Non Bass - Question about Progressives

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Non Bass - Question about Progressives

Non Bass Related here.    Also biased towards those of you middle age or older.   No discrimination, but generally you have to be at least forty understand the crap I've been going through this week.    

I just got my first variable focal eyeglasses this week.  They create a vacuum in a major way.   I'm out $750. so far between the cost of these glasses, and the deposit paid on a pair of perscription safety glasses on order.   (Its a work requirement, but I have to pay out of pocket, and then submit reimbursement request, and then they will only cover about 50% of the cost).   

Opticans pushed the progressive lenses in a major way.  I've spent two evenings reading online about this subject, and its been quite enlightening.   I cant' wear these new things more than 2 hrs without getting a headache, They are useless at the computer or to do paperwork at my desk.   I feel like I'm ready to take them back and demand my money back and just get a pair of reading glasses for reading and keep my old perscription glasses for regular wear.   Optical shop says I havent "tried" hard enough.   I get a tunnel vision sensation when walking around whith them, and when I try and use them for the computer, only small sections of the computer screen are in focus at any given time.   I have to physically move my head around to make the other parts of the screen in focus.   

Do you wear these things?   How long did you adjust before it was o.k.  and are you really HAPPY with them now?   Of all the people I spoke with over the past two days, I have only found one person (outside of the Optical Shop employees) who claimed to be genuinely happy with their progressives.  All the others were varying degrees of tolerable, to "cant stand them" to flat out, "yes I have them but never wear them because they suck".   I'm starting to feel like the people at the optical place are only interested in my wallet; which is bad becase I like this place; have been getting my glasses there for over 15 years now.   

Thanks, you guys are the most honest people I know.  We should all meet for a pizza and  :beer:  

( hey Jackie - how come there's no pizza icon? )

My ol' man had glasses like

My ol' man had glasses like that... turn your head real quick and it seems like the room tilted. He took the mo' fuggas back.

They took some getting used to...

I've been wearing progressives for about 5 years, now.  The official glasses of old people, my kids say.  LOL.  Anyway.

It took me about a month to get used to the first pair.  It takes your brain a little while to adjust to how to focus and you have to modify some of your habits, too.  Depending on where they actually started the progression in the lens, your best closeup vision will come from just less than the bottom third of the lens and the best far vision starts just above the center of the lens and comes from the top half. 

One of the hardest things I had to learn was the "bifocal tilt."  For far away, it was all a matter of not pushing my glasses up too far on my nose, then just looking straight through the lens.  For reading and things close up, try lifting your chin about 1/2 inch so you can look through the bottom third of the lens.  That's where the clearest part of the view is. 

My biggest problem with progressives is that all frames are not created equal when considering a progressive lens.  I like a smaller (from top to bottom), stylish frame, and a certain amount of lens height is required to make the progression and give you usable lens to see clearly through.  It's not happened to me personally, but a friend of mine had to have a pair of trifocal progressives remade because the frame he wanted wasn't tall enough to progress three different prescriptions into.  His eye doctor comp'd him the lenses because the optical tech didn't tell him that his frames were probably too small.  You mentioned safey glasses, which are usually a pretty large lens, so that's not likely part of the problem you're describing, but be aware of it for your personal glasses.

If you're a contact lens wearer also, just wait for the fun of correcting contacts for the bifocal requirement.  The first thing they tried with me was one eye got the distance lens (single vision) and the other was the close-up lens (also single vision).  That lasted 2 days before I put my foot down and demanded the multi-focal contact lens.  Still some adjustment required, but not nearly as nauseating as the single eye correct plan. 

No contacts for me.

I can't do contacts.  poke myself in the eye twice daily, intentionally?   No thanks.  

My wife wears contacts with the dual mono vision, close up on one side & distance on the other.  She was wacked out for 3 weeks with that one.  I had fun teasing her telling her that she looked like Bill the Cat with them on that way (at which she would chase me with a rolled up magazine).   

I wore them today for almost 12 hrs.; the longest stretch yet, but eyes were really sore at teh end of it.   And I wasnt doing any real concenetrated work on the PC or reading, which is where one of my main problems with the progs is.  I'm  tempted to switch to traditional bifocals or perhpas just a pair of reading glasses, but I don't konw if the lined bifocals will be any better; or how annoyed I will be with the readers, having to switch them in & out.   When my eyse get sore I have to go back to the old perscription, but they say that makes it take longer to adjust.   However my eyse are too bad to not wear glasses at all.   I cant really do anyting without some sort of corrective lenses in place. 

All the stuff I have read on line tells me about how the progressives must be fit properly to your head by a qualified optomitrist etc for them to work right.   Also that the optomitrist should be asking lots of questions about my work, and my activiteis outside of work to find out what sorts of conditions in my life might cause a probelm.   It makes sense, but they did none of that, so it makes me feel like they are mainly interested in deflating my wallet.   The new glasses are starting to be come more comfortable, but if they dont make my close up vision better, I can think of lots better ways to spend $750.     

Contacts for golf....

I wear the contacts when I play golf.  As much as the progressives work for other stuff, I still need something different in order to play golf.  The getting used to part was a pain.  It took almost a month to get used to the whole two prescriptions in one lens effect, and my eyes were miserable.  They are correct though - if you swap back to the old glasses, it takes a lot longer to get your brain and eyes to adapt to the new lenses. 

If your dispensing optician wasn't asking the questions about what you do, how you're using your eyes, etc., etc., etc., then it's entirely possible that you're simply fitted incorrectly.  I have to be really specific when I'm getting fitted.  I broke my nose many years ago, so that little bump doesn't exist anymore.  Opticians tend to want to push my frame clear up against my forehead, but I never wear them there.  If I don't insist on having the bridge exactly where I wear it, the progressive line is cut in the wrong place.

If they've cut your progressives incorrectly by having the glasses on your nose in the wrong place, you'll get the same problems by switching to a regular bifocal.  Here's something you can do, however that shouldn't cost you anything.  If you have a LensCrafters near you, do a walk-in visit and ask them to take a look at the progressions.  They can put the little machine up to your face while you're wearing the glasses and see if the progression is cut at the right place for your vision.  I can't speak for the stores near you, but my local LensCrafters will do that and a bunch of other tiny services for no charge, so yours might, as well. 


Things in your eye, or covers for eyes.

Sometimes I thing they need to provide seeing eye dogs, while we make the transition to bi, tri or progressives. It took me about six months to get used to my bifocals twenty some odd years ago.  Even with glasses on, I can''t see a pool ball well enough to shoot pool.   To make this music related, I have trouble reading music.  Funny thing is, I can still pass the driving test so I don't need corrective lenses to drive, putt. My poor spouse wanted a set of reading glasses with about a 3 diopter correction, so she wouldn't have to wear 6 diopter corrective contacts, no go with the opticians.  Bad vision is tough, I worked with some mill wrights who had corrective lenses in their welding helmets.  If the company is having you wear lenses, and then they only pay for half of the prescription, talk to personnel, Most companies have to make reasonable accommodations.  (hence the comment about corrective lenses in welding helmets. Even this forum makes reasonable accommodations   8) :steve: :glasses: :davie:

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