When some people first wake up in the morning, they have to reach over to their nightstand to get their glasses so they can clearly see the world they have woken up in.

Some people open their eyes to a new day, but can’t see the colors or the differences in the colors in the world around them. Then there are some people who spend their whole lives in a world of constant darkness.

As for me, I am part of the population of people who are lucky enough to wake up each morning with a clear view of the world simply because I have been blessed with good vision.

I haven’t always appreciated my vision, but thanks to Hannah Raughton at the T-J, I have recently realized that I take something as important as my sight for granted.

For the past few weeks, Hannah has been having some trouble with her eyes. She wears glasses, but there is something else interfering with her vision that her ophthalmologist hasn’t discovered yet.

At work, she has been having to lean in close to her computer so that she can see to do her job. She types and reads all day and has been doing so with blurry vision for a while now. I started thinking about how frustrating that must be, and then I realized that I am so used to being able to see that I disregard the value of my vision each day.

My visual perception of the things surrounding me is clear, and being able to do my job is easy because I can see what’s in front of me. Before now I have never stopped to seriously consider what my life would be like if my organs of vision stopped doing their job, but I guess you can say watching Hannah has “opened my eyes” to that possibility.

I know my vision will decline as I get older, but for now I am going to vow to “focus” on not taking my vision, or even my sense of taste, sound, touch and smell, for granted.

We use at least one of our five senses every moment of every day and these senses all work together to tell our brain what is going on in the world around us. Not everyone has all five of those healthy, reliable senses I take for granted, so I am going to do better about fully appreciating them. And while I’m doing that, I am going to hope and pray that Hannah’s ophthalmologist finds a way to get Hannah’s vision back to normal so that she, too, can have a crystal clear view of the world around her.

Kayla Beaty is the art director at the Times-Journal. Her email address is kbeaty@times-journal.com.

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