On May 1st all of us (meaning Mam, Dad, Kelly and myself) had our six monthly check-up with the dentist. Nobody needed much done, although Dad needed a filling, and Kelly needed a cap replaced from a tooth that was capped several years back. But guess who didn't need a single thing done. Yep, that's right... Me! *Smiles proudly*
Actually, I'm not sure how I'm managing to go to the dentist without needing anything done. I mean, I sometimes need a bit of a clean, but I didn't even need that this time. And - though I do brush my teeth - I'm nowhere near perfect when it comes to brushing my teeth, and don't do it nearly as much as I should. I guess I'm just lucky. If that's the case, I hope my luck holds out.
On May 7th I had an appointment to see my Optical Pr... Erm... Artificial eye doctor. ;)
It's the same person I saw when I first had the other one made. I should have been seeing her regularly since that one was made, but I went off to Canada to get married with plans of "probably not coming back" and when I did come back had problems trying to figure out how to get hold of her. Her name is "Eirona" (Not sure if I spelled that right... It's pronounced "eye-ro-na") which I think is a really cool name for someone in her job. And, if you're wondering, I'm using her name because it's easier to type than her job description. Besides, it's less confusing to just call someone by their name.
Anyway, I spent last Thursday afternoon sitting in a dentist chair (they make her use a dentist's room, they wont give her one of her own). I was there for TWO AND A HALF HOURS while Eirona made the moulds that will soon become my new eyes.
First she had to squirt some cold stuff in my eye sockets that hardens with heat. This stuff moulds itself to the shape of the inside of my eye sockets so she knows what shape to make the eyes so that they fit comfortably. This mould is then used to make another mould, which is then used as a template for my new eyes. And, yes, she did have to do both eyes. She did them one at a time though. Once she had the template thing made, she had to figure out the size my Iris should be. Then she had to put the template in my eye sockets so she could get the positioning of the iris figured out properly.
After that she had to figure out the colour. At this point I could have probably asked for just about any colour I wanted to (within reason). I like the colour my eyes were though. They were a grey-blue colour. Like my Dad's but a few shades darker. My left eye was matched (as much as is possible) to my natural eye colour when I had it done all those years ago, so she used that one to figure out a colour match. Mam helped her with this step, and they ended up agreeing on a colour that's somewhere between what my eyes were and my Dad's eye colouring (it's next to impossible to have a 100% accurate match to a real eye colour, so there's always a shade or so difference one way or another).
Once that was done, she had to figure out the size my pupil should be. As well as the shading of the white of my eye (they put slight colour tints in it to make it look realistic... Apparently a slight blue tint will work best for me). She then had to write all this information on two sets of paperwork (one for the right eye, one for the left) and send the papers and eye templates off to wherever it is they make the eyes (Cardiff, I think) to be made in to a set of proper artificial eyes for me. They'll be back in three weeks, but Irona will be away when they come back, so she said I'd have to wait until she gets back to have them. I was going to be telling you that I'm not sure when I'll be going for the appointment, but that it will probably be mid to late June, but I got an e-mail yesterday with an appointment to go and have them fitted on June 25th 2009 at 10:00 am. In the meantime I'll have to put up with my old one in my left eye, and the temporary one in my right eye.
There now, don't you feel better for knowing all of that? ;)