A few weeks ago I lost my reading glasses.
I'm still not entirely convinced that they are irretrievably lost. I wore them last thing on a Sunday night when I was on the computer. I then walked the dog down the street to the nearest tree for his bedtime toilet (about 20 seconds walk), walked back and went to bed. I think I had the glasses on my head for that walk. In the morning, they were gone. I usually have them on my bedside table but they weren't there. It was a public holiday so no one was around when, at 9.30am, I retraced my steps to the tree to see if they were lying on the ground. They weren't. I think the chances of them having been taken by a passer-by are very remote, as it was a very quiet public holiday morning (and besides, who would take such a pair of glasses? If I came across an obviously lost pair, I'd leave them, thinking the owner would come looking for them.)
I began using a spare pair of magnifiers of co-parent's while I waited for my glasses to turn up somewhere in the house. Perhaps I'd put them down on a bookshelf... They were prescription reading glasses, my first ever pair, equivalent to magnifiers of 1.75. The substitutes were 1.5 and they were mostly okay, but after three weeks I began to notice that they made my eyes tired.
So last week I went to the optometrist across the road from my workplace and had my eyes tested. My vision still seems to be pretty good - I could read just about every eye chart she threw at me, though my left eye is noticeably weaker on very close small print than my right.
The optometrist told she was going to do a prescription of 2.0 (with some allowance for an astygmatism in one eye, which I don't completely understand). I figured I'd need to move up to this eventually, so I went ahead and ordered new glasses with new, expensive (even though on sale) metal frames.
I collected them today at lunchtime and wore them for the rest of the working day. They look nice but the metal feels a bit cold and heavy to place on my face and I found that the edges of the frames seemed very apparent to me. Still, I thought I'd adjust.
But when I arrived home, my eyes were super-tired.
We had dinner and then I came in to this computer. I sat down and looked at my desktop. Surely not ... the print was slightly out of focus. I leaned closer (I have my screen quite a way away from me) and the words came into sharper focus. I took off my new 2.0 glasses and put on the old 1.5 pair - what a relief. The whole screen is in focus. I'm wearing the old, cheap ones to type this.
Quel annoyance. I wish I hadn't lost my originals, which, even though they were 20 months old, still did the job well. I can't quite figure out why glasses with a stronger magnification can't bring print into focus as well as the lower magnification ones - it must be something about this specific new prescription.
I'll have to ring the optometrist (I have to stop myself thinking of her as a "girl" - she probably is half my age) tomorrow and see what can be done.