is fixable. Sort of… or at least somewhat. This would have been EASILY fixable if it had been detected when I was 6 or 7 years old. But at my age, it’s going to be a very tough road. But I’m determined to give it the old college try.
The even better news? I get. to wear. an EYE PATCH!
No joke. The doctor has put me on a regimen of about 3 hours a day of patching my good eye. Which if I’m gonna be honest, probably would have been a nightmare when I was 6 or 7, and now… well… it’s just flat out awesome.
Yeah, I’m gonna get that lazy sucker off the couch and out doing some exercise.
And guess what else. It turns out Google GLASS may be the best therapy of all. The doctor seems to think that using it will be a good focusing workout on that eye. So GLASS may be my savior here and an even more important part of my life than I ever would have thought. Because if I don’t get this eye in shape, there is a 30% chance that IT WILL START TURNING!!!!
Holy crap! I could become a totally nutty looking dude. It could point inward, making me cross eyed. Or it could turn outward making me look absolutely insane! Or down?!! Have you ever seen someone with one downward turning eye??!!! Okay, I have no idea if that’s actually possible, but I don’t want this thing wandering-off in any direction, that’s for sure.
So anyway, back to the eye patch. I want to get a really rad one. I’m already starting my search online. If you guys have any fun ideas or know of some good patches, let me know.
More GLASSy-eyed tales to come. Stay tuned.