See you

01Jun11

Today I joined the illustrious community of people who wear glasses to read. I have given in to the aging process. My arms just aren’t long enough to hold a spreadsheet in a position where I can focus on the small numbers. I don’t have a problem with a computer screen. I just adjust the font size until I can read it, but the hard copies are a problem.

I bought some new reading glasses, or ‘spectacles’ as I shall call them from now on, at a department store – Mrs R said they looked OK (I couldn’t tell because I was all blurred in the mirror when I put them on, unless I got very close) – and I wore them to a meeting at work together with my contact lenses.

No one commented on my new appearance, despite the fact that I wore the spectacles a long way down my nose in order to appear wiser. No one commented on my apparent wisdom either.

The trouble is, I only need these reading spectacles when I wear contact lenses. If I wear my normal (distance vision) glasses, I really ought to combine them with a different pair of (close up) glasses. The supermarket spectacles are the wrong prescription if used without the contact lenses.

This raises the logistical nightmare of three pairs of glasses/spectacles plus one set of contact lenses. It will take considerable planning to ensure that I have the right combination of vision aids in my (over-filled) pockets. For example, if I think I will be outside in the rain, I will choose contact lenses plus supermarket spectacles (although I’m not sure what I will be reading outside in the rain – a map perhaps?), but if I expect to spend most of the day in an office in front of a computer I will wear normal glasses, plus other spectacles for meetings with spreadsheets… I don’t know what to do if I expect to get caught in the rain on the way to the office.

…I’ve just proof read this posting without my glasses/spectacles on. It was fine.



7 Responses to “See you”

  1. 1 Derek Wright

    Hi Alex, I gave in to the ageing process some time ago! Your arrangement seems a lot more complicated than mine however.
    I wear contact lenses (all the time, replaced monthly). The prescription gives me one lens for close work (reading/laptop) and one for distance. The brain is so clever (not just mine) that it determines what you are looking at and adjusts the focus automatically.
    I don’t have to carry multiple sets of spectacles; I don’t have the embarrassment of having to ask my wife to read the menu to me in restaurants (when I forgot the spectacles).

  2. 2 Mrs R

    But Alex has a propensity to make (his) life as difficult as possible.

    • 3 Derek Wright

      Surely not Mrs R. Alex is a seasoned change professional. He is all about effectiveness, efficiency………simplicity.

      • 4 Mrs R

        We can’t be talking about the same person Derek.

  3. 5 Andy F

    I’m with you on this one Alex, I now travel with reading glasses for use when wearing contact lenses. Ordinary glasses for use when not wearing contact lenses and a contact lens case if ever I feel a need to take the lenses out. Which reminds me I must make another appointment to visit the opticians.

    • And that’s another thing… I have to pay the optician for a contact lens check and I have to pay for a sight test, both at regular intervals. Despite some similarities in the process (which is the smallest line you can read on the chart?), apparently they are different procedures which can not be combined. It makes me see red (and green).

  4. 7 Steve M

    My good lady swears by her vari-focals as a simple and effective solution to the problem she has with her differing sight challenges. Just one pair of glasses, worn at all times. It also has the benefit that she no longer does the “peering over the top of her glasses” thing that was a little unnerving when I said something she didn’t agree with.


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