June 11, 2005

My wife is really annoyed with me right now

I started wearing glasses sometime around the 5th grade I think, and my wife started wearing hers in elementary school as well. My wife's eyes are constantly changing, and there have been times when she's gotten a brand new prescription twice in one year. Me, I tend to wear out glasses. Not from rough handling, but from age, because my prescription has changed very little over the years. I'll wear a pair of glasses until they're practically falling apart before getting a new pair, and most of the time the prescription stays the same or doesn't change enough to bother with.

I should mention here that my wife is a few years younger than I am. That matters because she's a practical woman, yet she has her little vanities like the rest of us. I wouldn't say she was devastated when she found out last year that she needed bifocals, but she certainly wasn't happy about it. Thank goodness for the "no-line" style that's available now. She took great solace in the fact that I'm older and therefore would be likely to need bifocals myself the next time I got my head eyes examined. You may recall that she used to manage an optometrist office, so she knows how to work most of the toys and equipment, and she knows of which she speaks.

On Thursday Robyn, Rachael and I went to the eye doctor for our checkup. The good news is that we all have fine healthy eyes. Glaucoma testing showed excellent pressure levels for each of us, and we got nutrition advice to help ward off Macular Degeneration, which runs in my side of the family (green leafy veggies and zinc). Rachael finally got glasses (she's been borderline for quite a while), while Robyn's eyes are perfect.

The bad news is that my eyes are indeed changing as I grow older. I'll order a new pair of glasses in the next month or so because mine are pretty rickety after three years. Same prescription, because that didn't change enough to matter.

Per doctor's orders, I'm supposed to take my glasses off from now on when I read. Yep, Liz is *really* annoyed with me right now.

Posted by Ted at June 11, 2005 08:07 AM
Category: Boring Stories

My glasses now come off for fine work---which means I'm constantly lose them as I go from reading a book or working on the computer to doing dishes.

I've got to get one of those cords that teachers and librarians use. I know other's use them as well, but that's the first thing I think of when I see glasses hanging about the neck.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at June 11, 2005 05:35 PM

Don't fear the second opinion.

While in high school, the optometrist I saw assigned me bifocals. In HIGH SCHOOL! I thought I was doomed.

However, another optometrist looked me over in college, and I got non-bifocal glasses.

I guess I answered more correctly on the 1 or 2 things.

Posted by: Brian J at June 11, 2005 11:26 PM

Dang. I have bifocals in my *cycling* glasses. And since my insurance won't pay for lineless...I'm gonna look like a real 'tard on overcast/cloudy/rainy days.

Posted by: Victor at June 12, 2005 07:13 PM

I've always had to take my glasses off to read, so I'm always looking for the darn things! They do, however, seem to wander off more frequently lately....

Posted by: Susie at June 14, 2005 11:50 AM

I had to start using glasses about a year ago, at age 46. My distance vision - and that means anything over a metre - is not as good as it was, though I'd still be legal to drive without glasses.

Under a meter, I have to take them off, I can't possibly read with them on. But my close-range vision is extremely acute.

I have no idea what's going to happen with my vision due to the weird hormonal problems that started 6 weeks ago, but my eyes have changed colour (!). Still, that's the least of my worries.

Posted by: Alan E Brain at June 14, 2005 09:13 PM
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