Tuesday, February 05, 2008

New glasses

Well, hours and hours of writing, editing, and scanning text may or may not get you a publishing contract, but it will certainly get you your first set of bifocals.

I knew I was struggling to see up close work, but I had no idea it had gotten that bad. My glasses correct for extreme near-sightedness which I've been plagued by since I was a kid.

"Are you taking your glasses off a lot to see?" asked the pretty young blonde eye doctor.

"Yeah."


"And are you still having trouble seeing anyway? Missing details--dropping stitches, that kind of thing?"


"Yeah." Dang! Was she psychic?


"You're probably sitting closer to the light to see what you're doing than you used to, too."

"Yeah. How can you tell?"

"This (click) is your vision uncorrected. And this (click) is your vision corrected. What do you think?"

"Wowwww . . ."

"I think you could do with a pair of bifocals, but it's up to you."

Me, staring at the wonderland that was a clearly printed page, "Lay 'em on me."

4 comments:

Dennis Bryant said...

I got my first pair last Fall after suffering the same symptoms. They aren't too bad once you get the hang of tilting your head to see whatever you are looking at. In the mean time, I'd be careful with stairs and other uneven surfaces. Your feet aren't NEARLY as close as they appear.

Mary Paddock said...

Thanks. I'm looking forward to being able to read a book or a piece of music without trying to figure out where to hold them at.

Bandersnatchi said...

I have continuous focus lenses - an alternative to bifocals - so there isn't an abrupt edge to my region of focus. It helps with the computer especially, you know, continually glancing up from the keyboard to see what I've typed.

I adjusted to them instantly but they said some folks have more difficulty. My primary defect is astigmatism.

Best of luck, mary.

Bander

debby said...

Bifocals. You know I could not get used to bifocals. I was falling up stairs, and I was falling down stairs. I thought that I would get over it, but I never did. I buy cheap reading glasses from where ever' and scatter them artfully around the house. Old eyes stink.