8 June 2019

My annual check-up with the optician. He asked if anything has changed. I said my right eye is now noticeably worse than my left. The optician’s tests confirmed this. Time for some expensive spectacle lens upgrades.

The optician also casually informed me I have the beginnings of cataracts in both eyes. He explained how they form on eye lenses, using as a disconcerting simile the slow-frying of egg-whites in a pan. More entropy to be dealt with! I asked how long until I need to do something about them. He guessed about 10 years. My life is increasingly reckoned in decades these days.

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