Read The Bottom Line

by Sherry Riter in Sherry,The Redhead Riter

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When you get older, there’s a few things that happen…

– the grays and whites start to appear in your hair if you’re lucky enough to still have hair

– fat finds your body even if you’ve been thin all your life

– aches, pains, and creaking bones become the norm

Last, but not least…

– your eyes can’t see to thread the needle quite as easily

So Saturday was the yearly excursion to the eye doctor to “see” how things are “looking” these days.

Clever, huh? LOL

The wait was almost non-existent, but the office and staff are really nice so I never mind waiting.

office doors flower painting

Before long, I’m whisked away to get the puff of air in each eye, the light flash in each eye, and then the picture taken of each retina. I love seeing the picture of my retina!

Then I’m in the room waiting for the eye doctor.

shoes nails polish

My eyes have aged since the last visit. I can tell because my double vision has become more pronounced – the image is darker and more defined. Obviously, I’ve been looking forward to the visit because I know I need stronger glasses.

The eye doctor comes in and we exchange pleasantries. He flashes the “supposed” eye chart on the screen ahead of me.

“Please read the letters,” the doctor says.

“Letters? What letters? Do you see letters? I don’t see any letters!”

Whether I look out of my left eye, right eye, or both eyes, the outcome is the same.

Blurry, black, smudges or indistinguishable “letters” on the wall.

Then it’s time to get down to the eye business of clicking lenses back and forth so the doctor can figure out which strength lens will best suit me.

eye chart

The doctor asks, “Is it better A” (pause)

“or B?” (pause)

Feeling as though I’m going to fail a test, I say, “A?”

And so he continues, “Better 1” (pause)

“or 2?” (pause)

This one was easier to distinguish, so I say, “2!”

But that isn’t the end.

The doctor continues, “Now again, better A” (pause)

“or B?” (pause)

Click after click my vision gets better and better as I look through the A, B, 1, 2 lenses.

Is it possible that I will be able to read the small print on the credit card again?

eye doctor equipment the eye poster picture

The bad news…

My glasses are now going to be two times stronger than they are now.

The doctor says, “Your vision has changed.”

I laughed and said, “You mean my vision is worse!”

Silly doctor.

The good news…

My eye doctor’s baseboards are clean and dust free.

carpet baseboard dust-free

My mother will appreciate that fact that baseboards are still important to me.

***Lifelong member of the “I’ve Got To Have Clean Baseboards Club”

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patti Creek August 30, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Hey kiddo! I went to the eye doctor last week as well! I decided to get contacts. LOL! That could be a “post” in itself. I’ve had them a little over a week and already lost one, (they replaced at no charge) and today I ripped one. LOL (Also replaced at no charge). I’m definitely getting my 95.00 worth for the exam and the first pair of contacts. haha.

Take Care,
Love you!

Patti (PJ)


2 peter petterson September 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Went through all that many years ago. With glasses its harder to focus. Somebody said the other week you need your glasses checked out every three years. Probably right. The greys become whites in time.


3 Joan September 1, 2016 at 11:21 pm

OMG you wrote a post!!!!!! I’m so excited that I don’t care what you wrote it about – just that you wrote a post. But at the same time I’m thrilled to hear that your eye doctor’s baseboards are clean and dust free. 🙂


4 Katherine Corrigan September 28, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Hi Sherry I was just thinking about you and stopped by to send you a hug. xo


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