Contact lenses – all the better to see with

My new Garrett Leicht sunglasses
My new Garrett Leicht sunglasses


I’ve been wearing glasses for years – ever since I was a teenager.  At first I just needed them for reading but mostly I could get by without them.  Then one day I realised I couldn’t read the newspaper without my glasses and I  found I myself wearing them all the time.  Finally, the onslaught of diminishing eyesight resulted in being prescribed multifocals.   The problem with multifocals is that they’re expensive.  I generally spend way over $1,000 on a pair of frames and lenses.  And then I need to have the same lenses in my sunglasses.  Needless to say I can’t afford to change frames very often.  I tried contact lenses many years ago but they only gave me middle and long distance so I still needed glasses to read, albeit just those cheap chemist glasses generally did the trick.  Problem was, it seemed to defeat the purpose of wearing contacts if I still needed to carry around a pair of glasses to read things (eg, labels on food, price tags on clothes, menus).  So I gave up and resolved myself to always wearing glasses.

But recently I saw a new optometrist who recommend new contact lenses that would work much better. So I gave them a try. Brilliant.  I could see everything.  Problem was, I could see all the wrinkles and bags under my eyes.  It was a shock.  Glasses tend to hide the bags and wrinkles – now they were bare for all to see – including me.  It’s taken me a while to get used to this new look. And really, I still don’t like what I see – where did those bags come from?  Is this just another facet of my ageing?  Something  – bar surgery – I can do nothing about? Sigh. I’m trying really hard to come to terms with all these changes and to take it in my stride and hopefully age gracefully, but somehow I still don’t think of myself as old.  And I don’t want to be old.  I suspect I have to come to terms with this before I can come to terms with the way I (really) look.

But the good news is that now I can buy gorgeous new sunglasses and not need to pay extra mega dollars to have special lenses made (particularly problematic if the lenses are a lovely colour). I also love that in yoga or in the gym I can see without my glasses falling off when I’m either stretching upside down, or doing my push-ups or when I’m in downward facing dog. Oh, and I can also do my makeup much more expertly  (shame about the wrinkly eyelids though).

And I can highly recommend George Scoufis Optometrist in Paddington who not only has the best range of frames and sunglasses that I’ve come across (yes, I’ve got my eye on a new pair of frames already) but also has a fantastic super friendly and helpful team.