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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:28 am

I have perfect eyesight, thanks to modern optometry. In fact, I wear graduated trifocals with an extreme prescription that most optometrists have to backorder. If I did not have my glasses, I might recognize that there was another person in the room, but I could not tell whether it was Corlyss or Ralph. Without my glasses, I am Mr. Magoo.

The other day, I lost my glasses for the very first time and could not find them. I stumbled down steps to find my old contact lenses, which at least allowed me to get to work without the police pulling me over. I have a backup pair of glasses but could not find them, not wearing my primary glasses. I had to have a student read things out to the class because I had no near vision, and this went on for days.

Finally I decided to take one contact lense out and sweep the apartment with approximate vision. I found the glasses under the floor behind a piece of furniture where they had fallen before I went to bed. Now I know how obvious that must be, but I had looked there more than a dozen times and not seen them. There are none so blind as those who cannot see.

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Re: Eyesight

Post by Madame » Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:00 am

jbuck919 wrote:I have perfect eyesight, thanks to modern optometry. In fact, I wear graduated trifocals with an extreme prescription that most optometrists have to backorder. If I did not have my glasses, I might recognize that there was another person in the room, but I could not tell whether it was Corlyss or Ralph. Without my glasses, I am Mr. Magoo.

The other day, I lost my glasses for the very first time and could not find them. I stumbled down steps to find my old contact lenses, which at least allowed me to get to work without the police pulling me over. I have a backup pair of glasses but could not find them, not wearing my primary glasses. I had to have a student read things out to the class because I had no near vision, and this went on for days.

Finally I decided to take one contact lense out and sweep the apartment with approximate vision. I found the glasses under the floor behind a piece of furniture where they had fallen before I went to bed. Now I know how obvious that must be, but I had looked there more than a dozen times and not seen them. There are none so blind as those who cannot see.
John, this is a recurring problem for me ... finding my glasses, that is. Not only a seeing problem ... remembering where I put them. Maybe we need something like a handset locator ... push a button or dial a number to get the things to beep or ring. Either that, or else get a cheap backup pair with ugly pink military issue plastic frames to #1 hunt them down and #2 make darn sure we don't misplace them again :)

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Post by Haydnseek » Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:00 am

Nine times out of ten anything you can't find is in the first place you thought to search but you overlooked it somehow. The exception is usually an item you leave in one place routinely but thanks to a distraction, such as a phone call, placed somewhere else - out in plain sight, but where you'd never think to look.
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Post by Madame » Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:09 pm

Haydnseek wrote:Nine times out of ten anything you can't find is in the first place you thought to search but you overlooked it somehow. The exception is usually an item you leave in one place routinely but thanks to a distraction, such as a phone call, placed somewhere else - out in plain sight, but where you'd never think to look.
I've been known to set something down on a refrigerator shelf ... and find it days later :)

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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:44 pm

I found my spare glasses in spite of the fact that I had packed them in haste and in an inappropriate way. (I really didn't want to leave the US and am shortly going back.) I found my usual pair because I spilled popcorn on the floor and did not wish the cleaning lady to have to deal with it. In effect, a vacuum cleaner found my glasses. (This is consistent with my previous post because I was wearing a contact in one eye but not in the other so I could function at all).

I know how weird this must sound to people who do not need exaggerated lenses to get along in life, but if you make a mistake with your glasses, you are SOL. It was only the remotest stroke of luck that I happened to remember where I put my old contacts, which I could wear ten years ago with reading glasses, of which I had not a pair with me.

In case anyone is interested, a set of glasses such as I need costs $500 or so. I will never be so careless again.

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Post by Lark Ascending » Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:17 pm

I am short sighted so have had to wear glasses ever since I was five (the condition wasn't realised until I started school). I have always made sure to have a spare pair of glasses ever since I pulled a pair in half whilst staying with friends (we had to glue them together - as if I'm not geeky enough :) ). Without glasses life is a complete blur. I can sympathise with anyone who misplaces them.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:55 pm

Haydnseek wrote:Nine times out of ten anything you can't find is in the first place you thought to search but you overlooked it somehow.
At least 50% of finding a thing is expecting to see it where it is. My mother used to send me on trips to find things for her. If I didn't find it, she would tell me jokingly, "You look just like your father . . . " If I found it, she invariably asked, "How did you find it? I looked everywhere for it." I would reply, "I had to think like you." So I was successful as long as I thought like my mother and didn't look like my dad.
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Post by Teresa B » Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:06 pm

Corlyss_D wrote: So I was successful as long as I thought like my mother and didn't look like my dad.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I too have the glasses problem. I have expensive progressive lenses that graduate from the distance correction down to the reading. But alas, I am defeated when reading music on a piano, and have to wear yet another pair of glasses with a prescription that focuses my lazy eyeballs right there.

My husband and I both wear glasses, and at night we put them on our respective nightstands on each side of the bed. One day years ago, we awoke to find his on my table and mine on his. We've never figured it out--chalked it up to poltergeists.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:00 pm

In my world-wide search for radial keratonomy/lasix surgery I had been to four doctors who told me I was too young, or too old, or too late, or too early. Then I was referred to a leading ophthamalogist, holder of many patents in cataract surgery. He took pity on me and the many run-arounds I had been given. He found almost microscopic cataracts in both my eyes, and literally gave me back my eyesight with the cataract surgery. When he told me he would restore my vision to 20/20 (now 20/15 in one eye), I almost cried. I will always and eternally be grateful to the man who liberated me from coke-bottle glasses I had worn since I was 12. I love him to pieces.
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Post by living_stradivarius » Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:10 pm

My mom and I essentially have the same eyes (we can use each others' contacts). I also began developing an astigmatism in my right eye, and she has the same problem. Strangely my eyesight has gotten better as of late despite my profound attachment to size 9 Time New Roman font.

