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Don’t Miss It Till It’s Gone…

Last Thursday, I went in for my annual eye exam.  (I’m blind as the proverbial bat, but I’ve always been correctable to 20/20, so it’s no big deal.)

The optometrist went through the usual regimen — I read from the eye chart, told him when horizontal and vertical lines met, caught fingers waggling at me in my peripheral vision, etc.  I even had fancy-dancy pictures taken with some new scanning system that apparently indicated that I’m not currently experiencing even the beginning push of macular degeneration (yay!)


At the end of all that, the doc told me he wanted to put me into new contacts — greater comfort, less accumulation of deposits, etc.  After confirming that the new lenses only cost a few bucks more than my old ones, I readily agreed.  (I know how these things work — I understand that the doctor may well earn a higher percentage on the new lenses than he did on the old, and I get that detail-men push the new.  But I figured, improvement is good.)

The new lenses are more comfortable — I don’t need to rinse them in the evening, as I often needed to do with my old ones.  I’ll accept that they’re accumulating fewer deposits; they’ve only been in for four days.

But they are the wrong prescription.

Oh – my far-distance vision is sharper than it’s ever been before.  This past weekend, when the sun was out nearly all day both days, I was astonished by the beauty of light passing through leaves on distant trees, a level of detail I haven’t made out in quite some time.

But my near-distance vision has become completely blurred.  (I’ve gradually been moving into the realm of needing reading glasses; I have a couple of 1.0 pairs around the house, and one pair of 1.25.)  I can no longer read the newspaper, no matter how far away I hold it.  My laptop screen is blurred if my laptop is, um, on my lap.  My desktop monitor is slightly blurred, when I sit at my standard distance.  My knitting is completely out of focus.


I spent the weekend wearing readers, and I got by okay, with only a hint of a headache by the end of each day (which may or may not be from the lenses — I get a lot of headaches.)  I called the doctor’s office this morning, and the receptionist says the doctor will call me back.  In the meantime, I’m trying to convince myself that I am *rocking* these readers, and the librarian eyeglass thing is the look for me!

(And I hear about the Roman army checking soldiers’ vision by asking them to count the Pleiades, and I laugh.  I could not make out the *moon* without corrective lenses!)

Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 16th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Don't even get me started on eyes. Mine have always been crap (I started wearing glasses in 1st grade) and I finally had to cave and get progressive bifocals (really trifocals) when I hit about 46. But yes, I've always been able to get 20/20 with correction. The last year, I've been struggling with eye strain and we've changed the prescription a number of times, tried separate reading glasses, and still have had only partial success. I'm grateful that I can see at all, since I often think of how blind I would have been back in the pre-glasses good old days, but argh.

You have my extreme sympathy.
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
I truly cannot imagine living before the day of corrective lenses...

I'm sorry to hear that you're going through struggles to find the right correction. My vision slipped *substantially* the first year I was in law school. It's just been on a gradual decline since then ::wry grin::
Jun. 16th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
I hope the prescription gets sorted. Eye problems are a real pain.
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
The doctor is sending me a new supply of my old lenses. I might need to rinse them some evenings, but that will be a huge improvement. (He was great about the change back, too -- handled it with an easy-going grace that made me want to recommend him to all my friends who need such services!)
Jun. 17th, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
I am corrected for reading in one eye (actually reading/computer - it's a bifocal lens) and distance in the other. It took a bit to get used to it but now I love it. And NO glasses.
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
I suspect that's where I'm heading. For now, I'm going back to the old brand of contacts, which worked fine, except for sometimes needing a rinse in the evening!

But what are you doing hanging out here, commenting on my blog post? Aren't you supposed to be celebrating the release of THE BODY IN THE WOODS! Congrats!
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