Category Archives: eyewear

Saw Near And Yet Saw Far

My late Mum came back one day from the now-heritage class World Optical Co.,(at Leith Street, Penang)  with a funny pair of spectacles.    These had a semi-oval patch on each glass.  She said, “Now I can see near, I can see far”.   I thought that was cool….until..

The Day of Reckoning had been creeping up on me surreptitiously and then it dawned on me suddenly that I had crossed into The Other Side Of Mid-life.   My optician said, “Uncle, your eyes are flowery now”.   The fact that I was 4-eyes was bad enough – what, 6 eyes ?

Happily, by that time, progressive multi-focal technology had arrived.

Clarity or Vanity ?

Unlike 7-Up, the difference is not so clear

Since young, I had always prided on having perfect eagle-eye vision, that could spot spelling mistakes on a signboard 20 miles down the highway, and see font size #1 used in sneaky Disclaimer Notes on my insurance policies.   The thought of I having to wear ugly spectacles never crossed my mind.

That pride shattered acrimoniously in 1977, when  I started to find difficulty in reading my university lecturers’ writings on the board.  A reluctant visit to an optical shop  confirmed my worst fears — I had developed myopia and,……astigmatism !

That started my financial ruin, as prices of prescription glasses rocketed over the years and,……

…..the distinction between Clarity and Vanity blurred…..as these days I look a lot better with glasses – at least the lovebags under my eyes are not so conspicuous.  Kakaka !