Close focus is a privilege

windowsill-mint-deemallonI went to the eye doctor yesterday. The notion of focus, naturally then, is on my mind. But it’s more than that. Even though Sandra Bland was on my mind as I cleared the sink of dishes this morning (about how I think she should be remembered as she is in the animated video clip where she talks about wanting to make a difference, and NOT as she in the lifeless – potentially literally so – ‘mug shot’), a news-avoidance day is in order. Unfortunately, checking twitter before even washing my face means that I know there has been another mass shooting.   Instead, I will inspect my recent Rose of Sharon transplants and see how much damage the rabbits have done. Then, I will take the time to sharpen my scissors. At least two pair.

It will be good use the internet for mechanical instructions, step by step.

10 thoughts on “Close focus is a privilege

  1. Mo Crow

    I went to the optometrist yesterday too Dee, look forward to the new lenses so I can see what I’m doing again everything has been a bit blurry for the last few months… it will be like having a new set of eyes!

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    1. deemallon Post author

      How funny! The two of us on opposite sides of the globe. Yeah, I am really looking forward to seeing better too. For the first time I need a little correction for distance. And my computer glasses were off BY A Lot. May spring for bifocals this year.

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      1. Mo Crow

        have been wearing transition lenses (no visible bifocal line) for reading & drawing in the lower half of the lenses and for the computer screen (outstretched arm to the fingertips) in the upper half since I turned 43 when my eyes blurred out halfway through a commissioned illustration (had to toss the drawing out at 30 hours in & start all over again when the glasses arrived the next week) also have a pair of single focus lenses for threading very fine needles and beadwork & a fabulous big jewellers lens with a built in light that I use every day. I don’t worry about distance (I don’t drive), the blurred vaseline on the lens effect makes the world look like a painting by Monet, it’s quite romantic…

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        1. Mo Crow

          thinking more about focus as a privilege… imagining what a difference it would make to my life if I couldn’t afford to buy new glasses…. I wouldn’t be able to draw, thread a needle, see the computer screen, read a book, see the details in a flower or what bug is eating it…

        2. deemallon Post author

          Indeed. I am also thinking about the comfort in ignoring the news for a spell. How I can do that.

  2. Michelle in NYC

    The days of glasses, bifocals and such is over for me pretty much. One good eye after miraculous cataract surgery last year, and another one in the near future will make two good eyes supposed to last a lifetime bar catastrophic accident. Five years after lens replacement (they don’t tell you this but I have friends in the know), there will come a moment when you will suddenly lose vision–and that is fixed by another small operation (The condition is “posterior capsule hazing” which is normal after cataract surgery. The YAG procedure (using a Yttium Aluminum Ganet tool) takes 5 minutes, is painless. It’s a “posterior capsulotomy” meaning that they make a small incision in the capsule where it’s become wrinkled, and that allows light to pass through.) So, though world news and global stress is always playing at the perimeters of my consciousness, I chose today all day to be detached. I used the time for naps, hand laundry, steaming cod, reading blogs, and writing.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Hi Michele. Sounds like a nice day! I’m learning a lot about vision. It’s kind of a pain but better, as they say, than the alternative.

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  3. Nancy

    I’m waiting for my two pairs of new glasses to come in. Both my close and far distance changed enough to need new inside and new sunglasses (which I’m supposed to wear at all times while outside due to UV damage). I wear bifocals, transition lenses on the inside ones. My doctor stated this time that “you need to wear your glasses at all times”…like he needed to say that! I can’t see without them!!! But he also said that typically after age 60 your eyes may stop getting worse at every visit each year! Good, then I can just keep what glasses I’ve got and save some money!

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Well I’ve been wearing reading glasses only. One strength to read books another for the computer and if I can lay my hands on them a third strength for threading needles at night. If I got bifocals I would still need the computer glasses but is see a whole lot better. I just don’t think I could get used to progressives.

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