Thursday, January 15, 2009

My own vision thing

The temperature will plummet as today progresses towards a low tonight of 12 F, a high tomorrow only in the low 20s, and a low tomorrow night below 10. This is good weather to stay inside, but I must go out at least once because (trumpet fanfare): my new glasses are ready!

Oh, the little things that can make life worth living. I've been working with only one pair of prescription glasses for much too long, the ones for distance. The prescription is way out of date, but my eye doctor situation has been in disarray and I had been procrastinating at remedying it. (Cost is a major factor. I knew I'd be shelling out hundreds for all the glasses I need, and I had to wait for a hole in the budget.) My reading glasses, which I really need to do the work I'm doing at this moment, are long gone, lost somewhere. (I think they fell out of my pocket at the Rufus Wainwright concert at Radio City Music Hall a year ago. Thank you Rufus.) I've been making do with a series of drugstore glasses that are slowly blinding me, I'm convinced. And the prescription sunglasses I so dearly loved were ruined beyond compare when I...um....sat on them.

So today is a red letter day that warrants my stepping out into the frigid gale. I've forgotten what this site really looks like. Can't wait to find out. And out of all this I got a great new eye doctor, that one I told you about last week who plays the great music and whose office is a happy place to visit. Every cloud......

7 comments:

Mim said...

Ralph
Yes prescription glasses are crazy expensive.
I've worn progressive lens for years...
but my eye problems keep getting worse. I made it this time 1 1/2 years.
BUt that meant two pairs: regular progressive glasses and a sunglasses progressive lens.
But so worth it.
You will feel like a new person today by the time you get back with your glasses.
Mim

Ralph said...

I tried progressives once, Mim, and couldn't hack them. Couldn't get the hang of moving my head and/or eyes the way I needed to. So I have to go with the more expensive option of separate glasses....

Nan said...

Sounds like a good day - despite the cold! I like my eye doctor's office also. They have a cool tea machine. I go early just to have a cup. As for cold. Brrr. It is 7 degrees here, but with windchill, "feels like -3" according to weather.com. Oh, and thanks for the Moondog - that crazy guy!

Zoey and Me said...

Don't laugh. It's 54 degrees here in Florida today and I'm even hearing talk of wind chill factor. Whoaaaa. But 12 degrees, and 7 degrees, never!!!

Ralph said...

Z&M, the way things are here now, with all this cold wind blowing, I think I'd break a sweat in your 54 degrees and its wind-chill factor.

Cuidado said...

I'd take Florida again too right now. This would be your chance to get the proper prescription number from your doctor and then you would be able to buy the right strength for reading glasses at the drugstore. If both eyes are nearly the same the glasses shouldn't do damage. I'm lucky and both eyes need the same amt. of reading correction so I can buy them at the drugstore. I buy a perscription pair every couple of years and always check that this is all ok during my examination.

Ralph said...

Glad you like the Moondog, Cuidado. the album is called "Sax Pax for a Sax."

My two eyes are very different in what they need, plus I have astigmatism, so the drugstore glasses really don't help me as much as the prescription ones do. They magnify things but they don't really make them any clearer. I'm seeing a lot better now!