Since then, every few years having the eyes checked and knowing whether new spectacles were necessary, became a normal part of life. As the years wore on, testing became routine for the pressure in the eye and several other conditions that it seems important to be tested for. It is amazing how many tests medical science now requests, so as to be able to diagnose a range of diseases or conditions that could make life unpleasant or even cause an early death.
And so it was that today I had the second "field of view" test. This entails staring at a black dot while at the same time detecting small lines that flash around the dot at various distances, either dark or faint, and at the same time pressing a button each time such a flash is noticed. It is an extremely tiring and uncomfortable test to do for five minutes in each eye. Generally there is a pause about every ninety seconds to have a rest. At the end a printout is produced which shows where the flashes were not registered, that is, I did not see them. They of course are the problem.
If the condition detected by the second test is worse than the first test, then there is ground to be referred to the eye and ear hospital for treatment. Ever since the first test six months ago, I had repeatedly prayed that God would take control of this situation and not let my eyesight deteriorate and cause me problems. I went to Healing Rooms meetings and there asked to be prayed for too. As a result of medically confirmed healing of two previous serious conditions, I am a firm believer in God as the healer of our infirmities. It is totally true that doctors treat, but only God heals.
So you can imagine that I was rather eager to hear what the results of the test would be. I did have a lot of trouble doing the test with the right eye and went quite smoothly with the left. The optometrist had the printouts of the tests. He said it was good news that the condition had not advanced as had been expected. He showed me how he interpreted the printouts and made the decision. As I looked on, I commented that in fact the condition had lessened from the first test and he reluctantly agreed that it might have.
I understand his reserved reply. As a professional he does not want to give false hope or raise expectations that his experience cannot justify, but I have been praying to a God who is not limited by medical science and is therefore able to do what medical science does not expect and frequently does not believe possible. I believe that my eyes are in fact getting better.