I’ve always flirted with having to wear glasses full time. When I was in elementary school in Decatur, the school system used to bring in an optometrist to the school every couple of years, to make sure we students were all seeing what we were supposed to see. They would do the standard eye tests, and then the ones that had questionable eyesight would be sent to the eye doctor’s office for more tests. Twice I was sent to the doctor’s office, but both times, my eyesight was good enough not to need glasses.
My eyesight remained good through high school, college, and the first few years of work. But once computers started becoming the norm in newspapers, my eyes started getting worse. I went to one eye doctor, who really wanted me to buy a pair of his bifocal glasses, but who finally admitted that I could buy the lens I needed in readers from the store. So began my journey upwards through the different strengths of store-bought reading glasses.
But over the last few months, I’ve realized that the store-boughts just aren’t cutting it anymore. My eyes have been getting tired, and when I’m singing in choir at church, I notice that the words and notes aren’t as clear as they used to be.
So I finally broke down and went to the eye doctor a few weeks ago, and sure enough, I needed prescription glasses. I decided to go with bifocals rather than the newer progressive lens, so I’ll know where my reading lens are. And I realized I’m getting vain in my old age. When I was picking out a frame for the glasses, I went with a frame that goes well with the gray in my hair.
But one of the advantages to these new glasses that I wasn’t counting on is that the top part of the lenses are also stronger than my weak eyesight. I never realized how blurry things were until I put them on the first time and everything became much sharper in focus. The biggest difference has been with our TV. We bought a High Definition (HD) TV a couple of years ago (mainly because our old TV was broken and they don’t sell the old-style TV’s any more). It is nice, but I never really thought the picture looked that much sharper and clearer… until I looked at it through my new glasses. Now, every time I turn the TV on, I put my glasses on as well.
But I’m also seeing everything else much clearer now, and while I’m not suggesting everyone go get their eyes checked and buy prescription glasses, I would suggest you try to start getting a clearer view of what’s around you and what you want to see in Upson County. The issue of mixed alcoholic drinks being allowed to be served in the county has come up, and will probably be voted on by the public sometime this year. Do you want to see possibly more restaurants and bars spring up in the county (outside of Thomaston, which already allows mixed drinks)? Do you want to see possibly more drunks out on the road if mixed drinks are more readily available to them, and correspondingly, possibly more accidents and DUI arrests? What do you want to see? I urge you to look at this issue and others clearly, whether you do it with new glasses or not.