4 Eyes … Or More

September 28th, 2012

When I had laser surgery I thought my long relationship with glasses would finally be over. Losing them, finding them, breaking them, sitting on them, stepping on them, pushing them up on my nose constantly, forgetting the most expensive ones in restaurants, shops and God knows where. And yes, I now have perfect long distance vision, BUT I still need reading glasses for computer work and reading in bed and deciphering texts and email on my phone–in other words, most of my life. So now instead of one pair that combines near and long distance in the lens, I have more glasses than ever before. I am constantly putting them on and pulling them off, peering over the top and hauling them out to use my iPhone.  I keep a pair in the car, a pair at work, a pair to fall asleep in for reading in bed, a pair to make me masquerade as an old hipster. I may have finally found the perfect pair though–Iris Apfel Eye-bobs that combine clear glass on top and reading glasses on the bottom. Plus they don’t look like teacher glasses that should hang around your neck on a chain–that drives me crazy for some reason. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about 10 years old and it doesn’t look like I’m ever going to shed them for good, but I’m so grateful for my eyes, as quirky as they may be. My favorite time of the day is midnight when I am curled up in bed with my Kindle and my wonkiest, most beat-up pair of reading glasses with the rest of world somewhere Out There. I usually wake up with my face mashed into my glasses and my Kindle stuck under my ribs and my mind still on where I left off in my latest trashy erotic novel (no, not Fifty Shades of Gray, which was too badly written and tame for me!). Thank god for eyes, however faulty, and glasses of all shapes and colors to bring the world to me up close and personal.


One Response to “4 Eyes … Or More”

  1. I had to start wearing reading glasses at age 40 and every other year or so, I needed stronger ones. I had them ALL OVER, just like you do, and they made me NUTS. When my distant and middle vision altered, I had to get progressive lenses. This made me so happy!!! Now I wear my glasses all the time, can see well all the time. Sadly, I can only afford ONE pair, and my jazzy fuchsia frames with striped earpieces sometimes don’t compliment my outfit, but most of the time, I feel brighter and happier the minute I put them on in the morning.

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