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Old 06-28-2007, 11:06 PM
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I need bifocals...

I just turned 40, and have been having fits reading...8's and 3's look alike, etc. My eye Dr told me I need bifocals, wound up ordering some no-line progressive lenses, which he says are effectively trifocals. Anybody had any experience adjusting to these lenses? Any advice? I remember my dad being nauseous and almost giving up when he got his old-style "line" bifocals 25 years ago.
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:12 AM
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I just turned 40, and have been having fits reading...8's and 3's look alike, etc. My eye Dr told me I need bifocals, wound up ordering some no-line progressive lenses, which he says are effectively trifocals. Anybody had any experience adjusting to these lenses? Any advice? I remember my dad being nauseous and almost giving up when he got his old-style "line" bifocals 25 years ago.
I've had them for about a year. It takes a little adjusting to, but eventually they are very comfortable. A big problem (for me at least) is trying to watch TV while in bed, or just plain laying down. You have to move your head so that you can see the TV from the top of the glasses.

You know, bifocals today, Geritol tomorrow. It is a slippery slope my friend, a slippery slope.
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:34 AM
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The "graduated no-line" bifocals are easy to get used to, easier if you're not coming from the old style lenses. It takes a day or so before your head moves as a matter of reflex.
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Old 06-29-2007, 03:42 AM
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I just turned 40, and have been having fits reading...8's and 3's look alike, etc. My eye Dr told me I need bifocals, wound up ordering some no-line progressive lenses, which he says are effectively trifocals. Anybody had any experience adjusting to these lenses? Any advice? I remember my dad being nauseous and almost giving up when he got his old-style "line" bifocals 25 years ago.
I don't want to do it. I keep some reading glasses with the big lenses, the 1.75 power which is what works for me, at my desk where I do most of my reading. I'm going to get a couple more pair and keep one in my car (for reading the Thomas Guide, especially at night) and one in my work area.

You can get square reading glass lenses to put in welding helmets. I put the same power in mine and it makes TIG welding so much easier.
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:12 AM
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I had to wear glasses since I was seven years old, so I am used to them.

I finally got bifocals, and it took about one month for my eyes to adjust to them.

Now, after many years with them, my eyes are just fine with them, so I am very sure you will have nothing to worry about.

It's actually nice to be able to see things well, both for close up work and for distance viewing with just looking, and to do it with just looking, not taking off or changing the glasses.

Ordering them with photo ray lenses gives you the effect of having "automatic" sunglasses when you go into harsh sunlight, again without changing glasses.

I have no interest in radial kerotomy procedures, (scares me a bit) and photoray bifocals do it all.
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:44 AM
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Something about turning 40...

Went from 20/10 vision to needing reading glasses to needing bifocals in a span of 5 years!

Mine are the "Ben Franklin" style, so there is a very narrow aperture for the near-vision part of the lenses...which are also "no line".

Took me about a week to fully adjust to wearing them.
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Been wearing progressives for 5 years. Adjusted on the drive home (at night).

I go back and forth between sunglasses (without) and the progressives (indoors). Never notice I'm wearing them.

Good luck.
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:04 AM
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I have had bifocals since seventh grade. I needed them sooner but back then they just didnt give them to kids so young.

around age 40 I graduated to trifocals.

My eyedoc tried to get me onto the no liners but they didn't work for me. I was still using paper drafting and they had much too small a field of focus.

New lenses often give a kindof nausiating feel for a week or so.

The lines pretty much disappear after a little bit unless I focus on them.

The worst thing now is working under a car and needing up close vision correction looking up. I have to take them off or figure out a way to look at it upside down.

Looking with no glasses at all does not work like it used to.

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Old 06-29-2007, 07:51 AM
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Went from never wearing glasses to progressives overnight, so it was all new to me. Have adjusted nicely and can't live without them now.
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welcome to the club. by the time you reach 50 you will have at least three increases in magnification. i have "readers" all over my house....drugstore 15.00 a pair.
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:09 PM
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I wear contacts and went for the drugstore "readers" for reading and close work. It was such a pain getting out the readers to read every new message on my Blackberry that I got some "Multifocal" contacts. It took a month before my eyes adjusted, but I no longer carry my reading glasses at all. I just don't need them any more!

So, if you are a contact lens person I highly recommend them.
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I wore contacts for 20 years, but the shop where I work is just dusty enough to make them feel gritty and nasty, so I gave up and reverted to glasses. I have another issue with glasses...my head is REALLY big, big enough that baseball caps don't even remotely fit me, and neither do most eyeglass frames, they tend to dig into the side of my big gourd, I went to a big optical place and found a grand total of 2 frames in the whole place that fit me. I'm trying frameless lenses, hopefully they don't fall apart.
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Old 06-30-2007, 05:26 AM
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I could never get used to contact lenses. Felt like I had a finger in my eye the whole time.
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:25 AM
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I had trouble with contacts years ago (20+ years back) and gave up on them for about 10 years. Then the "Gas Permeable" lenses came along and I gave it another try. They were more comfortable and I got used to them. Now I use the disposable lenses. They are so thin I can hardly tell they are in there. The surprise with the disposables is that they are NOT nearly as sensitive to dust and things in the eye as the older types.

They make some extended wear lenses that can actually be slept in, but I am not aware of an extended wear multi-focal lens.
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