Thursday, July 29, 2010

Attack of the Killer Eyeglasses

The time has come.  I've been putting off the inevitable for way too long.  I need reading glasses.  My arms can stretch in front of me only so far.   

My younger sister is encouraging me to get funky looking reading glasses, something pink or green with rhinestones and flowers.  "Get something fun," she says to me.  "Don't get granny glasses." 

Granny glasses? 

Unfortunately, they all look like granny glasses to me--and the major reason why I've been fighting it.  And there's no way I'm attaching them to one of those long chains that the library ladies at my grade school always wore and then always attached little stuffed gizmos to them around Christmas and Halloween like Santa Claus faces and pumpkins.  I'm going to fight the functional chains for as long as I possibly can, no matter how helpful. 

My friends tell me to get at least three pairs and scatter them around the house because, I presume, my memory will be the next thing to go.  Okay, I can do that.  But I will also put one in my purse because there's no way I'm borrowing those ugly pairs that they lend you at restaurants to read menus. 

I think I'm going to go with something light with as little frame as possible.  I don't want to even feel them on my face which will hopefully help me to forget that I have them.  Wishful thinking, I know. 

So, I think I'm going to go with something like the one below.  What do you think?  Too Elvis Costello-y? And if anyone knows how to turn back the hands of time, please share. 

21 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

Lens replacement surgery is the only thing that will fix that--but I don't recommend it.

In between surgeries I had to rely on an assortment of readers until my eyes adjusted. I still use a pair for really, really tiny print.

And I did scatter them all over the house and office. That's works great! (then you can converse about your book!)

Go for the fun glasses. They're great conversation starters.

Liz Fichera said...

Maria, I should probably mention that I had lasik surgery about 10 years ago because I was born practically blind as a bat. I'd worn regular glasses/contacts most of my life. That surgery was the best thing I ever did. But my doctor warned me then that I would probably need reading glasses a little earlier than usual. Dang if he wasn't right! ;-)

Maria Zannini said...

I did Lasik too about the same time. Who knows. Maybe we were sitting next to each other--but we were so blind we couldn't see each other. LOL.

Lens replacement surgery is far more invasive. They remove your natural lens and replace it with synthetic.

The surgery was painful and not as successful as I had hoped. It left me with a lot more floaters.

I don't know that I'd do it again given what I know now.

Liz Fichera said...

Maria, I'm done with eye surgeries. Once was enough. Until I need cataract surgery, of course. Which no doubt I will.

Dru said...

I wanted to do the Lasik but my doctor informed me that I would be that 1% who could go blind, so glasses I have to wear.

I like the idea of the color frames, but it may not match the outfit I wear that day, so I stick with dark color frames. I do like the frames on the bottom.

Talina Perkins said...

Oh Liz... don't feel so bad. I just found out that my vision is, well, less than 20/20 lets say and I need glasses too! I'm only 27!
Let's add to the list the refusal to wear Harry Potter glasses, yuk!

Thanks for voting. Little Talina was so happy!:)

Sherri said...

Go with fun. I agree with Maria and they can be great conversation starters. *g*

I've been in contacts since I was 12. I've been told I'm a good candidate for lasik but the thought of eye surgery freaks me out. With all the wind we get in Vegas I'm all for good old fashioned glasses at this point!

Liz Fichera said...

Dru, thank you for liking my choice! :-)

Liz Fichera said...

Talina, you are welcome. The t-shirts are adorable!

Liz Fichera said...

Sherri, it took me years before I worked up the courage to do lasik. But I must honestly say it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I swim, run, bike, etc. Glasses always got in my way. Not anymore. Now, reading glasses...that is a new chapter for me. Dang it!

Liz Fichera said...

** Hey, all, I just learned from Happily Ever After Reviews that CAPTIVE SPIRIT is up for best July book cover! Whoot! If you get a second, could you please take a look at the covers on their web page and vote? **

HERE'S THE LINK:

http://hea-reviews.blogspot.com/p/best-book-contest.html

Susan said...

Hi Liz… the glasses you show look fine to me. Less is better. I have always had “grannies”, but I call them “Ben Franklins”. By all means, get several pairs, but dedicate certain areas to find them around the house. I have 3 pair and sometimes can’t find any of them. I have worn bi-focals for many years. About ten years ago, I lost my expensive bi-focal sunglasses. Now, I just buy the cheapie clip-ons and attach to my regular bi-focals. And Congratulations on the nomination… I will vote asap.
Susan

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Susan,

Luv that term: Ben Franklins! I will remember that. :-) Thanks so much for voting, too. I appreciate it! :-)

Talli Roland said...

I like those, Liz! Classy, elegant yet funky at the same time. Next we need pics of you wearing them.

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Talli,

Ha! First I need to get used to wearing them! It's like looking out the wrong side of a peephole! Very weird and I think that I look like Mr. Limpett!

Dru said...

voted!

Liz Fichera said...

Thanks so much, Dru!! As someone who never enters contests and never wins anything, this is getting pretty exciting for me!! I just found out that my book cover had been entered this morning! :-)

Talina Perkins said...

Liz, I voted!! The numbers are in your favor.(44% at 12:28 a.m. )


Go Captive Spirit!!!

Shirley Wells said...

Welcome to the club. I have two pairs of reading glasses now because, as you say, arms will only stretch so far. My trouble is that, because I hate them, I never carry them with me. They are strictly for use in the privacy of my own home. I never know what I'm buying in supermarkets. :)

Liz Fichera said...

Talina, thanks so much!! :-)

Liz Fichera said...

Shirley,

That is so true about supermarkets! No longer can I read labels on cans or tiny print on boxes. I've decided to spend most of my time in the wine section anyway. Bigger labels, there!