Compensating when one of your senses doesn't work well

Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance


Good morning everyone-Last Monday I had an appt to get my eyes examined as it had been over a year since I had them examined. As I suspected I needed stronger reading glasses.  Because I can't do bifocals they just end up giving me stronger magnifying ones than you can get over the counter.

This time they asked me whether I want the distance ones as well. I have to wear two pair. One for distance all the time so things aren't blurry and a stronger pair to read. I have a astigmatism in my left eye which is a type of refractive error of the eye.  It is a pain switching back and forth but you do what you have to do to see. I had started getting headaches while using the computer and I couldn't read at night in bed at all. 

I went and picked up my glasses today. The reading glasses the stronger pair I can see smaller print great so I those will be a blessing for me. Now the problem is I discovered I can't use them for the computer as it is blurry like I could with the stronger magnifiers from the store so now I have an additional problem. Finding what will work for the computer. I have increased the size of the font on the computer and that has helped but not perfect.

The astigmatism is causing the left eye to not be 100% clear working at the computer which is still the problem with the distance glasses even though they told me that it was going to help because the lenses in the left eye is stronger than the lenses in the right. I will wait and see on that.

So now instead of two pair to wear I have three pair. One for reading books, magazines etc, one for computer and one to wear when I drive and walk around so things aren't blurry.  I have several pair of readers so I am going to experiment and see if I can find a pair that I can use with one lens stronger so it isn't blurry to read the computer but also just to walk around and drive with. 

I know I am lucky because I didn't have to wear glasses when I was younger as my two older brothers did and luckier still that I am not blind.  There is one pair of readers I have that I could actually walk around in that weren't blurry like the reading glasses are and it would magnify some in the store so I could see more labels on things so I know they are stronger than my distance glasses. It will be trial and error for me as making the font bigger created other problems.

The one thing you learn to appreciate and thankful for is what you DO HAVE and not what you DON'T HAVE

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Sharon Lee

Comments (18)

Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

I know the feeling Sharon! My arms are starting to not be long enough, but I'll see how long I can last... lol

Nov 01, 2013 01:48 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Sharon - I have an astigmatism in my left eye; and I had the cancer in my right eye. It's so much fun going for glasses these days since when I had radiation they cut a muscle, sewing it back together didn't work so well so not the two eyes don't track exactly together. Headaches, I get headaches :)

Nov 01, 2013 01:53 AM
Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area


My eye doctor says that everyone's eyes change as they get older, some more drastically than others. I have to say getting older sucks, but there are many great things in life to be thankful for and they offset the little irritants.

Nov 01, 2013 01:54 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Sharon, I keep repeating how thrilled I am that we live in today's world and that we have so many options especially with regard to our sight.   I had always 20/20 vision until an infection drastically reduced my vision to 20/200 back in my 20's.  I never was comfortable with glasses because I have extremely good peripheral vision and the arms kept scaring me!  But I was able to wear contacts for 6 days at a time: lifesaver!   Twelve years ago when I returned to Canada I had Lasik surgery and it restored my vision back to 20/20.   This spring I noticed it deteriorating a wee bit and went in to see if a tuneup was possible.  They diagnosed me with 2 fast growing cataracts!   The good news is, after surgery I should have my perfect vision back again.

Can you imagine what we'd both be dealing with if we lived 100 years ago!!!!

Nov 01, 2013 02:01 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Sharon, if it isn't one thing, it's another, but thankfully there is a solution.  Not the most convenient thing, but you'll work with it and work it out.  My best to you dear friend.

Nov 01, 2013 02:06 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Sharon, Yes, it does come down to being thankful for what you have and being careful what to wish for! I wish you the best in finding something that works better for you, 3 pairs of glasses? My eyesight needs to be checked too and like you, I never wore glasses and now have cheaters...

Nov 01, 2013 02:52 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Peg-It happens to all of us at one time or another.

Toni-That is much worse than what I deal with. I do get headaches for neck issues but chiro does help that to a point.

Trisha-I agree wholeheartedly

Susan-There fortunately have been many advances in sight and other medical issues. Maybe that is why they called it the Dark Ages

Roger-The only part that doesn't seem to have a solution is the slight blurriness in the left eye

Wanda-Indeed it does and I know it will continue to diminish as I get older but that is life. You do the best you can with what you have


Nov 01, 2013 03:32 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I was blessed with cataracts and ended up getting the implants. Our eyes are so tough to manage to get all three distances right. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 01, 2013 03:51 AM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Hi Sharon, I've been wearing glasses since the 3rd grade.  Strong and thick lenses.  I feel your pain.

Nov 01, 2013 06:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think you can be glam with each pair, and have some great frames.  Wishing you a delightful weekend. A

Nov 01, 2013 06:11 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gary-I don't have cataracts just aging eyes

Susan-You have a double whammy as I know your hearing is bad.

Alexandra-I like the frames on all the glasses I got. I just needed 3 now instead of two


Nov 01, 2013 07:10 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Sharon - I have the same problem with having to have readers and distance glasses - if I try to use bifocals at the computer, I just get a sore neck. And since I'm bad about leaving stuff around, I have multiple pairs of each. You might want to check out Zenni Optical - they make decent glasses, much cheaper than anywhere else and have a pretty good website. You can upload your picture and try on different frames to see how they look.

Nov 01, 2013 08:14 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Dick-Thank you so much. I too have multiple glasses of each one. I will check them out

Nov 01, 2013 08:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon -- I like your message about being thankful -- it's a great one.


As far as having three sets of glasses, I can imagine all of the places I might "lose" them or the likelihood(very high) of picking up the wrong one.

Have a great weekend -- glad to "see" you today.   


Nov 02, 2013 01:04 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- I got my first pair of glasses when I was 9 years old.  I personally believe that God invented contact for me.  I had a situation where my right eye was a lot worse than my left eye.  If they tried to give me glasses that fit the prescription, I couldn't see.  My old glasses actually acted like the monovision contact lenses that I now wear.  

Now here's the twist.  My eye doctor here didn't want my one eye to progressively get worse, so she started building up my vision in it.  It's a long explanationbut my right eye is better than it was. 

Nov 02, 2013 12:30 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sharon, gotta look for the good, right? You CAN see. It's the most valuable sense there is, frankly. It's the one that connects you with other humans moreso than any other.


My sister has terrible eyesight, since childhood. I counted my blessings that my vision isn't like hers.

Nov 03, 2013 01:35 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

It sounds like we are going through the same thing. I wear contacts. The left eye is for distance and the right eye is for reading. I don't need a contact in my right eye as I can read without it. SO... when I went to the doctor last month for my checkup, he gave me a prescription for new glasses (backup for my contacts) and they have progressive lens. So when I wear them I can see distance, computer, or reading. At first I thought I was going to have to send them back, but found out that they had to be adjusted. So I went back in and they adjusted the frames and VOILA! They worked. Pretty freaky if you ask me. But hey! They are now working! HA! Anyway! Your right! Let's be thankful for what we DO HAVE and not what we don't have! :))) XOXO

Nov 07, 2013 01:19 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Michael=It is a challenge but I have had bigger ones so I am adapting and thank you for stopping by

Kathy-That is great news. Having your eyesight is a blessing so I am glad you have a doctor that helped your weak eye get better

Gayle-I agree with you. Now I have great hearing and wouldn't want to be deaf but I believe not being able to see is worse.  I am glad you didn't get the same problem as your sister

Joni-I am glad you have the solution to your eye problem. My distance ones still aren't really clear. I had to get just get a pair of readers for the computer. I am grateful for the eyesight I do have.

Nov 07, 2013 01:43 AM

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