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xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
Ok...when I have my contacts in I cannot read anything little or light words on light backgrounds! It was getting horrible! Last year they tried to adjust my contacts a bit (I need them for distnace) and I hated it and I don't want to try and deal with combo contact lenses so I just dealed with my old eyes.

Well, yesterday I bought magnifying glasses at CVS.

ARRRGHHH - I am officially old (but I still think I am 20 so there!).:toothy7:
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  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    xcptnl wrote: »
    Ok...when I have my contacts in I cannot read anything little or light words on light backgrounds! It was getting horrible! Last year they tried to adjust my contacts a bit (I need them for distnace) and I hated it and I don't want to try and deal with combo contact lenses so I just dealed with my old eyes.

    Well, yesterday I bought magnifying glasses at CVS.

    ARRRGHHH - I am officially old (but I still think I am 20 so there!).:toothy7:

    I wore bifocal contacts for years. They took some getting used to--but weren't too bad. I was too allergic to all of the solutions, so I gave them up.
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  • lioneselionese Posts: 140Registered Users
    What drives me crazy is trying to read the ingredients of the hair products. Without glasses the print is so small it looks like tiny lines! With glasses I get that "short arm" disease. Sometimes I find a younger person to help me read it. Of course, it's not because I'm old! Lord no! It's because I work on this damned computer all day. At least that's what I tell myself!
  • FrizzBgoneFrizzBgone Posts: 2,678Registered Users
    I haven't hit this yet, but DH has ... and has finally admitted to it. It really hit him last year, but he refused to admit it. He used to use a magnifier the shape of a credit card. I bought him reading glasses for a joke at Christmas ... I've been trying to get him to admit that he needed them, but he always refused.

    Well the glasses are being used all the time now.
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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Last year I couldn't figure out why I wasn't able to see far away after reading something up close. My eyes just wouldn't refocus. That's when the doc told me I needed bifocals. :sad2:
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,681Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I haven't got there yet either. I'm dreading it as I just do not suit glasses.
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  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    I'm not old, but my eyes are! I wear contacts - one is for distance and one is for reading. I don't know why it works, but it does! And I have no-line bifocal glasses for night time. The only good thing is that my teenage daughter went with me to pick out my frames to ensure that they're stylish. She, at least, really loves them....
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    lionese wrote: »
    What drives me crazy is trying to read the ingredients of the hair products. Without glasses the print is so small it looks like tiny lines! With glasses I get that "short arm" disease. Sometimes I find a younger person to help me read it. Of course, it's not because I'm old! Lord no! It's because I work on this damned computer all day. At least that's what I tell myself!

    That is what put me over the edge I think. I could never ever read the ingredients. Last night - it was wonderful - whipped out the glasses and VOILA all those little smudges turned into words!
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  • lioneselionese Posts: 140Registered Users
    Smudges. Yep, you got that right! Guess it's time to put up the white flag and surrender to glasses! Maybe some tiger or leopard print frames will help my ego!
  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    lazy loops wrote: »
    Last year I couldn't figure out why I wasn't able to see far away after reading something up close. My eyes just wouldn't refocus. That's when the doc told me I needed bifocals. :sad2:

