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Old Age Eyes

EyeglassesAfter breakfast one morning, when I was four, I went up to my bathroom to brush my teeth. Whilst making my teeth sparkle, I noticed that there was raspberry jam stuck on my jaw. I got a washcloth and wiped. Then I rubbed. Then I scrubbed. With tears running down my face, I ran to tell my mother the tragic tale of the jam that would not be moved. She explained to me that it wasn’t jam, it was birthmark. A port wine stain, to be exact.

Fast forward almost forty years.

I was lying in bed reading when I noticed that I couldn’t get the words on the page to focus. I thought I must not have wiped off all the makeup remover from my eyes. I got a washcloth and wiped. Then I rubbed. Then I scrubbed. With fears running through my mind, I realized that I was getting old and losing my perfect vision.


After finally admitting that I have to hold books further away than I can comfortably reach and that lighting conditions must be perfect in order to accurately determine the directions on a bottle of medication, I am almost to the point of breaking down and making an eye appointment. Almost.

When I do, I have already learned that the most cost effective way to purchase eyeglasses is online. I’ve been doing it with contact lenses for years and recently did the same with our last two pairs of glasses. It’s generally much more cost effective, which is a real benefit in these tough economic times.

The process is simple. Go to your regular eye doctor, get a copy of the prescription, then order online. Your eye doctor will prefer that you get them from her/him. It’s a good source of revenue. But I’ve never had one make an issue of it. Just ask.

At very least you can compare the prices at the office and online. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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  • Tek3D May 20, 2010, 8:32 am

    What a nice story which leads to a valuable lesson. 🙂
    I have been using computer more than 8 hours a day but fortunately, I haven’t had to order any eyeglasses online. I will remember your story when I am in the situation 😀
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  • Alison Moore Smith May 20, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Tek3D, enjoy it while you can! Time (and staring at the screen) takes its toll. The biggest thing I notice is that I can focus really well — at the exact distance from my head to the screen. Other distances, not so much. :/

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