Monday, June 11, 2007

The Eyes Have It

That’s it, the end is coming. I’m officially into middle age. I went to the eye doctor the other day and I have to have bi-focals. BI-FOCALS! I’ve known for some time that there was something wrong with my eyes. I get headaches and my eyes would start hurting whenever I read. So I basically quit reading. But I knew I had to do something about it. So I went. It’s only been a little over 20 years since I’ve had my eyes checked. Forgive me doctor, for I have sinned – it’s been over 20 years since my last exam. Well, that’s what it felt like, confessing of a sin to the optometrist. I figured I was in trouble when I sat down, glasses still on, and couldn’t read the damn eye chart. At all. Not. One. Line. In approximately a week or so I’ll be sporting brand new glasses with no line bi-focals. BI-FOCALS! Me! Forget the silver in my hair, or the tiny lines around my eyes – obvious signs of aging. I’m more upset by the new glasses. Bebo kept teasing me until I turned to her and said “no matter what, you’ll always be older than me”. That shut her up. It’s going to take some getting used to, as I’ve been informed over and over. That’s the part that bothers me – will I be able to see at all? Get used to what? Being able to see again? I look forward to that – and to reading.

Oh, and btw – I wrote a little Saturday night, and even went to my old writer’s group on Sunday.

24 comments:

Brandy said...

Sorry to hear you are worried about the bi-focals. I have no doubt you will take to them in no time. You are a strong woman, nothing can hold you back! *G* Even if you can't see it!

Congratulations on writing again! YAY for you!!

Christa said...

Sorry to hear you needing BI-FOCALS. Thanks for letting me know what I have to look forward to.
Sorry I haven't been active lately. I'm at my sister's again. Her and my bil went to Winnipeg so I am house sitting and cat sitting. Luckily it's not hot enough for the AC to be on so I can leave the patio door open and the cats can go in and out.:)
I'll most likely be here til the 18th. There was a book sale near here so no worries about me running out of books.:)
Tomorrow is my pamper day. I'm going to get my hair cut,manicure, pedicure and facial.
We had really severe winds here Friday and and a huge limb snapped from a tree. It's still kind of attatched to the tree. I managed to saw off most of the braches that were crushing the garden. The neighbor is pretty sure the limb will stay. Luckily there are no power lines back there. So it didn't hit any power lines, the house or the fence. At least it didn't hit anything major because that wouldn't have looked good on a house sitting resume.:) So tomorrow I'll see how much damage the tree did to the garden. Two doors down, the tree in the front that the city planted like 4 years ago, the top totally snapped off.

Michele said...

The only thing you get used to is how to shift your eyes between the top and bottom prescriptions. Soon it will become second nature. No biggie.
eventually.

Glad to hear you'll be reading like a fiend again!

Lis said...

Hopefully you'll adjust quickly to the bi-focals. I think the no-line will help :)
Yay for the writing!

raine said...

Michele is right. It's just a matter of getting used to which part of the lens works for distance and which for close-up viewing. It'll become second nature to you before you know it.

And yes, I speak from experience. I know how you feel, and I'm sorry, hon...but just think of yourself as a willow in the wind, a willow who survives the tempests and storms because that willow knows how to adapt and bend...and it really can't see what's coming anyway. :-D

Shirley said...

I don't have bi-focals (yet) but I know lots of *young* people who wear them and they soon got used to them. You'll be fine.

Hey, and I'm next on the list. And what terrific company to be in - next to the Shalvis. (If you hate it, I'll blame the bi-focals.)

Scott said...

Eh? What's that sonny?

There's nothing for it except to take it by the horns and ride it now. Embrace your advancing years and make the most of them.

Kelly said...

I keep holding things further and further away lately. I had my eye appt in February and worried he'd say the dreaded 'bi-focal' word but he told me I had a few years yet before they were really need. In the meantime, I'm getting my eyes lasered sometime in the next year, so I can just wear the reading glasses and not the bi-focals! Oh vanity...my nemesis.

Tori Lennox said...

I've had bifocals for a few years now and I hate them. Just to give another side to the story. *g*

Devon Ellington said...

Glad you're getting back into writing. Good luck with the glasses. I have to get my perscription changed again soon, too.

Marty said...

You're going to take a GIANT step off the first curb you see...I had bifocals at 10, but outgrew that. Now I plain can't see and need all the help I can get.

Yay on the writing!

Susan said...

You will do just fine! New bi-focals aren't enough to slow down the Bailey we all love.

Whoo Hooo on the writing and going to your writer’s group!

No bi-focals for me, I wear contacts. When my eyes get to that stage my optometrist said I would only use one contact. It doesn't make sense, but I'll cross that bridge later.

Dr. Bill Emener said...

When I got bifocals (the "progressive" kind), the biggest problem was between my ears -- my eyes adjusted rather quickly. If you can let go of the symbolism, you'll be fine.
See what I mean...
Bill

Melissa Marsh said...

Don't feel old! I had bifocals in ELEMENTARY school!

Siobhan said...

WTG on the writing! I've been tying my leg to the chair the past couple of weeks but now I'm back into it I find it has gotten a lot easier. I was prescribed bi-focals ten years or so ago. Does that mean I'm ten years older than you? *vbg*

Dru said...

Sorry that you have to get bi-focals, but if this helps you get back to reading..then it's a good thing.

I'll be following you soon on my next appointment since the doctor keeps threatening me that I'll need bifocals sooner than later.

Great that you wrote! Keep on keeping on!

catslady said...

I've worn contacts for 40 years but for the last 10 I've needed reading glasses with the contacts but if I take them out I can read but see nothing else lol. I'm actually to the point where I prefer my glasses which are blended trifocals. The new ones are so nice and light you'll forget you have them in no time.
Just being able to read should be incentive enough! and congrats on the writing.

Melissa said...

Hugs on the bifocals, but at least you'll be able to see! Glad you're writing, Bailey!!!!!!

bebo said...

Hey, bifocals are one thing... at least they didn't give you the SENIOR DISCOUNT at the restaurant without even asking!!!!

AAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!

Toni Anderson said...

That is awesome you went to your writers group!! And who cares about the glasses--they'll be sexy and that's all that counts. My daughter now has glasses--purple--and is quite the thing :)

Enjoy yourself :)

I'm hot up here--are you hot down there?

Meretta said...

A picture, please? :)

Loreth Anne White said...

See? This is why I don't go to the eye doc.

But the upside is you can read, right?? :)

Dennie McDonald said...

aw....but think how many more books you can read now....

Susie said...

I'm glad to hear we're writing AND getting out to your writing group. I go see the optometrist next week and, although I've only been wearing glasses for just a bit more that a year, I may need a new prescription that will include the B word as well. I knew my time was coming...