Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Bifocals: Noooooo!

Stephanie

Bifocals. I need them but don’t want them- I work closely at varying distances so I usually just take my glasses off to see. (Sort of) I’ve been wearing glasses to correct nearsightedness and an astigmatism since I was 4 years old. 39 years of wearing glasses – I don’t know a life without them. I’d always hoped for surgery to correct my vision but I’ve learned several unfortunate things about me and RK surgery. The first is that I’m a risky candidate due to the shape of my eyes, second is that the surgery wouldn’t make my vision any better than my eyes currently see. Third is that I would possibly still need to wear glasses and fourth is that the surgical procedure isn’t permanent. Not to mention that the surgery isn’t covered by health insurance. Insert big frowny face here -> :o(

I write, draw, paint, work on a computer, and love to read – all things that are somewhat dependent on having clearish vision to do them and it’s frustrating to not be able to see like I once did. Not to mention the struggle with trying to see labels, small print, etc. I used to think that older folks were just being difficult when they said they couldn’t read fine print.

I seem to have heard more horror stories about bifocals than success stories. Can you help me out? Did you finally give in and find that they were a godsend?


42 thoughts on “Bifocals: Noooooo!

  1. Thanks so much for starting this thread! I think my opthamologist is trying to spare me the jolt of wearing bi-focals at 41, but I am constantly feeling, “If only I had a page-sized magnifying glass!” while reading. Pretty sure that’s a sign. (:

    One thing I’m finding is that I don’t want to wear contacts while reading. I don’t know if the constant movement of my eyes dries them out or what, but I feel much more fatigued when I read with them vs. glasses. Does anyone out there just wear bi-focals/progressive glasses lenses for reading and studying–but then don contacts for everything else? That’s what I’d like to do, esp. since I’m already a klutz and am afraid I’ll be falling all the time with bi-focals.

    If Gary (last poster) is reading this, can you share any more details about why progressive lenses didn’t work for you–but bifocals do? (Perhaps the opthamologist shared some insight about this?)

    Thanks for all your thoughts.

  2. Thanks so much for starting this thread! I think my opthamologist is trying to spare me the jolt of wearing bi-focals at 41, but I am constantly feeling, “If only I had a page-sized magnifying glass!” while reading. Pretty sure that’s a sign. (:

    One thing I’m finding is that I don’t want to wear contacts while reading. I don’t know if the constant movement of my eyes dries them out or what, but I feel much more fatigued when I read with them vs. glasses. Does anyone out there just wear bi-focals/progressive glasses lenses for reading and studying–but then don contacts for everything else? That’s what I’d like to do, esp. since I’m already a klutz and am afraid I’ll be falling all the time with bi-focals.

    If Gary (last poster) is reading this, can you share any more details about why progressive lenses didn’t work for you–but bifocals do? (Perhaps the opthamologist shared some insight about this?)

    Thanks for all your thoughts.

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