Sunday, September 21, 2008

specs



I have gotten new glasses, very thick frames, which still don't quite seem to fit properly on my head. They have graduated lenses, which has me moving my head up and down quite a lot. I need to go back in and get them adjusted.

This would seem an easy task, just an annoyance really. But the glasses lady scares me a little bit. She seems to see the need for an adjustment as the wearer's personal shortcoming. She runs the front of the house, so to say. She is there, seemingly in perpetuity, but the the optometrist changes yearly. The last one seems to have left after an affair with the hairdresser down the sidewalk ended his marriage (I know this, because the person who cuts my hair at a different place told me). Before that, there was a woman. Preceding her was a humorless man, who had an assistant. No more assistants, though.

I remember when I got my first pair, in high school. What an amazing realization to see that the leaves on trees had a distinct outline and separate colors! My mother had resisted my getting them, partly because I think she saw anything glasses as a failure on a personal level and partly because finances were so tight. I think because of that, I still have that pair.

The green pair are magnifying ones, for getting out of tricky knitting mistakes. Sometimes I have to wear both pairs at once, especially if I am fixing something at the same time I'm talking to someone else or watching something on TV.

15 comments:

blackbird said...

I'm always amazed at how much power those eyeglass ladies have. I bought a pair a few years ago which were perfect for my FACE but not for my personality.

angela said...

You'll probably find the graduated lenses useful for your knitting. I have them but I rarely wear them in the house. I prefer the world in soft focus...my sister had hers laser corrected. I hate the specs but just couldn't risk my sight.
Some people can be difficult; could you not change your doctor?

Kurt said...

I've never been to an optometrist, but the way you describe yours reminds me of the orthodontists I've been to. The fact that I haven't had my teeth fixed yet seems to make them a little sick.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Now that you have your RX, couldn't you "shop" at Eye Masters, Lens Crafters, or one of those other chain stores? Isn't it maddening to pay someone with a bad attitude and NO customer service skills? yuck.

carolyn said...

Gosh I'd love to see you wearing both pairs!

Linda said...

I have bifocals and I've nearly fallen several times. It really takes some adjustment. Anyway, maybe you could find another place where you aren't intimidated-but it makes an interesting story.

Reya Mellicker said...

I search high and low for just the right optometrist because I have to be able to see.

Just hate officious crap coming from anyone who is taking my money. Hope your glasses are re-adjusted without the rudeness. It's so unnecessary!!

(They're very cute!)

Squirrel said...

I have visited optometrists with friends, a lengthy process where (different optometrists) they all had this attitude that only they could choose the frames for the person. It was a little weird how they hurried the person along, too while appearing to be slow and careful and caring about the choice. It seemed odd to me, that my friend tried on a grand total of 4 frames (all chosen by the optometrist) and was told which one "worked" I thought it all happened too quickly. I didn't accompany anyone for adjustments. When I have to wear glasses full time, I hope I have enough money to get four pairs for various moods. But I doubt it. I just know one of my moods is nerd and one is crazy. These moods will require different frames.

I love your green frames.

Joanne said...

Great frames, you'll be stylin'! And I'd keep getting the adjustments regardless of the attitude. Sometimes if you lay on the kindness the attitude kind of backfires?

citizen of the world said...

I need reading glasses. I have been holding out for no good reason except that I have always had perfect vision and resent having that changing on me. Guess in my mid-forties, I should let that go, huh?

JGH said...

Sounds like the glasses lady needs to adjust herself. Good luck with the new frames.

Middle Ditch said...

I've had reading glasses for many, many years now but a few months ago found my eye sight waning and have now varifocal. Like you, when you had your first pair, I was amazed to see THAT many cobwebs in my house.

lol

Katie Alender said...

I love that green color! My dad is my optometrist so I'm never shy about demanding adjustments.

Suse said...

I've had my new glasses adjusted twice now. The second time the lady at the front desk gave a loud sigh.

She is what your daughter might call an utter douchebag.

ps. spellcheck doesn't like that word!

lettuce said...

funky specs! they look fab