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Old 06-06-2016, 11:11 AM   #21
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Thanks for the comments and sorry for the grammar and spelling in the original post (it was very late ).

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If you have about $2k and 10 minutes they can fix your distance vision.
I've thought about it but my vision isn't too bad so I've kind of wanted to avoid it if I could. Kind of freaks me out even though I have so many friends and relatives that have had it done.
Plus, the missus' extended health plan has good optical coverage for glasses.

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Old 06-06-2016, 11:17 AM   #22
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I was similar to OP. Could see better by taking glasses off. My wife noticed i was always taking them off to see for reading, and said "you need bifocals". At my next optometrist visit, I inquired and basically found out that progressive lenses would enable me to see for distance, and keep the glasses on for up close. That was late 40's for me. I am nearsighted, so I can always see closer distances without glasses, the progressive just make it so I do not have to remove glasses to see close.

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Old 06-06-2016, 11:27 AM   #23
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Used readers from ~40 through about 58? At that time when watching TV noticed was having hard time reading scores on sports or crawls. Had tried bifocals at maybe 55 but they just didn't work for me. When I really started needing them at 58 or so got progressives and love them. Have progressive sunglasses too.

Now at 65 I can't see....because my eyelids have dropped down so far! 6 months ago my GP pointed that out and said I should see an ophthalmologist to certify it for surgery to have them raised. I went in, took insurance a month to approve. Scheduled for Aug 1. What's weird is they seem to be dropping like curtains now! I mean if I'm looking at someone my height face to face I'm actually looking through my eyelashes now! Like walking around with a ball cap with bill pulled down, esp at periphery. Can't wait to get this done.
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Old 06-06-2016, 12:13 PM   #24
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For a long time, I wore one contact lens and used one eye for distance, one for close up. Then my eyes changed and I no longer need the contact lens. Surprisingly, I've never had any problem with depth perception.
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Old 06-06-2016, 12:35 PM   #25
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Get some great progressive lens glasses. You can also select a frame with a lens shape that will let you look below the lens without touching your glasses. For example, if the total height of the lens is under 32 mm, then for nearsighted people holding something close-up at their mouth level remains in focus.

Not all progressive lenses are the same. I like something like the Definity brand.
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Old 06-06-2016, 01:11 PM   #26
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Bit of an outlier here. Nearsighted, have had glasses since age 10. In my forties I first noticed that is was getting difficult to read small print in dim light with my glasses on. I tried bifocals and could not get used to them. 61 now and I still just take my glasses off to read. In fact my nearsightedness has improved slightly. I get my eyes checked each year and I can still read the smallest near print without my glasses....can't read with my glasses. So I just use my glasses for distance only. First thing I do when I get home is take my glasses off...I have never been in the habit of wearing them in the house. I know the day will come when I need bifocals or progresses but it is not here yet.

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Old 06-06-2016, 02:28 PM   #27
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I got tired of looking for my readers when I needed them, even tho I had them tucked away everywhere and had my dr make me a pair that were clear glass on top and the reading prescription of the bottom. Over the years he's had to add strength to the top part. I now find it irritating when my friends scramble to find their readers and look everywhere holding up time for everyone else in the group.
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:13 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by YVRRocketSurgery View Post
The last time I went to see the optometrist about 2 years ago, she said I may want to start considering getting bifocals though I might be able hold off a bit longer. Over the last year, I'm occasionally struggle to focus reading on my phone close up, though all I do is flip my glasses up and problem solved.

Should I hold off another couple of years or just bite the bullet and get bifocals?
I'm turning 45 this year. When did you get bifocals?
Around 48, I think, I started wearing reading glasses with my contacts when I needed to read something close. By 50 or so I was wearing them most of the time.

I have a ton of them laying around. I buy them by the threes in Costco.
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:47 PM   #29
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Mid-40s for me. I wear progressive with 2.25 on the bottom and plano on the top. That way I can leave them for viewing on for near and far.
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:51 PM   #30
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Used +1.5 readers from about 50 until last year, 57. Needed +1.25 far correction plus the +1.5 for reading, took a year of messing around to get the right prescription: most ODs seem to think I want to read with the book about 8" from my face, I wanted about 15-18". Just got bifocals that meet my needs, and they make a world of difference. I tried progressives last year, but I missed my peripheral vision too much. Not really worried about how I look with bifocals; gray hair just sets that expectation...

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