Wearing The Contacts At Work

Unfortunately when I looked in the little case where they ‘live’ the left lens had escaped!

“Adorable,” said my wife. “You look marvelous,” chimed the guy responsible for me getting hired to host “Inside Space” on SciFi. “You are squinting Geoff, put on the glasses, you look better and more trustworthy,” was the word from a Facebook friend¹. They were all commenting about tonight’s test run in contact lenses. It went reasonably well.

That is the glassless me on the left. Alas, I have my father’s tiny eyes and it always looks like I’m squinting.

The lenses have been on-and-off twice today. I am getting used to sticking my finger on my eyeball. That’s gross just to say. Both lenses stung for the first 30 seconds or so but were fine after that.

I had to work tonight, covering for a colleague whose furnace started a small fire that filled his downstairs with smoke. No injuries. Hopefully no lasting damage.

It is an awful night following an awful day with enough rain to bring flood warnings and enough wind to knock down power lines and trees.

On the drive in what was noticed at home became more obvious. My distance vision is not as good as it was with glasses. I can still see well enough to drive but signs and other objects aren’t nearly as clear.

The “Fitting Guide” for the lenses, instructions for my eye doctor, have instructions to work around this problem. I’d like to try.

My plan was to take the contacts out as soon as I got home which I did easily. Unfortunately when I looked in the little case where they ‘live’ the left lens had escaped! About ten minutes later I located it on the floor. If these things are going to last for three months holding onto them will be critical.

The real question will be how this looks at work and whether viewers accept it or even care.

¹ – Let’s just think of this guy as dentist number five. The dentist who doesn’t recommend Trident to his patients who chew gum.

6 thoughts on “Wearing The Contacts At Work”

  1. Geoff-

    I saw you on your weather forecast last evening. I agree with the one whom noted that you appeared to be noticeably squinting. I too vote for the “Old Geoff”.


  2. I feel for you… I tried contacts a while ago and couldn’t get them in. I’ve decided I’m just sticking with glasses! I could go either way with glasses or no glasses look for you. I watched your weather report last night and I do you think you look a bit younger without them. The “squinting” doesn’t bother me. I’ve been trusting you with my weather reports since the 80s. I say go with whatever makes you most comfortable!

  3. Geoff,

    The lenses shouldn’t sting at all when you put them in. I suspect you had a little soap left on your finger. Rinse well and always wash first – sure you know that.

  4. Geoff,

    Saw you last night Helaine is right It makes you look younger

    Need to go with what works best for you

  5. I think you look great either way–it’s more important that you like them… I always found my distance vision much better with my lenses than my glasses. Do they need to make the distance a tiny bit stronger? I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my contacts since I was 16. Still not sure about them 40 years later. LOL…

  6. I turned to my husband tonight during your forecast and said, “Geoff looks weird.” He replied, “Yeah, he does. What’s different?” I had to jump over to your blog to see that you weren’t wearing your glasses. I say go with whatever is more comfortable for you. Since I’ve been sticking my fingers in my eyes daily for 22 years, I can tell you that the handling of the contacts will become more comfortable for you over time. But you did appear to be squinting. And I mean actively squinting, because I could see the difference when you weren’t squinting. My husband commented on it as well. Good luck!

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