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Getting older…

 

 

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted much lately. I have a very good excuse… I’m OLD! Well, at least that is what my eyes are telling me.

About three weeks ago I couldn’t see the computer screen very well. I honestly didn’t think much of it. I take a medication occasionally, Trazodone, to help me sleep. If I take it for more than a day or two it tends to cause my vision to be a bit blurry. I did take Trazodone a few days before I noticed my vision was “off.” I just attributed it to that.

Normally the blurriness clears up in a day or two. In this case it never got better. In fact, it got worse.

I tired eye drops and moving my computer closer/further away, but nothing helped.

I gave up and made an eye doctor appointment.

I was hoping that this issue was only temporary, and that he’d prescribe an eye drop that will make my vision better. I was wrong. As soon as I told him about the problem I was having seeing the computer, he knew exactly what my issue was… I needed progressive lenses.

My eye doctor told me it had nothing to do with the computer. It was my eyes. He reminded me that as we age, our eyesight often changes to the point where some people need bifocals or trifocals. In my case, I needed trifocals, otherwise known as progressives.

My glasses (Instagram photo)

To be honest, I knew this day was coming. Two years ago my eye doctor suggested bifocals, but I declined. Getting bifocals, in my mind, meant that I was “old.”

For the past year I have been taking my glasses off in order to read. This didn’t help me much when I was at work. I had to constantly take my glasses off and put them back on in order to help students with their work.

I need the progressives so I can see up close (reading), directly in front of me (computer) and for distance.

Sigh…

I’ll be 51 years old. I was hoping to hold off having to wear this type of glasses (progressives) until I was well into my 60’s.

Thankfully they make bifocals/trifocals in such a way that you can’t tell. They look like regular lenses to anyone who looks at you. There are none of those tell tale lines in the lenses.

So… This is why I haven’t posted much lately. I have a hard time seeing the computer. I can usually “see” it for a short time, but the more I use it the less I see. Even with my screen adjusted to show things larger.

I get my new glasses later on this week (hopefully). I know it will take about a week to get used to them so hopefully I’ll be able to get back into the “swing of things,” including blogging.

Thank you for understanding. I appreciate it a lot.

To those readers who wear progressives, I’d love to hear you experience with them.

Kimberly

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. Good luck! I got my first pair of bifocals when I was about 20, and I went to trifocals about 15 years after that. I’ve never had an issue with the lines in my lenses and don’t feel any shame about it at all. I did try progressives once but had problems making the adjustment, so I went back to my lined lenses. In any case, I bet you’ll find a world of difference with your new glasses. Like I said, good luck!

  2. I’m now wearing bifocals as well