    Next step is trifocals! I have had them for several years now. Seems the reading vision was too close and the distance vision was too far in my bifocals for the help I needed when working on the computer (which I do all day long at my job). Next logical step was trifocals. I thought I felt old with bifocals but just the word trifocals makes me feel ancient!!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I still only wear distance glasses. I can read tiny print perfectly well, BUT it has to be in the exact right place...the sweet spot. I know bi-focals are coming very soon.
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    2poodles wrote: »
    I'm not old, but my eyes are! I wear contacts - one is for distance and one is for reading. I don't know why it works, but it does! And I have no-line bifocal glasses for night time. The only good thing is that my teenage daughter went with me to pick out my frames to ensure that they're stylish. She, at least, really loves them....
    I tried this a couple of years ago and it never really worked for me. I've been wearing no line progressive lenses for several years and see very well with them. I had my eye appt. last week and am getting new glasses this week. My Rx changed and I wanted to update my frames anyway. My dilemma is this: I fear I may be getting a bit vain because I want to try contacts again. I think my glasses make me look a little bit old. I'd like to be able to wear contacts at least to special occasions or times when I'm "out and about," and really I'd like to be comfortable enough in them to wear them to work every day (I don't work in the summer, so I'll have a couple of months to get used to them). I'm getting a trial pair of bausch and lomb multi-focal contacts. But my optometrist told me not to get my hopes up. He said they were probably the best out there of the multi-focal lenses, but I still wouldn't be able to see as well as I do with my glasses. <sigh>
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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    munchkin wrote: »
    lazy loops wrote: »
    Last year I couldn't figure out why I wasn't able to see far away after reading something up close. My eyes just wouldn't refocus. That's when the doc told me I needed bifocals. :sad2:

    Next step is trifocals! I have had them for several years now. Seems the reading vision was too close and the distance vision was too far in my bifocals for the help I needed when working on the computer (which I do all day long at my job). Next logical step was trifocals. I thought I felt old with bifocals but just the word trifocals makes me feel ancient!!

    :eek: Say it ain't so!

    I didn't understand the doc when he told me that. I thought I wouldn't be able to read anything up close, you know, my arms wouldn't be long enough, but I still see things up close just fine. :dontknow:
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    VTmom wrote: »
    2poodles wrote: »
    I'm not old, but my eyes are! I wear contacts - one is for distance and one is for reading. I don't know why it works, but it does! And I have no-line bifocal glasses for night time. The only good thing is that my teenage daughter went with me to pick out my frames to ensure that they're stylish. She, at least, really loves them....
    I tried this a couple of years ago and it never really worked for me. I've been wearing no line progressive lenses for several years and see very well with them. I had my eye appt. last week and am getting new glasses this week. My Rx changed and I wanted to update my frames anyway. My dilemma is this: I fear I may be getting a bit vain because I want to try contacts again. I think my glasses make me look a little bit old. I'd like to be able to wear contacts at least to special occasions or times when I'm "out and about," and really I'd like to be comfortable enough in them to wear them to work every day (I don't work in the summer, so I'll have a couple of months to get used to them). I'm getting a trial pair of bausch and lomb multi-focal contacts. But my optometrist told me not to get my hopes up. He said they were probably the best out there of the multi-focal lenses, but I still wouldn't be able to see as well as I do with my glasses. <sigh>

    I have always found that my eyesight is sharper with my glasses. And I do wear my glasses off and on but I probably wear my contacts 95% of the time. I just decided that in order to read the small print while out and about I will buy the reading glasses and deal with it. This way they can make my contact prescription for distance only. When I wear my glasses I can look over them for reading the small stuff. The small print issue was when I wore my contacts and I cannot look 'over' them.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    You may need reading glasses. You can get them at any drugstore. When I wore contacts I needed +1.00 reading glasses.
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    You may need reading glasses. You can get them at any drugstore. When I wore contacts I needed +1.00 reading glasses.

    I got 1.25 SBB - they work wonderful!
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  • NottyNotty Posts: 1,456Registered Users
    For years, I used what I called cheater glasses - literally had 10 pairs - two in my purse (in case I lost one) one in each room the of house - so I could read anything. I also do fine needlework so needless to add - I needed them as well. I finally bit the bullet and had lazer surgery on one eye to allow me to read things up close. Best thing I've done for myself. I hated, absolutely hated going grocery shopping and reading the ingredients on packages having to pull out my glasses. The items on the hair products was just unbelievable. I'm now a happy camper:):blob7::blob7::blob7:
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  • VerityVerity Posts: 616Registered Users
    I gave in and bought reading glasses a couple of years ago (I'm 46 now, 47 in November), and that worked ok for a while, but now I find I'm just not seeing well with my contacts for mid-range vision. The reading glasses give me an odd sensation, though--almost like being under water. For me, they're not a great solution.

