Eye check

12 May

eye-chart

Lately, things have been looking a little blurry to me. In particular, I find that my arm isn’t quite long enough to read small print. This has been a bit disturbing to me as I have always had great vision. I do take comfort from the fact that my younger sister also needs glasses now as her arms were getting shorter too. Weird, huh? Along with that, I’ve also noticed that I can’t read things far away as well as I used to. More disturbing. So, on Saturday, I took myself in to see Ruthie’s eye doctor. I got good news and expected news. The good news, my distance vision is fine — my eyes are just not relaxing when I look in the distance so they aren’t focusing the way they should. Fixing the near vision should help and then my eyes can relax better. The expected news was that I am getting glasses.

My doctor calls them “detail” glasses. She says I need them for near and middle work. I can wear them as much as I want to and they will help my eyes to not be working so hard. That’s good news. My eye doctor is wonderful because she totally took my lifestyle into account when discussing my options with me. First of all, building a new habit is hard and using “detail” glasses only some of the time would be hard. It would be much easier to put something on my face and leave it there. So, she took that into account. We also discussed how I would inevitably push them up on the top of my head so she said I need plastic frames with a spring in the hinge. Done and done.

I ended up ordering Coach frames in a lovely and flattering burgandy color. Here is a link to the frames I’m getting for sale on eBay [click].  They looked great when I tried them on — although they were in black not the burgundy — I did try on a couple pairs in the burgundy and it looked great too.

Poppy as seen by dilated eyes

At the appointment, she also dilated my eyes so the rest of the afternoon, things looked like that flower: blurry, too bright, and pretty irritating. Best of all, I forgot my sunglasses — it’s understandable, I only have 43 pairs after all. So, I got to wear this sad little roll up sunglasses as I ran my errands that afternoon. I was a sight to see, I’ll tell you.

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7 Responses to “Eye check”

  1. robin andrea 12 May, 2008 at 6:21 am #

    I started out with “detail” glasses when I was in my early 40s. Now, a little more than a decade later I’m wearing progression lenses. No bi-focal line, and an easy transition from near to far.

  2. Trixie 12 May, 2008 at 9:04 am #

    Glasses CAN be a great accessory, when done right. I have only been wearing them since I was 11. I do like your frames.

  3. phyllis 12 May, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Cute glasses!

    And I’ve had glasses since I was about 10 and yet my arms are getting shorter, too. Sigh.

  4. Lynne at Hasty Brook 12 May, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Join the “long arm” club!

  5. jayne 12 May, 2008 at 4:03 pm #

    LOL Liza… I love those frames! I am OK for now except for really small close objects, oh, say like removing suture from the end of fingertips? For that, I keep a pair at work, but I have none at home yet. Reading is still OK for now. I know, my arms are going to get shorter just any time now!

  6. Liza Lee Miller 12 May, 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    Thanks for the support! Robin Andrea — I’m 44 so I suspect I’m following in your footsteps! 🙂 The doctor did mention something about no bifocals YET. 🙂 I love the frames and I’m totally bummed because I won’t be here on Saturday to pick them up — I won’t get them until Monday next, I guess.

  7. Mary 12 May, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    Well, I’m surprised Coach has eyeglasses. I love them! Especially, the little pink flowers. So YOU.

    I started struggling with reading about 8 years ago and began wearing dime store reading glasses. What a hassle. Now I have bifocals in regular eyeglasses and sunglasses. I’m all set!

    Welcome to the club, Liza!

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