I’m off to see the optometrist Humphrey will not be shown at the time he is never shown at


December 27th, 2006 at 03:14pm

I’m getting glasses, and for some reason this is all very exciting. Here is the prescription written by my wonderful optometrist Mark Feltham.

Samuel's Prescription for Glasses

For obvious reasons I have removed Mark’s signature.

Basically I need glasses for clear vision of things more than a couple metres in front of me…I can see most things fine, but I have trouble focussing on objects in the distance, and I have a fair bit of trouble reading signs when they are a bit too far away. For that matter, I can’t even read the writing on the DVD player display from more than a couple metres away.

During the consultation I was able to read the bottom line of text, but I had difficulty working out whether a letter was a “w” or an “m” when I didn’t have any assistance.

It was funny the way Dr. Feltham made the announcement that I had been semi-expecting that I need glasses. It seemed like another test with his machines, asking if what I was seeing was blurrier or sharper, and then when we settled on the clearest picture he said “that’s what your new glasses will be” (I’m paraphrasing).

While I was coming home I was feeling quite overjoyed at the prospect of getting glasses, and at the same time trying to work out whether that is the right reaction to getting glasses. As it happens, I’ve been thinking that I would need them for most of the year, so in many ways being overjoyed is the perfect reaction!

If I get paid tomorrow (I’m not entirely sure what is happening with pay this week) then I will be visiting the glasses shop in Bailey’s Corner (on the recommendation of my optometrist) to see about getting these new glasses.

For the record, I’ve been seeing Dr. Feltham since 1995 when my general practitioner of the time, Dr. Mitar Milosevic, referred me to him. At that stage, Dr. Fletham’s practice was on the bottom floor of the Canberra Centre where Hot Dollar currently resides. This is the first year in quite a few that I haven’t seen him before Christmas, usually I have seen him on Christmas eve, but that was a Sunday this year, so the tradition has moved and I will now be seeing him just after Christmas for the forseeable future.


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  • 1. John B1_B5  |  December 27th, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    Will you get wire rims or a ‘Clark Kent’ type frame ?

  • 2. Samuel  |  December 27th, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    I don’t know yet, that’s something I’ll decide when I see the frames.

  • 3. Clayton Northcutt  |  December 27th, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    Perhaps prescription goggles?

  • 4. Samuel  |  December 28th, 2006 at 1:28 am

    Swimming goggles are very annoying, they feel like they are trying to suck my eyes out. Thankfully I don’t swim much.

  • 5. Samuel  |  December 28th, 2006 at 1:28 am

    And welcome back Clayton, it’s been a while, I hope you are well.

  • 6. Jey  |  December 28th, 2006 at 6:41 am

    Hooray for new eyes!

  • 7. Clayton Northcutt  |  December 28th, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    All is well thank-you Samuel. Just rather busy as of late.

  • 8. Samuel  |  December 28th, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    That’s good to hear Clayton. As for being busy, well, aren’t we all?


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