    I need an eye exam in a bad way. I have absolutely no intention of giving up contact lenses, though. My sister and a couple of friends have opted for monovision lenses, and have adjusted well. I doubt bifocal contacts will work for me, since I have tried many types of lenses and go back to one particular brand that is not one of the major brands.
  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    Notty wrote: »
    For years, I used what I called cheater glasses - literally had 10 pairs - two in my purse (in case I lost one) one in each room the of house - so I could read anything. I also do fine needlework so needless to add - I needed them as well. I finally bit the bullet and had lazer surgery on one eye to allow me to read things up close. Best thing I've done for myself. I hated, absolutely hated going grocery shopping and reading the ingredients on packages having to pull out my glasses. The items on the hair products was just unbelievable. I'm now a happy camper:):blob7::blob7::blob7:

    This is me!! I've had CVS reading glasses all over the house for years now. I got so tired of not being able to find my glasses every time I needed to read something that I kept buying more and I bet have 15 pair - really. Plus, I have 2-3 pair in my desk at work and another couple pairs in my purse. My distance vision was always perfect until this past year and now I have progressive lenses which live in my purse BECAUSE I HATE THEM!! I cannot get used to them. They work great for watching movies and driving, but I cannot use them on the computer at all. Of course, I guess if I got them out of my purse and tried harder, I might get used to them, but I HATE THEM!
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  • eweniqueewenique Posts: 1,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    40 and beyond is when everyone's eyes seem to need a bit of help reading the small print. I've worn glasses or contacts since I was 10, but the progressive lense did take a bit of getting used to. MSg, now I have progressive lenses that have a wider mid range section - intead of graduated layers, the different ranges are shaped more like a bell curve. Made a big difference for me when working on the computer or playing the piano. Well worth the extra expense.
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  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    ewenique wrote: »
    40 and beyond is when everyone's eyes seem to need a bit of help reading the small print. I've worn glasses or contacts since I was 10, but the progressive lense did take a bit of getting used to. MSg, now I have progressive lenses that have a wider mid range section - intead of graduated layers, the different ranges are shaped more like a bell curve. Made a big difference for me when working on the computer or playing the piano. Well worth the extra expense.

    I know I need to take them back in and see if they can widen something, but I've just been too lazy. When using the computer, all I can see is about maybe a 1/2" strip right down the middle of the screen. I cannot get used to moving my head. I have to do a lot of high speed editing and I need to just move my eyes to be able to do that. I'll have to get off my butt and take them back in and see if they can be adjusted or else they will never come out of my purse. They were way too expensive to be there instead of on my face. :oops:
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    I went in for my annual eye exam. They updated my contact prescription and now my close vision is even WORSE!! WAHHHHHHHH! And I just don't want to deal with trying different contacts, etc.

    Oh well.
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  • curlycalliecurlycallie Posts: 75Registered Users
    I knew I needed to admit to glasses when I caught myself asking my kids what the right dosage of medicine was for their weight and age. I said "Go get dad to help you and I'm going to Costco and get some glasses"!
  • wavy in neenahwavy in neenah Posts: 113Registered Users
    2poodles wrote: »
    I'm not old, but my eyes are! I wear contacts - one is for distance and one is for reading. I don't know why it works, but it does!

    That's what I've been recommended to do, but I can't get over the idea that I'll either get motion sick or have no and/or horrible depth perceptiohn.
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  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    2poodles wrote: »
    I'm not old, but my eyes are! I wear contacts - one is for distance and one is for reading. I don't know why it works, but it does!

    That's what I've been recommended to do, but I can't get over the idea that I'll either get motion sick or have no and/or horrible depth perceptiohn.

