Seeing Clearly Now, With Two Pairs of Specs
As I type this blog I am wearing new glasses designed to help me see when I am reading a book, papers at my desk or items on my computer screen. (Important business -- not just Facebook!)
I can't tell you how pleased I am.
My eyes have felt tired pretty much all the time for several years. I figured I was just squinting at the computer too many hours, maybe not getting quite enough sleep.
So just about a year ago, when I was 47, I got my eyes checked. My eye doctor checked me and listened to my complaints. Then he enthusiastically prescribed a pair of what he called "office" lenses. (I've since learned they're also called "computer glasses.") The top half of the bifocal lens would help me see the computer screen, while the bottom would allow me to shift my focus to papers on my desk. That sounded terrific!
But when I went in to pick up the glasses, I was shocked when I put them on. Okay, I could focus on something a foot in front of me. And I could glance down at the table where I was sitting. But when I turned my head to look at the technician who was helping me, she was a blur. Worse, looking at her for more than a moment gave me a headache.
This wasn't going to work. When I'm working at my desk, I have to look up dozens of times -- to greet, for instance, one of my kids when they come into the room. I couldn't envision ever adjusting, and I sure didn't want a headache every time I looked at my kids. (Well, not because of my glasses, anyway.)
Insurance concerns and scheduling got in the way of my seeking a second opinion right away. I finally saw a different doctor last Friday. He told me that my eyes were changing not because of my staring at the computer all day but simply because I am 48. His solution: One pair of glasses for reading, another for seeing distances.
I spent just a bit more on the two pairs than I had on the "office" glasses. The moment I tried on the distance pair, the world became a different place. I could read signs I hadn't even known were there. Black lettering looked actually black, not a hazy grey. My surroundings looked more three-dimensional than I'd ever remembered their looking.
The new doctor warned me to go easy and not try to walk around in the distance glasses too much at first. I soon understood why: The optics foreshorten close-up items and make the ground to appear to rise up to meet me.
As for my reading glasses, I'm just besotted. Last night I effortlessly read 10 pages before turning off my light to go to sleep. In recent months my bedtime eyes have generally been too tired for more than a page or two.
The lesson learned? I'm not sure. I wish I had pressed the first doctor a bit harder instead of getting caught up in the idea of those fancy "office" glasses -- which, for the record, apparently work well for lots of people.
Any thoughts? Please share your optical adventures!
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