A New Perspective

Dark Glasses, Better Clarity
Seeing Better
Last month my husband Rich and I underwent our annual vision exams. The doctor was surprised by the change in my near vision. She asked me, only half-jokingly, “are you able to read at all with your current glassses?”
I confessed to squinting.
I also told her that I wanted different sunglasses. Previously I had worn “photogray” lenses that darken when exposed to sunlight–a little. Since these glasses also had progressive lenses, my peripheral vision was distorted. In sum, they struck me as a mediocre compromise. I’d traded the clarity of  purpose-built sunglasses for the convenience of not swapping glasses when going outdoors.
This year I opted for a separate set of sunglasses with polarized, bifocal lenses. My new “indoor” glasses indeed make reading more comfortable. But it’s my new sunglasses that I love.
They cut glare. They don’t distort my peripheral vision as the progressive lenses do.
And they’re kind of cute.
With my new sunglasses, bright sunlight doesn’t impede my vision when I’m driving. On the boat, I don’t suffer from the sun’s glare off the water.
I even see things I didn’t see before. Through my polarized sunglass lenses, cars’ windshields often look polka-dotted. I’m told its an effect of the window tinting.
So I guess it’s been there all along….I just couldn’t see it.
I wonder what else I miss when I choose convenience over clarity.
Photogray Glasses, Convenient Mediocrity

18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
Psalm 119:18-19 (NASB)