FRAZIER: I can see clearly now, thanks to my Cadillac

Published 4:00 am Saturday, April 22, 2023

Isn’t it funny how you never miss something until it’s gone?

That’s how I felt when I turned 40 and my eyesight began to go.

All of a sudden, words in books were fuzzy and as time moved on, seeing something at a distance — like a street sign — became a challenge.

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And for the past couple of years, I have struggled with driving at night.

Obviously, if I popped on my glasses or put my contact lenses in, the dilemma would be resolved. The problem with that, however, is I wasn’t fond of wearing glasses, and because I have dry eyes my contacts often became uncomfortable.

So when my optometrist said I had cataracts I was elated.

That may sound crazy, but I knew when cataracts started developing in my eyes, I would be eligible to have surgery that would be able to correct my vision.

Earlier this month, I had that surgery, and I chose what I have been calling the “Cadillac Plan.”

Insurance covers basic cataract surgery, but if you want a multifocal lens, which is a lens that lets you see at all distances — you must fork out a few bucks. Well, a good bit more than a few. But it was worth it.

I can now sit at my computer and use two screens with no problem and at night when I crawl into bed to read, I don’t have to rely on my 3.5 readers.

It’s nothing short of a miracle without the spit and mud.

There are many out there who still struggle with sight and may not have the means to correct it, whether it’s from cataracts or vision impairments in general.

Therefore, to help out, I am going to donate all my eyeglasses that I don’t need anymore to our local Lions Club.

Lions Club International is known throughout the world for its work to improve the lives of those who are visually impaired, and after reaching out to one of the local members, I learned I can hand over all my unneeded glasses to any Vicksburg member.

To contact a member about donating you can visit

Seeing is definitely one of those things I took for granted, but now with my new and improved eyesight, my world is clearer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.”

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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