Arrr Matey!

I need an eyepatch.

One I can swiftly swap from left to right.

(Wow, that sounds like a Huey Lewis song...)

No, I didn't poke myself in the eye; but with my previously-stated Deprivation of Spacial Relationships, I am not surprised that would be your first guess.

And I am not THAT much of a Johnny Depp fan that I want to look like a Pirate.

I am trialing new contact lenses. I have worn glasses for years, but really wanted to try contacts.

Contact lens and err... my fingerprint

Me, circa a few days agoI've had them for a few weeks now, and have no problem putting them in or taking them out. They don't bother me at all in fact.

Whoo Hoo!

No more glare...

No more red marks on the side of my nose...

I can wear real sunglasses again...



Maybe they'll even make me look younger!
(Har! They're not MAGIC lenses, Maureen)

However, because I have astigmatism I can't get the bifocal lenses I need.

Instead, the optometrist has given me a lens for my astigmatism in the right eye, and a reading lens in the left eye.

Surprisingly, that combo seems to work well.

At first.

But as the day wears on, things around me get fuzzy; both far and near. So I realised today that if I cover one eye, I can see far clearly. Then, if I cover the other eye, I can read just fine.

Crap.

Do you think "The Pirate Look" will ever be in fashion?


21 People would rather be commenting:

Ann(ie) said...

I've tried and tried and tried and I cannot do the contact thing. I can't put them in or take them out and I have a severe issue with touching my eyeball. So I'm a glasses girl. And I only wear them when terribly necessary....ie: driving. ;)

yay, though! lookin good!!

ShannanB said...

Congrats on the contacts. I am sure you can work everything out. If not, I am sure the patch is coming back in style. I think I even saw someone wearing one when I was in New York last weekend.....lol

LadyBanana said...

You are doing well to even get them in your eyes! I just can't bring myself to do that, but to have different for each eye! Sounds rather odd, so you only read with one eye.. that would be a sure recipe for a headache I'd think!

Canadian flake said...

Maybe a nice fashionable scarf would help if it were wrapped around your head appropriately...lol.

Maybe the contacts will help you chip the dishes less?? LOL

Vegas Princess said...

Sorry I was blinded by your dazzling picture to read the entire contents of your post.

Noortje said...

I've got the same problem you have, so that would be something I would run into also. I am able to manage with reading glasses if i don't wear my regular glasses and the other way around. I rather do without either, because I am vain.

Maureen said...

Ann(ie): Yeah, I'm lucky I CAN wear them, I just have to find the right combo now...

Shannanb: Thanks! I hope I can work it out; Good thing you saw someone with a patch in NYC, I'm not really one to start fashion trends (I'm more of a "follower") ;)

Lady Banana: Aw, it's easier than it sounds, really. That's what I thought too; boy this is going to give me a headache, but so far, so good on that front!

Canadian Flake: A scarf! Now why didn't I think of that! And to be honest, I have been chipping the plates for years now; so I can't blame it on the glasses. I'm just simply a klutz.

Vegas Princess: *blush*... Glad to see you're feeling better VP!

Noortje: The first option I was given was bifocal glasses (or progressives like I have now, but stronger as they are almost 10 years old), or two pairs of glasses I would continually be swapping (not happy with that option). I really wanted to try lenses, so my first set of contacts were for the astigmatism only, and I had to don reading glasses to see close up. Problem was, I could see far and close, but not mid-range (I couldn't read my watch). So now I am trialing this combo approach. I really hope we can find a solution; I enjoy wearing them!

lotus07 said...

I have this issue, with something touching my eyeball.....can't quite get the idea of wearing contacts at this point, so I will stick with the nose hanging, slide off, loose them, dog chews them up glasses. But they look good on you.

Phoenix5 said...

I wore glasses for 31 years... since I was 7 years old until I was 38! I tried the contacts thing in my early 20s, and lasted about a year and a half before my eyelids absolutely refused to let me touch my eyeballs ever again! So... two years ago I bit the bullet and had LASIK surgery done. My only regret is that I waited so long to do it! My eyesight (I had both myopia and astigmatism) isn't perfect now, but it's a whole lot better than it was! I can easily go without glasses now and I'm also elated to be able to wear REAL sunglasses! I'll probably have to wear reading glasses in the next few years, but it will be worth it! If you're interested, check out TLC. That's who did mine, and I highly recommend them. Until then, good luck with the contacts! (Have you tried Toric lenses?) Oh yeah, your photo is HOT! ;-)

Momo Fali said...

I wore glasses for six years, then contacts for another 15 years, then had Lasik surgery, then had another Lasik surgery. And, now? I'm back to glasses. Should've stuck with the original.

VE said...

That's awesome. Just in time for summer...when you can wear sunglasses all the time...

toners said...

Even if it's not back in style yet, I bet you can come up with a look to make it come back in style :)

little light said...

got here from the million blog list.

mine was fuzzy too the first few days i wore my contacts. but it got better through time. been wearing contacts for more than a year now. i would very much prefer the contacts over eyeglasses. eyeglasses make me look like a nerd.

Maureen said...

Lotus07: Aw, thanks. I just hope I can find the right prescription; I don't want to go back to glasses!

Phoenix5: Hot? Moi? Ha!!! At nearly 48, I don't think I've heard THAT in decades! Are you sure you're not the one who needs glasses?? ;) (but thanks for the tremendous compliment!)

Momo Fali: I don't think I would ever go so far as surgery... that sucks to come full circle!

VE: Yeah... I be cool...

Hah! Thanks Toners!

Little Light: Welcome! Thanks for stopping by... thanks for also telling me the fuzziness can be normal. I guess I'll just have to be more patient. And a nerd? Yup. That's me! With OR without glasses!

Dorky Dad said...

I started wearing contacts a couple of years ago. I hate them. But not as much as I hate glasses. I particularly enjoy it when one contact just decides to go crazy for no reason when I'm talking to somebody -- they then think I'm winking at them.

Maureen said...

... at least that's what you TELL the Wife, that is, Dorky Dad..... ;)

JD at I Do Things said...

Wow, good for you! This is encouraging. I've thought about contacts, but I'm not sure I could wear the bifocal ones either, but it sounds like you made a smooth transition.

Or I could always consider the Pirate Look.

Darrin said...

Gosh I wish I could still wear contacts. My eyes just don't take well to them anymore. Maybe lasik next year!

Darrin a.k.a. Makeshift Sinatra - Gettin' in some early bloghopping

Karen MEG said...

You look great, Maureen!

I used to wear contact, in my late teens, and then my 20s. But I had weird reactions to them, and then with all the computer work drying my eyes out and then having kids ... I just started focusing on getting funkier frames. Now I have disposable lenses that I wear usually only to go out or sometimes work out.

I hear they use that strategy for laser eye surgery nowadays too, for those that need bifocals. One short sighted, one far sighted eye. The thought of it makes me totally nauseous!

LiteralDan said...

The pirate look better be in fashion, with the way my daughter pokes eyes.

And thanks for getting that Huey Lewis song stuck in my head (I'm very susceptible)... it could be worse, I suppose.

Maureen said...

JD: If you do go for the Pirate look, we can shop for puffy shirts together.

Darrin: I am surprised how many people CAN'T wear them; I guess I am lucky that way! I hope to Hop! today!

Karen Meg: I thought it would make me queasy too; but surprisingly, they don't!

Literal Dan: Welcome! Ha! about your daughter!!! And sorry about the song.... flashbacks to the 80's eh?

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