Staffer experiences blindness

Delani Nichols, Ad Manager

   The time is 9:49, Sept. 11, 2019. I, Delani Paige Marie Nichols, am at the eye doctor.

   Up until now I assumed it was a usual eye doctor appointment for me. I’d show up, do some tests, they tell me my vision is worse, I pick out my new glasses, and then leave.

   Assuming what I assumed, I figured I’d be back at school by 10:30. I decided to flex on the common folk that day and wear a beautifully striped dress. Along with the dress, I had taken the time to apply a layer of foundation, Fit Me to be exact, and carefully applied eye lash primer, so my eye lashes were extra long.

   All that was for nothing.

    “Have you ever had your pupils dilated?” asked the very kind Doc. To my knowledge I had not, so I responded with a simple, “Hmmmm I don’t think so, Mom?” My my mom then shook her gorgeous head in agreement.

   The doctor explained precisely what he was going to do to me and then informed me I would have to stay home that day. That may sound very pleasant to some, but it stresses me out. I thought to myself, I’m bound to be back in enough time for fourth hour government.

   I was very wrong.

  I don’t know if you reading this have ever had your eyes dilated, but let me tell you, it’s a wild ride. To start this off, I HATE things going near my eyes.

    The process started with numbing eye drops, followed by some machine poking my eyes that checked my pressure.

   The process ended with a second round of eye drops, this time with a red lid, and anyone with a brain knows, red=bad.

   After composing myself from the prior events, I had to wait 45 minutes for my pupils to fully dilate.

  In that 45 minutes, a lot happened. I chose a pair of glasses, just in time for my eyes to start blurring. I went to Vintage Sisters and ate some delicious food.

   As I stumbled back into the eye doctors I was faced with the reality that I was not going to be returning to school that day.

   Instead, I sat quietly in my living room, listening to the TV and attempting to use Google translate and my knowledge of the letter placement on the keyboard to talk to the outside world.

   I will never take my eye sight for granted again, and that’s on eye sight.