“Inside Out”. From the series “Ocular” – http://www.pbase.com/keithbg/ocular&page=all

ocular |ˈäkyələr|
adjective [ attrib. ] Medicine of or connected with the eyes or vision : ocular trauma.

another term for eyepiece .

ocularly |ˈɑkjələrli| adverb

ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from late Latin ocularis, from Latin oculus ‘eye.’

This series began before I had double eye surgery for cataracts. I have always had bad eyesight, being born with high myopia. It never stopped me from doing anything I’ve wanted. Glasses always made me feel as if there was a wall between myself and the rest of the world. Contact lenses helped relieve this feeling. As I aged, I developed cataracts and glaucoma. While it never affected me doing photography, there were times I wondered what the world looked liked if I allowed it to control what I saw, photographing as I allowed the haze and cloudiness to take over. Surgery was needed for cataracts and successful. I now have 20/20 vision. In the process, I began to explore the interior/exterior illusion of the world around me.

For the last four years my glaucoma was being wkept under control by eye drops and a pill. Unfortunately, over the last year, my eye pressure has been creeping steadily upwards. Wish me luck, as you are looking at this post today, I will undergo the first of two surgeries for glaucoma.

As per my surgeon’s instructions, there will be no computer time for at least two to three days.

About Keith Goldstein

Lives and works in New York City.
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8 Responses to Ocular

  1. hope everything goes ok & that the itch to photo doesn’t send you too insane. the photo looks like a UFO.

  2. loisajay says:

    Keith–I will be thinking about you. Good luck with the surgeries. Yikes–two! Speedy recovery to you.

  3. Adam Isler says:

    Good luck. I have also had terrible eyesight most of my life which makes photography that much more precious. Looking forward to the new vision!

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I had retina surgery Jan. 2010 so I know what it is to have poor vision. May the operations both be successful.

  5. Good luck and our thoughts are with you.

  6. David says:

    I’ve been using drops morning and night for several years now, with the intent of holding off a potential for glaucoma. Best wishes for the procedures and for the results!

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