asher63 (asher63) wrote,

Those Great Big Letters

As you'll have noticed already (it's pretty hard to miss), I increased the font size of my LJ about a week ago. This was part of a wholesale "time to give my aging eyes a break" program which included enlarging all the fonts on my computers and buying new eyeglasses (with an updated prescription). The larger fonts allow me to sit back farther from the screen, so I don't have to strain my eyes so much. (Plus I was getting tired of wiping nose prints off the monitor.)

I have mixed feelings about the new glasses, though, not because I mind wearing glasses (doesn't really bother me) but because I suspect that becoming dependent on eyeglasses only helps to weaken the eyes.

I'd been toying with the idea of starting a program of eye exercises, and the optometrist must have read my mind because he said, "After a certain age, your eyes will get weaker ... and nothing will help, not eye exercises, not diets, nothing." This made me suspicious, because, Why was it so important for him to tell me that? And how could he be so certain? Normally your doctor wants you to do what you can to help yourself, or at least they're supposed to. So, why did he find it necessary to go out of his way to discourage me from doing eye exercises to improve my vision?

I don't have strong feelings about eyeglasses one way or another - as I've said, they don't really bother me - but I do have strong feelings about people telling me what to do and what not to do, especially in the realm of taking care of my own body, and especially when I suspect they're representing a system that's designed to make me dependent. (To be clear, I'm sure this doesn't apply to all eye doctors.) I feel the same way about other aspects of the medical establishment that seem designed to create need rather than to promote health and wellness. Again, the disclaimer - I think modern medicine is wonderful, it's obviously allowed us to enjoy longer and more comfortable lives than we could otherwise. But I don't like institutions that try to take away people's autonomy. And I really, REALLY don't like pompous, credentialed "professionals" who tell me, "I know what's best for you, just do as I say and don't worry your little head about it."


Anyway, that's my rant for tonight. Time to get back to my tromboning.
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