I’ve always had perfect vision.
20/17 in both eyes, plus 20% above average night vision.
Unfortunately, I am now 47 (and a half).
Which means that for the last couple of years I’ve been slowly developing presbyopia.
It had gotten to the point where my arms simply weren’t long enough to read any more – and actually it was worse than that, I just didn’t know it.
Over time I’ve gradually stopped reading on a regular basis. Reading paper books anyway. It really had become uncomfortable and painful. Mostly I had started reading on the computer, the tablet specifically. It’s backlit, I can set the font size to whatever I want, and I can download books with much less effort than going to the bookstore. But I really started to miss old fashioned paper – and you can’t get everything electronically either.
My eyesight had been so far above average that it really took a long time for me to get to the point where I had to admit that I needed correction. Eventually though, I realized that no matter how I held the damned pill bottle or how much I squinted, I simply could not read the microscopic print and crappy font anymore. Period. (Hell, considering that most drug companies print the medication information in a special font called “Pharmasquint .0005pt” it’s a wonder anybody can read it without a magnifying glass the size of the Hale Observatory. Seriously Drug Companies, WTF huh?).
Anyway, long story short, I finally had enough.
Last week I went to see the eye doctor (or iDoc to use the modern vernacular).
My eyes are in great shape…”considering my age” (Seriously, it’s a good thing the doctor was pregnant, otherwise I’d have smacked her upside the head with my walker). Aside from the presbyopia, everything else looked good (pun most certainly intended). My distance vision is still way above normal. My night vision has faded a bit, it’s still above average, but not nearly what it used to be. And I needed reading glasses.
She wrote me a prescription – or rather her computer did.
And I took that over to the eye glasses store.
After perusing the available frames, I ordered a pair of Ray-Bands with polycarbonate lens. $200 freakin’ dollars they cost me with the military discount – but that included lifetime frame and lens warranties. See, I have absolutely none of the habits glasses wearing people have – so I tend to forget glasses. I tend to break glasses. I tend to sit on glasses. I tend to leave glasses laying lens down on sandpaper. And now you know why I only buy the $9 cheapo sunglasses, and why I buy a lot of them. I figured I better have some insurance and “unbreakable” lens and “ultra flex” frames.
It took a week and I was actually excited to get the call telling me they were ready.
Holy moley, what a difference.
I can read again. Comfortably.
I can see things close up.
And I suddenly realized that the computer screen wasn’t half as clear or easy to read as I thought it was – which might explain the large number of typos I’ve been making lately, which I can suddenly see in all their glaring glory.
This also explains why you get a post today about my eye exam instead of something more interesting – because I spent my spare time this evening reading The New Space Opera instead of blogging (it could be worse, I could have had a proctology exam. Count your lucky stars).
Yes, I am officially middle-aged.
And I can see that clearly now.