Getting old is full of joys. One of them is failing eyesight. I have battled on with cheap reading glasses for maybe five years but then I noticed I was struggling to read the small print on the TV about 12 feet away!
I remembered I had bought a pair of cheap +1 readers that were probably nearer +0.5 magnification, putting these on, I could then read the football scores in the top left of the screen ( that over the years has become smaller anyway).
The Goggle Dance
So good I could now read my tablet/phone and see what was on TV. Only problem was it meant changing glasses every time I looked up and then down, or vice-versa. I then tried balancing the TV glasses on top of the readers. While that worked in a fashion it hardly did anything for my looks and my nose got sore! Ok so the answer is a pair of cheap glasses with +0.5 in the top half and +2 in the bottom for reading, simples.
Onto the internet. I searched and searched but nothing. What I was after isn’t made (unless you know better). So I had to face up to it. It was time to give in to the optician. I will have to have some glasses made to fit my needs.
Varifocals – here I come
So how much are these things going to cost? A damn sight more than £1 readers. Specsavers advertised varifocals from £49 for two pairs. That got me tempted to find out more.
I told the nice assistant what I wanted glasses for, to be able to read my tablet at arms length and look up to the TV. No problem she said but the £49 ‘Standard’ varifocal would not be any good, nor would the ‘Premium’ at £79. I would need at least the ‘Elite’ varifocal at £119! Eh? The cheaper varifocals, I am informed, will not give you a wide enough viewing angle to read at arms length.
In a flash we have gone from £1…………. to £49……….. to £119!!!
Cripes! So I went back home. Carried on stacking two pairs of glasses on my nose, and after much deep thought (and a very sore nose) I succumbed. I was reassured by the nice lady if I was not happy with the ‘Elite’ glasses then I could down grade to Bifocals.
But here starts the mystery. I asked how wide an area would these glasses give me for reading? The average tablet is about 8 inches across. But they could not give me an answer, saying that everyone’s eyes are a bit different. So it was in for a penny.
Satisfied – eventually
After two weeks my specs were ready and immediately the clarity was there. Took some getting used to, but now I cannot be without them.