November 04, 2015
I went to the eye doctor today. I read for a living, so I am careful to get my moneymakers checked every year.
They're in good shape. Everything was stable; my prescription is the same as last year. But in addition to the usual jumble-of-letters eye chart, we did some close reading tests this time too. I passed all of them.
"You have a good range," my doctor told me. "You don't need bifocals."
Well, super! Except it had not even remotely occurred to me that I might need them. I asked her when people's close vision starts to degrade.
She glanced at my chart and then looked at me. "About now," she said.
"Oh!" was all I could think to say. Then I thought, but not me. And then I thought, not yet.
Did you write this after I left? Because that is some amazing dedication to this project.
Posted by: kristy | November 04, 2015 at 10:42 PM
I had bifocals from age 7 (when I got glasses) to age 27 (when my French eye doctor was all WTF? about my prescription. Well, I hit 44 and all of a sudden, I needed bifocals again. A year later, I needed a different bifocal strength. Getting old isn't for sissies, so they say.
Mostly I'm just glad I looked at Twitter and saw your link, because when you switched to this URL, I derped and didn't update my RSS feed! So, yay! Now I can read you again. I really do hope you blog every day in November.
Posted by: Alison | November 04, 2015 at 10:45 PM
@kristy Actually I had forgotten until I was getting ready for bed! But everyone knows beer blogging is the best kind of blogging.
@Alison Yay! I'm going to try! I have been through all sorts of ophthalmic indignities in my life (baby glasses, eye patches) but I never knew they prescribed bifocals for little kids.
Posted by: Joolie | November 04, 2015 at 10:54 PM
Eeep! Found your new blog link on Twitter (complete happenstance, since I'm not on Twitter all that much) and now you're in my RSS feed! Woohoo! I was thinking you hadn't been posting for a long time (so many of my ol' blogger friends don't anymore, boohoo).
Posted by: Tonya | November 05, 2015 at 12:46 AM
My doctor has been threatening bifocals for the last eight years or so, but so far I haven't gotten any. I did have to change my longstanding contact lens prescription last time around because I absolutely couldn't read small print anymore. The new prescription helped, though.
Posted by: Average Jane | November 05, 2015 at 07:59 AM
Maybe you'll be a hawkeye til 80!
I was told at my checkup last spring that I'll be in the market for bifocals soon. I'm 48. I have indeed started moving my book farther away if I want to read with glasses or closer in if I want to read without. It's fiddly.
Posted by: Nimble | November 05, 2015 at 01:32 PM