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Wayne02
07-04-2007, 08:43 PM
I know we had a big old thread awhile back on glasses, but I'm about fed up with using reading glasses. How do guys handle this? The constant on/off on/off... Do you carry one pair around with you wherever you go? Do you scatter multiple pairs everywhere you "might" go?

Every-time I need the glasses they are somewhere else. When I try to carry them with me I usually bust them up in the process or leave them laying somewhere. I shimmied under a trailer the other day to read the specs off one of the axles, and of course by the time I get positioned under there and find the tag, the font is microsmall, and naturally I didn't have my glasses with me.

I purchased a pair at the dollar store thinking if they worked ok I'd buy a dozen and put them in each room, the vehicles etc. However, the ones from the dollar store have huge lens that are near impossible to look over. I used them this morning to read some small stamped print on some metal parts. I would need the glasses on to read the numbers but then have to take them off to see well enough to write the numbers down on the piece of paper.

So what do you guys do? Do you buy a bunch of cheap ones and spread them out all over, or do you buy one or two quality sets and carry one with you at all times?

Thanks
Wayne

PHiers
07-04-2007, 08:52 PM
Wayne,

I had the same problem. I went to a regular eye doctor and had glasses made, a bifocal, clear glass at the top and the magnifying part at the bottom. Now I just wear them all the time, I always have my "reading glasses" with me!

Your mileage may vary. :)

Tom Buchanan
07-04-2007, 08:57 PM
Wayne,I used to perch them up on my head 'till I spent an hour looking for them.The wife told me where they were.Made her day.Now I just hook them in the neck of my t-shirt.They don't fall out of a shirt pocket that way.I used wallyworld readers for a long time,finally had to get the prescription kind.Still have the on again-off again problem though.Guess it comes with getting old..er.

platypus2020
07-04-2007, 09:33 PM
I have a similar problem, but not with reading glasses, with tri-focals. Constantly in the wrong position, bend your head up or down, then everthing is blurry. All the time moving your eyes up and down trying to find the correct area in the glasses to see in focus. The only good part is I wear prescription safety glasses all the time in the shop, so I never forget to have safety glasses on.

Jack

Sprocket
07-04-2007, 10:17 PM
Some years ago, a optician friend told me about Varilux Comfort lenses. No
line, multifocal lenses with a rather wide field of view. They are good enough that I don't believe Varilux has not been able to come up with anything better.
I wear them all the time, and so don't lose them. I had cataracts and lens implants, so I do all my focusing by tilting my head to look through the right part of the lens. Only place that doesn't work is someplace like under a car, where I can't tilt far enough. Otherwise, they have been great. Just one guy's experience.

Terry
07-04-2007, 11:55 PM
If you want a pair of glasses that you will not take off until you go to bed,
buy a pair of quadrafocals. It has top and bottom bifocals, strenth adjustable between the two. I had my top ones made stronger than the bottoms for reading motor plates laying under a machine. The next lens above the bottom bifocal is to see two to three feet. The middle lens are either clear for distance or set just for your vision problems.
I have been wearing these for about fifteen years. Love them. I can stand back from a lathe or mill using the two to three feet lens and watch the tool cutting without getting hot chips or read a newpaper laying flat on the table without moving my head at all.
The only problem is 360.00 dollars plus every five years, but worth every penny. You just won't believe how nice it is to wear glasses that work.

cybor462
07-04-2007, 11:58 PM
I was just thinking of starting a thread about this, as I too am fed up with it. I have asked over and over and I am told the same thing. This is what happens with age.

I too have tri focals and that is my problem. I do not see that anyone posted about the safety issue. When running the mill you need to do many things simultaneously. The problem is as stated the lenses do not allow you to do that. I find myself feeding the X with my right hand and using the oil dripper with my left while watching the cutter. this means I have to look left which gets me into the wrong lens and I have hit the cutter more than once with my hand since it looks either further away or closer than it really is depending on how you are turning or bending or trying to look.

I have had visions of taking my finger off this way and it scares the heck out of me.

This is a problem no matter what I do. I am actually wishing my eyes get that bad that I will need to wear glasses all the time and I would only have one lense to look out of instead of three.

cybor462
07-04-2007, 11:59 PM
If you want a pair of glasses that you will not take off until you go to bed,
buy a pair of quadrafocals. It has top and bottom bifocals, strenth adjustable between the two. I had my top ones made stronger than the bottoms for reading motor plates laying under a machine. The next lens above the bottom bifocal is to see two to three feet. The middle lens are either clear for distance or set just for your vision problems.
I have been wearing these for about fifteen years. Love them. I can stand back from a lathe or mill using the two to three feet lens and watch the tool cutting without getting hot chips or read a newpaper laying flat on the table without moving my head at all.
The only problem is 360.00 dollars plus every five years, but worth every penny. You just won't believe how nice it is to wear glasses that work.

