When I was a teenager, I was tested as having better than 20/20 vision—I had 20/15 vision, meaning I could see from 20 feet away what person with normal vision could only see from 15 feet away. And when I became an adult, I simply took my great vision for granted.
Recently, decades later, for the first time I found my eyes getting fatigued after staring all day at LED screens. It would get harder for me to focus, and sometimes I’d even get headaches. Friends suggested that I go to the store and buy some generic reading glasses with a +1.0 magnification. I figured that if I was thinking about glasses, it was time to admit that I’m not a teenager anymore and go to an optometrist for the first time in my adult life.
Well, the good news is that my vision is still 20/15. Just for grins and giggles, the doctor put up the 20/10 letters for me. I just laughed. I couldn’t even make out the shapes of them, they were just tiny, blurry dots to me. But the 20/15 letters I could still read every one. That felt good.
But I was “diagnosed” with having a very common condition: eyes over forty. I have a slight astigmatism. I have developed a slight far-sightedness. The oil ducts in my eyelids are more prone to clogging.
I’m glad I didn’t go with generic glasses, because the ones that were prescribed have a lower correction than the store-bought glasses. Also, they have specific features for my needs: they filter some of the fatiguing blue light of LEDs, they are anti-glare, and they focus each eye differently for my astigmatism.
I don’t mind the glasses. I need to get used to wearing them—I still forget if I’m not careful. But overall, its worth it to reduce the eyestrain, and hopefully keep my vision as good as possible for as long as possible. Time marches on, and we don’t get any younger, do we?