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Flash Fiction- Did I Really See That?

Updated on September 7, 2015

Flash Fiction- Did I Really See That?

I've worn glasses most of my life. Every two years my prescription increased. My depth perception was off; I avoided stairs and escalators. I wasn't surprised when I was told I needed cataract surgery.

My doctor was from India. He was a handsome man with a mysterious smile.

My left eye was done. My right eye would be done the next week. The prep took and hour and the surgery only 10 minutes. My eye had a plastic cup and patch that I removed the next morning. I couldn't wait to really see.

The light was so bright that familiar objects appeared neon. My vision was blurry, but I had been told that it would take a few days for my brain to adjust.

We watched the news, and to my shock, my favorite newscaster's eyes had been replaced by what appeared to be two tiny dogs. I blinked suspecting a trick of light.

"He is the worst," my husband said. "He yaps on and on about nothing."

I was about to ask what the trick was, when a segment on the antics of our Governor started. His eyes were replaced by two tiny foxes. The female anchor had rabbits, the sportscaster had turkeys, a criminal had snakes and the weather man had ground hogs.

By now I was laughing. "How did they do that?"

"Do what?" My husband listened to me and said, "Impossible" He surmised that the drops I was taking were strong painkillers.

"Painkillers, No." my doctor said. "You told me you wanted to really see." His tone reflected disappointment.

"I'm seeing strange things."

"Most people see black dots or experience a slightly fuzzy view at first."

How could I explain?

Following the laser adjustment, everyone's eyes appeared normal, but when I looked into my doctor's face, he smiled his mysterious smile.

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    • Rabadi profile image

      2 years ago from New York

      Eye Surgery is serious but luckily through advances of technology and surgeries they are becoming more safe, very interesting hub you don't come across to many like these. You have yourself a new follower :)

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      mactavers 2 years ago

      It's fairly easy to take a "real life" experience and turn it into a fantasy one.

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      B Brian Hill 2 years ago

      Great piece that really pulls in the emotions of eye surgery! Well done!

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      mactavers 2 years ago

      Thanks for the comments Hubbers. Your encouragement keeps me writing.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      The eye drops afterwards are the biggest inconvenience; my partner had them done and those drops were a nightmare to keep track of for a couple of weeks. However, it's either that or go blind so I would do the same if it were necessary.

      It's amazing what they can do these days but seeing different animals in others' eyes, well......!

      Great story, amusing and well told.


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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Such a cute story!

      I guess we are almost all waiting for that day to end up with plastic lenses in our eyes. My mom's were great I know and she had better than 20/20 vision until the end and looked just beautiful without those heavy glasses. They did both her eyes at once. I think that is what I would like too.

      Hope by the time I get mine I can choose a colored lens!

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      mactavers 2 years ago

      Good, and I hope he is as handsome and charming as my eye doctor is.

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      Bill Russo 2 years ago from Cape Cod

      Nice little story. My eye doctor matter of factly told me, "Course you know you got cataracts."

      "How would I know this?" I asked. "And when are we going to fix them?"

      He just gave me a look he reserves for old people who he thinks are going to die before they go blind and said something like..."Don't worry about it."

      I now have a new eye doctor.

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      mactavers 2 years ago

      Thanks for reading. I had cataract surgery last month and the worst part was all the rounds of eye drops. Other than that, it was very painless and simple.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I had cataract surgery when it required being immobile for several days. but I don't recall any eyes turning to dogs or cats. However, vision can be an improbable thing at times.