#SoCS: The Eyes Don’t Have It

I have worn eyeglasses since second grade. I remember sitting in the front row of the classroom and squinting because I couldn’t see the blackboard. I assume the teacher told my parents about my troubles and that was the beginning of a lifetime accessory.

Being near-sighted, especially in the right eye, has its challenges. I can read without glasses, but take them off and I can’t see the color of a friend’s eyes when a few feet away. When attending yoga class pre-pandemic, where the glasses came off due to sweating, acquaintances in attendance would go unnoticed if their mat was not next to mine.

Until the 1980’s, when polycarbonate and thin, lightweight lenses became available, I struggled with wearing glasses. Because of the prescription and a coke-bottle lens on the right side, they either slid down my nose or caused soreness to an ear. It was a constant war to get the glasses adjusted so my face could be comfortable, at least for a few hours.

Thin lenses were a Godsend. Really. Once they came into existence, I stopped feeling the pain and could focus on being fashion conscious.

Or maybe not. Those glasses from the late 80’s were either in style or I was trying to cover my entire face with them. Not sure, but thankfully I can look back at this photo and laugh.

Once the age of forty-something passed, I wore my first pair of bifocals. So many people told me horror stories of having to acclimate to bifocals by tripping up the stairs, tripping down the stairs, or feeling dizzy. That never happened to me. Rather, the issue was (and still is at times) holding the book or magazine or whatever I’m reading in the right spot below my chin so that all of the letters are clear. Sometimes I take the glasses off to read when a smart-aleck publisher uses the smallest print or worst font available for people with less-than-perfect eyesight.

These days, the eyeglasses above keep me going – both on the computer and with reading and TV watching and the colors inside provide a little flair. I find that I need brightness to read and will use a booklight, even during the day, if the light level is too low for the eyes. (It must be age.)

I have a friend who doesn’t wear glasses and can read from the teeniest Bible I’ve ever seen. I’m a bit jealous. I always thought it would be nice to wear a regular non-prescription pair of sunglasses rather than paying the price for a prescription pair or buying the cheap clip-ons (which is the current option). It would be great to have the vision my friend does without the added expense of a lifetime accessory or a large-print Bible, but that’s not how it will be. Ever.

So, my eyes don’t have “it” and never will, but the blessing that I can see – the TV, Gibbs the cat, the trees, flowers, my friends and family, the food in front of me – is enough. As long as my vision is willing and able with eyeglasses, I’m good to go.

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32 responses to #SoCS: The Eyes Don’t Have It

  1. Ally Bean says:

    I hear ‘ya. [Obviously I suppose considering the name of my blog!] Same for me, when thin lightweight glasses came along they were an immediate improvement in my life. Love my spectacles.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I love science and invention, Ally, especially when it keeps us seeing the world without the ear injuries of the past.

  2. Glasses, contacts, and then back to glasses – outlines my life since grade school. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now with age, add in glaucoma, cataract removals, and severe dry eyes. Yep, go with the flow because as long as I can see, I’m good to go. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I was never able to wear contacts and too afraid and without funds to have the surgery. I’m sorry you’ve had to go through so much with your eyes, Judy, but glad that you’re still seeing what’s important in your life. Happy weekend to you too!

  3. Never say never! I have a similar story, glasses since third grade. However, due to illness, I took drugs that induced early cataracts, had to have cataract surgery and now, silver lining, no glasses, perfect eyesight.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That’s wonderful, Victoria! I bet you love the ability to wear regular sunglasses and not have to spend money on lenses and eyeglass cleaner. I don’t know if aging will change matters for me, but I suppose there is always hope.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    I never had thick lenses, but my wife did and was very much in favor of those thin lenses when they came out. Iโ€™ve been wearing glasses since 8th grade (I should have had them before that). I share your envy over people who can wear any sunglasses they want.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I used to have a pair of prescription Ray-ban sunglasses that I loved very much, but had to forego when my eyes changed and it became too expensive to have a second pair. At some point, the computer glasses became more important, so I stay content with the clip-ons. I may not be cool, but it works.

      • Dan Antion says:

        I had to give up my prescription sunglasses. I had to choose, and I chose prescription safety glasses, as I need them more often. I had those made with Transition lenses, since I wear them outside a lot. I like the Transition lenses. I think I might get them when I replace my regular glasses. If you really want to go uncool, there are wrap-around sunglasses that go over your glasses. We have those in the car for those days when you have to have something.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I’ve had transition lenses too, but they don’t darken up in the car to replace sunglasses. I liked having the prescription sunglasses, except it could be a hassle keeping track of and switching the two pairs. What I have now is working fine, so I’ll stick with it until or unless I find something else.

      • Dan Antion says:

        That’s true about driving. Switching back and forth, especially while hiking or touring a place on foot is a pain. Go with what works.

  5. ivor20 says:

    Yeah for glasses Mary… otherwise I wouldn’t here typing a comment to you… even if it’s quite slow … When I had my 1st stroke my left eye become twice as bad as my right… but really I do ok… Cheers ..

  6. Jonathan says:

    I’ve been lucky (so far) – still don’t need glasses at 48. I can sense my eyes getting worse though – I used to have 20/20 vision. Now not so much.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You have the good eyesight genes, Jonathan, but you’ll probably need readers or something similar as time goes by. I don’t think age lets us escape these things.

  7. JoAnna says:

    I seem to remember those big glasses being in style in the 80s. I wore glasses all through elementary and junior high for an astigmatism? “lazy eye” they called it. In high school and college my eyes seemed to get better and I didn’t wear them much. Then came the reading glasses, and now progressive lenses and lots of “floaters.” There was a part in the book, Heidi, that sticks with me about Grandmother who could barely see and how much she loved Heidi to read to her. When I think about people who lived hundreds of years ago without glasses, I am thankful.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I think the same thing about the past and those went without glasses…how difficult that must have been. I would not have done well.

      • JoAnna says:

        I’m glad I can still see well enough to go swimming without them.

  8. J-Dub says:

    Those glasses were definitely in fashion during the 80s! With my Pony, we too learned he needed glasses from his teacher in 2nd grade. I feel bad we did not realize on our own sooner. I didn’t need glasses until maybe my late 30s/early 40s and had bifocals from the start. No issues with them either. I used to get by without wearing them to give myself a break until recently where now when I’m without my glasses, I can’t see anything.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Big glasses and big hair were hallmarks of the 80’s, but they both look a bit ridiculous now. I’m waiting for my really old age when I cat buy cat eye frames with rhinestones and be proud of them! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

  9. murisopsis says:

    I know the problems – I had to get glasses in 10th grade. It was amazing to actually see the lines in the bricks going all the way up the buildings and the individual leaves on the trees… Then after being pregnant my eyes changed and no glasses needed! Woot! Then when I was about 50 my eyes deteriorated and they told me I needed to get bifocals! From no glasses to bifocals in one fell swoop. I’ve since come to grips and have the Rx sunglasses that I only use in the car….

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Strange how our eyes work and then don’t. Both of my parents had macular degeneration and I’m hoping, praying and keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t inherit the disease. If the worst is a stronger prescription, I can deal with that.

  10. KDKH says:

    I got my first pair when I was a little older, but still in school. Now, I have trifocals! I have increase the magnification on the computer, which reduces the eye strain. Itโ€™s all better than a world without glasses. Iโ€™d be unemployed and a safety risk for sure!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I understand about the safety risk. I would be right there with you. I no longer work, but driving would be a definite no-no!

      • KDKH says:

        Iโ€™d be at risk just walking down the sidewalk- unable to see my feet!

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