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    Reading glasses

    Having reached the ripe old age where I now require vari focals, but not wanting to go down that investment just yet, Iíve been simply removing my glasses to read menu / phone (to prevent me peering over them like I mocked my parents for!)

    Longer term goal is eye surgery for replacement lenses, to be fully glasses free, but need to get it all assessed etc.

    In the mean time, I recently purchased my first pair of reading glasses, some cheap £10 amazon ones +1 correction which is what my eye test suggested.

    Now I appreciate they are going to be rubbish compared to my high quality lenses, but wasnít expecting to have such a poor focal length.

    To read, I am literally holding a menu 6Ē from my eyes when wearing the glasses. Given itís my first pair Iíve no idea if this is Ďnormalí, I donít recall seeing people hold things that close to their eyes.

    Was hoping for some Ďarms lengthí clarity improvement when wearing them for laptop use etc, but donít want to throw proper cash at them if thatís all Iím going to get.

    Perhaps itís time to suck up the cost of varifocals & admit a new stage in my age & vision!


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    Hi
    I wear variofocals but i tend to read without my glasses be it a menu, paper or book however cheapo reading glasses are not ideal and you should not be holding a menu 6Ē away.
    Go and get a proper eye test and consultation ( you may qualify for a freebie due to age)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mart broad View Post
    Hi
    I wear variofocals but i tend to read without my glasses be it a menu, paper or book however cheapo reading glasses are not ideal and you should not be holding a menu 6Ē away.
    Same here.

    I'll just say that I am short-sighted too, and have been wearing glasses all my adult life. I have therefore decided that having surgery now is an unnecessary risk. The only downside for me is that as I like quality sunglasses and Maui Jim cannot make corrective lenses to my specs, I need to wear contact lenses on holidays/sunny weather, and thus need to carry reading glasses on that day.
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    Reading glasses

    Mart, I did have the proper eye test but didnít progress with ordering from them at the time. I always get New Wayfarer glasses & donít need another frame just yet, or another spare pair of sunglasses. Perhaps I just need to bite the bullet.

    S-J, Iíve also worn them all my adult life, am on a mixed set of contacts for holidays, have one varifocal lens & one to correct astigmatism, so very much a compromised view, itís not perfect. When dim lighting happens in restaurants, I canít really read the menu, and as they are contacts cannot look over the top of them.

    This is why Iím thinking about the lens surgery, to free me from Ďacceptableí or having multiple pairs of expensive glasses lenses made. The risks do concern me, but I just want to be glasses free when I want to be, have the choice of sunglasses, and maybe even wear a false pair of glasses when I want to look intelligent lol.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    Mart, I did have the proper eye test but didnít progress with ordering from them at the time. I always get New Wayfarer glasses & donít need another frame just yet, or another spare pair of sunglasses. Perhaps I just need to bite the bullet.

    S-J, Iíve also worn them all my adult life, am on a mixed set of contacts for holidays, have one varifocal lens & one to correct astigmatism, so very much a compromised view, itís not perfect. When dim lighting happens in restaurants, I canít really read the menu, and as they are contacts cannot look over the top of them.

    This is why Iím thinking about the lens surgery, to free me from Ďacceptableí or having multiple pairs of expensive glasses lenses made. The risks do concern me, but I just want to be glasses free when I want to be, have the choice of sunglasses, and maybe even wear a false pair of glasses when I want to look intelligent lol.
    I know the feeling, and I too wince a bit when time comes to renew my varifocals.
    I can get away with using normal, single focal contact lenses for the moment but it is indeed a compromise.

    A bit left field, but I have found that wearing a hat on sunny days reduced the need I have for sunglasses significantly. What it does to my overall look is debatable of course, I see myself as a younger Indiana Jones and my wife thinks I look like a pillock, but at least I don't squint so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    In the mean time, I recently purchased my first pair of reading glasses, some cheap £10 amazon ones +1 correction which is what my eye test suggested.

    Now I appreciate they are going to be rubbish compared to my high quality lenses, but wasnít expecting to have such a poor focal length.

