Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Eyes Don't Have It

Today I had to face my mortality. The ever creeping of age and infirmity, thy name is optometrist.

I have presbyopia. It's a nice long word for you can't read things anymore! I have always been near-sighted. As in I can't see further than my elbow.

Now I've entered the land of the old lady and have to wear progressive lenses. Another large word for tri-focals but you don't see any lines.

Right now all I see is an old woman in the mirror. Boo hoo hoo.

11 comments:

de said...

You're totally a babe. Don't let this throw you!

Last month I got my first pair of progressives. I am THRILLED that I can see everything again.

slow panic said...

i'm holding out for a little longer. so far i'm managing with just reading glasses, but i don't think i have much time left.

furiousBall said...

i think that's the sign, if they name the things you have, it counts. and if it's barely pronounceable even worse. you're totally hosed.

just kiddin'

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

You will look HOT In your bifocals. You are so funky! Who cares! People will still have their "eye" on you. They will "focus" on your fabulous qualities. No need to have a cornia... um... coranary.

And I"m done with the bad spellign and bad analogies.

Sabra said...

The fuzzies are maddening. I was at a point where I could not order fast food because I couldn't see the menu board. But the progressives are maddening because you have to look through certain sections of the frame to see -- forget trying to look up to get a handle on your eyebrows or look down to see the depth of the canyon....

I'm thinking of becoming an eccentric who just keeps multiple pairs of glasses hanging around her neck so they are handy no matter what focal length is needed.

meno said...

Oh, i'll be there soon. But not just yet as my mother's good sight genetics are finally coming through for me.

Gordo said...

I'm heading down that road, too. I'm constantly having to peer over my glasses to read fine print. My optometrist says I probably have a couple of years yet. Fingers crossed. :-)

Dick said...

I am sitting here looking at your photo in your profile and you do NOT look like an old woman. Remember that the word old is only a reference and what it's number equals depends on where one is looking from.

I tried those progressive lenses but they drove me crazy and I did stay with them for a month and a half or so. I use my perifial (sp?)vision a lot and they don't work for that, what with their one point of focus for any given distance.

Maggie said...

De, my consolation for sure. I am so sick of not being able to see things. I told the eye doc I'm thinking about installing lights on the frames so I will always have enough light to see by.

Slow Panic, rage rage against the dying of the light!

FB, you're so encouraging. Heh. But I'm willing to agree, I'm hosed.

Andrea, Eye'll have style? Ooh that was worse than yours.

Sabra, I could do eccentric I think, though it would sure drive me nuts. Then again.

Meno, I got it from both sides, Mom has trouble reading and Dad can't see beyond his elbow either - well he couldn't till he had the surgery.

Gordo, I'll cross mine for ya too. It's annoying isn't it?

Dick, yeah I'm a little apprehensive about adjusting to the glasses, but considering how frustrating it's been to not be able to see, I figure it's worth a try.

Thanks for all the compliments you guys!

mamatulip said...

I know how you feel. My vision is terrible and technically, I do need bifocals, but both my eye doctor (who is a family friend) and I agree that I am too fucking young, goddammit, for bifocals.

Sigh.

egan said...

I just had my annual eye exam yesterday and freaked out thinking how crappy it would be to lose vision. My prescription hardly changed, but it did get me thinking.

Well, there are also those blasted audiobooks and speech to text. I kid.