Friday, October 06, 2006

Choosing Books

This week I started my new research in earnest. On Wednesday I spent the day in the British Library and discovered some writing by Arthur Koestler that made the afternoon turn into evening with a worrying rapidity. On Thursday I ordered some books over the internet and then went to the local library and found some more


and today spent most of the day just reading (and clearing up the house a bit).

I am feeling my age. I am finding it difficult to hear people in a noisy room and my optician is altering the prescription of my glasses and contact lenses. What is most important to you, he asked - distance or books? It seems that from now on I have to choose. I chose books. It is not a great hardship.

9 Comments:

Blogger Anne S said...

It would have to be books all the time with me as well.

These days I bless the fact that I am shortsighted. It appears that us myopics have a better time with aging and sight than do the longsighted.

I have no trouble reading without visual aids (very close up) and love my contact lenses for allowing me good vision for distances.

Sat Oct 07, 02:53:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmm ... I too am a contact lens wearer but at the mo one eye is terrible and the other okay (so that if the sun shines on to the good eye while I'm driving, I am a definite hazard.) A trip back to the optician for some alteration is in the offing. Hopefully I won't have to choose between distance or books (I'd choose books - cos writing also involves reading ... so easy choice for me too!)

Sounds like you are right in the throes of research - hard work, I daresay. Hope you can find time to surface every so often and keep us up to date with progress. :)

Sat Oct 07, 06:30:00 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Yes. Once I was exceedingly skilful at listening to 2 conversations at the same time.You know the scene, you're chatting away in one group at a party but the next group appears to be having a far juicier time...oohs! and ahs! and lots of laughs! NOW in a noisy room, I smile and grin and nod away like one of those dachshunds people hang in the back of their car...and I HOPE I'm smiling, nodding and agreeing in the right places!

Sat Oct 07, 12:43:00 pm  
Blogger twitches said...

That might be great meme question!

I'd have to choose books, too. But then again, I've been blind as a bat since first grade.

Sat Oct 07, 01:26:00 pm  
Blogger Lee said...

Clare, have you investigated the newer multifocus specs? I've got a pair and couldn't function without them. You have to move your head a bit more, but I adjusted within a few days.

Sat Oct 07, 11:24:00 pm  
Blogger Lee said...

OK, now I see that the pair I've got contain what is called 'progressive lenses' in English.

'The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (November 2002) reports that multifocal eyeglass lenses are associated with significantly impaired depth perception, leading to greater chance of experiencing falls. If you frequently negotiate stairways, as an example, you might consider wearing eyeglass lenses with only one distance correction such as for medium ranges when you are at home.'

http://vision.about.com/od/contactlenseseyeglasses/f/multifocal.htm

I find this to be true about stairs, but not a problem at my age. And the benefits are terrific.

Sat Oct 07, 11:36:00 pm  
Blogger Tammy said...

I need to get glasses but I'm procrastinating :)

Good choice!

Sun Oct 08, 01:45:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in May I was at my optician & there was this woman, perhaps in her late 60s, waiting to pick up her contacts. I got curious & asked her if she used glasses for reading. She said in one eye she wore a contact lens for distance & in the other a contact for reading. I found it hard to believe that would be comfortable, but she said she was used to it.

Sun Oct 08, 11:11:00 pm  
Anonymous clare said...

Anne S: When I was young I thought being short-sighted would mean I wouldn't become long-sighted when older. How naive. I have read too many books and written too much, I think.

CB, Lee and Aydin: This is exactly what my optician is proposing for me for my contact lenses! Apparently the brain compensates - which sounds very interesting.

For my glasses he says to jut take them off when I read - which I've done automatically already - but felt it was cheating somehow.

Jan: heh heh- love the dachshund image.

Twitches: Yes - maybe a series of choices - that'd be good.

Tammy: you and me both. I should have gone months ago but couldn't be bothered.

Tue Oct 10, 12:50:00 am  

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