Monday, March 2, 2009

Peripheral vision

So...a couple of weeks ago, I graduated from reading glasses to all-the-time glasses.

Bifocals.

As many of you who have gone through this transition before me already know, there are some adjustments. The weirdest one for me is the interruption of my peripheral vision--as I get close to the inside edges of the lenses, there's a curvature; if I try to glance to the side with just an eyeroll, it's jagged at the outside edges of the lenses. When I'm trying to look at both my choir and the score on the music stand in front of me, the frames create a dividing line between them. Weird.

So I'm adjusting by moving my head more; this is a really minor inconvenience, but it got me to thinking about the way we see things...about how healthy it is to have some sort of challenge to our accustomed point of view, once in a while. And about how we can choose how much significance we assign to edges and dividing lines.

I'm just sayin'.

5 comments:

Songbird said...

When I made the transition to transitional lenses, it really skewed things for me! Good for you for looking at the inner level, too.

Diane said...

it was hard for me, too.
now I need new ones, again.

mompriest said...

I found that I got motion sick because I could see a "wave" like effect through the lens...over time that went away...but at first - oh my!!

Jan said...

Having bifocals might be easier than me always trying to find reading glasses and/or looking over them like Marion the Librarian.

B said...

As you know, I have new glasses too ... and looking at my blind spot while driving has made me really move my head more ... because as I look past my lenses, I look DIRECTLY at the ear piece. Hard to see my blind spot through a solid piece of plastic.

Yes, it is good to 'move our head more' to find another perspective on occassion ... especially when what you are trying to get a good look at is ... yes, ones blind spot. I too, and just saying!

B