Thursday, March 13, 2014

My broken lens saga

So, yesterday morning I broke my RGP lens...I did the right thing and went to work anyway, despite the fact that I could really only see colours and shapes (not great when I work as an admin officer at one of the busiest hospitals in nsw)
I emailed Heidi (my AMAZING optometrist) and she reassured me that I wasn't the first and wouldn't be the last person to break a lens. She told me she would order an urgent replacement but it may take 1 to 2 weeks. I won't lie, I was pretty devastated...having the gift of sight given to me and then having it gone in an instant was awful because I KNEW what I was missing. My glasses don't help at all in the scheme of things (they're from a 2-3 year old script that is vastly different from what my eyes currently are). Things like crossing the road, going to the supermarket and even doing the job I've been employed at for 7 years felt impossible again. 
But, today I got a phone message and an email saying the replacement lens had arrived! Only a day later (although it was 2 work days of glasses-wearing) and I'm now back wearing my RGP on top of a soft lens.  
I couldn't be happier right now. 
I have the BEST optometrist and I really can't thank her enough and whoever it was in the lab that expedited the transit of my replacement lens is a champion!!! 

I've attached some pics of my broken lens and the closest I can edit a picture to how I see with glasses (you can imagine your own double vision, ghosting and halos because I also have those but that's too much effort for me to add to a pic)


  1. Great news, I am so happy for you :) oh and your images are great, sad and very close to what we see, specially the ones with doubled/stretched lights.

  2. I did my best with the pics
    It's hard to demonstrate to others what the world looks like to us. I often have short sighted people telling me "oh I know exactly how you feel" and I think 'no, you don't have any idea how bad it is, your problem is correctable with glasses, mine may end up needing a transplant'

  3. thats how i see without my lences :))

  4. My Contact Lens fitter was always helpful in making sure I had a backup pair. Or you can save your old lenses when you get an updated prescription so you can have a backup (this is what I did with my piggyback pair). I'm getting fitted for hybrid lenses (KeraSoft IC) and I learned today that they come with a free backup pair! So I'll be all set once I get my left lens comfortably fitted.

  5. I didn't have that option. This is my first lens and I only wear 1

  6. Oh no Janna, So sorry you had to go through this, I would be spewing and saying a whole vocab of swear words!
    Great job with blurring the photos. really helps give people perspective.
    Glad to hear it was fixed quickly :)

  7. does ghosting get better in time?
    I've just started to experience ghosting too

  8. That is the very same as I see, Jenna. Only problem is that my left eye is blind and my right eye is the one that has KC

  9. Pictures aré awesome yo show others the way we see the world. I understand You very well, Jenna. I have KC in my right eye and my left eye si blind

  10. Sorry to hear about your RGP lens and the inconvenience it caused. It's a relief that the replacement lens arrived just in time. You really can't be thankful enough that there are services like that, given how a lot of people, young and old, wear glasses.

    Doris Gibbs @ Moody Eyes