Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


I really doubt glasses will discourage that kind of attention. They certainly never discouraged me. (Although I do know when to keep my hands to myself, and that no means no.)

If you need bifocals, progressive lenses are nice because you can find a spot that’ll focus at just about any distance from the end of your nose to the end of the universe. Where they tend to not work so well is at a computer, because the zone that focuses at monitor distance isn’t large enough for you to see the whole screen. I end up turning my head to scan the screen, which makes my neck tired.

They tell me you can get computer glasses with a larger focus zone for monitor-distance work, but you have to know to ask for them. Since my eyes aren’t terribly mismatched (a little astigmatism on the left), I just buy OTC reading glasses. One pair for computering, a slightly stronger pair for reading.

I had to chuckle at your remark about feedback. Sometimes you can have too much, like the time I took that test (peripheral vision test, right?) and pushed the button when there was no light to see. The machine honked at me for trying to cheat, and it startled me so badly I knocked over my stool.


09/13/11 @ 12:40
Comment from: diana [Member]

Yeah, Dave. Peripheral vision. Testing the response of my rods, I figured. (Either that or–and this thought not only crossed my mind but lingered there–they were distracting me with this “test” while they took a detailed picture of my eyeball.)


09/13/11 @ 12:50
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

Diana, I’m sure that the glasses will help a lot! Of course, I’ve worn them since I was a teenager, so haven’t had the time you have had to fumble my way anywhere! I just do it naturally, being a clumsy person anyway.

I’m sure you will look distinguished with your new eyes, especially when you are in your dress uniform! Keep working, keep writing, and keep smiling! Love you muchly!

09/13/11 @ 14:48
Comment from: lorraine [Visitor]

Hi Diana,

Welcome to middle age. You will likely eventually end up with a fixed focus set of eyes, once your natural lenses have lost their stretchiness.

I have progressives and love them though the bit about computers is exactly right. I found it most useful to follow the advice of the optician who fitted me with my first pair of them. He said to go home and only put them on after supper, after a glass of wine and while sitting on the couch, then only watch TV for an hour, take them off, repeat daily with the length of time worn increasing gradually.

What I regret is my eyes getting to the point that when I wear my contacts for distance (I have very poor distance vision, not even the biggest letter on the chart is discernible without corrective lenses of some sort) I cannot read much. In fact, part way through this post I had to give up the deep squinting to go fetch my reading glasses.

Good luck adapting. If you can get used to the military, you can get used to glasses.


09/13/11 @ 15:56
Comment from: Jeff Warren [Visitor]
Jeff Warren

Chicks with glasses are hot. Especially hot chicks in glasses. Even more especially hot chicks who kick asss!

09/13/11 @ 19:29
Comment from: Becky [Visitor]

The press-the-button-when-you-see-a-blinking-star test is for peripheral vision. If there is a problem, it can indicate a tumor on the pituitary which presses on the optic nerve(s)?

I’ve been getting the test regularly for years because I had a micro-adenoma of the pituitary in my 20s,.

Our Aunt recently had a pituitary tumor removed, and our great-grandmother on Grandpa’s side went blind in her 40’s from a tumor.

Get that test at least once a year!

09/15/11 @ 09:19
Comment from: Peachy [Visitor]

Welcome to the vision-impaired club. I’d say it was an exclusive, highly-repected one, but I’ve been in it for years.

In fact, I just went up in standing by getting my first pair of bi-focals. Yes, they can make you a bit motion sick. You have to turn your head to see clearly since the edges are out of focus. Also, it’s a bitch when you take a glance and find yourself looking through the wrong part of the lens. Any of these movements done too quickly will make your head swim. Luckily though, as with most things, you get used to them pretty quickly.

And as for men no longer making passes at you . . . don’t bet on it. The right glasses can make a lady look sexy–whether she or you are wearing them. ;-)

09/25/11 @ 07:59

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