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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:33 PM

Well, I'm officially old

Got a 3-pack of reading glasses today. Wow! I can see the tiny little text on my phone so clearly now, and read my book with just the bedside lamp on (and without holding it an armís-length away).

What a difference! Canít wait to try these puppies out at the grocery store. But I still canít wrap my head around being horribly near-sighted and now also far-sighted. Or whatever. Oh, well. It is what it is.
In closing...

Readers rock!


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Reply Well, I'm officially old (Original post)
happybird Oct 2019 OP
True Dough Oct 2019 #1
happybird Oct 2019 #6
applegrove Oct 2019 #2
happybird Oct 2019 #9
dixiegrrrrl Oct 2019 #11
dameatball Oct 2019 #3
wcmagumba Oct 2019 #4
TreasonousBastard Oct 2019 #5
happybird Oct 2019 #10
Collimator Oct 2019 #7
happybird Oct 2019 #8
Karadeniz Oct 2019 #12
Dem2theMax Oct 2019 #13

Response to happybird (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:35 PM

1. If only you'd purchased

two three-packs then you could tell everyone truthfully that you have a six pack.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:48 PM

6. Ooo! Mom got a pack, too

So we did get a six pack!

They have some neat boxes of readers at TJMaxxĖ a variety of shapes, styles, and/or colors in each 3 pack. What really made me feel old is Mom and I originally intended to split a box but discovered I need higher magnification than she does. Yikes!

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:36 PM

2. I went to the opthomologist/optomitrists. They sold me readers for $20

or so. They did not even try and sell me fancy glasses though they had a store full of frames. I was impressed.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 08:11 PM

9. That's how I found out I needed them

At my appt last month, the doc (a new one) was trying to sell me readersĖ but for A LOT of money. They were more than the frames for my new, regular glasses!

I have a bad habit of falling asleep in my glasses (or contacts) so refuse to spend a lot on frames. Over the years, several pair have been mangled when I roll over on them or somehow forcefully smush and bend them into the pillow. Iím glad you have a sensible doc!

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Response to happybird (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 09:06 PM

11. 2 things


The eye doc told me that our eyeballs continue to change as we get older, which I have noticed cause I have to get prescription changed every couple years now.
the upside of that is I no longer need readers. blind as a bat beyond 6 feet, but can read books just fine now.

We save a fortune by getting our glasses/frames on line for about 10 years now, with no problems at all.
Saved 100's of bucks.

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:40 PM

3. Just for general info......Ebay has tons of good deals on readers....:)

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:40 PM

4. I buy the super...

super cheapies at the dollar store...Dollar Tree or Family Dollar in my area usually have these for actually $1...Work okay for me as I typically lose or break them fairly fast....

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Response to wcmagumba (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:48 PM

5. I buy 'em by the handful-- all different strengths. +4 for close work...

+1.2 or 2 for general reading. Some of the frames are really good, and I've managed to squeeze other lenses in them.

But, yeah, they get lost or stepped too easily.

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Response to wcmagumba (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 08:17 PM

10. These weren't bad- 3 for $10

Iím thinking: one for the bedside table, one to keep in the car, and one for work.
Aaah. Work. Iíll be able to quickly read the tickets now! Maybe I need to get a neck chain thing to hold them at work...

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 07:50 PM

7. Many years ago, an eye doctor told me . . .

. . . That I was nearing the age when I could expect to deal with farsightedness. Given that I was about 20/400 in myopia, I was actually excited. I thought that the farsightedness would "balance out" my vision. Even after being corrected (for my ideas, not my eyesight) I joked about having perfect vison for about 20 minutes before my eyes went in the other direction.

Being a little pessimistic at the time, I grumbled that I would probably be asleep for those 20 minutes anyway.

BTW, I felt "officially old" when a younger man that I had gone out with called me around 10:30 at night to ask if I wanted to go out for ice cream. My first thought was that 10:30 at night seemed like a reasonable time to think about winding down a date, not starting one.

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Response to Collimator (Reply #7)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 08:02 PM

8. I thought the same thing!

And was terribly disappointed to find out thatís not how it works.

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:57 AM

12. An eye doctor told me my perfect vision would selfdestruct when I turned 40...he was right,

Practically to the day!

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 01:10 AM

13. I don't think you get to claim officially old,

until you are wearing bifocals or trifocals.

I've been putting up with three different pairs of glasses for years. Distance, reading and computer. I actually need a different prescription for each one of those uses.

But I've hit the point where I'm squinting so much, and I'm so tired of having to change glasses so I can read something, that I'm ready to ask for bifocals.

I actually tried trifocals. Almost broke my neck falling up and down the stairs. Turns out my brain could not adjust to all of those different levels of vision in one pair of glasses.

Consider yourself lucky that you can get readers. I have an astigmatism in one eye, so readers won't work for me. I have to get prescription lenses.

The joys of getting old. Or as my cousin says, "it's not the golden years. It's the rusty years."

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