At the age of 20, I started using Medicated eye glasses.
That was three years after I graduated from Senior Secondary School.
This came as a surprise, because I do see clearly during my secondary
schools days either from far or close distance. But, things changed
afterwards. I couldn’t see distanced objects clearly, so I opted for a
medicated eye glasses in 2018 when I was about to be enrolled in a six-
months computer engineering training. I opted for the glasses for two
reasons : (1) Because I couldn’t see far objects clearly anymore. (2) Because
my eyes became sensitive to rays of light from computer systems. So, I went
for eyes test in a private hospital with my mother being my escort and I was
given concave lens to correct my short sighted eyes. The glasses were also
tinted so that the rays from the computer system will be controlled.
At first, I always feel shy to use the glasses. I only put them on whenever I
wanted to operate the computer system in my training center. Despite the
fact that I couldn’t see far objects, I don’t put on the glasses at home. I feared
being looking strange to people with the glasses. I used to attend the
computer training center in the five working days in a week and I usually
spent not less than 6hrs in the training center with the glasses on my eyes.
As time went on, I started getting used to the glasses, and without them,
*the world outside the glasses becomes strange*. Then I extended the work
of the glasses by using them whenever I want to watch football matches in
the viewing center. I’m a die-hard and garrulous fan of Real Madrid. I
always stay lively from the beginning of Real madrid matches to the end.
So, I was much recognized in the football viewing center. Times without
number many supporters will sarcastically say to me ” Adam, you better
remove that your glasses, perhaps it’s the reason why you can’t see clearly,”
they often said that, when I mock the team(s) they were supporting. Though
they do say that not with the intention of making me feel bad, but with the
intention of enjoying being sarcastic on me. However, Many of them didn’t
know that my glasses were my third and fourth eyes. But, when I started
putting them on often to watch football matches, it became dawn on them
that my eyes depend on the glasses to see clearly.
To be sincere, they enjoyed using my glasses to mock me more than any
other thing. But apart from the football viewing center, no any other place
that my eyes glasses were use as subject of mockery against me. I hardly put
them on at home or whenever I want to go out.
My mother would often wonder why I don’t putting on the glasses around,
despite the fact that I can’t see clearly without them. She always made it
known to me that there are many young people whose eyes also depend on
glasses like me and they do wear them with pride.
After I started using glasses, my father would often complain over the long
hours I spend reading books. I’m that type, who enjoyed spending his
leisure time with my mother and during that time my books were always
with me. Though I’m a science student, but I find it hard to believe in the
science theory which stated that long hours spend in staring at books do
affect the vision. I will wonder why many of my friends who spend almost
all the hours of their lives reading books and had no any problem with their
visions. Many of my friends who obviously read more than I do, can still
clearly than me.
I moved to Sokoto around October 2019 because I was expecting admission
from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. But despite the fact that I have
changed environment, I still hold on to my old habits of the usage of my eye
glasses. When I gained admission and started attending lectures in 2020. I
realized that the power of my glasses have greatly reduced. They couldn’t
see object from the long distance very clear as before. I didn’t know what
reduced the vision power of the glasses and I didn’t ask. So I opted for
another eyes glasses in Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital. I
underwent eyes tests and one of my elder brothers paid the bills charged
for the tests and my new eye glasses. He gave me a frame which didn’t look
like a medicated eyes glasses’ frame. Which I took to the hospital and it was
Since then, I can’t do without my glasses. I put them on all hours of the day.
It was when I came to Sokoto that I gat to know that many young people
with eye defect like me don’t like putting on their glasses. Because it make
them look strange and also it becomes the subject of mockery against them.
However, Eye defect is not a death sentence. And as my mother always
wish, I now put on my medicated eye glasses with pride. 😎
Soliu Arowolo Adam.