Every time my optician's check up comes round, I am reminded how vain I am. I have needed glasses since I was 16, but I have only ever worn them on an 'as required' basis. I needed them when I was at college, that was a long time ago. I need them to drive, but I don't drive. Not just because of the glasses, you understand, I am just spectacularly rubbish at it. If I was meant to go backwards and turn at the same time, I would have been born with wing mirrors. So, that's me, vain and quite lazy.
|There are no pictures of me wearing glasses. I rest my case.|
Things have taken an unfortunate turn lately, though, in that the sight in one of my eyes has deteriorated. If I close my right eye everything is noticably blurred. So I am going to have to go and have my eyes looked at. I hate going anyway, I'm the worst patient. They ask daft questions, and puff air into my eyes, which is just wrong. It feels like being the wrong end of a flatulent hummingbird. I hate it when they say, 'which one is clearer, this one, or this one?' It feels like a pop quiz! The pressure, what's the answer??!!
It's almost a certainty that I will have to wear my glasses more often. And I need to stop being so vain about it. Lots of my friends look lovely in glasses and this will be my inspiration, when the time comes to change my prescription and start actually paying attention to it. I may even treat myself to some new ones. Here is a gallery of some of my most gorgeous friends, showing off their specs-appeal!
From left to right; Michelle, from The Purple Pumpkin Blog, Joy from Mrs Pixie Bee, Tina from Trials and Tribulations of a Brummie Mummy and my equally gorgeous, but non-bloggy friends Sarah and Sam. If I look anything like all of them, I have nothing to worry about.
I have often wondered about laser eye surgery. Procedures have improved over the years and I know a few people who have had it done. It's becoming more affordable and accessible too. This article from Optical Express charts the history of their optical care business and makes very interesting reading. I can't see me ever being brave enough to go for it, but it's good to know advances are constantly being made in the industry. Who knows, maybe one day it will be as normal as having a filling, or getting your ears pierced and no one will have to remember their glasses ever again!