I never thought it would happen to me. One day you are reading the fine print on Calpol bottles in low light, and the next minute you can´t read a menu in a romantic restaurant without squinting ferociously or holding it up to the nearest light source.
I have always prided myself on having 20/20 vision. I could read approaching motorway signs minutes before Husband could, and felt vaguely smug that I didn´t have any glasses to lose, or contact lenses to get stuck behind my eyeball (yuck!!) But how the mighty fall with the passing of time.
After months of telling myself that I was just tired when I struggled to read my book in bed or check the carbs on a yoghurt pot in Waitrose, the realisation dawned that I needed, horror of horror, READING GLASSES! I admit that I procrastinated for a couple of weeks and tried to put it off. After some thought, It became clear that it was pointless for me to go to the Opticians and be sold some glasses for hundreds of pounds which I would loathe and despise, so I did the next best thing. I went to the chemist.
The selection was fairly narrow with the usual NHS looking offerings but after trying a few on and deciding that I could actually read fine print with a prescription of 1.5, I saw them. They were the antithesis of attractive, and not the sort of thing I would ever normally consider, but something about them drew the eye. They were what might kindly be called Edna Everage glasses – leopardskin print with slight wings and diamante on the top. Fabulous! Trying them on only confirmed my suspicions, I had to have them.
Now a few months later, I am getting used to the idea that I am someone who occasionally needs glasses. When I whisk them out to read something in the bank I do get the odd raised eyebrow and there was the memorable flight when Husband had forgotten his own and borrowed them to read the FT, but I can honestly say that I can read in comfort. And that has to be good for one´s crowfeet, right?