Boy, I really wanted to wear glasses. Lots of my friends were wearing them, and well, they just looked so cool...and that was before 'cool' was even cool. I would have said 'groovy', but I hadn't heard that word yet.
It wasn't that I needed them to see 'far off'...like I told the eye doctor, I'm farsighted, I can spot an eagle a mile away." He raised one eyebrow and winked at my Mother which made her feel better about thinking I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. Surely she didn't know that 'far off' was actually called nearsighted or if you were the eye doctor...myopia.
So, on that first visit to the 'real eye doctor' where I proved my eagle eye far off vision was better than 20/20...whatever that meant...by reading his Big E which from across the hall was clear as a bell. However, my Mother's feeling of relief at being a remiss parent was short lived. The 'real eye doctor' confirmed I could not see my hand in front of my face.
The good news was that I needed glasses to correct my farsightedness/hyperopia. That didn't make sense to me. Didn't I just tell him I could see fine far off...it was 'up close' or near that everything was blurry....even the lines on my palm.
At any rate, I got to pick out a pair of those cute 'cat eye' glasses in brown with little dodads on the corner and ear piece. The eye doctor told my Mother I would need them only for reading and we could pick them up in a week.
During that week I noticed that a lot more of my classmates wore glasses than I realized. In fact, just about everybody wore glasses...all the time. The clincher was seeing the Most Beautiful and Most Handsome students wearing glasses.
By the time we got back to Odessa and the Texas State Optical Bldg....which was about 55 miles away, and took over an hour at the 50 miles per hour speed limit...I had made up my mind to wear those 'cat eyes' every minute of every day. Never mind what the doctor said.
Wow...everything was so BIG! I looked in the mirror and my eyeballs were as big as saucers. The first clue those glasses were full blown magnifiers was when I stepped off the curb and fell flat on my face. It was weird how the street was so much farther down than it looked, but I picked myself up, straightened up my cat eyes and we hit the road.
The hour drive home was like a taking a ride on the Ferris Wheel and then getting on the Tilt-A-Whirl and then going into the House of Mirrors. As soon as I stepped out of the car, I threw up! That was clue number two, and all it took for those cute cat eyes to stay safely in the case until I needed to read. I was over wanting glasses!
So live, learn and wear 'Readers' around your neck, on top of your head, and on the end of your nose until your 'Eagle Eye Far-Off' vision puts your Farsightedness and Nearsidedness in a pair of glasses you wear all the time without falling on your face and throwing up! That's what I've been doing, although I still get 'far off' and 'up close' mixed up. I do not explain that to my real eye doctor.
Did you know that Cat Eye Glasses are back in style?
My real eye doctor has a Variety of Cat Eye Vision Wear!
However, he says I won't need them after I have my 'Cat ar acts' removed!