I picked up my new glasses today, and it was very daunting.Because I now require reading glasses as well as distance glasses I decided to go for varifocal lenses and that is what was so daunting.Â Â Maybe I take an over-simplistic view of things, but I always thought the idea of glasses was that you just looked through them: not so with varifocals – you get instructed in how to use them, and all sorts of warnings about them.
Apparently it takes some time to get used to wearing varifocals, and some people never do get used to them.Â Its brilliant to not have to carry two pairs and keep swapping them, but weird having to learn how to use a pair of glasses.Â Â The opticians said that if I don’t get on with them I can swap them or get my money back if I decide I can’t handle varifocals, and I can take up to three months to decide.
Sounded over the top to me.Â How hard can it be to look through glasses?Â Harder than I imagined actually.
I bought a Guardian today to test the glasses out, and it was difficult to keep looking through the right bit of the lenses.Â I kept moving my eyes instead of my head and looking through the medium-range bit so it was all more blurred than without glasses at all.Â I am told that it becomes second nature, but for a time I will be bobbing my head up and down a lot as I find the right angle for everything, and that all new wearers of varifocals look like a nodding dog in the back shelf of a car.Â Thats my excuse for coking up the Kakuro puzzle anyway
The other thing to get used to is the fact that the prescription part of the lenses is only in a strip down the middle.Â I was warned of this and told that it means you have to rely more on moving your head from side to side like you are watching tennis.Â That is going to take a lot of getting used to because when I read I don’t tend to move my head much.
What they didn’t warn me about is the disconcerting way everything wobbles when you move your head.Â You know the effects they sometimes use on TV when going into a flashback?Â When the picture is sort of tilted from side to side diagonally?Â With varifocals its a bit like that.
At the moment I find it easier without glasses at all, but I know that just leads to headaches so I’ll persevere for now.Â Â There must be a good reason the opticians allow a few months to adjust to this type of lense, and I think I have discovered it, and have to accept that if I do get used to these it is not going to happen overnight.
They look good though.Â Jayne is happy and no longer calls me Harry Potter like she did with the old ones.Â Unfair of her really – I laways thought they were more Alf Garnett than Harry Potter.