An EyefulTuesday, October 22, 2019
|Lauren Stewart & Dr.Simon Warner, 21 October 2019|
When we arrived to Vancouver in 1975 we were concerned about our two daughter’s eyes. Hilary when watching TV would move her head to one side as if she were seeing with only one eye. Ale would be able to look at you in about three different ways and yet was not cross-eyed. Dr. David Warner (our present Dr. Warner’s father) told us that there seemed to be nothing wrong with Hilary’s vision and that there was no way of finding out why she did what she did. Of Ale he told us that she had monocular vision. This meant that she could use each eye independently. It meant that she had learned depth perception in spite of not having stereo vision. Dr. Warner prescribed glasses and she has more or less worn them all these years.
When Dr. David Warner retired in 1994 his son Simon took up his father's practice. We have been getting our eyes checked by Dr. Simon (as we call him) since. I first met Dr. Simon Warner in 1993 at the VGH Eye Centre when I was taking pictures for a CNIB (Canadian National Institute of the Blind) fund raising brochure that was designed by my soon-to-be-friend Graham Walker (far right) at KARO Design. In the course of the shooting I met Dr. Simon and that's when I found out that his father was our doctor.
In October 2006 I took Hilary’s younger daughter Lauren to see Dr. Warner who found no issue with her eyesight.
In one of those supreme pleasures of being a photographer, I took Lauren again this week to get her eyes checked with Dr. Simon Warner. Lauren is now 17 and she has just obtained her learner’s driving licence. This means that her eyesight is just fine. But it seems that it is not fine enough for looking at the blackboard (as green as it actually is). Dr. Warner gave her a prescription, a mild 9one that will make it easy for her to read stuff at school and warned her that in a near future she might need to wear glasses also while driving during rainy nights. Because Lauren is a modern teenager we believe that contact lenses will be a solution a near future.
Last year I gave Dr. Warner an inkjet print of my scan of Rosa 'Reine Victoria'. On Monday when we saw him he showed me that my print was nicely framed on his office wall. What is particularly neat about this is that Dr. Warner is an art collector. This means that my print is up there sharing space with a Shadbolt and a Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.