Yep. I’m spectacled.
I’ve been noticing for a few months that my eyes ached after I’d been doing a lot of detailed hand-sewing, or a lot of research on the computer. I tried to ignore it for a long time. After all, I’ve always had perfect vision, my parent’s didn’t get reading glasses until their late 50s, everyone else in my family has perfect vision…
But I did end up avoiding reading and research and hand-sewing, and reading on the computer, and that wasn’t good. So finally, last week, after a doing a lot of reading for university work, I noticed how bad I felt, and finally got myself to an optometrist.
Turns out that while my vision is still excellent, I am the tiniest bit long-sighted, and have a slight astigmatism. It’s so minor that most people wouldn’t notice, and wouldn’t need glasses, but since I spend hours peering at old newspaper articles online, and teeny-tiny stitches in fabric, I give my eyes a serious workout.
So I need glasses for reading and fine sewing.
They just came in yesterday, and I’m getting used to using them. I can definitely tell that they help with the reading, but I’m still figuring out how to sew and watch TV at the same time. Having a long nose so that I can let them slide down and peer over the top helps.
So, once I’ve totally figured out the glasses, and they stop giving me vertigo as my eyes adjust, I’ll finally be able to get back into the serious hand-sewing of the robe Ã la franÃ§aise, and catch up on my blog reading. Yes.
On the bad side, custom glasses in NZ (and they have to be custom because of the astigmatism) are expensive, and having to get these means I can’t get the American Duchess Pompadour shoes which are currently on pre-order. I just saved up for them and instead I have glasses. I’m just going to cross my fingers and hope that there are still some in my size by the time I save up enough fun money again!
The glasses weren’t as pricey as they might have been. I tried on every pair of frames in the shop, and amazingly, the pair I liked best was also the cheapest (I usually have the unerring ability to fall in love with the most expensive thing in any shop), but even the cheapest frames + lenses + optometrist appointments runs around $500 here. The optometrist asked me if I didn’t want to go look for frames at other shops and I said “Are you kidding?!? I like the cheapest frames – why would I tempt fate by looking around until I like something more expensive?”
Sometimes I surprise even myself with how practical and frugal I can be!
If I can’t manage another pair of Pompadours, I’ll have to use my renewed ability for extended detailed hand sewing and challenge myself to make a pair of 1720s appropriate shoes to go with my robe de cour myself…