Then - as I suppose it does for most, I noticed how I was able to see more details when I had better light. That happened in my early 40ies. It doesn’t really bother me, but I knew enough to know this was an early omen of troubles to come :-).
I was, and still am, able to read without glasses and thought that as long as I could that, I didn’t need readers - certainly not with the viking-ninja-vision I’ve always had.
Then one day, my youngest daughter claimed she had a splinter in her foot. I looked at where she pointed and concluded there was nothing. She kept complaining. Her mother had a look, and said there was something there. I looked again - concluded they were imagining things. My wife said: “Here, you old, stubborn man - put these one!” +1 readers? HAH… As if that would make any difference. Just to prove I still had viking-ninja-vision, I put them on - and there it was. A tiny, light-coloured splinter - clear as day and sharp as a razor before my eyes. I pulled the splinter and thought nothing more of it.
Until a few weeks later when I was tying midges - it was going alright (the PoD is actually a product of that very tying session). But at some point my wife passed and asked if I didn’t want to borrow her readers for tying those small flies now that I was having trouble seeing small things.
Long story short about my viking-ninja-vision and her reminding me of the splinter, I put them on - and those #20 midges were suddenly easier to tie than they have been for years.
I now have cheap readers every where - my desk at home and at work, my laptop bag, my fishing vests/packs and other strategic places.
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!