November 08, 2011
Like most old people, I need assistance seeing. But this is nothing new; I started wearing glasses in second grade.
My eyes keep changing, and for most of my life I've gotten new glasses every two or three years. But recently it's been hard for me to do things, and I've been putting it off.
Not any longer. In about two hours I'm going to get an eye exam and a new prescription! Yay!
Part of what I'm not looking forward to is findingg frames. Last time I did this all the frames for men looked like they were for faggots metrosexuals. I had to order frames out of a catalog.
My head is abnormally large, to begin with, and I like large lenses so that the rims are well out of my normal area of vision. All the frames last time were too small for me. And all the men's frames looked like they were for women.
I may not even bother looking at the frames on display. Just tell the nice lady, "Can you order frames for me which are like the ones I'm wearing now? Same lense size and shape?"
This ain't going to be cheap. I'm getting two different pairs, both bifocals, and I'm going to get two copies of each, just to have backup. Plus my correction is very complicated. I figure it'll end up being north of $800.
But at least they won't be getting made in China. (Actually, I bet the frames are from China. But the lenses will get ground locally.)
Also, I'm going with plastic lenses for the first time ever. I've always, always gotten glass, but it's time for me to enter the 21st century. High tech!!!
UPDATE: I remember one time the eye doctor told me, "I'm not going to give you bifocals, because when you get bifocals you're officially old."
The next time I did get bifocals. And that was about 15 years ago.
Which pretty much tells me that I've got to get my eyes checked.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 08, 2011 02:57 PM (2YMZG)
On the plastic, they'll tell you they're scratch-proof. Do NOT believe it. Take good care of them; just dropping them on a tile floor is enough to start scuffing the lens. I've learned not to put mine (loose) in a shirt pocket when I go to the restroom. I prefer a soft case as it's easier to carry in a pocket.
Posted by: ubu at November 08, 2011 03:06 PM (i7ZAU)
I have reading glasses now, but not bifocals. Not yet.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at November 08, 2011 03:44 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: J Greely at November 08, 2011 04:31 PM (fpXGN)
I'm back. My vertical shift went from 3 diopters to 5. No wonder I was having trouble keeping the images together!
As to the frames, I got the ones with the biggest lenses that they had, but they're still smaller than the ones I've got now. Not all that much smaller, though; I think they'll be fine.
It was a lot less money than I expected. I got two pairs of distance glasses and two pairs of computer glasses. They were having a two-for-one sale, so I only had to pay for one of each. Total, including the exam, was just under $600.
The biggest change is going to be the focal length of the computer glasses. The current pair I got back when I was using a CRT, which hung over my keyboard and wasn't very far from my face. Now that I'm using a huge notebook, the display is further away. I've been leaning over to get the screen in focus.
The new computer glasses will focus further away, so I'll be able to get the display in focus while sitting straight up.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 08, 2011 05:34 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 08, 2011 05:39 PM (+rSRq)
I switched from large frames to smallish ones about ten years ago and it takes a while to get used to it but I don't think I'd want to go back.
Posted by: RickC at November 08, 2011 06:45 PM (VKVOz)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 08, 2011 06:49 PM (+rSRq)
By the way, to me "plastic" is anything that isn't glass. But for them, there was a choice of "plastic" and "polycarbonate". I got polycarbonate.
Polycarbonate is good stuff. That's what they make CDs out of, for instance. Very strong, superb for optical stuff, and about as hard and scratch resistant as anything made of carbon can be that isn't diamond.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 08, 2011 06:53 PM (+rSRq)
I'm so nearsighted, I have to take my glasses off and get close to what I want to see if I want to be able to discern tiny detail.
The most frustrating thing is when there's something I need to see and I can't get far enough to see it with my glasses on and can't get close enough to see it with them off. Like when I'm working on setting my dirt bike's points gap--that's finicky detail work and there simply is no good way for me to see what I'm doing. Without glasses, there's no room between my head and the engine for my tools; with them on, I can't get close enough to see what the hell I'm doing.
...so the next time I get glasses, it's bifocals for me. *sigh*
Posted by: atomic_fungus at November 08, 2011 07:26 PM (EQyr7)
The other nice thing about the plastic and polycarbonate lenses, as I'm sure you were told or already new, is the higher index of refraction. My polycarb lenses are MUCH thinner in the middle than the glass ones, and still somewhat thinner on the outside than glass ones. (Another benefit to smaller lenses is you get rid of the thickest and heaviest parts.) BTW my prescription is around -10 in one eye and -14 in the other; the lenses are at least twice as thick on the outer end as they are in the middle.
Next time I get lenses I am going to try Zenni Optical--they have hugely lower prices than you'll find at a doctor. I know a couple people who've tried them and like them; I priced out a pair at around $100 or so, versus over $300 for what I usually pay.
Posted by: RickC at November 09, 2011 09:19 AM (kLZ4H)
I changed back to glass. YMMV.
Posted by: OldManRick at November 09, 2011 08:59 PM (aBXrJ)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 09, 2011 10:22 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Mauser at November 09, 2011 11:47 PM (cZPoz)
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