August 14th, 2011


Sunday Morning

M and I were having a lazy Sunday morning snuggle. I looked at his chest, which is quite furry, and commented: "There's a long gray hair right in the center." I straightened it out so he could see it better.

He looked down at it and said, "It makes me look distinguished."

"Can I pull it out?"

"It would hurt."



"I had to verify that you were right. Now you can see it better. Look how long and curly it is!"

"It was keeping me warm." He looked at me curiously. "Why exactly did you do that?"

"You didn't say 'no'." He rolled his eyes. I rubbed the spot on his chest the hair had come from. "Aw, I'm sorry, you'll be okay. Here." I smoothed the hair down with the others.

"You're putting it back now??"

"I didn't know what else to do with it...."
goofy, glasses

Cute New Glasses

So recently, 7 years or so post-lasik, I've been getting a lot of headaches. Mostly after a long and intense day of work, glaring angrily at a computer screen containing code that has been frustrating me to no end, I'll look up to find I have a throbbing headache.

It's hard to tell if it was work stress or eye trouble, but I hadn't had my eyes checked out in a couple of years, so it made sense to go. I went a couple of weeks ago, and got a thorough checkup.

Basically, my eyes are just fine. I can read everything he throws at me. A few of the smallest lines are a bit fuzzy, but still readable. I had trouble reading the tiny print when he blocked one eye. But really - everything was fine.

I explained that I have been getting headaches. They start in my left eye, wave through my forehead, and head back. They only come after using the computer for a long time. He agreed they sounded eye related, but didn't have a lot he could offer me. He put together a tiny prescription enhancement and had me try using it, to see if I found it helpful at all. I shrugged. "Maybe?"

My theory, and it makes sense to him, is that although I can see everything, it is a mild strain to do so. That mild strain, amplified over eight or nine hours of glaring at a computer screen, escalates into what I'm experiencing.

("Plus," suggested one of my coworkers. "You have to work with us." I agreed.)

The best suggestion he had for me, and he said this very dubiously, was that I could try a very very mild pair of reading glasses. 0.75 is the number. You can't even find them at the drugstore, where the lowest ones are 1.25. (.75 what, you might ask? I don't know.) Although they are very mild, I might find that they relax my eyes just enough to stop the tension from building up throughout the day.

Since you can't find them in stores here, of course I turned to my trusty internet. I found some lovely folks in China who had a ridiculously cute pair for very cheap, at the right number. I was a little worried that the stripes would be a bit much, as they were gaudier online. However they turned out subtle enough that I don't feel I'm wearing clown glasses.

I'm not sure how much I'll wear them, if at all. I haven't decided yet if they actually help or not. I've just started experimenting at home, to see if they seem to be helping. If I get used to using them here, I'll try bringing them to work in a little while though.

I don't want to wear them at work until I'm quite sure they're helpful though, because I don't want to be teased. Kids can be so cruel!