Thursday, May 22, 2008

Just Call Me "Granny"

Boy, it's been all doctors, all the time around here lately. My son has a sinus infection; my dog has an ear infection; my mom had surgery today on the arm she broke racing scooters with my kids. (Yeah, you read that right. Not a Rascal. A Razor. She's a cool nana. The surgery went fine and she is resting at home.)

I went to the eye doctor yesterday.

I don't like going to the eye doctor. I'm not big on people playing with my eyes. I don't like the drops or the little stick he uses to look under my eyelids or the camera with the pokey thing on the end that he sticks in my eyes to see if I have glaucoma (I don't). Mostly, I don't like the little chuckle he always gives me when I explain that there is something wrong with my current glasses. I keep cleaning and cleaning them and they don't get any clearer. He doesn't understand that the problem is the glasses. He insists that the issue is my eyes. Specifically, they are getting old.

You can see why I don't like going to the eye doctor.

This particular visit netted me a prescription for new (stronger) reading glasses. (We will not discuss the eye doctor's continuing insistence that I should be wearing glasses for distance as well, nor the additional prescription he forced on me for said glasses, as it will be joining its fellows from the last two visits in the pile on my desk.) The reading glasses I can live with. Mostly because, without them, I cannot read, use a computer, or knit, and without those activities, I would have far bigger problems than a need for glasses.

The new prescription means I get to order new glasses. I can't wear over-the-counter reading glasses. My eyes are vastly different in the amount of correction they require, and each eye has a different degree of astigmatism. Standard reading glasses make me feel seasick.

My current glasses look like this:

And they're fine. They help me see, and I enjoy that. But they're a little bland. So I ordered something different this time:


A little spicier, no? And since I spend a lot of time reading and knitting outside and always have to choose between reading glasses and sunglasses in those situations, I ordered them with lenses that automatically darken in the sun, like this:

I think they're kind of cute. Maybe even verging on stylish. Still, there's no getting around the fact that they're reading glasses. Sigh. Just call me "Granny." Minus the scooter.

13 comments:

Sharon said...

I went through the same thing last year, and chose glasses that look a lot like your new ones! Which are very cool, btw. ;) But mine don't turn dark, because I live in Oregon where there is no sun.

sophanne said...

very stylish- I can't keep a straight face at the eye doctor when he leans in and I can see him giant behind the machine. It feels like a cartoon. I imagine I would feel the same way at the dentist if I weren't in that catatonic state of fear.

Tammy said...

Hee hee hee... I'm laughing because I'm older, and probably blinder, so I get to. I have progressive lens (fancy phrase for tri-focals).

I need to go in for an upgrade to my never-quite-clear glasses myself. I may try a move from my practical frames to something more stylish myself. I just need to take one of my stylish friends with me to show me which those would be.

Steph B said...

Hey, those are stylin'! Nothing wrong with those glasses. People will be asking if you work for Vogue, especially if you're wearing that awesome sweater!

melissaknits said...

I had this great comment, and it didn't post and got all deleted.

I am now sick and sad and am going to sit in my chair and sniffle.

Angelika said...

Stylish indeed. Not granny-ish at all. You'd have to put your hair up in a bun for that, slide your glasses down and work on a sock in the rocker in front of your house :).

Lydee said...

Okay you all, I'm going to admit this for the first time ever: reading glasses are helpful to me. So what's the big deal? I'm only 30. The print on those asprin bottles started getting smaller a few years ago. :-(

punkin said...

You are stylin'! I like your new glasses.

Sarah said...

I love the red -- very chic! It looks like they'd coordinate really well with Death by Cables!

Sharon said...

Me again, just wantin' to say I love the kids' Nana.

Knitman said...

So you've joined the club, hey Granny? Now lets see, I have the reactolite pair, in bifocals, I have an ordinary pair in bifocal, I have a pair for use with the PC. I also have a pair of half frame readers(bloody expensive)to wear when I have my contacts in, which is most mornings as I need to wear them when i go to the pool so I can see and swim too. Nothing to do with being able to see the sights either.;-0

Mrs. H (aka MrsAych) said...

Cool glasses. But the eye doctor needs a thump. heh

Glad you're mom is doing well after surgery. She is most definitely a cool nana. :)

Kim said...

Cool new glasses! They match Death by Cables very nicely. I've never been to the eye doctor. It sounds just awful.