by Jon Sullivan - 2023-03-06 - Stories<<<<< previous blog album containing this post's photo
I think the universe is telling me I need contacts.
One of the main problems I've had here in Oregon is my glasses fogging up. I long ago solved the PPE mask foggy glasses problem by finding the right mask. But what I'm talking here about is fogging while out taking photos. And yes, I know all the tricks, but they don't work when you are in the rain, and hiking up steep hills for miles, and are super fat like I am. Morning walkies can also fog things up when it's muggy out. Last weekend it all came to a head when I checked out a new place with nice hiking trails and four waterfalls. My glasses were already wet from the rain and after a particularly steep uphill trail section they just completely fogged over and I had to take them off and make my way back on a dangerous muddy trail. These were prescription glasses which I need to do things like focus at all, or drive legally. The ground was all blurry and there are mudslides here and there. It was bad enough that I had to use my tripod as a walking pole. Of course, at some point, I dropped the glasses without noticing.
I backtracked a couple times but couldn't find them. No backup glasses. I'm screwed. I'd only taken a few photos - 14 in total. Most days like this I'd get in about 150. But continuing to wander around on muddy trails in the woods wasn't a safe option, even as insane as I am, so I drove home. Slowly. Trying to keep plenty of distance between myself and other cars. I couldn't read street signs. Couldn't read the navigation map. If it wasn't for voice nav I don't know if I would have been able to get back to the freeway without help. So..... I have an appointment for new glasses tomorrow.
This fogging crap is not going to work. It's been a problem too many times here. And I REFUSE to limit my adventures due to weather. So I'm thinking contacts are the best option. Never had them. Never tried them. They sound awful and gross. And there is this from the FDA - "Wearing contact lenses puts you at risk of several serious conditions including eye infections and corneal ulcers. These conditions can develop very quickly and can be very serious. In rare cases, these conditions can cause blindness.". And I'd need two prescriptions. And the increased cost. And the pain in the ass they are to use and care for. And I'd need the pricy multifocal ones.
But I don't see another option. My glasses are keeping me from great photos. That's not okay. Not sure what I'm going to do.<<<<< previous blog