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Always the wrong glasses

I got a new pair of glasses two years ago, the first for many years, and to be honest I’ve never really got on with them. The prescription was too much of a compromise, so neither my distance vision nor my near vision was as sharp as I thought it should be. In fact, when I was doing some embroidery last year, I frequently ended up taking my glasses off and holding the work close to my face so that I could see it clearly enough! That was annoying, but manageable. However, when I felt my distance vision getting worse too, something had to be done as I need to be able to drive safely!

I had an eye test, and was completely unsurprised to be told that my vision had deteriorated and that my old prescription was no longer suitable. What was less expected was to hear that my near and distance vision prescriptions had diverged so much that they couldn’t give me a single-vision lens that would cover both requirements. My choice was between bifocals/varifocals or two separate pairs of glasses. I’m not yet ready to accept that I’m old enough for bifocals, so two pairs it was.

My distance pair are much better for driving than the previous ones – anything over about two metres away looks sharp and crisp, and the lens is (so far at least) much less scratched, so that there is less dazzle from oncoming lights. And my reading pair aren’t bad either – fine for playing on my iPad or reading a book/newspaper. I struggled using the desktop computer at work though – I found I either had to sit really close to the screen or awkwardly far away, depending on which set of lenses I was wearing. So I ended up going back to the opticians and getting a third pair of spectacles, purely for computer use!

Now of course, the problem is that whatever I want to do, I’m inevitably wearing the wrong pair of glasses! If I’m typing away at work on my computer and someone comes over to my desk to talk to me, I can’t see them properly so the first thing I do is have to change glasses. Or I’ll be sitting at home reading when the phone goes in the other room and I have to get up to answer it, and can’t see clearly. Or I’ll have my distance pair on when I get in, pick up the post, put have to change my glasses again before I can read the contents. I’m sure I’ll get used to it in the end,  it at the moment it’s driving me round the bend!

{ 5 } Comments

  1. Sally B | 17 August 2018 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I went down the varifocal route many years ago, so that I could sew and watch television at the same time. I was amazed that I got used to the new glasses straight away! The brain is wonderfully clever.

  2. pauld | 18 August 2018 at 10:25 am | Permalink used them for number of years, just get pescription for optician then ordered them online, they also do varifocals for old folk 🙂

  3. pauld | 18 August 2018 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    … actually mreant ‘from optition’ not ‘for optition’, not wereing glasses now 🙂

  4. Gillian | 18 August 2018 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    At least I have a good excuse now for all my typos – sorry, wearing the wrong glasses!

  5. Hugh | 19 August 2018 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    As Sally says, go for varifocals. You may still need separate VDU glasses, but that is all. They take very little getting used to. Only problem I had was remembering how to walk down stairs