I went to the eye doctor last Friday for my annual exam.
I went because I am supposed to go every year to make sure that the diabetes complication gods have not been working overtime. I also went because I have been noticing that a) I can't see distant things quite as clearly with my glasses and I am also having trouble reading through my glasses. In fact I am now resorting to taking them off to read.
I went in thinking I'd come out with a clean bill of health eye-wise as well as a prescription for bifocals.
I was right on one count and wrong on the other.
My eyes, despite almost 12 years of diabetes, are perfectly healthy. There is no sign of damage whatsoever.
Sending out a big thank you to whatever diabetes gods out there are in charge of the Department of Complications. Obviously they've been sleeping on the job and I'm quite happy for them to stay that way for another 12 years. Hell, how about another 50 years?
As for the vision test - well I learned a thing or two about how my vision works.
I was put through all the regular eye tests. Close one eye and read the tiny letters across the room. Close the other eye and read this sentence in a book. And so on.
After the tests were done I was told, in no uncertain terms, that my prescription has not changed.
With my glasses on, I have 20/20 vision in terms of distance.
Without my glasses on, I have 20/20 vision in terms of reading.
So what is my problem?
Apparently, I'm just perfect.
I was told, with a smile, that my vision with my glasses on used to actually be better than 20/20. But, with age (sigh), they are no longer able to get me to see any better than 20/20. In other words, my vision is now just perfect rather than superduperperfect.
In terms of reading, I read perfectly well without my glasses. I can do the finest needlepoint without my glasses (if I actually did that sort of thing). But I can no longer do these things while wearing my glasses because it puts just a bit too much strain on my eyes and they struggle to see through the prescription lens. Take off my glasses and I am just perfect.
So no new prescription. And certainly no bifocals. In fact, I was told that I may never need them because I am near sighted and am 20/20 at that. Worst case: I get bifocals down the road where the reading part has no prescription whatsoever.
Perhaps I've been spoiled for the past 40 years with my superhuman vision but I have to admit that I'm not perfectly pleased with my perfect vision.
Guess I'll have to get used to the idea of settling for 100%.