May 7, 2009

Crap!

Last July the ophthalmologist prescribed me glasses for life. My vision got bad in high school where I had to use glasses for reading. Wait. That's not right. I was born with bad eyes. Color blindness to be exact.

Being colorblind means that I have trouble distinguishing between colors. Some people have problems with one or two primary colors. Color blindness is hereditary, passed down by women who are almost immune to it, and has no cure. Take a test, maybe you have it.

Does it affect me? Here's a scenario. Tracy asks me to get a light green shirt for the baby. I open the drawer and everything looks green only in different shades. When in reality there's green, light green, orange, some red, khaki. Then without asking for help, I start reasoning. I pick up the orange shirt, "this one can't be green because it has a bit of red in it", ... and I usually end up taking two or three of them back to her.

So yes, it does affect me a lot. For one, I could never become a pilot. I also have problems reading traffic lights. And the irony here is... I'm a graphic designer! Ah well.

Today I was excited for a bit (yes, even I get excited) because, after an eternity of torturing my eyes with a terrible piece of glass (courtesy of Hoy Eye Center), I finally got a decent pair of frames from the US. It wasn't my first preference but in the end, the Oakley Gasket would suffice.

And I won't get my lenses at Hoy either! My experience with Hoy Eye Center (four years ago) has been the shittiest of shitty experiences. Dr. Hoy is, at best, a shark disguised in shiny leather shoes and a fancy pansy office. I feel suckered. We bought some expensive products from him once that didn't even last a year. So much for his designer brand frames. His lenses looked and felt as checomaleco as the frames and service. Instead, go to Chetumal, ask for H1N1 (kidding). Chet is better and cheaper. If you need contact information just post a comment.

Oakley Gasket eye glasses.

10 comments:

Roy Rosado said...

bwai you're a blind rat.. haha. nice glasses though.. still preferred the other design.. but looks good... perhaps you gotta help out Helwa in getting her one too.. she needs one and thinking of getting it via Hoy. Congrats on the color blindness thing and your glasses.. happy reading.

Domanick Fabro said...

lmao @ checomaleco.

My dad is color blind too. He has it for green and red. Traffic lights mess him up if it doesnt follow the standard rule of red on bottom green on top. And he has a hard time distinguishing between colors. We dont let him drive on the highway at nights either!

freeze said...

A graphic designer being color blind. That's ironic. Starting to have second thoughts on these contracts. Hope you no slap on a orange when u want to make it blue. lol it's ova. Glasses look good though. Don't start looking at stuff you shouldn't see.

Leonardo Melendez said...

@Roy: Congrats? Wtf!

@Dom: Green and red is most common. I hear about 10% of men have color defects. Somebody needs to add checomaleco to Urban Dictionary. Wait, I just did, waiting for approval.

Leonardo Melendez said...

Hmph! Urban Dictionary officially sucks.

"Thanks for your definition of Checomaleco! Editors reviewed your entry and have decided to not publish it."

And yet they have the nerve to publish things like poomps.

Beth said...

Lol. I will use checomaleco in my book when I write it. Will I have to give reference to you?

Also, I want to get my eyes tested. I know I need glasses but I have been avoiding it. I don't want to be the stereo-type...

Leonardo Melendez said...

@Beth: Oh dear Beth. Your eyes will get tired and you gonna start looking like an old lady before your time. Take it from me, my eyes make me look 25 at 21 right now. Let you know if that changes.

Mariel said...

You're pretty darn good for being color blind my friend. Your artwork and photography is super delicious!

Leonardo Melendez said...

@Mariel: Thank you:) Are you the Mariel from UML?

Beth said...

Coco butter by my temples do the trick...