Glasses

Glasses

I've been wearing glasses since the 8th of January.

I was actually pretty excited to get them. I'd known that my sight had been slowly getting worse for years, but winter of 2016, commuting home in the dark, is when I really started for the first time to struggle a little. Enough of the night time world was now filled with indistinct, bright halos set in the darkness that I knew it was time to see the optician.

The photo that announced my new glasses to my friends.

The photo that announced my new glasses to my friends.

My eye test was completed just before the end of December, but I had to wait until early January for the glasses to be ready (the holiday period does tend to slow everything down a little). It took me almost an hour to find frames I liked — I'm certain I tried on almost every pair in the shop, and so I was also excited about the way they would look. I still think they look pretty good on me; a bonus given I'm wearing them pretty much all the time.

I knew they were going to make the world a little sharper again. Though my prescription is really mild (I'm slightly short sighted and slightly astigmatic) the improvement is apparent even when watching TV. Anything from about 4 feet away is just a little bit sharper and the middle distance beyond that is where I see the most meaningful benefit. There are a few observations and quirks I've noticed since that kind of seem obvious now but that I hadn't really anticipated:

  • If I've been wearing them for most of the day and take them off in the office, which is large and open plan, then it makes me feel a little bit drunk to look around as faces and things on the walls blur,
  • Colours are more bold. Everything washes out a little when the blurriness of my natural vision muddies the colours together. This is really noticeable in any colourful text that you might commonly see in advertising or video games,
  • My night vision had gotten really bad. Bright lights in darkness are where my vision was the worst. Things like the illuminated number on a bus or car headlamps are once again things I can see, rather than just a bright halo.
  • If I've been wearing them and then take them off at my desk, my computer screens suddenly appear to be trapezoidal as my brain is still expecting the correction for the astigmatism to be present, and similar to the drunk feeling I mentioned above it can feel a little trippy for a moment.

I still find that once in a while my face gets annoyed with wearing them. This is worse in hot weather but has gotten better over time. My ears or nose will get irritated by the constant pressure and I'll have to take them off for a while. On the whole however I am really happy with them; both for the restored vision and for the way they look.

"Easily Offended"

"Easily Offended"

The MacBook

The MacBook