Saturday, May 28, 2016

Day 2417 - Ageing eyes

What happened to my 20/20 vision?


Deterioration is the key word when it come to ageing.  So many things start to deteriorate.  Your memory, skin, energy levels ... vision.

You might remember that a few years ago after wearing reading glasses for half my life I was told I magically had 20/20 vision again.  My first thought was to celebrate the fact that there was finally a part of me that wasn't succumbing to Deep Fried Fruitism. There was a piece of me that was officially youthful again!  My second thought was to mourn the loss of my much cleverer looking bespectacled self.

Be careful of second thoughts.  You might just get what you wish for ...



It seems that this year my reading material is moving mysteriously farther from my face.  My arms aren't as long as I remember them to be as I hold ingredients lists, brochures, prices tags, books, magazines and paperwork at spitting distance.

This is not a slow steady decline.  This has been a quick decent since New Year.

Suddenly I am feeling visually impaired.

After much squinting and arm fatigue I gave into the fact that I needed to head back to the optometrist.

It's official.  I'm getting old.  Added to sagging skin, grey hair, memory lapses, south-bound breasts and body aches, I've now signed onto blurred vision.

According to Optometry.org.au it's normal for vision to change once you hit 40.  In addition to sprouting your first chin hair, the onset of middle-age brings with it an inability to see.  Perhaps the two are related?  Chin hairs don't exist if you can't see them, right?

There are a bunch of things we need to look for when we hit our forties.  Presbyopia (gradual age related sight deterioration), Glaucoma (loss of peripheral vision), age-related macular degeneration (distortion of central vision),  Cataracts (clouding of the eye) and Diabetic Retinopathy (diabetes related vision loss).

I am lucky and my deterioration is the standard every day presbyopia.  If I had longer arms it probably wouldn't be an issue.

I am also lucky that I get to be all smart and sophisticated again with very classy and intelligent looking eye wear. I am delighted to be welcoming some Karl Lagerfeld into my wardrobe desk drawer.

To get my eyes checked I headed to a very well respected ACT based optometrist who bulk billed my testing under Medicare and then took his prescription to Spec Savers where I got two pairs of frames for $199 plus lens costs.  I added an anti-reflective coating to the bill to help prevent glare from computers and devices.  With my Medibank Members Choice package the grand total (testing. frames, lenses, coating) came to $47.00.

The queen of thrift continues to wear her crown with pride.

This ageing gig can be hard work.  The reality is it's gonna happen so we can either fight it or embrace it.

I'm looking forward to my new glasses and can't wait to become highly intelligent again!

Do you wear glasses?

When was the last time you had your eyes checked?

Ever wish your arms were longer?

2 comments :

  1. Leanne, I hear ya! I have needed reading glasses for about the past 5 years but it's gotten progressively worse. It sucks that I need them even to read Large Print books from the library! I've now ordered a pair of "trifocals" that I will wear 95% of the time - the top will have no prescription; the next bit down will be for computer work; and at the bottom for reading. It just got to much of a bother taking glasses on and off constantly and I refuse to hang my reading glasses on a chain around my neck coz only OLD PEOPLE do that!!!

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  2. I've worn glasses since I was 5 years old for reading (lazy eye and astigmatism) but since I turned 40 last year I've found I need to wear them pretty much all the time. Not so big a deal for me but still one of those sign of ageing that you can't ignore...

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