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dilated all day

April 30th, 2008 at 03:34 am

Saving log - $0 tip box
Spending log - $3.25 coffee, bagel + $700 glasses, eye exam + $8 lunch.

Eyes, that is.

I'm 46 today. I had two birthday errands: glasses in the morning, and gym in the afternoon.

Glasses - the original plan was to check but assume that the old prescription would hold and I could simply get a second pair of frames and lenses. It turned out that my prescription had changed sufficiently so that I really couldn't use my old prescription for my second, but I could get new lenses for current frames, making up the second pair. The last test was to dilate the pupils of my eyes so the optometrist could check most of the back my retina to identify detachment, degeneration, the optic nerve, etc. Two sets of eyedrops - the anesthetic drops to prevent the sting and the dilator. Everything checked out well - no glaucoma, no degeneration, no oddities on the retina. Just more floaters in one eye than in the other. What is ... nah, don't tell me, I don't really want to know what causes the floaters. :P

The two pair of lenses and one pair of frames were quite expensive, as you can see above. I was a bit more nearsighted, I needed progressive lenses (my current pair is the first one I had) but my astigmatism improved slightly. It makes for a complicated prescription. I just have to think that its to make an heir and a spare, that I do this every 25 months, and I have savings for it.

Then it was to make it through my plans half blind (only 6-10 ft was okay) and avoid the sun at all costs for at least 4 hours. Just another reason why it paid to be a bus devotee. I could sit in the dark, rotating section of the articulated bus. Seattle helped out too. It was sunny when I left the optometrist - within an hour it grew cloudy and rainy. Thanks, Seattle, I owe you one.

Gym was fine, except for the fact that I was doing stuff while my eyes were dilated. We kept it simple.

9 Responses to “dilated all day”

  1. paulettegoddard Says:

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Oh Baselle! What a crazy way to spend your birthday!! Happy birthday to you- I wish you much happiness!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Happy, happy birthday!!

  4. Lady T Says:

    Happy birthday to you!! It's mine also, I turned 47 ... eye doctor tomorrow for me!

  5. baselle Says:

    Happy birthday to you, too, Lady T. And remember - Tauruses rule!

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    Happy birthday! Smile

  7. Petunia Says:

    Happy Birthday! You're on the ball with that eye appointment. . . if it had been my birthday I might have asked them if I could come back later when they got out the drops.

  8. CouponAddict Says:

    LOL, I was thinking you were talking about pregnancy and was thinking what a topic. But it drew me in alright!!

    Happy Belated Bday!

  9. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Hope you had a great day!

    http://www.savingadvice.com/forums/general-discussion/37531-happy-birthday-baselle.html#post165345

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