    To read, I am literally holding a menu 6Ē from my eyes when wearing the glasses. Given itís my first pair Iíve no idea if this is Ďnormalí, I donít recall seeing people hold things that close to their eyes.
    You may have just got a poorly made pair. There are lots of places that sell reading glasses displayed on a shelf or stand so you can try them on to see which work best. I know that have them in Boots & Waitrose & Superdrug used to have them as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    This is why Iím thinking about the lens surgery, to free me from Ďacceptableí or having multiple pairs of expensive glasses lenses made. The risks do concern me, but I just want to be glasses free when I want to be, have the choice of sunglasses, and maybe even wear a false pair of glasses when I want to look intelligent lol.
    I suggest you do a lot of research before deciding on where to go for lens replacement procedures. There are a number of considerations including how high your current prescription is & whether or not you can tolerate multifocal lenses. Not everyone gets good results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    I know the feeling, and I too wince a bit when time comes to renew my varifocals.
    I can get away with using normal, single focal contact lenses for the moment but it is indeed a compromise.

    A bit left field, but I have found that wearing a hat on sunny days reduced the need I have for sunglasses significantly. What it does to my overall look is debatable of course, I see myself as a younger Indiana Jones and my wife thinks I look like a pillock, but at least I don't squint so much.
    I have my Tilley hat too & love it. Even if it was how strangers recognised me at the swim up bar on holiday!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pointy View Post
    You may have just got a poorly made pair. There are lots of places that sell reading glasses displayed on a shelf or stand so you can try them on to see which work best. I know that have them in Boots & Waitrose & Superdrug used to have them as well.
    Iíve struggled with the quality of the frames with all the ones Iíve tried on so far, strangely the amazon frames were pretty good, nowhere near my daily wears, but I didnít cringe as I picked them up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pointy View Post
    I suggest you do a lot of research before deciding on where to go for lens replacement procedures. There are a number of considerations including how high your current prescription is & whether or not you can tolerate multifocal lenses. Not everyone gets good results.
    Iíve done a lot of research & even chosen my surgeon. Just need them to want me too.

    Iím only a low prescription of -2.5 on both eyes with astigmatism slightly different across them. Iím just fed up with compromise with either sunglasses, contacts or day to day glasses.

    Equally I donít want to be the 0.1% or whatever it is that ends up being below an acceptable driving standard of sight.

    To be fair, the optician did the Ďlegal minimumí for me to try & itís pretty scary what people are allowed to drive without being able to see an awful lot in my view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    Iíve done a lot of research & even chosen my surgeon. Just need them to want me too.

    Iím only a low prescription of -2.5 on both eyes with astigmatism slightly different across them. Iím just fed up with compromise with either sunglasses, contacts or day to day glasses.

    Equally I donít want to be the 0.1% or whatever it is that ends up being below an acceptable driving standard of sight.

    To be fair, the optician did the Ďlegal minimumí for me to try & itís pretty scary what people are allowed to drive without being able to see an awful lot in my view.
    Are you considering multifocals or monofocal lenses? As you may know professions like pilots are not allowed to have multifocal lenses dues to issues with flares & halos. If you are looking at monofocals it's worth thinking about where you want the sharp vision range to be - my view on this changed from thinking I wanted to be sharp at distance to being sharp form reading to 3m or so.

    Are you able to say which surgeon you have chosen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pointy View Post
    Are you considering multifocals or monofocal lenses? As you may know professions like pilots are not allowed to have multifocal lenses dues to issues with flares & halos. If you are looking at monofocals it's worth thinking about where you want the sharp vision range to be - my view on this changed from thinking I wanted to be sharp at distance to being sharp form reading to 3m or so.

    Are you able to say which surgeon you have chosen?
    Well it was going to be Mr Pillai, but AVC have ceased trading, lucky escape who knows.

    I wanted distance primarily as my sharp vision, but equally donít want to limit the short vision. Iíd imagine multi is my only solution for getting what I want - hadnít read much on halos with lens replacement, only with the laser options.

    Perhaps I need to do more reading then on the subject. Basically I want the eyes of a 20yr old for close up & distance, regardless of cost but in the safest way possible.


