EBooks versus Print

Never had an issue reading e-text vs print, but I may now have switched over to the prefer eBooks camp. Backlighting and adjustable font sizes makes for happier Eugie eyes. And anything to decrease the strain on my eyes is a definite plus.

Recently got new glasses and contacts. I have degenerative myopia, and my glasses prescription is now so high that I can no longer get the frameless style that I prefer (the lenses, even uber high indexed, etc. are too thick), and I can’t order my contacts online because the power dropdown list doesn’t go high enough.

My eyes, they sucketh. Which is rather problematic, considering my occupation(s).

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10 Responses to EBooks versus Print

  1. lingtm says:

    Don’t you hate glasses? I totally hate them.

    Is your prescription in the double digits? Mine is sadly -10 something. And I even pay for the thin lenses and it’s still totally thick.

    And Heavy!

    Hates them with a passion

    They have to special order my contacts at the optometrists and it always takes forever because they have to actually make them. They don’t keep that just lying around in stock! Which reminds me, it’s time for a checkup!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Yepper! I absolutely hate having to wear glasses, with a burning hatey hate. I once looked into having lasik done, but it turns out I’m an egregiously bad candidate for the procedure on several counts. So frustrating! I’m extremely visually oriented—if I lost my hearing I probably wouldn’t even notice it most of the time. The cosmos does like its jokes, doesn’t it?

      Is your prescription in the double digits? Mine is sadly -10 something.

      Wow. Your eyes, amazingly, are even worse than mine. I only hit -8.0—the can’t have frameless glasses anymore cut-off—this last optometrist visit. And yep, I pay for the thinnest, lightest lenses I can get, and they’re still annoyingly thick. Do you have astigmatism, too?

      • lingtm says:

        Stupid astigmatism. I have that too. It happens with the horizontal lines.

        I thought about getting Lazik, but then Chris’ Mom and Dad told horror stories about all these people they knew that had it and now they’re blind or have trifocals. And the guy they know who does the surgery still wears glasses. And how they don’t know the effect of this type of surgery is 20,30,40 years from now when you’re old and decrepit. So I’m like, dude, thanks guys. Scare the crap out of me won’t you?

        I never bothered looking into it after that. I don’t want to lose my vision either! (such as it is).

        I should take a photo of my glasses. We can share the pain.

        • Eugie Foster says:

          *emphatic nods* Yeah, I got the scared silly lasik spiel too, as if having lasers cut into a person’s eyes while they’re awake isn’t terrifying enough. Gah!

          Photo of clunky glasses, definitely! We can form a club…

      • mtfay says:

        But you look quite fetching in the right pair of glasses! Well, you are fetching anyway, but you know that many of us go gaga over girls in glasses;).

        And at least your eyes go along the same path…I have 12 steps now between the prescriptions for my eyes. And keratoconus. Sigh…Stupid human suits.

        • Eugie Foster says:

          Aww, thanks, sweetie . But I’d be so much happier if I could relegate glasses to fashion/fetish accessory instead of unpleasant necessity.

          Sigh. Stupid human suits.

  2. melissajm says:

    My sympathies. I got told long ago they could no longer make glass lenses for me because they’d be so thick they’d distort. Thank goodness for polycarbons.

  3. sruna says:

    Oh, hugs! That does suck. 😐

  4. whitecrow0 says:

    Oh, and: I’m 20/600 in my good eye. (20/800 in the other.) My optometrist has a wall of sample contacts for fittings but I always have to come back for my fittings so he can special order my prescription.
    I have astigmatism, also.

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