Booked myself an appointment at the opticians for later in the month. The players I umpired at the weekend will say not before time, Allen!!
Before any of the cricketers are alarmed, it’s not my far sight that’s a problem. It’s my near sight, my ability to read, say a book at arms length, or a computer screen, or any text I have to read at close quarters.
The glasses I already wear for far sight, I have to remove for near sight reading because the text gets blurry and difficult to read.
No idea why this should be the case, but I suppose it’s natural ageing and as we all know, certain functions start to deteriorate as time marches on. I suppose I’m no different really. According to all the prescriptions I’ve had on my eyesight, there’s been a slight worsening of the eyesight since a young age. There’s no point worrying about it, it’s just something I have to get used to.
So, though a guide dog, dark glasses and a white stick are always useful for a cricket umpire or football referee, I’m not at that stage yet. But it’s best to keep an eye on things, pardon the pun. Now where did I put those glasses…..see the memory goes as well.