Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Ten years ago I had LASIK so that I would no longer have to wear glasses to correct my horrible nearsightedness. It was not a decision I made lightly, given that I am an avid reader and one of my biggest fears is losing my eyesight altogether.
While doing the tests to see if I would be a good candidate for the surgery, my eye surgeon explained that LASIK does not stop the eye from aging, and that I would notice a loss of my close vision in my early forties.
I'd have to wear cheaters.
Sure enough, it happened. At first, I only needed them in dark restaurants or when I was tired. It was hard to find cheap reading glasses with minimal magnification. Now, though, I find I need them almost all the time, even when I'm chopping vegetables for dinner. I think I might need to invest in good reading glasses that are bifocals - no prescription on top and magnification on the bottom.
I've taken to wearing my cheaters on a string around my neck because I was constantly setting them down and forgetting where I left them. I take them off and put them on over and over again all day. I'm resisting getting a good pair because gosh darn it... I paid a lot of money to not have to wear glasses all the time!
I know I can't stop the march of time when it comes to aging. And really, I am proud of the wisdom I've earned over the years. I feel more confident and sure of myself at 47 than I ever did when I was younger. I've built a good life with my husband and have two kids who amaze and delight me (most of the time).
In the grand scheme of things, reading glasses are really NBD.