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    Iím no expert on the subject, but Iíve worn glasses since the age of 23 and Iím now 62. Iíve been on varifocals for around 17 years, I briefly considered surgery but discounted it for a few reasons. As I see it, thereís every chance your eyes will continue to deteriorate after surgery so you could still end up needing glasses, particularly for reading as presbyopia (old sight) sets in. I wore contact lenses for many years, but never on a regular basis because I couldnít use them in my work environment, I used them for sports/ running plus going out.....until I reached the stage where I couldnít read menus or count my money correctly! At that stage I gave up with the contacts, I couldn't see the ground clearly enough for running off- road unless I wore one eye deliberately weak. Thankfully, with advancing years, any sense of vanity regarding glasses disappears, Iíd advise anyone who needs glasses to come to terms with it and get the best varifocals available as presbyopia sets in (usually mid- late 40s).

    Getting varifocals made correctly is crucial, they have to be fitted correctly or they wonít be acceptable. Its worth paying more for the best lenses which cut down peripheral distortion, but the fitting is vital and for this reason Iíd never try to save money buying on- line.

    There are glasses designed for reading and intermediate distance such as using a computer screen, I have these for my watch repair bench. These are varifocals so thereís a cost involved, but they do the trick and theyíre far better than straight reading glasses.

    As for sunglasses, I donít Ďgetí the fashion / designer thing at all, I simply gave a pair of reactolite varifocals in the style if frame I like, no names on the side or anything like that.......Iíve reached the age where I donít care about that stuff but I never did when I was younger.

    For anyone who swims regularly I recommend optical goggles that are close enough to your distance prescription, theyíre a godsend and its surprising how folks donít know they exist! Expect to pay around £30 for a pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post

    Perhaps I need to do more reading then on the subject. Basically I want the eyes of a 20yr old for close up & distance, regardless of cost but in the safest way possible.

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    Definitely do some more research.....and perhaps come to terms with the fact that youíre not a 20 year old! Unless you are very short - sighted (-2.5 isnít strong, Iím about the same) I wouldnít go down the surgery route, it may help for a few years but I canít see how its a permanent fix, it canít be.

    Iíll be honest, I wish I had better eyesight and didnít need glasses all the time, but I learned to accept it many years ago. Iím thankful they still work OK, albeit with some help from Specsavers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pointy View Post
    I suggest you do a lot of research before deciding on where to go for lens replacement procedures. There are a number of considerations including how high your current prescription is & whether or not you can tolerate multifocal lenses. Not everyone gets good results.
    indeed and may I add I work for 11 ophthalmic Consultants, some who offer laser eye surgery but who ALL wear glasses themselves,
    says it all really!!

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    My aim is for the lenses to be replaced entirely, hence zero need for any glasses, as there is no longer the ability for age related degradation that you have with laser etc.

    I forget the last post here, but my ongoing biggest concern is the number of eye specialists and opticians who wear glasses vs having the surgery.

    Early 40ís sucks, eyes and hair receding & balding. Iím blessed there is just vanity related issues, could be a lot worse & am thankful for that.


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    I had laser eye surgery in 2002 at the age of 57 to correct short sight, I had worn glasses since I was about 43 and hated them. It was very successful although my eyes were quite painful for a short while, I guess the procedure has improved since then.

    I had perfect long and medium distance vision up until 2016 but needed specs for reading, then it started to deteriorate a little forcing me to wear specs for driving, watching TV etc. In 2018 the specs I had were not working for me so after a routine eye test I was told I had cataracts in both eyes so new specs would not help.

    The optician said he could refer me to a private clinic through the NHS for an assessment but doubted they would do anything as he didnít think the cataracts were bad enough.

    September 2018 and a thorough examination at Spa Medica Clinic and subsequent surgery in November 2018 and February 2019 to replace the lenses has left me with perfect vision as good as it was when lasered 18 years ago except for the need for reading glasses.

    The surgery in 2002 cost me no more than about 2-3 pairs of quality varifocals so has paid for itself many times over. I was scared stiff of having it done but glad I went ahead with it. The replacement lens surgery took less than 15 minutes per eye and was painless. If I had paid for my cataract surgery privately I could have opted for multifocal lenses but at my age (74) I thought it wasnít worthwhile.

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