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Saturday, May 5, 2018

New Glasses To Go With My Hearing Aids

I picked up my new glasses today.  The frames don't look a whole lot different from the ones I've been wearing for years but my view of the world through them is different and so much better. 

I've been having so much trouble seeing lately and yet I didn't think to get my eyes checked until my endocrinologist nagged me into it.

These were my exact words prior
to my new glasses.

As a diabetic with uncontrolled diabetes I have to be really careful of all the little areas it can affect: eyes, heart, and circulation, to name a few.  Diabetes can cause a change in the eye's blood vessels which can lead to bleeding in the back of the eye.  You have to monitor this, especially if your diabetes is uncontrolled like mine. 

Over the last few years, my eye exams have come back with good results, as far as the diabetic change to the eye and, just as great, no big change in prescription, so no new lenses ...... until now. 

Somewhere between my last checkup and this one the vision in my right eye, the better of the two has lessened.  So a slight change to the left cataract eye and a large change for the right eye and, Bob's your uncle (I do love those British sayings), I can see soooooo much better through my new prescription.

Eyesight and hearing are the two things I hear friends and relatives of boomers complain about the most.  I don't know what the recommended check-up schedule is for Boomers but I know most of us just don't want to bother about eyes and ears even if we know there is a little bit of a problem.  Darn our stubborn hides.  Not only do we live a life of lesser quality because we can't hear or see as well as we might be able to, we also annoy those who have to put up with our not seeing or hearing.

Even if you are sure (famous last words) that your eyes and ears haven't changed you should get them checked - for the sake of your friends and family if nothing else. 

Common folks.  If it's been over two years, bite the bullet or, as Nike says, "Just Do It".

I'll be honest.  Couldn't afford them and didn't want to be bothered. (Medicare paid for my hearing test (not the hearing aids $$$) and I got a coupon for my eye test and paid $30 so not really so bad but still, I  had to put out the effort.)

True, neither glasses nor hearing aids have returned my senses to the strength they knew as a 20-year-old, but they have increased my quality of life and, hahaha, lessened the likelihood of my saying what over and over or asking what the writing on the TV says.



Now I'm delighted with both my hearing aids and new glasses. 




10 comments:

  1. Jim will sure be glad when his left eye is operated on next Wednesday. He's really happy with the results in the right eye. Mine will get checked the end of August. I always go once a year. Now my hearing is something else. I know it's getting worse but I'm still stalling.just turn the tv up. Lol

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    1. Yes. I waited until I couldn't hear the grand girls. At that point I had no choice. Apparently, my hearing is affected in the area that hears high small sounds.

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  2. Yay! Great result after the effort and cost! Excellent!

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    1. I truly had to make myself go to both appointments. Felt like a little kid when my mother made me get my bangs trimmed out of my face and I would dig feet in, not wanting to go. Hahaha. We all grow up some time and I guess now is my time.

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  3. Glad your new glasses have made things clearer for you!

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    1. Hahaha. I knew you were good for a pun.

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  4. I had my eyes checked about five months ago but I have noticed a big change in my sight since then. I suppose I should make the effort to get it checked out. I haven't had my hearing checked lately, but I still drive family and friends crazy be constantly asking to have the television turned down.

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    1. Hahaha. I believe my family enjoys my hearing aids more than me. They often make comments about how they don't have to repeat themselves. Could it really have been that bad? Probably so.

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  5. Had to laugh at the computer reference. My brother and his wife couldn't read the baseball stats in the corner of the TV so they did what you threatened and got a bigger TV. Think the glasses, expensive as they are would have been cheaper. Enjoy those sharpened senses.

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  6. Sadly I need both. Glad you are seeing and hearing fine!

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