    My eye doctor gave me a one-month free trial of contacts to make sure I could adjust. That made the whole thing easier....
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  • ZigaZagaZigaZaga Posts: 473Registered Users
    Notty wrote: »
    For years, I used what I called cheater glasses - literally had 10 pairs - two in my purse (in case I lost one) one in each room the of house - so I could read anything. I also do fine needlework so needless to add - I needed them as well. I finally bit the bullet and had lazer surgery on one eye to allow me to read things up close. Best thing I've done for myself. I hated, absolutely hated going grocery shopping and reading the ingredients on packages having to pull out my glasses. The items on the hair products was just unbelievable. I'm now a happy camper:):blob7::blob7::blob7:

    Interesting. I did not know they could use the lazer to correct close vision....I thought it was only for the near sighted and can't see well in the distance. Only on one eye? That seems like something that would really bother me. It has got my eyes watering just thinking about it.

    How does that work? Do tell more!

    ETA: LOL yes reading ingredients can be hard! I especially don't like the trasparent bottles with transparent labels.
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  • susancnwsusancnw Posts: 1,366Registered Users
    What a timely thread! I usually have half dozen pairs of them around. I get mine at the dollar store or Target and they work fine. I'll get several pair in the various strengths. I had some for reading, some for needlework. I had them scattered all over the house so I didn't have to go find them.

    I had an eye exam today and fitting for contacts. Yep, bifocals are on the way. I plan to buy them online. Friend of mine has been getting her glasses and for her family also and has been very happy. And with the price, I can get a couple of pairs. I'm getting monovision contacts. It's sort of cool...she was able to adjust the things where they decide on the vision for your glasses so that it was monovision...one for distance and one for close. So I have an idea of what they are like and happily, my eyes adjust. Of course, my eyes are bad enough that she has to order the trial ones for me to try out for a few weeks. I'm excited.

    Interestingly enough, she asked me what strength the cheaters were and she said that, added to my regular glasses, would be about right.
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  • NottyNotty Posts: 1,456Registered Users
    ZigaZaga wrote: »
    Notty wrote: »
    For years, I used what I called cheater glasses - literally had 10 pairs - two in my purse (in case I lost one) one in each room the of house - so I could read anything. I also do fine needlework so needless to add - I needed them as well. I finally bit the bullet and had lazer surgery on one eye to allow me to read things up close. Best thing I've done for myself. I hated, absolutely hated going grocery shopping and reading the ingredients on packages having to pull out my glasses. The items on the hair products was just unbelievable. I'm now a happy camper:):blob7::blob7::blob7:

    Interesting. I did not know they could use the lazer to correct close vision....I thought it was only for the near sighted and can't see well in the distance. Only on one eye? That seems like something that would really bother me. It has got my eyes watering just thinking about it.

    How does that work? Do tell more!

    ETA: LOL yes reading ingredients can be hard! I especially don't like the trasparent bottles with transparent labels.
    Read all about it - went in for a consultation and the guy said they do it all the time. Since my distance sight is perfect he would just adjust my shorter distance in one eye. Took about 5 minutes - then they told me to read my watch to see the time (haven't been able to do that for a long time) and yup read it. Mind you it took a while for both eyes to work together, but 2 years later I am a very happy camper.

    My hubby also had it done 10 years ago. His distance sight was awful and since he was getting older his close one was getting awful. He had one eye fixed for distance and the other eye fixed for up close. Ten years and still working...............costly but effective and well worth it!:icescream:
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  • ZigaZagaZigaZaga Posts: 473Registered Users
    Thanks for replying Notty! That is great to know! I will save this info for "when I get there". :) But gee, it makes my eyes water just thinking of anyone doing anything in there. How do you stand it?
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  • MaloryMalory Posts: 379Registered Users
    Well, I am extremely nearsighted - have been wearing glasses since I was 7 - so since age makes you more farsighted, my vision is actually improving (getting closer to normal) as I get older,and my optician keeps prescribing me weaker prescriptions.

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  • NottyNotty Posts: 1,456Registered Users
    ZigaZaga wrote: »
    Thanks for replying Notty! That is great to know! I will save this info for "when I get there". :) But gee, it makes my eyes water just thinking of anyone doing anything in there. How do you stand it?
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