He said she said, “you look great”, she said, “you really don’t.” And, ironically, it was her vanity that was to blame.
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You would think that becoming blind in one eye could be devastating to a couple, but these two were so happy with the results that they decided to get the procedure done again.
They were taken aback. (Image courtesy of PA Real Life)
After 55 years of marriage, you wouldn’t anticipate any shocks.
However, a couple in their 70s who had restorative vision surgery can now see each other clearly for the first time in years.
Terry and Brenda Smith had been inseparable since they met when they were 17 years old.
After five decades of marriage, the couple now has two daughters, three grandkids, one granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.
Terry and Brenda’s marriage has lasted 55 years (Picture: PA Real Life)
However, regular eye exams earlier this year led the couple to schedule surgery after learning that cataracts had significantly harmed their vision.
Brenda, who has worn glasses since she was in her 30s, was the first to get the therapy on March 31 and was taken aback by how much more detail she could see.
‘I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing after my surgery,’ she adds. ”You’re not shaving properly,” I told Terry. Everything had to be trimmed, even his brows.’
Terry, who had the procedure a month after Brenda, was similarly taken aback by his wife’s post-surgical look. However, he confesses that he is wary about disclosing specifics for fear of offending his other half.
‘I couldn’t believe the quantity of stubble on my chin after I shaved,’ Terry says. For years, I had obviously not been doing it correctly.
‘I also observed that the color of my wife’s hair, which I know she tints, was a bit brighter than it should have been.’
‘The color of the clothing also altered. Things that I believed were a certain color turned out to be totally different. This raincoat I assumed was grey turned out to be green.’
Zoe, their daughter (Picture: PA Real Life)
Brenda has been wearing glasses since she was in her thirties, but she no longer requires them (Picture: PA Real Life)
The pair goes on to say that the surgery has changed their lives since they no longer require glasses for various activities.
‘Almost immediately, we were both able to see without the need for glasses,’ Brenda recalls.
‘I recall glancing down and seeing the gleaming sapphires in a ring that my sister had given me. I’d never really paid attention to them before.
‘I’ve always applied make-up with a magnifying mirror, but after the surgery, I couldn’t believe how many hairs and other objects were on my face.’ I’d never seen anything like them before.
‘Being able to see clearly has also improved my ability to clean windows, which is a task I despise.
‘In the kitchen, we used to have all these various pairs of glasses for different reasons. We no longer need them since we have 20/20 vision, and I only have two pairs of sunglasses.’
Nina, Terry’s daughter (Picture: PA Real Life)
Following the surgery, the two were surprised by a few things (Picture: PA Real Life)
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Brenda’s enhanced vision is also useful for her passion of creating “floral art.”
‘It’s made it much simpler for me to develop new ideas, and it’s also a lot more fun,’ she adds.
Terry says that removing his glasses has allowed him to resume tennis. Additionally, he now bowls with “much better precision.”
‘It seems like a miracle,’ he adds. My eyesight seems to have returned to how it was when I was 15 years old.’
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