One of the things that I sincerely dislike about “advancing in years” is what’s been happening to my vision in the last thirty years or so.  You see, once upon a time my vision was easily corrected with a fairly mild and rather common lens prescription.  That was then.

Over the years I have steadily become more and more nearsighted and I required stronger and stronger prescriptions to correct it to something close to 20/20.  I think it was about six or seven years ago that I crossed the point where normal single vision glasses just were not enough any more and I started wearing bifocals.

It was an interesting change because for years I had heard about how people had such a hard time adjusting to them.  Not so with me.  Inside a week it was like I had been wearing them for years.  I didn’t even notice the line where the two lenses met anymore.

The nearsighted condition continued to worsen and the prescriptions got stronger and stronger.  Up until two years ago I’d be getting a new prescription every year or so.  Then the economy (both local and national) started changing and suddenly there was almost always something that was just ever so much more immediately important than getting back to the eye doctor again and of course, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard of an eye doctor having a sale on examinations and glasses at ultra-deep discount fire sale prices.  It’d be great if they would but I know that’s just not gonna happen.

In the last six months or so I’ve noticed something I hadn’t expecting.  I have reached the point where the upper (distance focus) portion of my glasses is *almost* useless when it comes to things like reading a digital clock from across the room or being able to read any text that crawled across the tv screen.

It didn’t take long for me to start using the close vision part of the bifocal to see things clearly as far as twenty feet away.  Now things have progressed far enough that even that trick isn’t working so good anymore.  For example I’ve got a 17 inch monitor that sits about 18 inches in front of me and anymore I have trouble reading text on it more than half the time.

widescreen monitorObviously it’s way past time for that new lens prescription but since I know for a fact that it’s not going to happen for an undetermined amount of time I started looking at alternative fixes.  I’ve already increased the type size windows uses as far as I’m willing to, reducing screen resolution is flatly out of the question.  One idea I had involved a 23 inch Widescreen Monitor that I saw recently.  Plop that sucker on my desk were my 17 inch unit is now and I’m pretty sure that would make for things being larger enough to get by for quite a while longer.

Yeah, I know, it’s probably true that if it were possible to get the monitor then the eye exam and glasses would be a heck of a lot easier but you see, I really *WANT* that huge monitor and I’ll fish around for any excuse to get it.  ;-)

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