Im getting glasses

Posted by ajin1012 @ajin1012, Jul 15, 2021

So I have a question for here because I can't find anything on google. My own Ophthalmologist said that I should only wear the glasses when I want to look at objects far away, and take them off when I am looking at close things. I just want a second opinion on this, thanks!

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@ajin1012 Hello and welcome to Connect. I am not a medical professional, so I can't diagnose or advise about health conditions, but I can share my experience. Did your eye doctor discuss bifocals with you? With bifocals you would have your distance prescription and a lens carved out on the lower half (which must be placed carefully) that will focus at closer distances. Do you see well at close distances without glasses? Perhaps that is why he said it. You might be able to have half glasses that have only distance and are small enough that you can look under them for close up. I got my first pair of progressive bifocals at around age 40. I changed the regular bifocals that show a line in them because they were more accurate and didn't distort at the side vision, and I've had a pair of just distance that I looked under. Think about what solution would work for you. Eyes often change with age, and my near vision got better for a mid range like a computer distance, but closer is hard to focus, so I have a bifocal for that. I find myself taking off glasses to try to read labels at the grocery store. I can see well enough with just a distance lens as long as I don't try to read with it. I think that my vision improved because I'm an artist and painting without my glasses which was exercising my eyes. The lens changes shape because eye muscles pull on it, but it gets stiffer and less accommodating with age and near vision suffers.

Is this going to be your first pair of eye glasses?

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@jenniferhunter

@ajin1012 Hello and welcome to Connect. I am not a medical professional, so I can't diagnose or advise about health conditions, but I can share my experience. Did your eye doctor discuss bifocals with you? With bifocals you would have your distance prescription and a lens carved out on the lower half (which must be placed carefully) that will focus at closer distances. Do you see well at close distances without glasses? Perhaps that is why he said it. You might be able to have half glasses that have only distance and are small enough that you can look under them for close up. I got my first pair of progressive bifocals at around age 40. I changed the regular bifocals that show a line in them because they were more accurate and didn't distort at the side vision, and I've had a pair of just distance that I looked under. Think about what solution would work for you. Eyes often change with age, and my near vision got better for a mid range like a computer distance, but closer is hard to focus, so I have a bifocal for that. I find myself taking off glasses to try to read labels at the grocery store. I can see well enough with just a distance lens as long as I don't try to read with it. I think that my vision improved because I'm an artist and painting without my glasses which was exercising my eyes. The lens changes shape because eye muscles pull on it, but it gets stiffer and less accommodating with age and near vision suffers.

Is this going to be your first pair of eye glasses?

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Thanks, I am getting regular glasses for nearsightedness. I have seen well without glasses for near distances, but my vision for ranged distance has progressively gotten worse. This will be my very first pair of glasses so I am still unfamiliar with the topic.

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@jenniferhunter

@ajin1012 Hello and welcome to Connect. I am not a medical professional, so I can't diagnose or advise about health conditions, but I can share my experience. Did your eye doctor discuss bifocals with you? With bifocals you would have your distance prescription and a lens carved out on the lower half (which must be placed carefully) that will focus at closer distances. Do you see well at close distances without glasses? Perhaps that is why he said it. You might be able to have half glasses that have only distance and are small enough that you can look under them for close up. I got my first pair of progressive bifocals at around age 40. I changed the regular bifocals that show a line in them because they were more accurate and didn't distort at the side vision, and I've had a pair of just distance that I looked under. Think about what solution would work for you. Eyes often change with age, and my near vision got better for a mid range like a computer distance, but closer is hard to focus, so I have a bifocal for that. I find myself taking off glasses to try to read labels at the grocery store. I can see well enough with just a distance lens as long as I don't try to read with it. I think that my vision improved because I'm an artist and painting without my glasses which was exercising my eyes. The lens changes shape because eye muscles pull on it, but it gets stiffer and less accommodating with age and near vision suffers.

Is this going to be your first pair of eye glasses?

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Hi @ajin1012 I saw your posting just as i got home from my eye doctor! What a coincidence! I’ve been wearing glasses for 60 years and wouldn’t recognize myself without them. My eye doctor told me something similar—I’ll be able to see fine at a distance but will need glasses for reading or the computer after cataract surgery. What your doctor told you is correct. You’re biggest decision will be what bright, fun glasses you’ll want to get!
If your eye doctor has an optical shop as part of his practice, that would be a good place to start. The folks who work there are very knowledgeable and helpful.
Will you let @jenniferhunter and me know how the experience goes?

