Every now and then I drop hints about my age, and sometimes I even just come right out and say it out loud … I am 56 years old. And these days that means I can’t see my hand in front of my face without ‘cheaters’.
Up until the age of 40 I had perfect 20/20 vision. But I practically had to go out and buy a pair of readers on my 40th birthday. Or at least it felt that way. In many ways it seems like my previously perfect vision left me woefully unprepared to handle even the slightest blurring.
At first I only needed readers for the really small print, and only the lowest magnification. But over time I found myself having to transition from the 1.25+ to the 1.5+ to the 2+. Then I found myself needing the 1.25+ to see the TV clearly and read street signs while I drove, while I needed the 2.5+ to read small print.
For several years now I’ve found myself switching back and forth between a 1.25+ and a 2.5+ depending on whether I need to see up close, or far away. It’s kind of a pain in the butt.
But when it really gets annoying is while garage saling … and we can’t have that!
I’d have to wear the 1.25+’s to scope out the whole scene and zero in on the items I wanted to head for first, but then switch out to the 2.5+’s to read the price tag.
I was constantly juggling two pairs of glasses over the past several years and it was really getting annoying.
So, in anticipation of garage sale season 2020, I finally made an eye doctor appointment a while back so I could get some bi-focals. I paid around $600 for some progressive lens bi-focals (so they don’t have that line in them that immediately brands you as an old person). Then COVID-19 starting going strong here in the U.S. and delivery of my glasses was delayed. I finally got a call last week that they were in, but my eye clinic’s hours were reduced to 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. Fortunately, it’s not far from my office so I snuck out of the office one morning earlier this week to pick them up.
I have to say … bi-focals are definitely going to take some getting used to.
What I noticed about them initially is that in order to see someone’s face clearly I have to be right around 6′ away from them. Any closer and they start to get blurry.
That’s when I realized! I seem to have inadvertently purchased ‘social distancing glasses’.
In order to see the face of the person I’m talking to clearly, I will have to stand about 6′ away.
Did they make them this way on purpose?
Recently I read an article that said we shouldn’t be calling this ‘social distancing’ at all. We should simply be calling it ‘physical distancing’. During these crazy, totally strange, emotionally unbalancing times, we don’t need to be socially distanced. Instead we should be working on reinforcing our social bonds, or getting socially closer. And we can easily do that by phone, email, text, Zoom video conferencing, Skype, Instagram, Facebook and any of the other multitudes of social media platforms out there. The only distance we really need to maintain is a physical one, not a social one.
So how about we all start calling it ‘physical distancing’ instead of ‘social distancing’? Who’s with me on that one?
And who else out there has graduated to the bi-focal? How long is it going to take me to get used to these things? Because for now I feel a bit sea sick wearing them, and it seems like nothing is perfectly clear … or maybe that’s just how everyone feels these days.