I, like many thousands of people, wear glasses.
I was in my mid-teens when I was issued with my very first pair of NHS, plastic, pale blue rimmed glasses, they certainly weren’t on my wish list.
There was only one girl at school who wore glasses and looked fantastic, let’s call her ‘Charlotte’, shall we? You know her, she was strawberry blond, long-legged, slim, great results in all subjects without being a swot, fantastic at PE, took part in drama without looking self-conscious, was a soloist in the choir, I could go on! I nagged my mum for a pair of hexagonal, gold-rimmed glasses (just like Charlotte’s!).
At the start of the English lesson I stealthily positioned my glasses’ case on the desk with my books and when no one was looking I popped them on. Silence! I felt a huge relief, I was sure my fellow classmates thought I looked as cool as Charlotte. Our English teacher was fearsome and no talking was allowed in class (that’s why no one said anything!!) Boy, did I suffer with the teasing and taunts when we were dismissed? Needless to say the glasses never came out of my satchel again.
It wasn’t until my mid twenties that I realised that I definitely needed glasses and have worn them ever since. Fortunately, they make so much more attractive frames nowadays but that just creates another dilemma, which ones to choose? I have yet to go to an opticians where I agree with their professional opinion as to which pair suit me best! I also want to know where I’m going wrong. I see the adverts, two pairs for £69 or buy one pair, get one free, how come I never leave the opticians with a bill less than £150?
I used to need them for everything, close up, long and middle distance. So – first thing in the morning, glasses on and last thing at night, glasses off. My eyesight has recently started playing silly games with me, I now only need them for middle and long distance, I no longer need them for reading.(sounds great doesn’t it?) Well, let me tell you, it’s a damn nuisance!! I am constantly pushing my glasses up on top of my head when I need to read things, they get caught up in my hair and I have to pull out a handful of hair to extricate them, as a result of this habit the arms have stretched and if I bend over, they slip off the end of my nose, not to mention the ever-growing bald patch!!Now I have taken to wearing them on a chain, this in itself is far from satisfactory, the hair on the back of my neck gets caught up in the links and is incredibly painful as I hoike the chain away. The chain, no matter how I place it on the arms of the glasses, always ends up getting caught behind one ear, yes ONE ear, so I can’t simply take off my glasses with one hand – I need two!
The chain is just the right length so that my glasses dangle and hit my desk so I have to sit further back from the PC with my arms outstretched and then of course I’m too far away to see – so I have to put my glasses back on!!! So I end up taking off my glasses and pushing my chair up to the desk so I can see properly.
Cooking is a nightmare, if I’m following a recipe, glasses on and off every 5 minutes, so I end up taking them off so I can read and then do all the rest in a blur.
I don’t need my glasses when I use my camera, and as they get all tangled in the strap of the camera I resort to taking them off.
This taking off of the glasses in turn gives me another problem, I inevitably put them down somewhere and can’t remember where I left them. I then spend 10-15 minutes looking for them…. I’m quite sure I must say, “Damn, where did I put my glasses?” 20 times a day. It’s infuriating!!
I have tried contact lenses but as I have astigmatism, my lens’ had blue dots on them, to ensure I inserted them the right way. “Dot at the top” that system didn’t work, they would twist and slide around until everything was blurred. On one occasion a lens actually flicked out of my eye and landed on the top of my cheek!!!
I have considered laser surgery but I’m just too scared to go down that route…just imagine if something went wrong? My eyesight may not be that good but I certainly wouldn’t want it to be any worse.
I apologise for the rant, I just can’t believe that there isn’t a simpler solution to failing eyesight!