Old age can have its benefits…

March 26, 2014

Last month Paul and I went to the ophthalmologist for in depth eye exams. Since we’ve lived here we have only had optometrists check our eyes, and that’s been almost seven years. So off we went – to find out Paul needed a stronger prescription and I don’t need glasses any more, except for reading. I almost didn’t believe him when he told me, but then when we got home I took them off and realized it was the truth.

So forty years of glasses and contact lenses are OVER! I had a bit of a spree picking out cheaters at Sanborns and a pair of sunglasses, too!

I remembered during all this that my dad’s eyes also improved in middle age after wearing glasses most of his life. Now my only problem is that I can no longer hide my droopy eyelids behind my glasses, but I have to say I just don’t care. Maybe getting old isn’t so bad.

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Fantastic!! And just think of all the fun stuff you can buy with the money you saved on glasses! LOL

    1. Nancy – Great news on your eyes! Now if only Paul had been so lucky as well with his prescription… Keep writing and remember that you are not really that old.

    1. Good news, Nancy! After a lifetime of wearing bottle-bottom glasses, my mother got there via cataract surgery. I think you took a better route, though. As for me, I’ve definitely gotten to the reading glasses stage now in my early 50’s. Since I have astigmatism, I’ll probably have to go my mother’s route some time in the coming years. But for now, I’m pretty happy with the combination of contacts and reading glasses, though it’d be nice to have the perfect vision of a 20-year-old.


      Kim G
      Zacatecas, ZAC
      Where we just passed the 3,000 mile mark on our adventure.

      1. Christine, I’ll probably buy lots of cheaters and sunglasses with the money I saved!

        Terry, I feel younger just being able to see without glasses, that’s for sure.

        Kim G. I had astigmatism too! But Isla Gringo from Isla Mujeres wrote me and said the same thing had happened to them and their doctor said it was because of the humid air. So whatever it is, I am a happy camper. I’ve been enjoying your travels, by the way… hope that you’ll get to Mazatlan before you head back North. That’s some road trip!

    1. Oh to be free of eyeglasses. I have been wearing them for 56 years and still don’t like them but contacts don’t work for me. You must be living right to have this gift. Lovely.

    1. Wow, I know my astigmatism improved when I wore hard and semi-rigid contacts, the ophthalmologist said something like it’s because the eye molds to the smooth surface of the contact fixing the “fun house mirror” effect of astigmatism. It would be so cool if my near myopia disappeared too. I tend to walk around the house without my glasses and wear cheaters when I crochet, embroider, or read fine print.

      I am happy for you!


    1. Nancy,


      It is so funny how information reaches us… just last night I was wondering if my vision had improved. I was able to read small numbers on the television without my one contact in.
      Thanks for sharing this and congratulations on your new and improved eyesight!


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