As I sit here this early Saturday morning writing this blog – I gotts tell ya – its kinda hard to see the screen. Yup – 45 and as I have been told by many in the past – the eye sight goes after forty. Guess I am glad I made it this far!
Now in the spirit of full disclosure, I started wearing glasses at around 8 years old, maybe 9. My dad first noticed I needed them when I was playing soccer in LA and would slightly “miss” the ball when kicking, or trapping it. So off we went to the eye doctor and – Voila! I had an astigmatism in one of my eyes. So after evenings of patching and a few years of wearing them whilst reading, it corrected and I no longer needed them except on occasions when I read a lot.
Enter 45, Oct this year. It actually began in August / September – All of a sudden it was getting hard to read the text on my phone, packages and forget any serial numbers on hardware or the like. I had a sinking feeling about it – but I knew – I needed reading glasses.
So I went to the doctor and they recommended “progressives” so that I could have some early help with distance as well. I don’t really “need” them right now, but I am told as time goes on I may, so like preventive plastic surgery, just get them now. I decided against it and got the reading glasses – clear frames, slight tint on the lens – My friends said I was “hip”..lol….great! The only problem; when I looked up I could not see more than a few feet or so in front of me, so I went back for progressives after two weeks of trying to adjust to this.
Well- that didn’t work. You see (or in practice its hard to see) when you work on a computer a lot, which I do, the progressives make it REALLY hard to see the entire screen. Actually, for me it was almost impossible. Yes, I could look down and read the phone and small print on packages, look up and read the dashboard or things a few feet away (mid range) and yes, the top is a seamless transition for distance. But again, looking down at the computer…. forge it.
So, I took them back – and I am returning to the “reading glass only” program.
I’m not sure if its “hip” or not, but hopefully this will help some of my friends who too are turning mid forties right now, or trying to decide which way to go when faced with this issue.
Ont the bright side, my new assistant “Siri” has taken away much of the need to type on the small phone screen!
All I know is – It sucks getting old – and now I’m really afraid of what is going to break next! hahahhaa!
Happy Holidays all – At least I’ll be able to read the small print on the toys I will surely have to assemble for my 3 year old this year that Santa delivers in just 8 more days !!!!