I have scheduled an appointment for an eye exam at which I’m expecting to be told I’ll need bifocals. Or longer arms.
For years, I heard people who had reached the age of 40 warn that something happens to one’s eyes at that milestone. Not necessarily on the 40th birthday, of course, but sometime within a few years of it.
That something happens to be a change in vision.
Forty seems to be a time when a lot of us begin needing glasses (or a stronger prescription for existing glasses).
I had an unusual thing happen several years back: I wound up no longer needing glasses for nearsightedness because my optometrist in Richmond had prescribed eyeglasses one notch too strong; my eyes had to work so hard to overcome this error, I later learned, my eye’s muscles had strengthened to the point that I no longer needed glasses: my eyes were back to 20/20.
Hey, I’ll take that!
To be fair, my worst eye was only 20/40, which meant that things were just fuzzy enough that the DMV decided to require glasses to drive, despite the fact that their regulations, I’m told, require at least 20/40 vision or better to drive.
So this dramatic correction, in the grand scheme of things, wasn’t so dramatic.
Still, I was able to ditch the glasses and haven’t needed them for years.
Last year, I noticed that it was getting a little more difficult to read the date on my watch. (Yes, I still wear a watch: I can’t embrace the ‘I just use my smartphone as my watch’ thing.)
I got a Pebble, which made the date easier to read, but not quite easy enough.
My best friend, who is only about six months younger than I am, just got them last year. Leave it to me to be stubborn and put it off!
I’m hoping the eye doctor doesn’t tell me I need to spend less time in front of a computer; that might be a problem, since my job as a digital content manager pretty much requires a major portion of my workday be spent staring at a computer screen.
And then there’s this little blog, which, with its daily posting schedule, requires a bit of time almost every day, too.
But I have to ask: