Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dilated

I have been having trouble with my eyes. I'm finding that I need more magnification when I stitch because it's hard to focus otherwise. And it's especially difficult to look up from my work and focus in the distance or even the middle distance. Since I was about 20, I've occasionally used glasses to correct my vision--I have one eye that sees near and one eye that sees far. I don't need glasses to see, but sometimes it works a little better with than without.

That's pretty much what the ophthalmologist told me today--I don't need to wear glasses but I could. But when I saw how much sharper I see in the near eye, I realized it's time. Of course, since I had to get progressive lenses (when did I get so effing old?) I couldn't get the cute Nine West pair (the lens needed to be bigger). I did resist the Pradas the technician showed me. I ended up with the Kate Spade Madelyn in olive tortoise. Because picking out new glasses when you have dilated pupils and no bff to give approval is just what you want to do.

The good news is that the doctor saw my stitching--and I was stitching 40 count over one with no magnification (though my arms were waving about like I was playing the trombone)--and told me that I had to see the embroidered quilts at the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I'm pretty sure he's right.

Okay, I've cooked dinner in my sunglasses. When will my eyes return to normal?

10 comments:

Xeyedmary said...

Try being SSSOOOOO nearsighted you can't see beyond 12" away! I can't see what I look like at all. My last pair I ended up taking cell phone photos of myself & sending to DD. Then i was getting the photos mixed up ("#1 or #2? #2 or #3?)so I had to retake & resend. Cripes it took my whole lunch break! I have a Rx for readers; I'm thinking of getting a separate pair so I don't have to get the "unfashionably" large frame for progressives.
Yours are cute!

DebbieSFL said...

You might want to check out someone else when filling your glasses prescription--I have been wearing progressive for years and my new frames are only 1 1/4 inches at the widest......also, pay extra for quality lenses. I discovered through a bad pair years ago that there are grades of lenses.

KarenV said...

We both had new glasses this week too. DH's were a surprise - apparently he has trouble reading close-up, but no problems with distance and now owns his first pair of glasses at the age of 44. I'm completely the opposite, being very short-sighted - between us, we have one excellent pair of eyes ;)

Siobhan said...

I have to wear glasses or contacts. I hate it, but not as much as my family does when I leave my glasses somewhere and can't find them! They usually watch me pat down the surfaces of tables until they finally give in and look for my glasses. :P

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer said...

Don't feel old! I've been wearing progressives for as long as I can remember. And some of my past frames???? Well, I'd rather not discuss those. Sometimes having a father for an eye doctor is NOT a good thing. Big plastic 1980's glasses anyone???

Kimmie said...

Wasn't the dilated eyeball thing fun?

I had mine done on Monday. A bright sunny day. Felt like it took forever for them to go back to normal.

drea_dear said...

I have the same multi-tasking eye thing. Mine "evolved" from a lazy eye that was trained to work, and developed an independent streak. It's gotten to where I have a 2 sentence explanation I can give to the DMV person, or anyone who expects me to know if the dot is inside the box or not. To me, the dot and the box are in 2 different pictures. :)

Alice said...

We have similar eyes, only I decided to start wearing glasses a lot earlier than you. Getting my eyes to work together always caused headaches. I hear you on picking frames with dilated eyes and no one to help. One would hope that the sales staff would be honest with you...

Coral said...

Ooh, don't let them dilate my eyes, I swear I get utterly irrational when they do it, I must be allergic to those drops. Last time the day after, still irrational, I phoned my dad in the UK to tell him how I was so upset - what a fool! What a waste of a phone call!

Coral said...

Oh, and not only irrational, I cry too, not me at all!