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Getting old

So - I went to the eye doctor last week.

I've had the same reading glasses prescription since 6th grade, but I'd been having more and more trouble dealing with my computer monitor at work. But the kicker was that when I was holding Will I couldn't focus on him. When Z said she had a mark on her cheek, I couldn't see it unless I backed away. I figured it was time.

The eye doctor was very nice, gave me a thorough check up with dialation and all that. I told him the troubles I was having while he was saying "Which is better, A or B?" - and he nodded in understanding. In the end, he handed me a new prescription (which I couldn't read because my eyes were dialated) and sent me on my way.

I went to the glasses store, and I found out that my prescription was for bifocals. "Progressives" actually. I wasn't really shocked, but it was a little traumatic to have concrete evidence of my age placed before me like that. I was fretting about it in the store, trying on frames, and I put on one pair and Zoë said "I like those glasses, Daddy". And then she started trying on frames too. :) She liked the retro tortoise-shell models. :)

So I went home with my "all the time" glasses, and now have to learn to trust where the ground is when I walk. (The lower lenses warp at distance and my feet don't quite know where they are going to land yet). People like the look of them, so I guess Amanda and Zoë chose well.

I'll get a picture up this week so everyone can share in my decrepity.

I'm happy to be able to see clearly again, but it still seems that I'm showing symptoms of an age that I don't feel. I guess that's a good thing. :)

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astro_not1
Aug. 15th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
You aren't alone, Scott. I'm in my first pair of bifocals (I got the kind with the line), and I'm not really sure I like them that much. Since I build models, I was constantly looking over, under, or around my old glasses (and my general prescription hadn't changed at all since I got that pair). These are something of an improvement, but I still have to look around them for some really close work (I think there must be something about reading that some lenses don't take that third dimension into account when doing other things).
BTW, when might we see you back around the likes of GAFilk or OVFF (hint, hint)?
allisona
Aug. 15th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
I went through the same thing a few years ago, having to switch over to bifocals. It felt strange for a day or two, but I've had no problem with them ever since. And it's nice to be able to watch TV -and- cross-stitch at the same time again without squinting :).

Good luck with the adjustment!
filkerdave
Aug. 15th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
I got used to my progressives in about a day. Love 'em :)
pondside
Aug. 15th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
What is this age thing of which you speak? Ah - that which makes me squeek when I move my (insert body part here) . Not be able to see well far away or close and makes me remember things that didn't exist anymore when my friends were born.

ah yes. Welcome!
catalana
Aug. 15th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
I'm having to face the fact that I need glasses when I drive. Oh, I'm not sure the state of Illinois thinks I do. But if I want to do anything like read street signs, yeah, I do. (And it's much worse at night, because without glasses the lights all blur together, with the usual result that I think there's a stop light right ahead, but it's still 2 blocks away.) *sigh* Too much grad school.
mycroftca
Aug. 15th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I've been wearing progressives for several months now. I'm not entirely happy with them, but it's easier than having to whip off my glasses several times a day...
gnomedude
Aug. 16th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
Old??!! Na, your not old. True, you are older then me BUT your not old! :)
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