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Patsington has specs! For some time, Patsington has been plagued by headaches, and scans and the like have revealed no cause. A while ago it dawned on us that perhaps he was mildly shortsighted, and lo, it appears that he is, and today he got his very first pair of specs, an event I experienced over 20 years ago (yikes). He is so un-shortsighted that when I put his new specs on it makes absolutely no difference to me, but he said he's noticed already that he doesn't have to concentrate and focus on stuff so much, so it could make all the difference to him. But yes, we are now a fearful speccy couple, even though I rarely take to the streets in my specs. I always say that contact lenses changed my life (that and my braces, even though my teeth weren't hugely wonky beforehand), but I've noticed that those who got glasses as adults and didn't spend their teenage years behind specs are more likely to wear their glasses on a daily basis than those of who got specced up before puberty. The same goes for those who could actually function normally without glasses and those of us who are helpless without some kind of visual aid (I think we're more likely to resent the specs because we really, really need them). So here is a poll!

Poll #594715 spectactular!

Do you need glasses?

Yes, for everything
Yes, for reading/watching TV/driving but not to, like, function
Something else which I will explain in comments

If you need specs, do you wear contact lenses?

Yes, daily, no matter what I'm doing
Yes, when I'm socialising but not to, like, go to the supermarket
Yes, for special occasions
Something else which I will explain in comments

Do you feel equally confident with our without specs?

Depends on the situation
Something else which I will explain in comments

How old were you when you discovered you needed glasses, and did you have to wear them all the time straight away?


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Oct. 20th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
Well, you know my freakish grá for the lunettes - and yes, perhaps it is because I only got them in adulthood! I have been known to take them off on the dancefloor, and if tipsy in a pub, and at a pinch I can read without them, but not for long stretches of time. When I got my eyes tested the other week, the optician said it wasn't so much the long sight and the short sight that I needed the prescription for, but astigmatism. So there you go! I am not just a faker: it's just that I need wobbly glass, not thick glass!
Oct. 20th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
I wear glasses at the computer, and sometimes (very rarely) for reading. I can't wear them for walking around, it makes me dizzy and I can't see very well. I don't really need them for the computer, but it helps preserve my vision for everything else since I spend so much time staring at a monitor.

I need to get my vision checked in the next few months. Bah.
Oct. 20th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
For a moment I thought you meant *Pandababy* had specs and I thought, how the heck could they tell???
Oct. 20th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
I was about nine. Erm, but did not get glasses til nineteen and bought them my damn self, as cult insisted astigmatism could be cured by prayer (unless one was tool of the devil, etc). I so very much want a pair of catseye style sunglasses!
Oct. 20th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
I will not rest until you have been persuaded to write your memoirs. Seriously!
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Oct. 20th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
I am 99.99% likely to require glasses in the next decade - almost all of my living relatives have had to wear them from their 30's and up. The rest start wearing them in their 40's!
Oct. 20th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
You are dooooooooomed!
Oct. 20th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
I have tried contacts in the past, but I have terrible eyesight and a very bad astigmatism, so my options were pretty limited. The first time I had gas permeable, which were little and hard and tended to fall out. Also, they took me forever to put in and take out (usually around an hour). The second time I had regular soft contacts, but weighted, so that they worked for my astigmatism. They also took me forever to put in, and I wore them so rarely that they totally dried out.

I keep intending to try again, because it would be nice to have the option while dancing or exercising, but they're awfully expensive, plus I'm sure they'd STILL take me forever to put in.
Oct. 20th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
More than anyone ever wanted to know about my eyes
I'm long sighted and astigmatic, and I had a lazy eye when I was a kid, so I had glasses from the age of two (my mother swears that the photos of me as a speccy toddler are adorable, though I beg to differ - though I always have a soft spot for speccy kids when I see them now). Then I got contacts when I was three, because I was part of an experiment to see if the use of contacts in young kids could correct lazy eyes (it worked for me). I wore contacts up until I was 19, and only very, very rarely wore glasses - I never got nice glasses cause I never wore them, and I never wore them because they weren't very nice; vicious circle. Then when I was 19 I developed tiny cysts on the underside of my eyelids from wearing the contacts for so long (possibly this was before gas-permeable contacts were the norm), so I had to stop wearing them for six months, got some nice glasses, and never really went back. I do like the way I look in glasses, but even though I'm supposed to wear them all the time I only really wear them for reading or watching films or working on a computer, because I've never got used to walking around in them - the lack of peripheral vision makes me dizzy. Also, and I know this is bad, I can't cycle in them, so I never do. It's amazing I haven't been flattened by a truck yet, but I feel far, far safer cycling without them than with them.
Oct. 20th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
Right around the last time I wore glasses... I look sweet in them, don't I? Ha ha!
I am blind as a bat. Blind blind blind blind blind. I have never met anyone with a stronger prescription than I. Ever. In my life. I get my glasses/contacts/checkups for practically free (or 90% off) becasue the government pays for them. I think I'm at the very edge of actually being blind, like with the stick. Hooray for me!

