After 38 years of being on this planet, last week I went to see the eye
doctor, because I've had problems reading my computer displays.

Turns out I'm weird. Yeah, I know y'all already knew that, but this is a
visual kind of weird. And not as weird as my wife, so I'm OK on that
score, too.

I'm weird because I have uncorrected 20/20 vision - in both eyes combined.

I have what's called anisometropia. That's a fancy way of saying I'm
nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. Almost identical
amounts, too.

I just picked up my first pair of glasses. And while my brain is still
adjusting to them being on, I can see a LOT more clearly now. If I keep
my head and eyes still, things don't jump around in disconcerting ways.

The doctor said that I didn't *need* glasses per se, but that they would
make life easier for the days when I'm having a hard time focusing on my
monitors. Hopefully the headaches will start to ease up or go away.

It's weird to just sit here at my desk and notice things on the desk that
have been there for a while - my allergy prescriptions, for example, and
to be actually able to read them without moving closer to them. In a way
it feels like I've got a pair of binoculars on; things seem a little


Jim Henderson, CNA6, CDE, CNI, LPIC-1, CLA10, CLP10
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