Funny thing about age.. it just creeps up on you when you least expect it, right?
Take yesterday, for instance. I wasn’t feeling particularly old. Age has never really bothered me or been an issue for me. Especially in my 30’s – I’m in my prime, hey? Right??
So anyway – I make a visit to the eye doc yesterday. I’m due – it’s been three years since my last vision check up. I do wear glasses for reading and computer work and lately, I’ve been feeling the strain on my eyes like never before. I take regular breaks in my work day – and I make excuses for those breaks like “I need coffee” – – or “I really should get the mail”, etc,etc.. But most often, my breaks are to give my eyes a break.
I’ve been feeling eye fatigue in a HUGE way – – so much so that I actually picked up the phone and made an appointment to have my vision checked. Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I don’t pick up the phone to call ANY kind of doctor for ANYTHING unless it’s real bad. (yea, yea – typical nurse… heal thy patient – – ignore thyself).
So I go in.
I don’t have glaucoma – that’s the good news.
I do, however, have worse vision now than when I did at my last check up, 3 years ago. Worse by about 40%. See, I’m farsighted. I can see distances just fine – – but put a book up to my face about 8-6 inches away – – I’m hopeless.
So he changes my prescription, which I totally use as an excuse to buy brand new Calvin Klein frames, right? Which I am happily picking out when he comes over and says – “By the way, Lisa – just so you’re not surprised.. but you should start having semi-annual eye exams at this stage in your life – – I can easily see you in bifocals in a couple of years.”
At. This. Stage. In. My. Life.
To which I reply, “Well, Doc – see, that’s impossible because bifocals are for old folks.. and I’m only thirtysomethii…mumble mumble..”
Well, anyways – it’s taking up to three days to get my new glasses and I’m counting down the days until I get them. The eye fatigue and strain are really getting to me. It’s causing additional time at work to check and recheck and double check things because I can’t trust my eyesight at the moment…
Even at my tender age of thirtysomething….Damn genetics!