But doesn't the added lens make your viewing area even less than tri focals? That is also my problem the small viewing area.

J Tiers
07-05-2007, 12:00 AM
Terry.......

I asked about exactly what you have..... was told it can't be done, all they can do is trifocals, "plumbers glasses" with the 3rd one at top.

That didn't seem like it would give enough options, so I stayed with the "plain" Varilux. You think yours are expensive...... Varilux with antireflective hard coatings etc are even more than that.

Terry
07-05-2007, 12:07 AM
But doesn't the added lens make your viewing area even less than tri focals? That is also my problem the small viewing area.

No, after wearing these glasses for about a week, you don't even realize you have them on. It's like wearing no glasses. I buy the smallless frames I can.

Wayne02
07-05-2007, 12:25 AM
Thanks for the replies. I have not taken my prescription in to have glasses made yet as I've just been using the cheapy readers from walmart and the like. Part of the reason I've been hesitating is I'm assuming that there are a bazillion different frame types and lens shapes/sizes to choose from.

The prescription he wrote me was for bifocals with one power in the upper pane for reading the computer and a different power in the lower pane for reading and writing printed material, as I often do both during a stint at the desk/computer. What happens if they make me a set based on this prescription and they don't work? Can they re-grind or are they scrap? I'm not sure what all my vision insurance covers but I don't imagine it covers multiple pairs of glasses to get it right.

I've seen people who have glasses that are split in the middle and each half hangs from a chain around their neck. What is the 411 on those?

Also, has anybody tried this online place. The seem fairly reasonable. I guess you just fill in your prescription, select the lens and they send you the glasses.

http://zennioptical.com/cart/home.php

Evan
07-05-2007, 02:39 AM
Glasses are a poor solution to a problem with no good solution. That makes them the best we have. Unless/until they can come up with an implantable variable focus lens replacement the situation isn't going to improve much. Fixed focus (presbyopia) is a fact of middle age.

I use dollar store glasses but find the somewhat higher priced drug store readers are quite a bit better optically. There is no way I am going to spend the money again for prescription readers as my last $450 pair bit the dirt when I ran over them in the mud with the Land Rover. I'm too hard on glasses and don't have Billy's cash to buy a new pair at those prices every time I munch them somehow. The other reason I buy cheap glasses is that the price of prescription glasses is a straight rip off. I really dislike bending over knowing what's coming in the end.

matador
07-05-2007, 04:19 AM
I have the el-cheapo's in the house,car,and workshop.I don't know what you guys in the US pay,but here the cheapest price for prescription glasses is around $300NZ.That would be around $230-240 US.
To me,that's an extraordinary amount of money,considering how easily they are lost or damaged.Hence the $2 store glasses.
Some people claim that the cheap glasses ruin your eyes even further,but this is rubbish.My wife is diabetic,and as such has a regular eye exam.Her optician told her to just get a cheap pair for around the house,if she needed them.If he says they are ok,who am I to argue?
In the same vein,why are we asked to pay thousands of dollars for a cataract operation,when these are done in places like Nepal for about $5?Somebody is making serious money here.

TECHSHOP
07-05-2007, 04:32 AM
anesthesia?

Your Old Dog
07-05-2007, 08:37 AM
I bought a pair of regular frames only ones thin enough that I could see over the top of them when slid down slightly over my nose. I then had the main prescription made for the distance of my fingertips with arms extended right out in front of me. These work great for machining and working on the computer. To this pair I had them add the bifocal part so I could do close in or reading type work. I got them in stainless steel and they are by far my favorite glasses. This pair even works well with the Opti-Visor which I like to wear as it keeps the overhead lights out of my eyes while aiding in close work. They also offer some eye protection in the shop however slight.

Terry
07-05-2007, 02:41 PM
Terry.......

I asked about exactly what you have..... was told it can't be done, all they can do is trifocals, "plumbers glasses" with the 3rd one at top.

That didn't seem like it would give enough options, so I stayed with the "plain" Varilux. You think yours are expensive...... Varilux with antireflective hard coatings etc are even more than that.

Ya, that's what Sears told me. They said that they never heard of them. I told the doctor, look at my eyes, I'm wearing them.

I use Eye Care Eye Ware. No problems.

mayfieldtm
07-05-2007, 04:38 PM
I like the drug store readers also.
Can't tell the difference from my prescription jobs.
I don't believe they work well for people with astigmatism.
Cost about $10 @.

My idea of keeping a pair at every location and one in the car and a spare at work and etc. Did not work out very well.
They all ended up in the same and most remote location.

Tom M.