Getting Old and Getting Glasses

bifocals and cataracts getting old


I’ve known for a while (3 years) that I could benefit from some sort of corrective eye wear. Night time driving is sort of tricky and I try not to drive to unfamiliar places at night, especially if it’s rainy.

I’m a little young to be making conscious choices like that (kind of like when 80 year old drivers avoid making left turns) so, it was time to bite the bullet and get the eyes checked.

I figured I would need glasses for nighttime driving and for my convenience when I want to see things clearly far away. I read every night with no problem seeing the words on the page.

I didn’t expect the guy to tell me I needed glasses from the minute I wake up to the time I go to bed. Bifocals. What?!?

Once he showed me how clear the world can be, I was anxious to get them.

When I first put them on, I wanted to cry. The room was swirly like being in a funhouse with mirrors. The optician assured me that was normal. Huh? Although that sensation went away pretty quickly, I still felt like I was viewing the world through somebody else’s head.

When I walk, I feel 10 feet tall and as if I’m going to fall off the floor.

I’m not too impressed. I think they’re the right lenses. I don’t think they made a mistake. This business of having to tilt my head just so to see clearly is bizarre. Plus, when I look at my laptop or desktop, they are shaped like rhombuses. It’s true.

Everyone says I’ll get used to it but that’s nuts! It feels like there’s a spot about the size of my pupil through which I can see clearly at any given angle.

I’m thinking there hasn’t been much improvement in optics since Ben Franklin invented the bifocal.

How can Google invent glasses that lets you get on the internet but there aren’t glasses that allow me to see everything in my viewing area clearly without looking like a confused puppy?

That’s my rant.

Oh yeah, I have cataracts, too. Nothing like bifocals and cataracts to make you feel 70!

4 thoughts on “Getting Old and Getting Glasses

  1. Tracy

    I completely understand what you are experiencing. I tried bifoculs several years ago and could not get adjusted to them – so I went with two pairs of glasses. I am trying to decide if I should attempt them again – but part of me is nervous about it. I remember feeling like I was going to fall when walking. Everyone tells me that they are much-improved now and I should try. Good luck!

  2. Beth Post author

    Tracy, I’m getting a little used to them. I don’t feel like I’m going to fall all the time. What I don’t like is the limited range of clear vision. I have to be looking at exactly the right angle to see most things clearly. I have to tilt or turn my head to see most things at a distance clearly. If the two pair are working for you, stick with that. I’m giving this another couple of weeks. If I don’t forget they’re on my face, I’ll probably only use them to drive at night and watch TV. I really don’t struggle to read without them unless the print is microscopic. Also, I see well enough going about my usual day that this is more of a hassle.

  3. Gabriella

    This whole thing made me laugh! I have been putting off getting glasses for a long time. You didn’t make me jealous or want to rush to get them, let me tell you! 🙂

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