RIP: My 20/20 vision

Vision deteriorating after age 40

One good thing about glasses: you can make a fashion statement with them!

I don’t know about you, but I have always prided myself on my 20/20 vision. Years ago, when people asked if I wore contacts, I would always say (with a little bit of pride): “No, I don’t need glasses”.


Well, that has all come back to haunt me now since having kids and having turned 40.

If the shampoo and conditioner bottles look the same in the shower, I can’t tell for the life of me which is which (has anyone invented no-fog shower reading glasses yet??). The back of the Tylenol bottle? Forget it…can’t even make out one of the words. The newspaper in the morning? If I don’t have my glasses with me, I can’t make out type less than 24 point. My kids’ storybooks at night? They know now to bring mommy her glasses if they have any hopes of reading it.

And the worst: forget trendy dimly lit restaurants: I’m like an 85-year-old woman squinting and holding the candle close to the menu trying to make out what the specials are for the evening!

So I am completely tied to my reading glasses and because I’m far-sighted, I’m not able to get contacts. Payback, I think, for all those years of cockiness! Give me a couple of years, and I’ll be tired of running around the house to find my glasses and just get a decorated chain around my neck to hold them! (I always wondered how people could wear those…and now I know!)

The question I have: how the heck do you read the subtitles on the TV at the gym if you don’t have your reading glasses on? I squint and have resigned myself to not reading them as I don’t want to get my nice reading glasses all sweaty—or fogged up. Or maybe someone has a recommendation for a great pair of sport reading glasses…if so, do share!

Valerie LatonaAbout Valerie Latona
As the former editor in chief of Shape (the active lifestyle magazine) for 5 years, I personally spoke with a lot of women (thousands over the years, from around the nation) and what I found is this: it's not easy to stay healthy, to get (and stay) fit, and to stem the weight gain tide (and even the tide of disease) that inevitably happens to us as we get older.