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Now, I’m only 41 but I just went back on the tools properly last year after 4 years in an office and 9 years before that where I was a supervisor so my time actually fixing stuff was limited. For the first time in a very long time yesterday I was personally responsible for a fairly big repair inside a control cabinet. It required quite a lot of soldering, something I used to think I was quite good at. What’s happened to my eyes people? When I was tinning the wires I couldn’t see them change colour. When I was actually joining the wires I couldn’t see in 3D, everything went flat. After every join I had to stop, blink and refocus to make sure it was done properly. This is what happens to old men, I was 25 about a month ago, I’m sure of it. How has this happened to me? What’s next, a Stana stairlift? Brown slacks along with a brown padded jacket from a market somewhere? Driving *everywhere* at 39 mph and cursing anyone that has the audacity to perform a safe overtake? I feel betrayed and let down by my own body and the natural passage of time. This isn’t on, bring on the pension. At this rate I’ll be drawing it next week anyway. Anyway, there’s no real point to this thread other to let you proper auld yins know I’m sorry for all those years taking the mickey out of your creaking old bones and let you young uns know it really will happen to you, you can’t fight it, you’re already screwed.
 
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Sounds like we’re in the same boat..
Keep saying to the younger ones how quick the last 25yrs have gone, it’s crazy.
With your eyes, have you had them tested? Mine are doing the same but I’ve bit had mine tested ever, did that one at school where read letters.
I bought a pair the other week from boots for £15 and ghetto have made a massive improvement
 
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Sounds like we’re in the same boat..
Keep saying to the younger ones how quick the last 25yrs have gone, it’s crazy.
With your eyes, have you had them tested? Mine are doing the same but I’ve bit had mine tested ever, did that one at school where read letters.
I bought a pair the other week from boots for £15 and ghetto have made a massive improvement
Yeah, I’ve always been short sighted, I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 7. Maybe I need bi-focals? Another addition to the brown slacks, eyes that look like saucers if you look at me wrong. A decent headtorch will sort this for now, I just suddenly realised how old I was compared to the guys I work with that’s all.
 

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45 and one of my eyes has developed a little stutter, if that’s the right word. The bottom eyelid feels like it’s vibrating.

I made the mistake of telling my wife who instantly checked with Doctor Google, who diagnosed too much screen time!

I’m an electrician, not a desk jockey looking at a computer all day.
Maybe I need a bigger phone screen... i can feel it starting already.

Creaking bones and going bald. It’s a sign of maturity and experience. Not being “old”
 
My GP told me that usually eye sight starts to deteriate at about 40.
This is perfectly normal
you may neeed glasses thats all
But your not ready for the rocking chair yet !
 

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I now need a magnifying glass to see the idents on connectors, when i solder wires to them now..:sob:
 

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It’s a shame my brain hasn’t aged at the same rate as the rest of me......it still thinks I’m 21 not 44!
 

Pete999

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Well my brain thinks I'm 21 but in actuality my body is 72 and don't I know it.
 

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It’s a shame my brain hasn’t aged at the same rate as the rest of me......it still thinks I’m 21 not 44!
Im physically 51 but my missus says mentally I havent reached double figures..
 
Just turning 40 and I ache a little bit more as each year passes.
Started on the tools aged about 19 when I would rush around like a mad man , fly up and down ladders , scale scaffolding like Spider-Man , crawl about lofts with ease.

Now it takes me 5 minutes just to up and down my tall steps and my shoulders start to ache after making off just 5 lights.

Getting old sucks....
 

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