Never once, in all that time that I wore glasses as a kid and later as a younger man, did I have to have my eyes dilated. I got in to see the Eye Doctor last Friday, and he dilated my eyes...
Me No Like.
Driving home in the bright Texas sunshine was a real treat... even with sunglasses on.
I should have my new specs in a week or so. I could have had them same-day, but they have to be sent out if you want the PolyCarbonate lenses that are shatterproof and extra-scratch proof. Given my propensity for destroying eyewear, if figured I better go with hardcore protection levels :)
My eyes actually weren't as bad as I thought they would be. I definitely need readers, but my distance vision is only slightly impaired and imbalanced between eyes with my dominant (right) eye being the worse of the two. The Doc said that the main problem with my distance vision is the fact that my eyes are different strengths, and that all the reading that I have been doing without corrective lenses is straining my eyes to the point that my distance vision suffers as a result. My eyes have been so worn out trying to see up close that they are too pooped to focus properly at distance.
I did discover that the Eye Doc is a Gunnie... he shoots competitively and we chatted about guns, gun ranges, and the like during and after the exam. Pretty cool guy.
Eye glass frames are sure different now from when I wore them before. Most of the frames are the narrow, rectangular ones that look like they could be worn by either women or men. I don't really dig those for me. I want as much field of vision as possible. Narrow frames seem like they'd be like looking at everything through a mail slot. I had to compromise, though. Mrs. Paladin made me promise not to get big giant frames that looked like they traveled through time from the 1980's.... so I split the difference and got a pair that was sort of in between.