Monday, October 5, 2009

"Four Eyes" Emergency

Ugh. Could my week get any worse? I guess there's no way but up from here.

On top of all the school expenses, I had to get new frames for my glasses. Why is fate treating me like money just falls out my ass when I walk? It all started last night when I stepped out of the shower. I picked up my glasses and they just fell apart in my hands. Seriously! Not joking. They just broke in the middle, the part that goes across the bridge of the nose. The split was so "clean" that I couldn't even glue them together.

I am totally blind without my glasses. So, how do I drive to the eye doctor if I can't see? I tried to tape the glasses back together, but that didn't work. My daughter was able to find her old frames. My lenses were too small to fit, so I had to put tape around the lenses to get them to stay in. I looked like a total freak, but at least I could drive. I felt so self-conscious because I looked like a dork. I didn't even want to leave the house, I hated the thought of people laughing at me. But I had to suck it up if I was to get this fixed. I told myself that people wouldn't even notice my glasses while I was in my car since they'd surely have their eyes on the road. Wrong! At the very first stoplight I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. It was a car full of teenagers pointing and laughing at me. I sunk down in my seat. Ugh.

When I finally get to the optician, I figure my troubles are over. I don't have time (or money) for an eye exam, but I thought it should be easy to find a pair of glasses that I could pop my lenses into. Wrong again. My lenses are shaped for "cat's eye" frames, which was very popular a few years ago. Obviously the fashions have changed. Fashions change, sure, but I never thought eye glass frames would change so dramatically. We looked thru over two hundred, yes, 200 (!) frames without finding a match. The new frame fashion is flat on the side, where mine are slightly pointed.

After an hour of searching we were able to find one pair that worked. My lenses don't fit exactly, there are two very small open areas by my nose and by the ear. It really is very small, hardly noticeable, so this will work until I have time and money for an eye exam and new lenses. Since I haven't had new frames for awhile, our insurance covered most of the expense, leaving a balance of less than $30. Cool.

Hopefully, nothing else will go wrong this week, and I'll be able to get my new lenses. For now I'm just glad I can see. *sigh*

1 comment:

Henrietta said...

OMG! I'm so sorry but this makes me giggle uncontrollably! I know you'll understand when I say that I'm blind without my glasses too and I can just imagine myself in the same predicament! So glad you found a frame that will work!