25 Aug 2014
How many times have you gotten to a restaurant or out shopping and tried to read the menu or a label and realized you forgot your reading glasses? It has happened to me more times than I can remember. Thank goodness, I am blessed with good vision for seeing distances, I am farsighted. However, as my age creeps along my near sight seems to decrease a little bit each year. For the last five years if I don’t have my reading glasses, I just flat out can’t see to read at all.
So how do I handle this? On top of my prescription reading glasses which I wear at work as they have a progressive lens for computer screen and ready, I have cheater glasses.
Cheater glasses are those low cost glasses you can pick up at any drug store, Target, Wal-Mart, many grocery stores, etc. I have a pair of cheaters in each car, an extra pair at my desk at work. I have a pair in the kitchen, living room and bedroom.
In addition to my cheaters, I also have a small credit card size magnifying glass that I carry with me at all times in my pocket.
Why? Well, I don’t want to have to rely on someone else to have to read something for me, but more importantly, there are too many times that you have to be able to read on your own. Oh sure, if you are in a restaurant or a grocery store, it is no big deal to have your date have to read the menu or a store clerk read a label. However, what if there is an emergency and you have to sign papers at the hospital? I don’t want to rely on the hospital employee to “tell” me what I am signing; I want to be able to read it on my own. I ran into a similar situation when we had to call 911 for my Mom one night, I rushed over to her house, she was sick, emergency personal were there, check her all out, thank goodness it was nothing serious, but she was asked to sign a release, and I wanted to be able to read it first before she signed it. I had my handy dandy little reading glass, since I forgot my glasses.
Worst case, if you are in a situation where you have no magnifying device, you can always place our index fingers and thumbs together to make a small diamond shape whole, you can see through that little whole and be able to see clear enough to read, that is a simple trick my eye doctor told me about.
Reading is a necessity, one that is required daily, hourly, and many times minute by minute. What are some tricks you do to insure you always have a way to read if necessary and your glasses aren’t nearby?