I think I first got glasses when I was eight or nine years old. My eyesight steadily deteriorated from there (a combination of genetics and lots and lots reading) for 20 or so years. And then stability.
Until recently. Like many of my peers, I have found that the muscles that control the eye have been losing their suppleness. Reading bedtime stories to my children necessitates taking my glasses off. Reading the newspaper means holding it at arms length (or beyond: hence Groucho‘s line quoted in the title of this post).
So today I took the plunge and bought a pair of readers at lunchtime. Lo and behold, I could actually read the Financial Times over my lunchtime sandwich without extraordinary contortions. The miracles of (old) technology.