I have gone 46 years without glasses. My last eye check up was back in 1992 in Boulder, Colorado in graduate school. So, when I started getting headaches about a year ago, it never actually occured to me that it could be something other than a sore back or neck, bad posture, stress... It wasn't until about two weeks ago when the Best Beloved pointed out that I was holding my knitting at arms length that I realized that I couldn't actually see ANYTHING nearer than two feet away.

So last Thursday I went to the eye doctor who checked me out and said "So, how long exactly have you been trying to read with your eyes as bad as they are?" Who knew? Tomorrow we choose the frames, and by Wednesday I'll be back to reading and knitting! I'm not so excited about getting glasses, but I am excited that I'll be able to knit a scarf while and not nurse a headache at the same time.

I am also struck with just how our conceptions of ourselves can be so limiting. 46 years without glasses OBVIOUSLY means that those headaches couldn't possibly be from bad eyes, right??!!

As soon as I can see, I will be rejoining the My So Called Scarf knit along with vigor!


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I've worn glasses for mumble-ty years so you would think I would recognize the signs - but a few years ago I had the same problems - the headaches, etc. And low and behold - my near vision - which I've never had a problem with - had deteriorated to the point I need bifocals - or in my case, progressive strength lenses - which seem more practical.

Now I've just got to get the lenses replaced because I've accumulated enough scratches etc that I can't get them clean any more. Wish I could deal with sticking lenses in my eyes every morning - contacts would be so much simpler - but I really don't like putting them in. So I only use them for performing.

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RCC's picture

Welcome to the club! T

The positive aspects of wearing glasses versus the negatives are extreme..........hopefully you will discover a whole new "outlook" on life....not to mention the added benefits of reading and knitting more easily!

Knit on........

I have been strongly myopic since childhood and have found in recent years that I knit (and read) better without glasses. I've actually considered putting them on one of those old-lady chains so they're handy when I want to look across the room, but that's a step that I'm not yet ready to take. Maybe I need a set of half-glasses so I can look over the top while knitting and through the lenses to see the TV.

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That's exactly the kind of glasses the Best Beloved wants me to get - he thinks it would make me look like Dumbledore, who, luckily for me, he finds very distinguished looking!!!!!


Think less, enjoy it more.

Think less, enjoy it more.

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There actually are frames designed for your problem. They are few and far between but you might ask your eyecare practitioner if they have any or can order any. Basically, they are like half-eye reading glasses, but REVERSED! They are "half-eye" but at the top, so you can look through them for distance and look under them for near.

Hope this helps!

My best beloved was cruel enough to point out that I held everything at arm's length in order to read or knit. What a surprise it was when I got the glasses - on my drive to work I could see roads signs I never knew were there! Welcome to the club.

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Welcome to my world, you guys! I really am an eye doc, optometrist to be exact. My partner gets irate whenever I express my amazement at people in their 40's that are just dumbfounded that they need reading glasses or bifocals. (He's one of those that's still in denial!) LOL

For those of you that are just now having these nearpoint problems, I highly recommend no-line or "progressive" lenses. You get the benefit of the magnification without all those lines. Plus, they give more of a natural range of clear won't have "jumps" in clarity like you would with lined bifocals and trifocals.

Geez, here it is my day off and I'm talking shop! Oh, well! LOL

Seriously, it is something that happens to all of us sooner or later. The crystalline lens inside the eye begins to lose its elasticity (same concept of our skin losing elasticity and causing wrinkles, not that that's a consollation either), thereby losing its ability to change shape to allow us to focus at near. This actually begins in our 20's but we usually don't notice as a problem until we hit our 40's when we can't hold things far enough away to be able to see it clearly. This whole process gets progressively worse and usually levels off around late 50's - early 60's.

Hey, I am only 36 and I have myself in progressives! I also have a pair of glasses with just my reading strength for computer and knitting, when I can remember to use them. I think you will find that you will actually enjoy your better vision once the trauma has settled!


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hmmm- good idea! I really on ly need the distance vision for driving. duh! why didn't I think of that!

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

WAIT A MINUTE! This is not what my mother told me would make me blind . . . I started wearing glasses my Sr. year in High School, and now at the ripe old age of 44, I'm noticing how some labels and other such smaller fonts are getting harder to read. I can echo the sentiments of others though when I say, it's amazing to see how much one has been missing. My ailment these days is not visual though. It's pericarditis. Ouch. The doc says limit my activity, which can only mean one thing: sit and knit. Oh well one does what one has to do I guess!


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And the best part is that you'll totally get that cool art professor look - you should start wearing clay-smeared tweed jackets with suede elbow patches and carry a conspicuously unlit pipe around everywhere.

(That's the look I plan on affecting if I ever finish my degree & become a professor.)

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Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

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Gosh... . .

as a retired professor...I guess I'd better re-think my look!


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I started using progressives and or bifocals at 42, it just happen one day I could not see the numbers on my charts lol! I have contacts , but I still need glasses to read unless you get those funky concentric contacts, which are not bad. I do sometimes take my glasses off and work like that. I don't want my eyes to get lazy, give them some excercise oncein a while.

YOu will look very handsome in glasses!