In January 2009, I received a considerable shock when I woke up to a double vision. Its departure some two months later was as mysterious as its arrival. Everything in sight had an identical twin. It was quite an agony to endure at the beginning, I somehow got used to it that I totally knew, almost by second nature, which was the real thing and which was the double. The only problem was walking down the stairs and alighting from buses, for a few times I thought I would fall to death because I couldn’t tell which was the real step.
I sought medical advice from the eye specialist centre and had several nostalgic tests and checks, you know, those performed back then in school during the yearly medical check-up as part of a student’s welfare. Haha! I loved that because it meant skipping classes!
It turned out that the fundamental health and function of my eyes were fine! Except…… I was short-sighted, which was not a news to me. Further examinations followed but to no avail. I felt second to an alien when the puzzled doctors surrounded me and repeated certain examinations at every appointment. They did eventually come out with a possible cause that was comprehensible to me yet there was no cure for it. *shrug shoulders*
While I was living with a rubber prism attached to one of my spectacle lenses to provide temporary correction, it disappeared out of the blue, as mysteriously as how it fell upon me. I woke up to a normal vision one morning as I opened my eyes. It was Friday, 13th March 2009.