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"... so it's just normal for my age?"

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
124
Lexington, Virginia
Yesterday I'm at the optometrist and at the end of the exam the doctor starts explaining the difference between progressive lenses & "work place" lenses while showing how the shape of the eye changing affects vision and on & on; at some point of him droning on in a monotone voice I interrupt & ask the question that, in hindsight, I realize had more importance then I knew at the time. I asked "So it's just normal for my age?". At that moment, as I said the words, it hit me, the doctor wasn't trying to explain about some new issue with my eyes, he was explaining how bifocal lenses work. He was telling me I need bifocals! Wait, what?! 😲

I turned 49 a couple of weeks ago and apparently have reached the stage in life where me asking doctors "... so it's just normal for my age?" will start becoming a commonplace event. Well, shoot.

My new glasses with progressive lenses will be arriving in about 10 days. That should give me time to practice yelling "Get off my lawn!" while shaking my fist in the air in anticipation of the upcoming warmer weather. 👴
My presbyopia hit the year I turned 50.
 

Tilman Paulin

Top Veteran
Nov 15, 2011
69
Vancouver B.C.
Just got some mild (+1) reading glasses at age 31... For someone who always had the best eyes of just about anyone around, that kinda hurts...
Guess that's the one advantage of wearing glasses since being 8 years old and losing your hair in your mid-twenties...
You get the $#17 out of the way early on and I keep hearing from everybody who knows me since my mid-twenties "You haven't changed a bit!" :-D
 

theoldsmithy

Hall of Famer
Jan 7, 2013
124
Cheshire, England
I’ve worn glasses for reading/computing since I was 18. Over the years I've needed to also wear distance glasses for driving and watching TV. About 5 years ago I got tired of wearing one pair balanced on another so I could read and watch TV (it was not a good look!) and got bifocals, which are fine except when you need to peer down your nose at the small print on something in the supermarket. Varifocals made me feel sick. The inspection mentioned in this thread made me feel distinctly uncomfortable!
 

Richard

Top Veteran
Feb 1, 2013
104
Marlow, UK
My dad wore varifocals for years, and said that he could never judge a straight line when using them. Cutting a plank of wood always required a line drawn with a set square as he couldn't trust his own eyes through varifocal lenses. I think they were expensive too.

I imagine the same issue of bending lines would affect viewing and editing photos on a large screen too (?)

-R
 

Jock Elliott

Hall of Famer
Jan 3, 2012
124
Troy, NY
On the flip side of "I'm getting older and things are getting worse", my bride (aka spotter-in-chief), who is 9 years younger than me (but still a seasoned citizen), has almost freakish distance vision.

Check out this tale from almost six years ago:


Cheers, Jock
 
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davidzvi

Top Veteran
Apr 18, 2014
104
Boston Burbs
Guess that's the one advantage of wearing glasses since being 8 years old and losing your hair in your mid-twenties... You get the $#17 out of the way early on and I keep hearing from everybody who knows me since my mid-twenties "You haven't changed a bit!" :-D
Think I must have been 4-5 when I got glasses, so that hasn't really changed. I've also always had a high forehead, so while the hair is thinner and shorter, at least it's still there.

I have already suffered at least one "inspection." Insert cartoon "Eeek!" balloon here.
Get over it, intestinal issues since my mid twenties. But since I also have two kids, guys have no right to complain. 30 hours of labor for the first with "try and get some sleep" while ever 15 minutes a new group walks in to "check" things. :eek-54:
 
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AndyH44

Veteran
Dec 23, 2017
104
Central California Foothills
Didn't see this malady mentioned here but I just had the cataracts (two types) removed from my left eye yesterday. HOLY S__T, BATMAN! I can not believe the improvement in my vision now. I was thinking my images were not very good, but it was my eyes deceiving me. Think of the difference as a clear color image vs one in sepia. My left eye is so much better than my right that I now have to change to my left eye when using the viewfinder. Definitely going to have my right eye done ASAP! Enough of this looking through "muddy water"!
 

Jock Elliott

Hall of Famer
Jan 3, 2012
124
Troy, NY
Didn't see this malady mentioned here but I just had the cataracts (two types) removed from my left eye yesterday. HOLY S__T, BATMAN! I can not believe the improvement in my vision now. I was thinking my images were not very good, but it was my eyes deceiving me. Think of the difference as a clear color image vs one in sepia. My left eye is so much better than my right that I now have to change to my left eye when using the viewfinder. Definitely going to have my right eye done ASAP! Enough of this looking through "muddy water"!
Amen to that, brother!

I've had both eyes done . . . excellent results.

Congrats!

Cheers, Jock
 

agentlossing

Veteran
Mar 23, 2015
69
Yes gods us oldies are coming out of the woodwork today. Sounds like we lot are an opticians dream group.:drinks:
Let me ask my wife, an optician - she replied, maybe, unless you're all crotchety, in which case she wishes you'd stay away ;)

Sadly while my vision is just a few points off of good, due to my computer-based job I find glasses to be needful to avoid headaches.
 

Harry Cutts

Regular
Jun 6, 2017
104
Huddersfield UK
Im 65 now and have been wearing reading glasses since I was about 35. Around 12 years ago at my eye test the optician said my distance sight was getting worse and I would need 2 pairs of glasses, one for reading and one for distance. I decided that this was a none starter and so he recommended bi-focals. The sharp line between the transition really put me off so I went with vari-focal. Man I felt sick at first wearing them, and every time I turned my head it was like being on a boat in a storm, and walking down stairs was a real hazard, I always thought there was another step. However, after about a month my small brain adjusted to them and I have worn them ever since.
It's quite remarkable how you brain works and now I don't even think about it.
Now where's my medication? What do you mean I already took it.....
 

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