Thursday, April 17, 2014
Seeing things differently!
Oh friends, I am now officially in the "Eyes going bad as I get older" Club.
This morning the kids and I had our annual eye exam, well annual until now because from here on out it's every two years since my husband is now retired.
Anyway, I have mentioned before that I have dry eyes, it's one of the things that I developed when we moved to Arizona back in 2007. Boy did I have serious issues, I had never expected nor known that dry eyes could make someone so miserable.
Since then, it's just been something I've had to deal with, I use my eye drops every day, I try to stay out of the wind or wear sunglasses if I'm out in it, and I just do what I can. One of the things I've noticed though, and my doctor had warned me about, is that dry eyes do affect your vision.
I had noticed that before, but the past year my eye sight has been slowly deteriorating and I find myself squinting a lot at the TV or to see something in the distance. I can see it, I can read the signs but it's not clear and everything seems fuzzy and slightly blurry.
I knew that my eyes had been getting worse and so I kind of knew that by the time I made it to the eye doctor, things wouldn't be looking too good for me. And true enough, he told me that not only are my dry eyes affecting my vision BUT the changes I'm experiencing are normal and unfortunately your eye sight does change with age.
I now have a prescription for bifocals. Mainly to wear when I drive, or if I'm watching TV while doing crochet etc. I know it's going to get some getting used to, having to go from wearing nothing to bifocals can't possibly be a simple adjustment, but for the joy of seeing perfectly clear, I will do whatever it takes.
We take our vision for granted when we don't have issues with it, but the minute it starts changing we suddenly become very aware of how much we need it, and how unbalanced we feel without it.
Just another new chapter in my life, after all, I am about to turn 40 in just a few months.
So tell me, did you notice a change in your vision as you approached your 40's?
Do you wear bifocals and was it easy for you to adjust to?