I first noticed things appearing blurry close-up about a year ago when I started doing the “old man giving a wedding speech who needs to almost extend his arms fully to clearly read the type manoeuver” when reading the paper.
Small print on things such as raisin boxes and shampoo bottles (who reads shampoo bottles? Hasn’t it always been lather, rinse, repeat?) were blurry unless I held them under a bright light at the right distance.
Farsightedness (hyperopia): A common vision condition in which you can see distant objects clearly, but objects nearby may be blurry.
According to my trusted sources, (ok- the internet) this condition affects one in four people, is easily corrected and my faraway vision will still be perfect! Or pretty close to perfect as far as I know…
Anyone have an eye-chart I can borrow so I can officially confirm?
Like several thousand people on the planet, I’ve always mixed up near and farsightedness. I think it’s a common phenomenon that one doesn’t really pay attention to the myriad of ailments and conditions out there until they affect oneself or a loved one. I’ve always mixed up nuclear fission/fusion and Laurel and Hardy too but that’s a different story…
I temporarily confirmed my self-diagnosis of farsightedness a few weeks ago when playing music with a couple of friends. While I was straining to look at a lyric sheet, Gibson strummer David reached into his pocket and pulled out some reading glasses. I tried them on and everything was sadly, chrystal clear.
It blows my mind to think that if I was a caveman living a million years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to properly enjoy “The Sun Also Rises” by firelight in a cave at a close distance as to the best of my knowledge, K-Mart was still on the fence as to whether or not they were going to stock reading glasses. They eventually caved-in about 400, 000 years ago. Wikipedia
Here’s to looking distinguished!