Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Vision - A Gift We Can Give Others
When eyesight starts to dim, we aren't aware how much colours have faded too. It is such a slow process and happens in a way this isn't obvious to us. I had no idea how blurred my vision was, or how much colours were so dimmed, until this one eye had been corrected and repaired.
How lucky we are to live in a world with such advanced medicine and in a country where we can be helped. There are many people throughout the world in countries where this help isn't available for them though. Their eyes have to deteriorate without any operations to remove cataracts or other problems and no opticians or spectacles to help them with normal deteriorating vision in other ways.
Having had an eye operation to remove a cataract, I'm stunned how incredible the world is we live in. It is like being a child again, discovering new things every day with wonder and awe. The colours in the world are so amazing - natural beauty God gave us all to enjoy for free. Colours and wonders that no man can ever hope to copy or produce no matter how much he tries. Nothing can compare to having one's eyesight and nothing can compare to losing it.
On taking the patch off for the first time, I had no idea what the results would be. How amazed I was when I saw the colours of the flowers and trees, the sky, clouds and grass. Everything was so enhanced. It looked like someone had painted the world in a day - and someone had, God. I am struggling to read, drive or write, as having had one eye done, I realise just how blurred and bad the vision is in my other eye now. No wonder I was struggling to drive recently and was borderline for being allowed to. Until I have the second eye done, I'm unbalanced and so hope the other is done sooner rather than later.
However, in the meantime, I want to help others if I can in a small way. It has been brought home to me how it must be for those poor people who aren't helped as we are. I have quite a lot of distance glasses and am going to donate them to a charity where they use our unwanted spectacles to aid people in countries where no help is available.
When we go to Specsavers (and some other opticians), they often offer to buy one pair get another pair free. How I now wish I'd had that second free pair and donated it for those less fortunate than we are. Maybe we can start to do that from today?
Would you be willing to do so and would you suggest the same thing to your friends? Imagine the difference we could make to so many people, just as opticians and surgeons make a difference for us. We may not be able to cure eye problems as my surgeon has done, but we can at least help make life better again by this one tiny act.
If you too would like to help CLICK HERE for the charity and to find out how to donate glasses today. Maybe you could collect quite a few from people you know, or ask your church, clubs or other places to set up a collection point for that very purpose.
Vision Aid Overseas, help make the world a brighter and clearer place for so many. Click on their link in blue to see how they help and what it is they do. Together we can and will make a difference for others - thank you,