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Time for bifocals?

August 31, 2013
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

Lately I've been lifting up my glasses in order to see print close up. It's been happening the last couple of months especially. I print out pages of the next day's edition to read them, and the type will be a bit hard to see. It could be that I just need to clean my glasses more thoroughly (which can be the case at times). Or it could be that I'm ready for the next step in glasses-wearing, bifocals. Yikes!

I've been wearing glasses since I was 9 years old. And back when I was 9, I thought getting glasses was the coolest thing ever. I was rocking the 20-70 vision. Since it was 1982, big glasses were the style. So I was sporting a perm with my new specs.

I really didn't mind wearing my glasses for most part. They may not have been necessarily fashionable, but they did the job of helping me see.

Of course when I got to high school, I begged my parents to let me have contacts. I finally got to get some my sophomore year of high school. Since I had astigmatism in one eye, I had to start out with gas permeable lenses. They were not so easy on my eyes. By the end of the school day, my eyes were so sore that I had to take them out and put on my big-framed tortoise shell glasses. I kept wondering why I was so adamant on wearing contacts. But I did.

Eventually I switched to soft contact lenses, which were a lot more comfortable than the hard, gas permeable ones. They didn't crack, but they would rip, get lost somewhere in my eye (I've woken up to a lost contact lens finally making its way to the front of my eye and ending up on my pillow) or curl up and get dropped on the floor. There was the one time I kinda neglected my soft contact lens and ended up with a small infection in my eye. Yeah, that wasn't a pleasant experience.

These days, I wear my glasses all of the time. Well, since I spend most of my day in front of a computer screen, it's for the better. I wear daily disposable contact lenses on a very rare occasion.

So I had my annual eye appointment Saturday at ShopKo optical. I mentioned right away that I was currently lifting up my glasses to read things. I went through the same exam I always do, letting Dr. Ristau know if I saw things better with the first lens or the second and so on. I tend to struggle on some letters, "well it could be an F or a B, I'm not sure."

But my prescription hasn't really changed much since last year. Dr. Ristau gave me this "test of sorts" for bifocals, telling me to hold the item as close as I usually do when reading a book or in my case, a printed page. I could read most of the small type. And then I was told I'm probably two years away from bifocals. Whew, at least I didn't have to get them right away.



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