When you reach a certain age, no matter how well you were able to see before, you will need glasses. The average magic age for this is 40. And I was no exception. Shortly after turning 40, I discovered that I had trouble reading and needed ocular assistance… and soon after that, the middle distance began to get a bit fuzzy. Finally, I had to admit that I needed proper glasses a couple years later.
(Bizarre Aside: When I was a teen I developed astigmatism and needed glasses to correct for the wrinkles in my cornea… but they somehow straightened out as I grew older. The astigmatism returned in my mid-40s, but as of my last exam in January, it is now gone again.)
Everyone looks better without glasses. It’s true. Even Robert Redford (who still is hot after all these years) looks better without glasses.
And Johnny Depp (be still, my heart)… dashing with glasses… but smokin’ without…
I’d rather not wear glasses. They get foggy and they slide down my nose, but without them, I just can’t see anything that requires close-up resolution. I can’t figure which button is pause on the DVD player. I can’t read instructions on a face mask. I can’t see who is calling on the cellphone. Alas, I need those glasses.
Back in the day, bifocals were clearly split lenses. Thanks to innovative technology, there is no longer an obvious break between distance and close-up prescriptions. One correction, two corrections, three? That’s between me and the optometrist…
Other great glasses breakthroughs: plastic lenses, UV protective coatings, and anti-glare coatings. Glasses have come a long way… but they still sit on your face and distort they eyes.
Still, it’s better than not being able to see. And since I have complicated eyes, even if I got contacts, I’d still need reading glasses… sigh.
I got a brand new pair of glasses last week. And, much as I hate having to wear glasses in general, I like this new pair. They make me feel pretty spiffy and it’s nice to be able to see clearly again.
Here’s hoping they make me look like a hot librarian…