I have been wanting to have my eyes checked for some years now. I can see properly, but the glasses I have are horrid. The frames were expensive, and they have never really fit properly. Since it was a drive to have them adjusted, and I was working when I purchased them, they did not get a proper adjustment while under warranty. So now they almost hurt to wear, pressing on my skull, where they have caused indentations. It has just been too complicated to try and drive the distance on the unreliable schedule I have been living under.
This visit to the little house in the city offers me an opportunity to get an appointment with an optometrist, and to purchase new glasses. I went to the optometrist’s office this morning, near the little house in the city, and was pleased that they could offer me an immediate appointment, due to a cancellation.
I was very glad to hear that I’ve had no degeneration of my eyesight, and that my eyes are healthy inside and out. Great news!
I then visited the local optician’s shop, which had been recommended by Terra. They were helpful, as I wanted lightweight, sturdy, durable and attractive frames. It was the lenses that caused the gasping of breath at the cost. My eyes require special lenses, which compensate for my vision issues. $600 for the lenses! The last time I got new glasses was in 2006 and I had vision coverage. I don’t have that vision coverage anymore, so I’ll be paying for these out of pocket, just for the lenses. Since this is a major purchase, and therefore needs to be a long-term investment, I decided to spend more on the frames than I had originally planned. If my eyesight remains good, I may not ever have to replace these glasses. I chose a purplish metal frame, very practical, lightweight, comfortable and with good peripheral vision. Some of the modern frames cut the peripheral vision, which is not a good thing for driving. The bill will be quite a financial bite; thank goodness it is not an everyday expense!
I will be able to pick up the new glasses later in the month, so I will need to plan another visit to the little house in the city at the end of the month.
My calls via Skype are a big success! Attila and I can chat over speakers as we putter about in our respective spaces. The cost of the internet would easily have been spent on cell phone charges, so having an internet connection at the little house in the city is much more practical. There is the added bonus that the charges are up front and finite, so we can talk as much as we like, without concern for cost. Attila and I always have an eye out for costs, we have to.
Observed at: Muskoka Airport
Date: 7:43 PM EDT Thursday 6 June 2013
Condition: Light Rain
Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Visibility: 8 km
Wind: ENE 9 km/h
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