Monday, October 25, 2010

Fresh Eyes

I mentioned in my last post that I broke my glasses. It was time for a check up anyway, so the bright-eyed boy and I headed off to the optometrist last week. Troy was along for the ride so we could hunt down some Halloween costume elements. He thought it was quite amusing to watch me jump when they blasted my eyes with the evil eye-blaster machine, and was quite good-natured about helping me pick out new frames.

Me: How about these?

Him: They really accentuate the bags under your eyes.

Me: hmmmmf.

I also let the good doctor talk me into trying monovision. Seems I'm not ready for reading glasses yet, but I do now have to take my glasses off whenever I'm reading or using the computer. He gave me a lens for my right eye to over-correct my distance vision. I don't have anything in my left eye, presumably so it can cover the close up work. We tried this a couple of years ago, but I had to admit that I didn't give the experiment the full two week trial he prescribed. I'm determined to stick it out the full two weeks this time, but I have to admit, I'm not convinced this is for me. I feel like I'm not seeing distance OR close up very well, especially on the computer, and especially-especially numbers. Made balancing the check book in Quicken yesterday very tedious. Not that I love doing that particular chore in any circumstance, but having to squint and move closer to the screen, then farther, then back again, got very tiring.

The new frames will be in this week. I'll take Troy in for his check up Thursday, pick up my new frames, and I think I'll tell the good doctor that my brain isn't adjusting to this like he said it would. Maybe it's just me, but what's the point of going to the trouble of using contact lenses if I'm going to need reading glasses when I use them?


Kathleen said...

Did Troy give your new glasses the final okay?

Kathy said...

He expressed disappointment that I wasn't as enthusiastic about the Disney Princess frames as he was (jolly joker), but gave grudging approval for the frames I selected.

Pam J. said...

I tried that one-lens thing back when my eyes were changing due to, ahem, life issues (AKA aging). I agree with you; kinda worked, mostly didn't, especially when driving at night.