I used to go to the For-Eyes opticians back in the day for my optical necessities, now I go to another place – but as an OCAG (optically challenged American gunny) this Lucky Gunner test, linked by Joe Huffman and also by Existing Thing at To Which I Replied, was an eye-opener.
I need glasses and even have an optically corrected snorkel-mask. I got my first pair when I was Ten – after a whole year of 5th grade Boarding School. I missed the basics of Math, but excelled in History – and it was discovered I couldn’t see the blackboard from the first row. History is a story I could re-read and hear, Math is a diagram that was erased as it went along…
At the time I read a lot – of books, magazines, comics, and I read the musty old out-of-date Mission encyclopedia Britannica – reading was my Happy Place – more than my brother or sister or most other kids. When it was discovered that my vision sucked, my Mom asked the Dr. if my constant reading was the cause of my nearsightedness, and he (God bless him) replied, “No, he probably reads because he can’t do the other things kids do.” I was amazed and delighted at the world that existed to be SEEN when I first put-on my glasses – and could READ MORE!
I read signs and billboards and posters on walls, I tried to read everything that was passing before me as we drove down a street. I read the faces on gigantic Bollywood movie-posters, I read things in Hindi that I didn’t even know, and I became a bit of a speed-reader. And now I wear bi-focals.
I shoot with glasses since there’s hardly any reason to bother without them – and this test makes me wonder what the standard civilian protocol is like. My Oakley bi-focal sunglasses are high-index scratch-resistant “something” – not polycarbonate – and not glass either – and I wonder if they are tough enough. The military certainly inhabits an environment that is hostile to all body-parts and exposed skin, but putting yourself onto the Range gets you close, too. The author of this does us a valuable service:
As a Navy Corpsman, I had the opportunity to see the results of a number of injuries, including those involving the face and eyes. I was astounded to see how crucial eye protection, sometimes referred to as “eye pro,” was and how effective it could be. I saw a number of potentially vision-threatening fragments of metal and other debris stopped by good eye protection. In one case, a large chunk of metal hit a Marine in the face, partially penetrating the lens of his glasses and causing him to lose vision in that eye. Without that eye protection, he most likely would have been killed.
(Update: edited to remove content WordPress was incapable of embedding – or something)
And no double-glasses for me, four is hard enough, six-eyes are for insects.