Just a quick public service announcement: if your vision is blurry and you are finding it hard to read, make an appointment with the eye doctor.
I’ve been struggling for about five years with aging eyes. Oh, sure, I could still read stuff, if I slid my glasses way down my nose and put the screen about 10 cm from my eyeballs. I could read until my hand fell asleep that way. It was a workable solution.
But Thursday, I finally went in and got reading glasses. It took them a half an hour to put together a reasonable package of frames and lenses, and as a result, yesterday I could read about half of Pratchett’s Hogfather on yellowing paperback pages. I also found my computer work to go a little more smoothly. I still slide my glasses down my nose to look at the cell phone, but I think that’s mostly pernicious habit.
My point is, it’s an easy fix. Why didn’t I do it? Some horrible combination of vanity, plus a dread of hassle and spending money, I suppose.
Still, it’s done, and I’m very glad. Dare I hope it translates into more and better writing? Who knows? One does have to fill the well of creativity, and I find reading to be the best way to fill it.
Here’s an article from Reader’s Digest that will confirm your suspicions: https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/need-reading-glasses/
And here are some ideas from the American Association of Ophthalmology to help you decide what you need. https://www.aao.org/eye-health/glasses-contacts/tips-choosing-right-reading-glasses
And here, amidst the myth-busting, Harvard Health Publishing shares some ideas for keeping your eyesight in tip-top condition. Eat your veggies, take breaks every hour, and make a conscious effort to blink. https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/safeguarding-your-sight