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@becsbuddy

Hi @ajin1012 I saw your posting just as i got home from my eye doctor! What a coincidence! I’ve been wearing glasses for 60 years and wouldn’t recognize myself without them. My eye doctor told me something similar—I’ll be able to see fine at a distance but will need glasses for reading or the computer after cataract surgery. What your doctor told you is correct. You’re biggest decision will be what bright, fun glasses you’ll want to get!
If your eye doctor has an optical shop as part of his practice, that would be a good place to start. The folks who work there are very knowledgeable and helpful.
Will you let @jenniferhunter and me know how the experience goes?

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@becsbuddy Hey Becky, I'm waiting on my new prescription glasses right now and had just been at my eye doctor. I got pretty daring this time with some brightly colored frames. For all the times I had wanted my glasses to blend in more, sometimes a girl just needs some new style! I got a different frame in similar colors (teal and purple) for prescription sunglasses. I have slight cataracts starting, so I'm trying to prevent as much as I can with new sunglasses that block out the ultra violet and blue wavelengths that cause damage. I also got a blue blocking coating on the regular glasses.

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@ajin1012

Thanks, I am getting regular glasses for nearsightedness. I have seen well without glasses for near distances, but my vision for ranged distance has progressively gotten worse. This will be my very first pair of glasses so I am still unfamiliar with the topic.

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I am in the other camp. For years I was nearsighted and could barely see across the room without glasses or contact lenses. Suddenly around age 45 my distance vision improved dramatically, and the eye doctor ha d no idea why! Now I have to wear glasses to see anything close. . But they have to be prescription because the 2 eyes are very different and I have astigmatism (wavy eyeballs according to my brother). So I have a collection of cool "cheaters" in a rainbow of colors. In every room, my purse, toolbox, garden bucket and both cars. I get the first pair at the eye Dr to make sure the Rx is correct, then order online. Waiting for my appt in 2 weeks because this current Rx isn't working well.
As kids we hated wearing glasses and my Mom understood, so we were always allowed to choose frames we liked. (At one point, 5 of us had glasses and we were on a first name basis with everyone in the optical shop.)
Pick something fun.
PS I could not adjust to bifocals so I hed distance and near glasses.
Sue

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@jenniferhunter

@becsbuddy Hey Becky, I'm waiting on my new prescription glasses right now and had just been at my eye doctor. I got pretty daring this time with some brightly colored frames. For all the times I had wanted my glasses to blend in more, sometimes a girl just needs some new style! I got a different frame in similar colors (teal and purple) for prescription sunglasses. I have slight cataracts starting, so I'm trying to prevent as much as I can with new sunglasses that block out the ultra violet and blue wavelengths that cause damage. I also got a blue blocking coating on the regular glasses.

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JENNIFER, your new frames sound wonderful! Be sure to send a photo!

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@ajin1012
I don’t like to be bothered with putting on/taking off single lens glasses so I chose Progressive bi-focals. I never had any problems getting used to them. I’ve read progresive lenses are more difficult to get used to but I found lined bi-focals much more difficult. Glass lenses have better optics but they are heavier and fewer labs make them. There are high quality polycarbonate lenses which are very light weight and are high impact. I haven’t broken a pair yet and I’ve sat on them stepped on them and dropped them on every imaginable surface and although they did scratch they never broke although the optics arent as clear but most people probably don’t even notice the difference.
I settled for polycarbonate only because I chose framless frames.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@ajin1012
I don’t like to be bothered with putting on/taking off single lens glasses so I chose Progressive bi-focals. I never had any problems getting used to them. I’ve read progresive lenses are more difficult to get used to but I found lined bi-focals much more difficult. Glass lenses have better optics but they are heavier and fewer labs make them. There are high quality polycarbonate lenses which are very light weight and are high impact. I haven’t broken a pair yet and I’ve sat on them stepped on them and dropped them on every imaginable surface and although they did scratch they never broke although the optics arent as clear but most people probably don’t even notice the difference.
I settled for polycarbonate only because I chose framless frames.
Jake

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Putting on and taking off my glasses is just another form of exercise. And for me preferable to the vertigo I got from my 3 different pairs of bifocals. But then just about anything can give me vertigo. My Dad used to say I was born dizzy and never got over it…
Sue

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