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My eyes have gone wrong. They have broken and are beginning a slow, steady decline into blindness. It’s entirely my parent’s fault. They provided me with rubbish eyes genes, which mean I’m very short sighted and therefore more likely to develop detached retinas. This is because my eyes are not plump rounds, but strained rugby balls and, being forced into the wrong shape, my retinas have torn.
The result is that I need surgery. So today some fine surgeons are going to poke around my eyes, shoot them with lasers, stick placky bands around them and generally put things back the way they should be. It means I’m taking a break from, well, everything for a couple of weeks and have blackmailed my parents into looking after me (they are very good parents, they really are).
If you miss me – and I know you will – then I suggest you scoot over to Aol lifestyle, where you will find a few recipes crafted by my very own brain and, excitingly, a video of me demonstrating how to make Raspberry and Pecan Bircher Muesli. Imagine that. Well, you don’t have. You can just go and watch the video.
And if you’re short-sighted and wondering about your eyes, the chances of developing detached retinas are 1 in 20 for people with prescriptions of -6.00 and over. My wonderful optician at 20-20 spotted a shadow on one of my retinas during my last eye test. He referred me to my doctor who referred me to St Thomas’s who confirmed that I didn’t just have one detached retina, but two – I do always like to go the extra mile.
I’m profoundly grateful to my optician and, of course, to the NHS. Hurrah for paying taxes that result at free-at-the-point of use medical care. Anyone who thinks it’s a crap system has obviously never been sick enough to feel the benefit.
See you in a fortnight’s time.