This is not really news, but a year ago I started feeling that my eyesight was changing and I went to my opthalmologist to get a check-up. He told me I would soon be needing bifocals and added that I was 10 years early for those. Great.
When I went for my check-up last April I got a prescription for multifocals and since my father had good experience buying his mutifocals from abroad, I placed an order with the company he has used. The glasses arrived yesterday. I have been wearing them since I got up this morning, and I can see they will take some getting used to. It's somewhat like having your head underwater. Using them is going to involve more head movements and more eye movements while my physical memory gets to grips with the gradually changing focal lengths of the lenses, but hopefully it will only take a few days to get used to. It will be a relief to not have to peer under the rims when I am doing my crocheting or sewing while watching TV and to not have to take my glasses off when I need to read product labels at the supermarket (I always take them off for reading books, but the way my eyesight has been changing, in a couple of years I am probably going to start needing reading glasses).
The best part? By ordering them from abroad I only paid about 1/5 to 1/4 of what I would have paid had I bought them locally.