Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Doubly focussed!

There is no change in the way of my holding the book. And the lighting in the room is good enough to read a book.
Yet, there is change in the way I hold a book! My arms stretch a bit further and I try changing the angle of my holding the book! Now, it's OK. I go ahead.
But it was on a bright morning, the distance between the knife and the vegetable was inassessible. Then, on the sewing machine, the position of the needle looked different.
But it really struck me when I was reading the proof of a work. Another collegue of mine put on her reading glasses hanging around her neck. Oh, I have gotten'Presbyopia'! (Wonder, why my grandma called it 'Saaleshwaram' - which God she was talking about?)
For the optician, it was a routine prescription for a reading glass. The options were many:
- You can wear a thin pair of reading glasses - however you have to look over or under it! Buy for a hundred rupees. And hang them around your neck!
- You can wear a bifocal glass. Permanently. No looking over and under the glass. But there is an annoying line separating the near and distant vision. You can not 'read between' these lines!
I happily chose the frame and ordered for a bifocal glasses for around five hundred rupees.
It was not easy to wear the glasses all through the day. Not because, I was not used to. But the glasses with separating lines were frustrating to wear. I started getting head aches, dizziness and nausea.
My cousin suggested PAL - Progressive addition lenses. There are no lines and they offer a more gradual visual transition between the two prescriptions. No visible lines? The idea sounded good. The cost went beyond three thousand rupees - a normal quality pair of glasses.
After wearing them, I felt I missed the perception at every staircase. People who saw me for the first time or even old friends were made to think that I suffer from a severe health problem that I was not able to take a step without any help. Above all, I experienced distracting double images from headlights of vehicles and streetlights.
The doc suggested Crizal lenses, that promise a clear vision. But the price (around ten thousand rupees!) discouraged me from experimenting.
I started observing people with glasses closely. The first thing I looked for was the lines in their glasses! And yes, almost 90% of my age group and above were wearing them with lines!
I told myself,"Be doubly focussed on the work. You will forget the lines." I started reading through bifocal glasses.
Yes, it works. There is nothing like self motivation. . .


Casement said...

:))I am not sure about bifocals yet...but wearing glasses is a pain! I switched to contacts but the dryness it causes and the hundreds of precautions you have to take to keep your eyes uninfected is a challenge.

I enjoyed reading :

"'Saaleshwaram' - which God she was talking about?)"

"You can not 'read between' these lines!"

R. Balaji said...

Enga... Focus problem nala thanae bifocals apparam engaendhu `doubly focussed.' :)
Welcome to the bifocals club.
I joined a few months back, and having heard about the nuisance that these can be and that they take a bit of getting used to, decided I would wear them continuously. That worked.
Walked out of the shop wearing them drove through traffic, climbed stairs... and I was fine in a day or two. BEST OF LUCK

Anonymous said...

< Hi this problem cannot be done away with! As u reach 40 plus u hv to learn to get used to wearing bifocals else u shd know how to stay focused without wearing glasses but still get on with your work. the other day someone told me that once u start wearing bifocals bcos of Salleshwaram u cannot part with glasses all ur life. Just learn to manage without glasses and soon u will manage to read, see, et al without any hassles>

GB said...

u have to be really lucky not to get this problem....i have seen my mom struggling with her glasses....the weight of the glasses is too much coz of the double lens....doesn't want to switch to a lighter glass.....hmmmm....