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I Can See Clearly Now

Posted Apr 08 2013 6:00am
The other day I discovered that the trees had leaves.  And no, it wasn't because spring had sprung and everything was turning green again...rather, it was because I got my head examined (well, my eyes) and got a much-needed new pair of glasses.  Holy moly, had my vision changed - my right eye, which has always been the good one, has turned on me.  The doctor was mystified as to why the change was so drastic "at your age" (how lovely to hear that sentence...NOT), but nothing out of the ordinary appears wrong, so we'll just go with his "your right eye is doing what it should have when you were a teenager" - well alrighty, then.

I wanted something different from what I'd worn for the last three years.  While I like the hipster bold glasses look, most of the styles that I tried on made me look like I was trying too hard to lose a couple decades.  I ended up with these - they were enough of a change to make me happy, but hopefully my kids won't be embarrassed to be seen with me when I'm wearing them
My new specs - I love the fun pop of lime green, I love the tortoise-shell frames, I love the case that came with them!  Now remind me of all this in three years when I'm sick to death of them...
You an just slightly see the lime green when I turn my head - too fun!
 A partial history of my glasses - wish I'd saved my ginormous Dorothy Hamill pair from when I was a teenager!  
The other fun thing I did is to get contacts.  I haven't worn them in over 25 years - coincidentally, when I became a mother (that whole "nap when the baby naps" meant that I didn't wear them just in case I might get that nap opportunity) - and then I just got out of the routine with contacts, and glasses were easier.  But, and this is such a vanity thing, I wanted to wear fun sunglasses.  Fashion ones, kooky ones - I don't know...I just wanted to have that option.  I forgot about all the other awesome things that come with wearing contacts:  for example, I can walk in the rain and not see spots!  Plus, trying on clothes is so easy - no taking off the glasses (because the second you don't, you end up pulling a shirt over your head and smashing them against your face), putting on the top, then putting on the glasses so you can see what you just tried on.  It's the little things, I'm telling ya - but after so long with glasses, it's a fun change.
New sunglasses - I got these for a steal of a deal (OK, I stole Jeff's $25 gift certificate that he won recently)(marriage is community property, right?) plus I had a $10 off coupon from the local running store.  My "sporty" pair - they are great to wear while running.  Still on the lookout for a "fashion" pair...
I got lucky with my contacts - because my eyes are so wonky (one is drastically near-sighted while the other is far-sighted), we went with mono-vision, which means that one eye sees clearly close up while the other sees clearly far do that, my prescription is exactly the same for each eye, so I don't have to worry about mixing up the right lens from the left one.  I tried out a pair for a week and went back to the doctor for one slight adjustment, as I was having a hard time seeing up close while I knitted.  One little tweak and I was set!
What I look like most of the time now - no glasses!
I can't believe how comfortable the contacts are - the brand I'm wearing is Acuvue Oasys, which are a silicone-based lens that you replace after two weeks of wear.  (since it seems that so many bloggers are shilling for everything they're gushing over, I feel compelled to say that I'm not getting any compensation for mentioning the brand...I just wanted to put it out there in case you might be considering trying contacts)  I am amazed at how far the contact lens technology has come in the last 25 years - once in, I don't feel these in my eyes at all.  I'm definitely a contact convert!

The only bad thing that has come with getting contacts is that I can see clearly now...and what I can see is that I have major bags under my eyes.  Glasses hid those a bit better, plus when I took off my glasses, everything was pleasantly fuzzy and I didn't notice them!  Yikes.  I shall start researching some under-eye-bag remedies, but I suspect it's a little too late for that.  Oh well.  Now I understand why aging actresses wear huge sunglasses at night!
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