In case you haven’t noticed, I have special eyes; which is a nice way of stating the obvious…I wear some pretty thick glasses so that I might be able to see. No, not correctable to 20/20. I don’t think my vision has ever been corrected to 20/20 vision. No, that does not make me “legally blind” like so many people claim that they are…as they seem to function just fine without their glasses and can read well below that top line of the Snellen Chart. Because I imagine that inquiring minds want to know, with glasses for my special eyes I can easily read line 6…line 7 if I squint and perhaps guess just a little. Of course that means that I am not “legally blind”. I’m not even a person living with low vision (yet) and thank goodness for that.
I saw my ophthalmologist last week for my usual eye exam. Good news! My vision is relatively stable with only minor changes in correction needed. Hurray for that! Of course the challenge is finding the right frames and trying not to faint from the sticker shock even with vision coverage…which doesn’t cover much for those of us with “special eyes”. If only someone like me could just order glasses from Coastal.com or Warby Parker or even Costco. Alas, no. Most discount opticians can only accept prescriptions of -12.0 and greater. Mine is -14.5 and -14.0. Again, I remind myself how lucky I am that my almost low vision is correctable and that I have vision coverage that pays for about half the cost of my eyeglasses.
And after I wrote that check for my new pair of glasses, Jodie shared with me her work with Delta Gamma Foundation and their Service for Sight Mission.
Watching this video I am reminded again how fortunate I am living with my special eyes.
Next month, the Gamma Phi chapter of Delta Gamma at Arizona State University will be holding their second annual Anchor Splash® to benefit the Delta Gamma Foundation. It will be held on October 17th, 2015 at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex Pool.
Anchor Splash® is a swimming competition involving men’s and women’s fraternities, service and social clubs, sports clubs, dormitories, and campus interest groups. Multiple chapters across the United States and Canada have sponsored this type of event, which enable the Delta Gamma Foundation to give grants locally and nationally to those who share their Service for Sight Mission.
Yes, this means that I am now a sorority mom. I’m proud that my daughter has chosen to participate with an organization that emphasizes service and the desire to Do Good along with everything else she must juggle with life at Arizona State so of course I am sharing here the opportunity for us to join them in doing a little bit of good for those with very special eyes.
The Delta Gamma Foundation is, by law, a 501C3 entity and your gift is tax deductible. The Delta Gamma Foundation also accepts matching gifts for your tax deductible contribution. Thank You and together we will Do Good.