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o/` Back In the Glasses Again o/`

Back in the dim, dark past (i.e., college), I used to wear reading glasses (as shown in my icon). I inherited farsightedness (both literal and metaphorical, I suspect) from my father, so I can read billboards halfway across town, but anything closer than three feet I have to work to keep in focus. I can see, I just get tired of it quickly. However, sometime in my mid-20s, my eyesight improved to the point where by 1997 or so I pretty much never actually wore them, just carried them around in my briefcase. Until recently.

Sometime over the course of the past year I started noticing eyestrain come back, particularly when I was working on something detailed and close up (like, say, drawing). I bought myself a nifty pair of magnifying goggles for painting miniatures, which has made a huge difference in that arena, but for a long time avoided going to the ophthalmologist for the same reason I would avoid, say, painting the house. But it finally got to the point where I was getting double vision, a sure sign of fatigue, with annoying frequency, so I went to the doc and got my eyes poked, prodded, and flashed with blue light. After about 45 minutes of "Better one, better two?" I came away with the following diagnosis:

"You're farsighted."

Really! I hadn't noticed. ;P

"Your vision is fine, but if looking at things close up bugs you, get a very weak pair of the over-the-counter reading glasses and wear them while you work. Being farsighted, your vision is actually better than average, but will start to deteriorate suddenly and rapidly sometime in the next five to ten years. Come back for another exam in two years."

So now, I have a very weak pair of over-the-counter reading glasses (1.00). And since whenever I post about this kind of thing I get requests for pictures...

The Gneech! Aaaieeeee!

Aaaieeee!

In Other News...



I've been rather dull lately. You know it, I know it. My life has pretty much consisted of work or Lord of the Rings Online, with occasional fits of Call of Cthulhu. My creative output has been virtually nil, and even the much-lauded return of Suburban Jungle has consisted entirely of a single strip.

So, it's time to fix that. No LotRO for the rest of the week until I get some art or writing done; I want to make at least one new item to take to Further Confusion, and I want to get strips moving regularly again. I'm also hoping to get a few more Fictionlets moving.

But now ... the job calls, and I can't keep shunting it off to voicemail. Back to work!

-The Gneech

Comments

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jedi_iwakura
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
:D

Those look really spiffy on you.
the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

-TG
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the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
"Your cat is suffering from a condition we vets haven't come up with a word for yet."

-Graham Chapman
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the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
I thought for sure you'd use the "Funny Little Glasses" icon I made for you. ;)

-TG
satyrblade
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Great shot! Wow - you've hardly aged from our college days, which (considering that was over 20 years ago) is pretty damned impressive. YAY!
the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
That's 'cause you can't see the bald spot solar collector. ;)

Thanks, nonetheless! :D

-TG

Edited at 2008-12-02 02:55 pm (UTC)
satyrblade
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, same here.

Satyr Casual

On a lot of levels, I look better now than I did in college. The thinning hair, however, is not one of them! :)
the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
The salt-and-pepper beard suits you, tho. :)

-TG
(no subject) - satyrblade - Dec. 2nd, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
kylet
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
:::Koff::: You know my thoughts re: glasses, don't you? XD
the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses?

Boys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses?

Some say glasses are half-full, others say glasses are half-empty?

-The Gneech
kylet
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
. . .

No! :-p

Glasses are cute! That's why I put them on Doug XD
the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Ooooooooooh! ;D

-The Gneech
mammallamadevil
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
having known you long enough to SEE the glasses you cite...
those look pretty nifty...

welcome back to the dark side...

MLD
the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Re: having known you long enough to SEE the glasses you cite...
Thanks! :)

-TG
silussa
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I came out on the fortunate side. I was born nearsighted...and human vision tends to become farsighted as one gets older. Despite having been told otherwise, the two appear to be canceling each other out.

What happens in your case, I haven't a clue.

Of course, there's also a positive correlation between nearsightedness and intelligence. I wonder what THAT says in your case?

*evil grin*

the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Hey, I never claimed to be intelligent!

-TG
silussa
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
I never would have said that...which I guess proves the case.

:)
jamesbarrett
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
So, I see you have finally succumbed, young padawan. Now your training may begin in earnest. mwahahaha! -Frisk
the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
In ... what exactly?

-TG
jamesbarrett
Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
um................ -Frisk
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the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, well that makes sense, I can certainly see how — HUH???

-The Gneech
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(no subject) - hossblacksilver - Dec. 6th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC) - Expand
susandeer
Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Nice to see you again! They look nifty! Distinguished even!
the_gneech
Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

-TG
m0nkeygrl
Dec. 2nd, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Looking good. :D
tchall
Dec. 3rd, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
That's one handsome lion looking pretty damn good in those glasses. :)
hossblacksilver
Dec. 6th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Looking good.
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