When I was a teenager some of the cool kids wore glasses. I thought I would quite like to get myself a pair too. So I told Mum I needed glasses for reading. We lived in the country and this meant I needed a day off school to go to the optometrist of choice.
Sadly for me at the time my eyes were perfect.
No chance of glasses for me. The next thing on my list was a decent pair of sunglasses. I actually wanted yellow ones, I still remember them. My parents said a big fat no. Sunglasses were considered a grown ups fashion accessory, kind of equal to a pair of stilettos.
Last term, the school nurse sent a letter to suggest we get Immy's eyes tested and her teacher also asked it be done as she has been complaining of a sore eye. So I booked Immy, Miss 8 and myself in for eye testing during the holidays.
I find eye tests fascinating. Since I was a teenager I have regularly had my eyes tested every few years but this was the first time I was told that I have significant UV damage, the optometrist asked me if I grew up in Queensland? No. Do I have sunglasses? Yes.
He then told me I must have spent a lot of time in the sun without any eye protection as a child.
I did!!! So I can blame my parents for not protecting my eye sight. I called Mum and told her off for not allowing me what I wanted as a child.
These days I am not great at looking after my sunglasses. After investing a few hefty amounts into snazzy sunglasses and then either losing or breaking them, these days I have lots of cheap sunglasses in the car, in my handbag, near the clothes line. But now I think I might need to invest in some fancy shades.
These ones even have some yellow like the ones I wanted in the 80s. And a bargain at just $430...maybe I should get two pairs?