I finally gave in and went to the eye doctor
after almost 2 years of "making do" using one pair of glasses to read and do close work and another older pair to drive or just walk around
it had gotten to the point that I was taking the glasses off entirely to work on beading projects which meant I couldn't see anything clearly that was more that 10 inches away
so you're asking -- why wait?
well, here's the deal -- these are bifocals -- but because the first bifocals I ever wore were "progressives", my attempt with the last pair to adjust to wearing the kind that have lines was a complete failure -- I just never could get used to there being only two clear fields of vision -- things very far away and things very close -- but nothing in between
but here's the real deal -- while the vision insurance plan that we have will pretty much cover all of the cost of bifocals that have lines, they don't do likewise for progressives
and why is that? well, because progressives are EXPENSIVE!
and the bigger the difference between the correction for distance vision and close up vision, the more expensive they are
so even with our very good vision insurance program, these cost me almost $400 (it would have been almost $800 without the insurance)
OUCH! so this is why I've put it off and put it off
shall we say the budget took a major hit this month for this -- I hope I won't have to do this again for at least a couple more years
oh yeah, and we still need to get what the DH needs too, but we'll have to work that into the budget another time -- after we put tires on the car