Looking Over the Top of My Glasses

I got an email from my ophthalmologist reminding me that it is time for my annual eye exam. Last year I had an exam that indicated I didn’t need to change my prescription. As far as I can tell, my eyes haven’t changed. I still can type on the computer better without my glasses, I can still thread a needle, and I can still read an ear tag without resorting to a magnifying glass. I wear prescription safety glasses at work (~9 hours a day). These are a slightly different shape than my regular glasses and because the lenses are bigger I don’t have to look over the top (not that I could anyway). For some reason the very top and bottom are the equivalent of looking over or under my other pair. Supposedly they are the same prescription! It is a mystery. My current quandary is whether or not to make an eye appointment. I know that it will cost about $200 for the exam. I also don’t want to put off eye care just because you don’t mess around with your eyesight. Still I’m not having any problems…

Hindsight
Foresight
Second sight
Do your glasses help or hinder?
Near vision
Far vision
Night vision
Do your glasses clarity render?
Starlight
Twilight
Midnight
Will your glasses magic engender?

Just a little poem in 2 rhyming sounds… I’d pay the $200 plus some to get glasses that made it possible to visualize magic. Perhaps all we need to see magic is the right frame of mind!

28 thoughts on “Looking Over the Top of My Glasses

  1. As a diabetic I have no choice to skip. I’m thankful ours does not cost as much. We only pay if he writes a prescription. imagine insurance that pays for the office visit but not glasses prescription.

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    1. I’ve gotten smarter. My ophthalmologist charges plenty for the eye exam but the cost of the glasses is really high. So I get the prescription and take it to another place – I’m able to get the glasses at half the cost! Still, I don’t want to spend the money…

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  2. I love how everyday life events inspire your poetry… I do it, too, and a friend of mine calls it “romancing the ordinary.” Your poem is lovely, the rhymed triplets, the refrain-ish longer lines, the obliques, the different kinds of “sight” a person might have. The form has some of the same elements as a SEVENLING–the groupings of three, the twist ending. I spent a while on your blog yesterday and see that you experiment with many poetry forms. (I do, too… I’m told such an approach is rare, that most poets gravitate to one form and don’t deviate from it.) I especially loved your April poetry challenge. The ceramics you create are intriguing. I don’t “make” anything, per se, unless you count cooking, writing poems, and restoring items to functionality via jury rigging. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Feel free to browse my posts! I have been checking out your posts but have been so busy with work that I’m just now getting around to responding to everyone’s comments let alone commenting on posts! I’m tickled with the term “romancing the ordinary” – it does capture my muse’s methods. As for this poem you are correct in that I took inspiration from the sevenling. I’m a poetry hack compared to many but my mother thinks I’m wonderful (but she is biased), so it is a thrill when someone (outside the family) appreciates my poetry efforts.

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        1. I used to go 4-5 years between needing a prescription change (I even went for an annual eye exam). Last time was the first in many years that nothing had changed… Hope you can get your eyes checked soon.

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  3. “Perhaps all we need to see magic is the right frame of mind!”
    I like that!
    My glasses are a bit of an issue lately. I’ve paid quite a lot this year to see so-so. Two different eye doctors. Much money spent on glasses. My regular glasses are pretty good now. Ish. But my shades are a little shaky for vision. I have to really concentrate when I’m driving.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed that line! Sounds like you need a separate pair for driving. I used to have glasses that were only for driving (distance) and had special sunglasses that clipped on. That was a long time ago – now I need glasses to see distance and mid-range and up close! Age does that to a person… Sorry that you are still not completely happy with your eyeglasses prescription.

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  4. Nice poetry! But they are your eyes: get thee to the ophthalmologist, says the gal with a retina disease, and good for you for spelling ophthalmologist correctly, says the copy editor. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I’m a Vet tech working in research – I know how to spell all the fun words! I’m going to make the appointment but it won’t be this month. Besides my ophthalmologist told me that if I don’t have macular degeneration starting now I probably won’t have it until I’m nearly 90 (as long as I don’t take up smoking).

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    2. Don’t ever play Hangman with murisopsis! We were stuck in a snowy ditch once and passed the time playing Hangman – she knows All The Words and how to spell them correctly.

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  5. Love the poem.
    With my limited fiances, I’ve not had an eye exam in quite a while..Nothing to be done at this point but one day, God willing ๐Ÿ˜‰
    If you can afford it, I’d get them checked anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I’m overjoyed that you love this poem! I will make the appointment but not this month… I’ll do all the appointments at the same time in October (mammogram, eye appointment and dentist).

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