Friday, February 18, 2011


So.....I just got back from the eye doctor.  Remember when you were little and you went to the eye doctor and maybe, just maybe you told the eye doctor that your eyes were a little worse than they actually were so that maybe you would get glasses?  (Well, maybe not everyone did it, but I did -- I WANTED glasses!)

Well, I'm here to tell you I'm past that.  I've accepted that I need to wear glasses in order for things to not be blurry all the time.  I've accepted the fact that if I don't wear them and do computer work, I will have a headache.  I've accepted it as a way of life, and am good with that.

Until today.  I knew things weren't going well when he asked me if I had noticed any differences in my vision.  I said, "Well, not really, except I find myself taking my glasses off when I'm working on the computer."  Silent nod.  Uh oh.  What does that mean?

"Well, let's look at how your eyes are working with and without your glasses -- far away first.  What's the smallest line you can read on the wall with no glasses?"  No big deal there.  I've been reading about the middle line for a long time.  Put the glasses on, much better.

"OK," he says, "now hold this little card in your hand and read from it."  I still had the glasses on, looked down, and thought, "Oh, crap.  I can't read this." 

I look sheepishly over at him and say, "That's not going to work."

"Try it without your glasses."

"Much better," I say, thinking that means my eyes are just good with no glasses.

So he gets out the lenses and makes me start looking through them at the little card.  Meanwhile, my mind is going in a million directions, always landing in the same place.  I think, "No, it can't be.  I'm too young!"

We finish the exam, and he looks at me, smiling and says, "It appears to me that you need #$^#@@$."

"What did you just say?  I could swear you said a bad word!"

He repeated, "It appears to me that you need bifocals."

Bifocals.  Don't OLD people wear bifocals?  I'm not old.  I can't be old.  I can't need bifocals!  Yikes!!!

We continue to chat about them, and how I could either get bifocals or just get reading glasses to use for computer work, etc.  It's up to me, he informs me.

We head out to the "shopping room".  Every woman's dream -- shopping!  Except it's for glasses.  I'm not so good at that.  I try a couple of pairs on before Sue arrives to help me out.  What are you looking for?  Well, I don't really know....I don't want a "loud pair", they have to have frames all the way around the glass, and those are about my only rules.

I find one pair I really like, and decide on them.  We're ready order when she says, "Hey!  You like purple, don't you?"  (I love living in a small town!)

"Why yes, yes I do!"

"I think these come in purple.  Do you want me to order a pair in so you can see them in purple?"

She just made my day.  "Nope.  Just get them for my new glasses.  I will love them!"

I should have them in a week to 10 days.  Photos will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, I may not be able to read posts here.  :) 

Thank goodness for feel-good things (purple frames) in the midst of sadness (bifocals).

Pictures will be forthcoming.  I hope. 

Until next time,


  1. I just ordered new 'work' glasses, myself! They make me look smart. ;)