Thursday, October 22, 2009

Girls Who Wear Glasses

T-minus two hours.

I have an eye appointment today, and I anticipate leaving with at least a prescription for eyeglasses if not the glasses themselves. I am not sure why this is a big deal, considering that I already wear glasses....

Well. I already own glasses. Two or three years ago, I went in for an exam because I was getting headaches when reading. They prescribed reading glasses. Not much magnification, or, as we used to say when we were kids, "medicine". I wore them consistently for about a month, and then, if I could actually locate them in the house, that was a sign to buy a lottery ticket. I don't actually know where they are now. My husband has suggested looking for something that appears to just be a pile of dust.

A few weeks ago, I went with a friend for a pedicure. She admired my polish selection, and asked the name of it. I held up the nail polish bottle and... I couldn't see it. I couldn't see the label on the bottom. Granted, it had been printed in a negative four font, but I used to be able to see nail polish bottle labels.

I hadn't noticed before that I have to hold things approximately five hundred feet from my face to see them clearly. It's amazing how the body and brain make minute adjustments that we don't even notice, until something or someone points it out to me. In my case, my friend gave me a knowing smile and said, "You need glasses."

When I was younger, I wanted glasses like nobody's business. I was a dork who actually got excited when I had to get braces, and I suppose glasses would have just rounded out my emerging nerd. Whatever the reason, I remember being disappointed when an eye doctor pronounced my vision as perfect and not requiring the corrective lenses my father, mother, and sister all wore (and silently mocked me with, I am certain). The doctor did end with a prediction: I would wear glasses, because I read a lot, and reading causes eye strain. Before I was forty, I'd be bespectacled.

I'll be forty in thirteen months.

Actually, I think it may be that eye doctor who needs to go buy a lottery ticket.

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