there's good news and bad news

 I went to the optometrist, 

because this ^ happened, so I chose new frames and discovered I had to have a new eye test because my old prescriptions are almost three years old. I decided I might as well get new reading/computer glasses as well, so chose another pair of frames. Is pair correct? Same style as the first choice but in a different colour.

The eye test discovered that my bifocal prescription hadn't needed changing, but the reading/computer glasses were actually too strong, yet they'd been fine in the beginning. 

On to the next step, which is the eye health check, this is voluntary, $60 and not covered by medicare. 

Now comes the bad news: I have the beginnings of cataracts in both eyes 😢

The good news? We no longer live in the 1700s when people just went blind. We now have surgery available to fix this 😀 which is a very good thing because I would be a very cranky River if I could no longer read or watch TV!

New glasses will be ready in 2-3 weeks. In the meantime, to watch TV, I'm wearing my sunglasses, which are also bifocal.

Comments

  1. Oh, shi#!!!
    Oh, no. But you are right, there is surgery. I often saw that at the eye-clinic (I was a regular guest as my doc accidentially ruined my eyes as we both didn´t know I cannot take cortisone).
    Good "luck" and best wishes! Will you have it done soon?

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    1. Iris Flavia; not at all soon, the cataracts are just beginning. The optometrist said she'd keep an eye on them for a year or two and see what happens.

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  2. Good news and bad news, but not too bad. I know several people who had this surgery. Go for it when necessary, it's a minor miracle.

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    1. Charlotte; yes I've heard that so I'm prepared to do it when necessary. I can't live without reading, so I need my eyes.

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  3. Bi-focal sunglasses! Wow. About 18 months ago I spent a fortune on specs and I have never been happy with them.

    From what I know, cataract surgery is pretty easy and the results are good.

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    1. Andrew; I got the bifocal sunglasses before I retired and I'm still happy with them, one of the best things I ever bought.

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  4. Also good news is that cataracts are usually slow growing and when you might need surgery, it is usually very successful.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; yes, I know they are slow growing, which makes it easier for the optometrist to keep an eye on them, I won't suddenly wake up one day unable to see.

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  5. Many people I know who have had cataract surgery have opted to spend the extra money to get a multifocal lens that has corrective zones built in so they don't need glasses anymore.

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  6. When you have vision deficiencies, eyeglasses are essential. They really are your eyes.

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  7. Some people never need the cataract surgery. My understanding is the cataracts have to be "ripe" to be removed. Grandpa had surgery scheduled, and two days before, at the final exam, the eye doctor told him, "I'm not doing surgery on you, your cataracts are not ripe enough and at your age, they never will be. Don't worry about them any more."

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    1. messymimi; I hope I don't get told I'm too old. I want to keep reading until I die and then maybe take my books with me to keep reading in whichever version of heaven I end up in.

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  8. Your problem reminds me of the problems that Norma (the Assistant Musicologist) has. She has only come to wearing glasses in the last few years and she has never found a frame or lens that works for her.
    I’m extremely short sighted and first got glasses when I was sixteen. This was a revelation to me – I could see all the leaves on the trees rather than just a mass of nebulous greenery.
    They were Buddy Holly glasses. Later at the end of the sixties I switched to John Lennon glasses. This pointed the way to my lifeline of wearing round glasses, as the mass to area ratio cut down on the amount of glass needed (I was very short sighted so I needed lots of glass, also I studied physics and maths at Melbourne Uni).
    So the point of this is that I’ve not had a problem with fit of the glasses or their lens quality. I wonder if this is a function of those like me (who are short sighted and got glasses early) and long sighted who aren’t used to wearing them.

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    1. My cataract is very small and I am being monitored. I also have a touch of glaucoma. Like you, I can't imagine a life without books. I have those progressive lenses. Haven't had a prescription change in over 9 years so wondering if they help in deterioration of sight? Not sure.

      XO
      WWW

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    2. WWW; I have heard about the progressive lenses but I don't think I could cope. I'm long sighted and crosseyed, so I'll stick with what I'm used to.

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