366 days of gratitude

My memories of learning to read are vague. Thanks to a love of books instilled by my parents and good teachers I learned with few problems and until recently it was only when confronted with a foreign language that I had any difficulty deciphering written words.

But then my eyes started letting me down and I found myself struggling to make out numbers or letters, not because I couldn’t read but because I could no longer see small print easily.

I sought the help of an optometrist who provided me with glasses for reading.

However, because I didn’t need them all the time I went through the frustration of not having them close at hand when I needed them so supplemented the prescription glasses with several cheaper pairs and left one by the computer, another by the phone book, a third by the recipe books a fourth beside the bed and a fifth in my handbag.

If I wore any of them all the time anything in the middle or far distance blurred so I’d put them on, read what I needed to and take them off again but didn’t always put them back where they belonged so in spite of having that many pairs I wasted a lot of time looking for them.

I went back to the optometrist who provided me with lenses that let me see clearly at any distance and now that I’ve trained my eyes to look through the right bit of the lens I’m able to read without difficulty and see further away clearly.

Today I’m grateful for glasses.

2 Responses to 366 days of gratitude

  1. Teletext says:

    I have suffered from the same problem for a lot more years than you and I have found a solution in a narrow pair of reading glasses that I can put near the end of my nose for reading and then look over them for long distance. Works well for me.
    I also can’t remember when I learnt to read but I remember many days stuck with my nose in books at our local library venturing into many wonderful places. We were all encouraged to read from as long as I can remember.

  2. Brown says:

    I bought some pin hole readers at Levin one day having seen my Dad looking through a pin hole in a piece of paper when I was a young ‘un and seen them advertised in Nexus. They did make things clear and look like Raybans (at 100 yards) although I don’t seem to need them anymore.

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