Glasses

geeblock Member
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Fri, Sep 3, 2021 1:16 PM

I'm about to turn 49 and have put it off way to long.  I have to go renew my drivers license in december so i need to get some contacts or glasses or lasik or something before then.

Who all wears glasses?  Im thinking of going to costco to get some contacts and a prescription and then buy some cool frames online for the short term.  How long did you wait to get glasses?


Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Fri, Sep 3, 2021 1:24 PM

if you're referring to presbyopia - the age related loss of flexibility in your lenses that everyone will get, mine started around 42-43.  I'm 51 and it seems to have leveled off in the last 3-4 years.  I don't like reading glasses, so I got a prescription for progressive glasses about 7 years ago.  I like the because they're always on and i don't have to fumble with them like you do with reading glasses.  

I also suggest the Costco route as you can spend a lot of money on eye exams from a specialized clinic when in this case, they'll be doing a very routine test to determine what strength you need.  



geeblock Member
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Fri, Sep 3, 2021 1:32 PM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

if you're referring to presbyopia - the age related loss of flexibility in your lenses that everyone will get, mine started around 42-43.  I'm 51 and it seems to have leveled off in the last 3-4 years.  I don't like reading glasses, so I got a prescription for progressive glasses about 7 years ago.  I like the because they're always on and i don't have to fumble with them like you do with reading glasses.  

I also suggest the Costco route as you can spend a lot of money on eye exams from a specialized clinic when in this case, they'll be doing a very routine test to determine what strength you need.  



i've never heard of that term...i can see close up, but far away is becoming a problem...doesnt help that im red green colorblind.  Im starting to really struggle seeing my keno numbers, tv guide, green and white street signs...etc..

majorspark Senior Member
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Fri, Sep 3, 2021 1:57 PM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

if you're referring to presbyopia - the age related loss of flexibility in your lenses that everyone will get, mine started around 42-43.  I'm 51 and it seems to have leveled off in the last 3-4 years.  I don't like reading glasses, so I got a prescription for progressive glasses about 7 years ago.  I like the because they're always on and i don't have to fumble with them like you do with reading glasses.  

I also suggest the Costco route as you can spend a lot of money on eye exams from a specialized clinic when in this case, they'll be doing a very routine test to determine what strength you need.  



These progressive glasses do you see distinctive transitions?  I prefer to move my eyeballs not my head.  I work in front of several monitors and the less head movement the better for me.  But maybe you just get used to it.  I have learned when I forget where my glasses are the first place to check is on top of my head.

Just for reference I struggle to be able to read up close.  Depending on the print I can barely read receipts or restaurant menus even when held away from my face.  Tape measures as well.

I keep a pair of glasses where I work just so its always there.  I used to only have one pair then would forget and be boned.

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Fri, Sep 3, 2021 2:52 PM
posted by majorspark

These progressive glasses do you see distinctive transitions?  I prefer to move my eyeballs not my head.  I work in front of several monitors and the less head movement the better for me.  But maybe you just get used to it.  I have learned when I forget where my glasses are the first place to check is on top of my head.

Just for reference I struggle to be able to read up close.  Depending on the print I can barely read receipts or restaurant menus even when held away from my face.  Tape measures as well.

I keep a pair of glasses where I work just so its always there.  I used to only have one pair then would forget and be boned.

Progressives take a few days to get use to, but you don’t have to move your head like bifocals  there is literally a phased in between that allows you to transition from something up close to something far away seamlessly  


justincredible Honorable Admin
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Fri, Sep 3, 2021 3:02 PM

I think my eyesight is starting to degrade. I’ve always had great vision, no glasses or contacts, but I’m finding myself zooming in a lot more with my browser and holding books a little closer to my face. I might look into a pair of reading glasses in the near future. Any recommendations?

Ironman92 Administrator
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Fri, Sep 3, 2021 3:56 PM
posted by geeblock

i've never heard of that term...i can see close up, but far away is becoming a problem...doesnt help that im red green colorblind.  Im starting to really struggle seeing my keno numbers, tv guide, green and white street signs...etc..

Did you say TV guide? Hoping you mean the new age guide button on the remote and not the tiny magazine of tv schedules


Ironman92 Administrator
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Fri, Sep 3, 2021 3:58 PM

Until about age 40 I had freaky great eyesight….the last 2-3 years I’m trending nicely towards needing reading glasses. I’m 47….doubt I get to 50 without some sort of reading assistance. Likely my next license renewal as well.

BRF Senior Member
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Fri, Sep 3, 2021 10:01 PM

I was 49 when I found out I needed readers.  

I was in a class working on my masters degree when a handout was given. 

BRF: Could they make the print any smaller on this?!!

Kind classmate: Here, try these. (a pair of readers)

BRF: Oh……thanks

geeblock Member
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Sat, Sep 4, 2021 9:46 AM
posted by Ironman92

Did you say TV guide? Hoping you mean the new age guide button on the remote and not the tiny magazine of tv schedules


Yes the guide on the tv .. I use this program on the fire stick .. it’s called Lentech tv. 10,000 Channels. 15$ a month and all pay per view and international sports for free. But it has a small guide 


majorspark Senior Member
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Sat, Sep 4, 2021 10:44 AM

Ah the TV guide.  That was back in the days when I was Dad's remote control.

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 95 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Sep 4, 2021 1:52 PM

I’m nearsighted. I’ve had glasses since I was 18. I need them to pass drivers eye test, school, tv, gaming (lol). I can’t see text for shit if it’s 8-10 feet away.

I don’t qualify for lasik and I never wanted to deal with contacts. I may go that route eventually. I’m wearing my glasses all the time now, even got prescription sunglasses.

I have one massive protip: DO NOT feel like you have to buy lenses/frames from you eye doctor office.

If you’re like me, hard on glasses and don’t give a shit about expensive frames, get your script and shop around. Warby Parker stuff is significantly cheaper. 

Zunardo Senior Member
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Sat, Sep 4, 2021 4:36 PM

Worn glasses for years to correct nearsightedness, no problems reading.  About age 45 I noticed I couldn't read as well unless I held the glasses farther away.   Being a stubborn male, I got LASIK at age 50.  Even thought it was just to correct the myopia,  my reading vision improved.  That lasted five years, then I started buying several pairs of reading glasses to stash in different places.  

Couple years ago I got a part-time job that required me to have 20-20 corrected vision, so I went to that Vision Outfitters to get 2 pair of glasses with transition lenses fairly cheap.  Don't like them that much, lots of distortion on the edges, but they do in a pinch for reading on the job.  

However, I can still pass the eye exam for a driver license with just my LASIK eyes.  Still holding on to a few shreds of my vanity.

Fletch Member
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Mon, Sep 6, 2021 7:46 AM

my eye suck

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