Bifocals! Aging! Gray hair! Oh my!!!

  1. Any bifocal wearers on board? When did you notice your eyesight failing you? How many didn't need glasses until the tender loving age of say...40...shhhhhh...???

    Well...I have gone from perfect eyesight to blurry vision since graduating from college in 1987. Darn those THICK nursing textbooks! Too much reading ruined me eyes...not to mention that thing they call "aging"...again...shhhhhhh...???

    Finally had to give up the old lenses for a new pair two months ago. I didn't want the bifocals with the line in the middle of the lens, so I paid a wee LOT more for the new precision lens that has no visible line...so it looks like a single lens... I am still having a difficult time adjusting to them however, but workin' on it.

    If the print isn't MEDIUM sized print...or LARGER...gotta grab the glasses...I keep a pair of +2.00 lens in my bathroom and office, one pair that are prescription in my purse (use them at home too), and a pair of AOL's +2.00 computer glasses that have a tinted lens to protect my eyes from the glare, etc. of the puter screen. What's next??? Wigs??? False Teeth??? Artificial heart? Pacemaker??? Hormone replacement pills??? New hips??? Knees??? And...what happens when the ol' back is gone??? Have yet to hear about a back transplant being done. :chuckle Aint gettin' old a bummer??? NOT!!! And....that darn gray hair that just won't stay away no matter how many times I order it to...Lady Clairol...take me away. It's just a few strands but wouldn't you know they want to grow right around me forehead area.

    Will soon have to make a few minor adjustments to the old bod...such as...keeping the joints lubricated, becoming best buds with Lady Clairol...keeping those boobs elevated with me support bra...I'm already walking to keep my legs looking youthful and the heart pumping strongly....eating dinner by candlelight to hide the wrinkles...just kidding...but it sounds like a good future idea when the wrinkles start building a map on my face...taking it slow, laughing and joking around a lot...rather have laugh-lines than frown-lines anyday. :chuckle

    Okay...fess up here...what's your old age story???
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 5, '02
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   RNinICU
    I was 39 when I had to get bifocals, had perfect vision until then. As far as the gray hair and wrinkles, Hydrience hair color, L'oreal face products, sunscreen and lots of exercise.
  4. by   l.rae
    OK now you're singin' my song Renee!! This should become the official BabyBoomer thread....My last apt with the ol' eye doc was about 4 months ago, got new contacts and the fancy schmancy no line bi-focals..only problem l just havennnn't got the nerve to go and pick them up yet!!! can you believe it..maybe it's denial, l just turned 45 a few months ago...ouch it hurts to say that. Usually l see ok to read if l don't have my contacts in...but l almost always do....you should see some of my pt's expressions when l'm squinting at the lV needle to figure out ''bevel up?''....l've been asked..'you've done this before...right?' LOL...still holding off on the gray hair as best l can tell...but then it's been quite a while wince l've seen it's natural color thanks to my new best friend the hair dresser..........oh well,........As far as all those other parts, knees, teeth..(still have all of those), hips etc, well..."DON'T WORRY MEN, WE CAN REBUILD HER"...remember the bionic women..they will invent the BIONIC NURSE...THE ANSWER TO THE NURSING SHORTAGE CRISIS!!!!................And hey, how about sharing some of those ''antique'' memories.....ever used an outhouse?....l mean a real one and camping dosen't count!...l've even met a chamber pot or two in my day......oh well, lots of memories.............LR
  5. by   RNinICU
    It took a while to get used to my bifocals, too. I couldn't judge distances very well, and I had to take them off to eat, got nauseated with them on. Now I don't notice a difference. Can't read anything but stop signs without them.
  6. by   l.rae
    Oh yeah....the best part....that 'myth' about a women being in her 'prime' in her 40's........it's true........any other confessions out there???????? Hey, l may be toothless, gray and legally blind.....but l'm in my prime!!! is this not the colossal joke of all time? LR
  7. by   live4today
    Well...one things for sure...there's one thing I can still see very clearly...and don't need no glasses, either...it's when my hubby's walking towards me in the dark...but I can't say what it is I see, gosh darn it! Shhhhhhh...be nice, Renee! I will...I will...I will...

