Aging Gracefully? Not Without a Good Optometrist!

Let’s face it, as we age, our bodies go through all sorts of changes, and our eyesight is no exception. For women, this can mean a whole new world of challenges, from squinting to see the TV to mistaking our husbands for the neighbor’s dog. Yes, ladies, aging eyesight is no laughing matter…or is it?

It’s like a never-ending game of “What Am I Looking At?” We’ve all been there… staring at a blurry object for several seconds before realizing it’s just a coat rack, taking photos so you can zoom in on ingredients, or mistaking a pile of laundry for our beloved pets. The struggle is real, my friends.

But it’s not just the small things that are affected by aging eyesight. No, no, no. It’s the big things too. Like reading a menu at a fancy restaurant, only to realize that the text is so small, you need a magnifying glass to decipher it. Or trying to navigate a new city with a GPS system that speaks in a language you can’t understand. (Turn left in 500 meters? What does that even mean?!)

And let’s not forget about the joys of shopping for eyeglasses. Gone are the days of choosing frames based on style and fashion. Now, it’s all about finding the biggest, boldest, and most magnifying lenses you can get your hands on. Who cares if you look like a bug-eyed alien? You can see again!

But the real kicker is when you finally give in and get those bifocal lenses, only to spend the next six months looking like a crazy person, tilting your head back and forth trying to find the right angle to see through them. It gives me a headache, to be honest. And don’t even get me started on the joys of trying to apply eyeliner with bifocals. It’s like trying to paint a masterpiece with a blindfold on.

So, ladies, there’s not much we can do but to embrace our aging eyesight. Embrace the squinting, the magnifying glasses, and the endless game of “What Am I Looking At?” After all, if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?

And for some of us, hang in there, because here’s a true story: My 91-year-old uncle no longer needs reading glasses. Recently, I was at our family reunion, and he was reading a speech without his glasses. We all asked him where they were, he said his eyesight has actually improved all on its own! What?!

Here are some great reads about aging gracefully, and actually enjoying it:

https://ideas.ted.com/aging-is-inevitable-so-why-not-do-it-joyfully-heres-how/

https://www.byrdie.com/aging-gracefully

The Keys to Aging Gracefully | Psychology Today

https://quoteflick.com/quotes-about-aging-gracefully/

https://witanddelight.com/2020/06/what-it-means-to-age-gracefully-its-about-more-than-appearance/

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