Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I went to the eye doctor yesterday. Since my regular eye doctor was on vacation, I saw the old guy. My regular doctor is 31 (although she looks 17) and the old guy really isn't that old. He's 59. Why do I know the ages of my eye doctors? Because the doctor told me. He said since he's older, he doesn't sugarcoat the diagnosis. So he laughed about my age (as in, "oooh, I see you're 39") and then he told me I needed reading glasses. Evidently, I'm a few years ahead of schedule.
This really isn't that traumatic, because I already wear glasses. Actually, I wear contacts. Well, one of them. Only, it seems I now need a whole 'nother type of glasses.
See (see? get it? hahahahaha...okay, bad pun), it's like this. I have staphyloma in one eye, which in layman's terms means there is a bulge in the back of my eyeball and I can't see jack shit. Since I was born that way it's no biggie. But in my good eye, I'm near-sighted. I've alternated between wearing glasses and one contact for most of my life. I love, love, love my contact lens because I also love to wear sunglasses, and who wants to be off with the glasses, on with the sunglasses every time you step outside?
Except now it seems I'm going to be doing the on with the reading glasses, off with the reading glasses, on with the I need help with my distance vision glasses, off with the I need help with my distance vision glasses, on with the prescription sunglasses, repeat routine.
To be fair, the doctor did give me the option of bifocals...but he said they're hard to get used to, and if I wasn't opposed to two pairs of glasses, he suggested starting there. And I still get to wear my contacts when I won't be around the computer or a book (which translates to once in a blue moon). I think he's conspiring to get me out of the contacts, because he admitted he doesn't like us monocular (I learned a new word today) people wearing contacts. Which I can totally understand...I just get tired of wearing glasses.
So once the new glasses arrive, I will own 5 pairs of glasses. The new reading glasses, the new prescription sunglasses, the old prescription sunglasses that I really don't like, the older pair of distance vision glasses that I currently wear if I'm not wearing the contact, and the newer pair of distance vision glasses that I got last year but don't really like so I never wear them. And then there are the miscellaneous regular sunglasses that I have.
I think I need a bigger purse.