Good afternoon mes amis. Thass frensh. By Day 2 in the Myopic House. I had to abandon the Fairy Focals while working on the computer. Too much work to get done to faff about with wonky words and a thumping head.
My mum says I look like Marjery Proops in my rad new specs! Thanks She She – never knowingly under sold!
I bashed this out while keeping poor old Podgey company and watching Gok fill people’s house with tat for free… Coat hanger chandelier anyone? No? Thought not… So I was moving from my IPad screen to the television. So far so effortless – I got used to the slightly blurry edges of words in my peripheral vision and I feel that with a bit more time I will adjust automatically as I move from one side of the screen to another. It continues to be easier to type than read.
Me and Podge do the crossword and puzzles together most days – the other day I was frustrated trying to see the paper – he was holding it. Over the last week we have managed more harmonious sessions. Nailed them too. We’re not just a pair of pretty pals loafing about in the cafe you know. I’d put our quick crosswording skills up against yours any day… C’mon! Have a go… I dare ya!
He was proper poorly for a good few days, I considered swapping my Nurse’s uniform for trainers and a sun visor because I was THIS close to doing a runner into the late afternoon sun with a book and a bottle of cider. After a short rally, long enough to con me into springing for breakfast, he would be back on the sofa with his iPad and a hang dog expression.
So after the initial panic it has been all about adaption and surrender. I have walked around with the specs on – and I feel less like a befuddled nana. I accepted that it would all be a bit weird for a few days – and that’s ok. It makes you slow down a bit and consider what you’re doing and focus properly on it too.
Current Situation after just over a week:
iPad: I’m finding this easier. Typing is straight forward enough – although I’d expect that – I can touch type and I’m fast – so I don’t need to look at the screen so much. There was a lot of blurryness and waggling my head about to adjust. I’d say I’m less fluffed about it now and every day it gets easier and more natural.
Phone: Initially I did so well with the iPad screen, I steered clear of my phone. I’ve caught up – but the real advantage of Varifocals is when you need to look at your phone while out and about and I’m still not routinely wearing them all the time.
Computermabob: I can’t afford to muck about over the next couple of weeks so I’m mainly using my reading specs. Which is a major compromise but there we are… this continues to be a problem – I will give it a better go over the next few months but I’m less hopeful.
Walking about: I’ve given this some serious attention – and I can confidently say that I’ve mastered the walking about with Varifocals but I feel like I’m behaving like a loony. Making very definite head movements – following my nose left and right and up and down. Another piece of advise has been to NOT look down. Easier said than done on Bristol’s streets – you take your life in your hands and risk your ankles if you don’t watch where you’re going. I’m happier without.
However as my ever wise mamma keeps pointing out – there’s no real point to wearing them if you don’t wear them all the time otherwise you are still routing about for them in your bag when the phone goes, if you’re in the supermarket and need to read a label etc. I do KNOW she’s right – she’s my mum – she’s always bloody right – but I’m not yet ready to wear them all the time…
For one – SUNGLASSES! I have a vast collection and I’m not about to give up wearing them. So there.
OVERALL Second impression of Varifocals
WIth a bit of patience I think I’m ready for a tentative prediction of success.
I am far more confident now that the continuing niggles will sort themselves out – given that much of the original issues have done so. I think I will get completely used to them and am considering using my 50% off voucher to purchase a second pair. After all if you create a complete reliance on your specs – you really do need to have a spare pair!
We already know that my first pair of this design lasted two weeks – before the arm broke. So I’ll give these another couple of weeks before investing in another pair.
In the meantime – I know exactly the ones I want….