The other day I got distracted and forgot my reading glasses in my pocket while I did the laundry. The next day would be a busy Monday and I had an entire sequence to board till Wednesday afternoon.

As I stared over my cintiq that's what my eyes saw.

The deadline was coming. I had no choice but to go straight to the Ophthalmologist to get my warped glasses fixed. The appointment had to be scheduled on Wednesday morning. The pitch would happen at the same day a few hours later.  My goal was to make it back to work in time for the pitch with my reading glasses fixed.

As soon as I arrived at the ophthalmologist the doctor's secretary smiled and politely asked me if I had ever been through a dilation. As you probably know english is not my first language so I pretended I understood the question. Having a tip on my shoulders I answered that question with an air of arrogance. "Dilation? Of course.."

The Doctor then called me into her office. She examined my glasses and told me I would need a new prescription. What means new glasses and lenses.
I was really pissed with that answer. Glasses nowadays are very expensive and I didn't like the idea of having to buy new ones. As I complained to the doctor I felt this luminosity coming towards my direction.
The doctor pulled in front of me this massive machine with metallic arms and it completely streched my eyes from cheeks to forehead.
While it forcefully keep my eyes opened it also shed an extremely bright spot of light directly into my eyes. As if it wasn't terrible enough she also asked me to read tinny letters on the wall. I felt as if I were in a concentration camp being tortured by Hitler himself.
Then the Doctor demanded me to not close my eyes in any circumstance. At that moment I felt as if I were living a "Clockworth Orange" moment". She started dropping this blue liquid into my eyes...
As my pupil turned into the size of bowling balls I noticed that my vision was all blurry. I asked the doctor if she was turning me into a blind man. She giggled and told me to just relax. Her only warning was to avoid light for a few hours.  I was wondering why.
Pretending I knew all about dilation I said good bye to the doctor and her secretary. As I opened the door I had a surprise.
The bright sun shined right into my face.
I felt my optic nerves in terrible pain.
Immediately I shut my eyes.
People at the street thought I was some kind of hobo or some sort of asian zombie.
 I  kept bumping into people while tears rolled through my sealed eyes. I would keep asking for directions but people were too freaked out and annoyed by me.
With a terrible blurry vision I squinted through the street.  With much sacrifice I could finally identify a traffic light.
 It was time to cross the street so I went for the pedestrian button.
In a hurry, I pressed it several times.
Due to the blurriness I ended up not realizing I was poking a ladies' mole.
Calling me an idiot, she immediately started hitting me with her cane.
Without discerning what the hell was going on I run away for my life. From distance, I could hear her cursing me in what sounded like russian. This bumpy journey went on for almost 2 hours.
You guys are probably asking about my pitch. Did I made it in time? Yup. Somehow I made it to work in time. However, I had to pitch in the dark. It was a painful and "bright" journey but at least I finally learned the definition of "dilation".


Kerry said…
My tummy hurts from laughing!
You poor fellow :(
(But hahaha!)
mylydy said…
oh I know this situation too ^^'

great strip!
tek! said…
hahaha excellent story!
Avner Geller said…
This is fantastic, Leo! I laughed out loud through the whole thing. ohhh the perks of us glasses wearers.
Noam Sussman said…
Unknown said…
A harrowing tale of bravery and one man finding the light.
Geeo said…
Hahaha, Its always a treat to look at your blog and go through your experiences. Great stuff Leo. It was nice meeting you in Burbank with Bernardo, Pri, and Fernando! I hope to run into you again sometime Leo!
Jonathan said…
This is absolutely brilliant! I've had those drops.

You have a wonderful blog, Leo.
uhhh, i was so into this that my eyes felt like they were being kept open and i shed a tear.
Clio said…
Oh my god Leo. Ask one of us to drive you next time! But then you wouldn't have a hilarious story to share.... Nevermind, get there yourself. ;)
Thanks in your publish that search has to end presently. You wrote the write-up inside a really very comprehensible way.
Zeki said…
Wow, I'm surprised! They're supposed to give you dark glasses to wear afterwards so the light doesn't hurt your eyes. But great storytelling as always!
Will Kim said…
hilarious Leo!!!!!!
Davies Usher said…
Looool Oh no!! :P
Flomize said…
Unknown said…
This makes me very grateful I had a ride to and from the eye doctor when I had my eyes dilated. I got to just hang out in a chair, gawking at myself in a small hand mirror in pure awe of my amazing pupils.

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