I used to think myopia would away when one got older (since a lot of older people I know with glasses are far-sighted) :D
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:15 pm

living_stradivarius wrote:I used to think myopia would away when one got older (since a lot of older people I know with glasses are far-sighted) :D
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Unfortunately, that's not the way it works, although it should be - the myopia is cured by presbyopia. What the two get you is bifocals or, later in life, trifocals.
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Post by Ralph » Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:13 pm

The thought that anyone here couldn't tell me from Corlyss without glasses is shocking, truly scary.

I have 20/20 vision as a result of cataract surgery in both eyes, performed some time apart. I still need glasses for reading which is fine.

I'm thinking of getting the new lenses that adjust to light and can be worn indoors or outdoors as sunglasses. They are quite expensive. Anyone try this?
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Post by miranda » Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:31 pm

I am very fortunate to possess 20/20 vision, which I've had ever since I was a kid. I also have excellent peripheral vision, which is something I believe I inherited from my dad. And I have pretty good night vision, thanks to years of starlit strolls through the fields of the farm where I spent much of my childhood.

However, I am not so good when it comes to finding and losing things. Usually what happens is that I'll be searching for the lost item, and then find it, under the bed or behind a chair, weeks or even months later. (and my place really isn't that untidy!) Luckily, I don't have a problem (knock wood) hanging on to the truly essential items, like my keys, my wallet, what's left of my brain, and a modicum of sanity.

A favorite memory of mine is my mother tearing around her house, years ago, frantically muttering"Where are my glasses?!?" I just went over to her, smiled, reached up, took them off her head, and handed them to her. She smiled a small, embarrasssed smile, and hugged me. It had been a long day for her, to put it mildly.
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Post by Madame » Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:43 pm

Ralph wrote:

I'm thinking of getting the new lenses that adjust to light and can be worn indoors or outdoors as sunglasses. They are quite expensive. Anyone try this?
I didn't realize there was anything newer than what I used to get years ago, think it was called Photo-Gray. I stopped wearing them because the "indoor" shading was a tad too dark for my liking, maybe the newer ones are an improvement on that?

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Post by Ralph » Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:15 pm

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Post by Agnes Selby » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:40 am

John,

I bought my husband a very attractive chain which clips
onto the glasses. He wears it around his neck and it works.
We no longer spend hours looking for his glasses and
the office secretary is also most grateful to be released from
the unending job of searching for his glasses

Regards,
Agnes.

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Re: Eyes

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:57 am

Agnes Selby wrote:John,

I bought my husband a very attractive chain which clips
onto the glasses. He wears it around his neck and it works.
We no longer spend hours looking for his glasses and
the office secretary is also most grateful to be released from
the unending job of searching for his glasses

Regards,
Agnes.
Sounds sensible. But my problem is that I never take them off during the day, and of course don't wear them to bed. My mistake was putting them down in other than the usual place before I went to bed one night.

But you know, I'm getting to an age. Twice over here I've locked the car with the keys in the ignition and the motor running. It's called absent-mindedness and it's been a tendency of mine all my life anyway.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
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Post by Agnes Selby » Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:04 am

Don't worry, John. I could never find my car in a parking lot,
let alone my keys even when I was much younger than I am now.
Then I was told it was due to lack of concentration, now I am told
it is due to senility.

Regards,
Agnes.

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Re: eyesight

Post by Teresa B » Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:55 am

Agnes Selby wrote:Don't worry, John. I could never find my car in a parking lot,
let alone my keys even when I was much younger than I am now.
Then I was told it was due to lack of concentration, now I am told
it is due to senility.

Regards,
Agnes.
Well, I'm not feeling so bad now. The other day I misplaced my car in my office parking lot, and there are only about ten parking spaces there. :D

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Re: eyesight

Post by Agnes Selby » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:44 am

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Well, I'm not feeling so bad now. The other day I misplaced my car in my office parking lot, and there are only about ten parking spaces there. :D

Teresa[/quote]

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Dear Teresa,

:lol:
:lol:

Oh, dear! That is pretty bad. But did you ever go to the
suppermarket and left your shooping trolley full of
goodies parked at the entrance, got into the car and
drove home without your groceries? I did. In
Philadelphia almost 20 years ago. And guess what? When
I returned to collect my shopping, it was still waiting
for me and NOTHING was missing.

Regards,
Agnes.
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Re: eyesight

Post by Teresa B » Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:09 am

Agnes Selby wrote:[
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Dear Teresa,

:lol:
:lol:

Oh, dear! That is pretty bad. But did you ever go to the
suppermarket and left your shooping trolley full of
goodies parked at the entrance, got into the car and
drove home without your groceries? I did. In
Philadelphia almost 20 years ago. And guess what? When
I returned to collect my shopping, it was still waiting
for me and NOTHING was missing.

Regards,
Agnes.
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Dear Agnes,

Well, I guess Philadelphians are an honest bunch (or they just didn't share your preferences in groceries :lol: )!

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Post by jbuck919 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:26 am

Well, folks, I once committed the nightmare of all organists. I forgot about the time change, and it was Easter Sunday morning. Of course, from their point of view I might have been prostrate with Guillain-Barre and in need of a rescue party, for they knew I lived alone. Fortunately, I was one of three professional musicians, all of whom played keyboard (though only I the organ). It is amazing how fast one can move if one has to, and I was there by the sermon (in the first of three services).

The next year, on the rehearsal before the time change, which of course was not Easter, I wore a sign hung around my neck: '"Yes, I know about the time change."

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