    Anyhoo...never used an outhouse before, l.rae. Not a real one that is. Just those makeshift ones they have in the city parks and all. Now...as a teenaged girl...we had to wash laundry in one of those old fashion washing machines that you practically ended up doing all the work with your hands since you have to churn the laundry through those squeeze roller things at the top of the washer. Now what was the name of that kind of washer??? Anybody know??? Uhhhhhhhhh...I forget to mention a case of dementia as part of the aging process.
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 5, '02
  8. by   RNinICU
    Do you mean a wringer type washer?
  9. by   l.rae
    l've only ever heard it called a ringer washer....yes..my mom had one, it sat down the basement forever even after she got a new automatic washer......ever hear the expression..."got my tits in the ringer"?.....if you've ever seen one of these washers you can appreciate this expression......l say this at work all the time when l'm totally overwhelmed..l get the funniest looks....which brings me to another lovely aspect of aging.....anyone else have various aspects of their anatomy going south???....LR
  10. by   RNinICU
    There are some youngsters I work with who look at me kind of funny when I use some of those old expressions. One of my younger coworkers thought it was hilarious when i used the ecpression "the rabbit died" about someone who had just found out she was pregnant. And the body parts are all going south. It's gravity.
  11. by   live4today
    Ummmmmmmm...l.rae...that female primal instinct you are talking about??? Well...it actually starts in a woman's mid-thirties and last and last and last like the Duracell Battery in a hop-along-bunny!

    Reason why studies are now saying women should select younger men to marry. Got one...and guess what...he's 38 and broken down a billion times over for the 20 years he's spent in the Army....Can't keep up with this old woman...nope...leaves him struggling for oxygen every time. Always yapping about "I got to retire! Can't take no mo'! Uncle Sam has taken everything I've got and then some. I'm tired!" Yes, dear! Uh-huh! I understand, dear. :chuckle Time to get me some fresh meat and retire the old meat since he whines all the time about wanting to RE-TIRE!!!
  12. by   live4today
    Originally posted by RNinICU
    Do you mean a wringer type washer?
    That's what it's called! Thank you RNinICU! I see Dementia isn't settling in on you yet......youngun! :chuckle :kiss
  13. by   l.rae
    originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    ummmmmmmm...l.rae...that female primal instinct you are talking about??? well...it actually starts in a woman's mid-thirties and last and last and last like the duracell battery in a hop-along-bunny!

    reason why studies are now saying women should select younger men to marry. got one...and guess what...he's 38 and broken down a billion times over for the 20 years he's spent in the army....can't keep up with this old woman...nope...leaves him struggling for oxygen every time. always yapping about "i got to retire! can't take no mo'! uncle sam has taken everything i've got and then some. i'm tired!" yes, dear! uh-huh! i understand, dear. :chuckle time to get me some fresh meat and retire the old meat since he whines all the time about wanting to re-tire!!!
    oh renee.....stop blaming the military.....you baaaaaaad girl! oh well.....let em die with a smile.....right?......lr
  14. by   NurseDennie
    Lets see... Bifocals, Yep. I got them about four or five years ago, now. I'm a high myope. HIGH. When I was a kid, I told my mother I couldn't see, and she didn't think I could possibly need glasses. They did a screening in school and I couldn't read the big "E" at the top of the chart. Moved me forward - nope, still nothing. Big white blob, that must be the chart.

    So bad that once when I was waiting for opthal. appointment, I was reading the readers' digest in the waiting room. Doc came out to see if pupils were dilated and said, Nope you're reading, you can't be. And I told him I sure was, I'd had to take off my glasses.

    So, now that's the way I am all the time. I can't read anything small, and I am still a high myope. But mid-range things are so uncomfortable. I crane my neck back to look at the instructions on the ATM maching with the reading part of my bifocals. My reading area in my bifocals is simply less correction for the myopia than the rest of the glasses.

    I think the way I'd function the best would be to get contact lenses for distance vision and get reading glasses at various strengths for various distances. That way I'd be able to play on the 'puter without craning my neck back all the time!!!

    No gray hair to speak of and not too much in the way of wrinkles. That's a function of having gained back some weight - chubby cheeks!

    Love

    Dennie

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