A Tale of Missing Glasses

It was a lesson in First World problems this morning – I left my reading glasses in the pocket of yesterday’s shirt and didn’t want to go upstairs again, as I had cereal in my hand and a computer in front of me. I have spares in my work bag, but couldn’t be bothered to put my cereal down and get up from the computer. It was a combination of shortage of time, creaking knees and laziness.

Fortunately I came up with an ideas, and raised the magnification on the screen until I could read properly. It didn’t quite solve the typing problem, as all the letters are blurred without glasses, but a combination of reasonable accuracy and a spell-checker managed to keep me looking literate. Even with my glasses my typing is often poor, so it was a question of magnitude rather than a whole new problem.

I’m sure there are many people in the world who lack glasses, or computers, or even electricity. I really should be happy, instead of muttering about a lack of glasses. It’s quite frightening though, without reading glasses I can’t actually function. As if to compensate, my long-range vision seems to have improved over the years. The teenager who needed glasses to read the blackboard could read remarkably small print. Now, as I approach the term “elderly” I can see for miles (the sun is quite clear and that is 93 million miles away), but I can’t see much once it gets within three feet of my face.

As my memory is also fading, I don’t always remember my glasses. Fortunately I have a Plan B. The jeweller’s glass I always carry in my pocket came in very useful last week when I needed to read some cooking instructions.


19 thoughts on “A Tale of Missing Glasses

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  2. jodierichelle

    I’ve decided that bifocals are not for me. Like you, Simon, I barely need the glasses for far away. But I can’t bear to use them for reading close up. I often end up with the bifocals on my head as a headband and a pair of reading glasses on my face. (A very cute look.)

    I did just learn that I can enlarge the print on my phone, so if I am in the garden sans reading glasses, I can read a text if it comes in.

  3. tootlepedal

    They say that you always have to read the small print but that has become an impossibly even with my glasses on. I can’t function without my glasses for computing and music buty even woth the rigtht glasses on my typing has become aooskking.

  4. derrickjknight

    I have never needed reading glasses. I began using varifocals for a life-drawing group about a dozen years ago, because I needed specs to see the model clearly, but had to take them off to see the texture of the paper. Mostly I get by without any, but I have begun to need a fixed focus pair for the computer and the others for TV and photography. My main problem now is keeping the wrong ones on for the next activity. Sometimes I can’t be bothered to go and find those I need either.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      As an antique dealer I need something to peer over the top of when dealing with customers. If I wasn’t short-sighted I would have to get some with plain glass.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        I believe that varifocals are like bifocals but the lenses change from one to the other more gradually, rather than with a straight edge. Of course, we may be calling the same thungs by different names as so often happens as words cross the Atlantic. πŸ™‚ I refused them when I was offered them, and now don’t need them anyway.

      2. jodierichelle

        Ah – I know there’s a thing (more expensive) where it all blurs together without the line. That’s probably the varifocals. I’m just going to get distance glasses next time and put on readers when I need them.

      3. quercuscommunity Post author

        I Last time I bought distance glasses I lost them almost immediately and was very annoyed. I’d hate to do that with a really expensive set. Fortunately my eys changed. It’s amazing what my body will do if my wallet is threatened! πŸ™‚

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