I'm not corrected to quite 20/20... actually it's a damn sight away fromthat (har dee har har), and I never ever wear glasses. It's because they're so thck that it's like a joke, while with contacts I feel like more of a normal person. I have horrible vision at night, but whatever. I cycle anyway.

I'm blind enough that it gives me stomachaches of frustration sometimes when I want to keep reading but can't, or when I think about how unfair it is that I can't see when I'm looking over a broad mountain vista or something, but then I think about how great my sense of smell is and I relax.

Anyway, um, it's better now that I don't sight read very difficult music anymore. I think that that was probably the hardest thing on my eyes... reading thick sets of notes in dim light. I used to get horrid headaches and cry all the time... even up to four years ago.

Yay me! Thus endeth my sob story. I'm not sure why I felt like telling it.
Oct. 20th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Right around the last time I wore glasses... I look sweet in them, don't I? Ha ha!
*hugs the sobbing Jenn*

The only person I ever saw with glasses as thick as yours was kulfuldi, and she ended up having laser surgery, which helped quite a bit - I don't think she is 20/20 now, but she wears normal glasses rather than vast heavy things. Ever thought of it, or are you, like me, AAARGH NO LASER EYES RATHER DIE?
Oct. 20th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
These days, my contact lens use is primarily for aikido training sessions. Although, I'm also ready to pop them in for parties. If my eyes aren't too dry and will tolerate them.

I started wearing lenses for costuming reasons - I'd come up with a convention costume, for which glasses was simply not a part of the concept.

So, it was ultimately vanity.

Crazy(no matter how else I rationalize it)Soph
Oct. 20th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
From the time I was about 12 I wanted glasses. I thought they were cool. (Too much identifying with the bespectacled bullied girls in school stories, I think!) I finally got my first pair of glasses (for reading and computer work) at the age of 31, and I was delighted. I still love them; they make me look good as well as cutting down on headaches/eyeaches. I just wish I had to wear them all the time, because putting them on and taking them off is a nuisance.
Oct. 20th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Pictures of me as a toddler with those pink-rimmed health board specs exist! But I didn't wear them after that till I was about 10 or 11, and I took them off and refused to wear them out of vanity, thus making my eyes much worse!
Oct. 20th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
I've never had contacts and wore glasses since I was 11 I think were too expensive when my parents were still paying for things and I've always been a bit scared to get them since.

Also, I like wearing glasses - when I see my face without them, it looks funny.
Oct. 20th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
But glasses are so sexy!

I think you've managed to explain to me why some people wear them and think they're sexy, and so many others don't. It's like redheads getting teased as kids but everyone wanting red hair when they're older.

Or maybe it's nothing like that, and I'm just confused because glasses!=sexy, and my vision=20/20.
Oct. 21st, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm RIGHT with you. I got so excited going shopping for glasses for the Heretickal One. She had to keep calling me back because I was too busy trying them on me . I even used to read in dim light when I was younger because my psrents told me that it was bad for my eyesight and that I'd need glasses. An excuse for another accessory! What's not to love?

Mind you, I was also a redheaded child who constantly got called ginger, but loved having red hair anyway. But it's got so dark over the past few years that I don't count as ginger anymore.
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Oct. 20th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
I've worn glasses since I was 8 years old. The novelty wore off quickly and I spent a lot of time that year with a permanent squint saying "look I can see just fine, thank you very much" before finally giving in to the inevitable.

I think you're absolutely right about being less inclined to want to wear glasses if you had to grow up wearing them. Especially if you were virtually blind and grew up in the days before lenses thinning. Because I remember picking out cute frames and then having the effect ruined by a good three or four inches of lenses stick out.

A lot of why I wear contacts about 80% of the time is vanity. I just think I look better without glasses. I think glasses suit some people's faces very well-- but mine is not of those faces.

But mostly it's comfort. To this day it's a revelation to be able to see with a naked face and to actually have peripheral vision.
Oct. 20th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
My first pair of glasses was plastic, and they had tiny pairs of glasses painted on them. They were the height of geekiness, but secretly, I wish they made them in adult sizes.
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