Monday, February 9, 2009

Another post in which I whine about how old I feel

It occurred to me last week that a possible reason for my frequent headaches is bad eyes. It had been about 14 years since my last eye exam. At that time, the doctor told me that I was near and farsighted and prescribed bifocals. BIFOCALS!!!! At 19!? No thank you. I went with reading glasses because my farsightedness was the worst and then wore them occasionally for the next couple of years. I then stopped wearing them altogether. That was probably a mistake. My eyesight has not improved with age. Lately, I've noticed I've been having double vision and some dark shadows surrounding objects or words. I have had to blink and squint a lot to try and bring things into focus. My eyes get strained and make me feel dizzy almost all the time too. Whine, whine, whine, but remember how I said I was going to do that.

I decided on a whim last week to get them checked. Sure enough, I hadn't focused enough over the years and wished away my bad eyes like I wanted to. I now have an astigmatism in both eyes. The right eye being worse than the left and my farsighted vision is now much worse than my near. You mean it's not normal to have to extend your arm out as far as you can and then tip the item you are holding at an angle in order to see what you want to see/read. He said the astigmatisms would certainly account for my headaches and will get worse as the years go by. I'm so excited about that. He gave me a prescription and told me I could get glasses or contacts, whichever I prefer. I've gone with the glasses for now. I want to see if there's an improvement in my vision before I decide to invest in contacts. Many will probably tell me that contacts are definitely the way to go. It's just that with an astigmatism, you can't wear just any contacts. You have to have special ones that literally cost twice as much as the others. I want to see a change before I decide to spend twice as much on contacts as anyone else and do it for the rest of my life. The doctor advised me to wear my glasses as much as I felt I needed to. He said I should wear them while using a computer, reading, watching television, at a movie theater and possibly while driving. I guess that means all the time. Don't tell my husband. He's having weird issues about seeing me in glasses.

My endless hours reading classic novels, my scriptures and books by general authorities blogging have finally begun to take their toll and have compounded a problem I already had. Oh, why oh why, do I have to get old? Just wait, I'll be getting bunions or some other old people affliction very soon.

9 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I have HORRIBLE eyesight! It gets worse every year!

danamack1 said...

I keep telling you, josh, david that you are all getting old now I know it for a fact right from your blog. Are you going to post a picture

Christa said...

As soon as my glasses arrive, pictures will be posted.

Lisa said...

Yikes!

Don't go slamming the bunions as old people problems. I had them at 20 and removed at 36. Both feet at the same time. No walking...2 weeks. Good times.

The Boob Nazi said...

I had an astigmatism too! Stupid eyes....

Holly said...

can't wait to see a picture in your glasses. Hope they take care of the problems you are having.

Kristen said...

Don't worry I have had an astigmatism for years and I am still able to wear contacts and look just as young as ever! I think you will look cute in glasses.

Bobie said...

You'll be surprised at all the "stuff" you hadn't seen before once you get your glasses. When I finally got around to getting new contacts and glasses after not wearing them for a year, ummm yea, those wrinkles on my face were like WOOOOOOOOOA!!

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