|I own multiple readers. Got a problem with that?|
Last week, Americans learned Jeb Bush ticked the wrongbox on a voter registration application in 2009, thus declaring himself “Hispanic.”
Some politicians think Bush’s slip-of-the-pen was a deliberate attempt to curry favor with Latino voters, but a psychologist suggests the man who’s considering a presidential bid is so invested in his relationship with his Mexico-born wife Columba, his identity has fused with hers.
Me, I think Bush misplaced his reading glasses.
Back in 2009, the former governor would have been 56 and had probably used readers for a decade or more. As the American Optometric Association notes, “Beginning in the early to mid-forties, most adults may start toexperience problems with their ability to see clearly at close distances,especially for reading and computer tasks. This normal aging change in theeye's focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time.”
Reading glasses are all too easy to misplace. Those of us over forty put them on to peer at the computer screen, skim a newspaper article, or read a text message, then take them off to talk to a colleague across the room or across the building, and forget where we left them. People my age buy non-prescription multiples at the drugstore, Costco, or Sam’s and squirrel them away for peace of mind. No matter what happens: natural disaster or zombie apocalypse, we’ll be able to read the small print.
Jeb Bush’s identity may not have fused with his wife’s, but I bet he’s borrowed her readers. Ever been at a restaurant and seen one pair of reading glasses shared by a table full of middle-aged diners?
Unfortunately, Bush won't be able to borrow his wife’s reading glasses for much longer since everything about the appearance of presidential hopefuls is scrutinized. That scrutiny will keep him from wearing readers on a lanyard, tucking them into a pocket protector or hooking them over the neck of a tee shirt. If he peers at people over them, he risks looking professorial—a turn-off for some voters; if he attempts to read the printed page without them, he’ll either appear cross or cross-eyed.
Some eye doctors advise patients who are both near- and far-sighted to wear one contact lens to correct myopia and the other to correct presbyopia. Bifocals without lines or progressive glasses are another possibility, but I have no clue whether these options fit Jeb Bush’s situation.
I own several readers, and if Jeb ever has to fill out forms in my vicinity, I’ll lend him a pair. If you see me squinting at small print because I've misplaced my magnification, I hope you'll let me borrow yours.
Your turn. Do you wear readers or do you consider 10-point type easy on the eyes? If you use readers, how many times a day do you misplace them?