1. Period talk.( TMI? )
2. I lost the glasses I use for driving, recently (and two credit cards, and my driver's license, and my ipad - it's been a good month) so I had to go and order new ones. I actually don't wear glasses normally (everyone who's seen me abroad - I do wear glasses abroad! Because unfamiliar people/surroundings and I need to see well) but I still have two pairs because I have a tendency to lose things, so. I'm required to drive with glasses, so I have one pair in the car, and another (prettier) pair I have in my work bag that I use if I need to see stuff far away. Mostly it's for meetings with my boss where I need to see his screen across the table and don't want to lean in too much or watching media on a TV that's far away from a couch.
Anyway, since I was gonna get new glasses I also got an eye exam, instead of just giving them my other pair of glasses and asking for a replica. I figured it's been YEARS, and I'm pretty sure my eyesight is worse, so, it's free anyway with the purchase, I might as well.
Turns out my last eye exam was in 2007, and apparently my numbers haven't changed since then! I still have +2 in one eye and +2.25 in the other. The doctor said I might need a quarter cylinder in one eye but since it's a really small correction and cylinders can apparently be annoying for some people he doesn't think it would be worth it to change my prescription, especially since I apparently have 6/6 vision with my current glasses.
(I can't tell you how delightful it was to constantly hear someone go "you have 6/6 vision!" in an impressed and pleased tone. I think part of it was that he did the initial diagnostic with a machine and apparently it spat out very different numbers? But then he did the actual exam and I could see all the numbers and things clearly, so he was very pleased and surprised like "oh, you actually have 6/6 vision with your current glasses!")
Anyway, then came time for the REALLY amusing conversation, which I was prepared for basically only because I recently had a similar conversation with roga
Eye doctor: I wouldn't recommend a cylinder because, with your numbers, these are clearly glasses you wear 24/7--
Me: Actually, I don't wear glasses. I mean, very rarely? But mostly I don't.
Eye doctor: Oh, right, you mean you wear lenses?
Me: ...no, not lenses either.
Eye doctor: *eyes get wider with disbelief* wait, you... don't wear anything?
Me: No. I mean I wear glasses for driving? But not for any other regular activity.
Eye doctor: Do you... not like seeing things
Me: No, I!... I just don't wear glasses?
Eye doctor: [clearly so distressed he didn't hear me earlier] You know you HAVE TO wear them for driving?
Me: I do! I definitely do.
Eye doctor: OK. OK. *tries to get over shock and dismay*
I don't really have an explanation! It's definitely that I'm just someone who's arranged her life so that she doesn't have to see things very clearly all the time? I mean I know where everything is at work and at home, I know what people look like. I wear glasses when I'm going somewhere entirely new and it's important I be able to navigate by looking at far away things, for example (so, always abroad). I wear them to the theater or when watching TV. I don't really have an explanation for why I don't wear them otherwise? ( more on this fascinating topic )