The Twins


by Specs4ever


Recently my identical twin sister and I were arguing about which one of us first needed glasses.  I thought I was the one, but Katie was convinced that she was the one who first got glasses.  And, the more I think back about some of the things I vaguely remember; I am beginning to think that she is probably correct.  If she is correct, then that means that if I hadn’t done what I did, maybe I might not be wearing glasses today.


Over the years I have read that if you put strong minus glasses on a young child, the child’s eyes are very likely going to adapt to those glasses, and before long the child will need stronger and stronger glasses.  If Katie was the one who really needed glasses at age 3, then that theory is probably correct.


According to Katie’s recollections, she is the one who needed glasses.  And when our parents took Katie in for an eye examination and got her the first pair of glasses, the optical store had a 2 pairs for one price sale on, so they got Katie a second, identical pair of glasses.  This would have been the pair I started to wear.   I likely wouldn’t have been able to get away with this if our father hadn’t been working for a big corporation, and had to travel all the time, nor would I have been able to get away with it if our mother hadn’t been running her own business.  With both parents away from our home almost all of our waking hours, it was easy to convince Tamara, our housekeeper, that we both wore glasses now.


Apparently, after Katie wore her glasses for about 6 months she had to return to the ophthalmologist for a follow up eye examination.  And, my mother decided I should have my eyes tested as well.  It was no surprise to me that my eyes were exactly the same as Katie’s. I knew I couldn’t see a thing without Katie’s glasses by now. And, after all we were identical twins.  I don’t think Katie needed stronger glasses at that time.


I do know that every time one of us did need stronger lenses we both wore the strongest pair so that our eyes would remain exactly the same.  And, I remember that because of our bad eyes, the doctor always convinced our mother to buy us 2 pairs of glasses. A few times our mother convinced us to select different frames for the second pair, and I remember that if my eyes were worse that time, then Katie would wear my spare pair one day, then the following day she would change to the pair that I had worn the previous day.  That meant of course that we could be told apart by our glasses, however we switched so often no one could ever tell us apart anyway.  By the time we were 13 our mother convinced us to get contact lenses.  That made things a lot simpler.  We just each wore the strongest pair of contacts.  When I think back on it, I am surprised that no one noticed that the girl with the worst eyes always went through the most contact lenses.


A couple of years ago Katie had a very bad eye infection, and she was not allowed to go back to wearing contacts.  I had never been all that fond of contact lenses anyway, so I was almost relieved when this happened.  Now, at age 22, Katie and I are both wearing glasses with lenses that are –19.50D.   Our optician probably likes it when we show up, because she gets to place an order for 8 lenses that are exactly the same.  Our ophthalmologist says we might still go a little bit higher, but it won’t be much because we have reached the end of our growth.  I wouldn’t mind being -20D, maybe a little over, but Katie would be happy to stay right at -19.50D.


Maybe it is because we are both fairly attractive that is the reason that Katie and I have not had any shortage of men to date, but I would like to think that it is because we look very attractive, but approachable wearing our strong glasses.


A Very Short Story by Specs4ever

Dec 2009.