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New Pair of Specs

by End_Grain
posted 01-14-2010 06:16 AM

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 06:28 AM

Bifocals…just another part of life. Welcome to the other

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 08:23 AM

Wait till you try the progressive bifocals. No line type. They are a hole new effort to get used to, but are a lot nicer. Had them for years now. (yeah, I know I am old too)haha


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 06:52 PM

OK young-uns …Glasses since age 9, bi-focal s at 34, tri-focal s since 42. Sorry scrappy lineless were the worst thing I ever tried, my wife loves hers but after a year I could not adjust. $400.00 down the drain. some peoples glasses are more than others, due to the prescription, not style or what have you .

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 07:03 PM

I’ve been wearing the no-line progressives for 8 or 10 years now. I really had no trouble adjusting to them.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 07:22 PM

Welcome to the Golden Years…. I shed many a tear when I had to recut a piece. Today the problem is solved I placed a magnifer over my scrollsaw…. I guess my signature is right !!

-- ~~ Remember You can't saw... What you can't see ~~

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 08:08 PM

Well, I took my wife with me. These were the ground rules. You pick the frames and don’t ask me if I like them. It’s well known that I have no taste in style. They asked me if I just wanted to put the new lens in my current CVS frames. She picked the frames and then the tech started asking me all these questions about the lens. I look at my wife and the tech and said I have no idea, so my wife answered all the questions. I have the progressive lens. They were making a big deal about adjusting to them. I asked them how I could have hard time adjusting to them since this was my first pair of real glasses.

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 09:11 PM

I have two pair of glasses, both being progressive no-line bifocals. The only problem I had adjusting to them was when a tech at the optical shop messed up my prescription.

One pair with regular lenses I wear for everyday … I never wear these in the shop.

The other pair has safety lenses, and they stay in the shop (there is a holder for them right next to my ear-plugs on the bench).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 01-14-2010 11:58 PM

A few days ago when I shook my shop glasses out of their case I also got a bunch of sunflower seeds and three acorns. How a squirell got in my shop is a mystery I still haven’t solved. I wear lined tri-focals, by the way.

-- John, UP of Michigan

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#9 posted 01-15-2010 12:11 AM

I’m still with my cheaters, but it wont be long now. My readers are at 3.0 and my puter glasses are 2.5s, BUT, I can still see a golf ball in flight at 250 yards! Used to see them at 300, but I can’t hit em that far anymore.

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#10 posted 01-15-2010 12:14 AM

I got bifocals about 15 years ago and flat out couldn’t deal with them. Finally, I picked up a pair of drug store readers (1.25’s) and that’s all I’ve used ever since. I’m up to 1.75 now, but still have 20-20 beyond ~10’

Sure wish that the rest of me would hold up like my eyes have. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#11 posted 01-15-2010 12:38 AM

I tried progressive bifocals and did not like them took them back, I have trifocals works fine for me but since having cataract surgery I see the very best close on my measuring tape and working on the computer also around the house all is fine without glasses but for driving I have to use them.
I got some contact lens but too big a job to put them on and remove them then you have to wash them

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#12 posted 01-15-2010 12:45 AM

I wear progressive. The only real problem I have is watching tv, which I don’t do often.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 01-15-2010 01:24 AM

Lined tri-focals here. And I had lens implant surgery, too.
Tried the progressive. Made me dizzy and nauseous. Couldn’t find my feet to go down steps. (To you guys that saw me at the PHX picnic…I couldn’t find my feet BEFORE I got so fat!!)
Anyhow, the lines don’t bother me. Still need lots of light in the shop, though.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 01-15-2010 01:36 AM

I’m sorta retired from the optical business after 30 yrs although I’m still a licensed optician in AZ. I’m considering setting up a small lab to make glasses again in a corner of my wood shop. Cut a piece of wood here and a lens over there.

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#15 posted 01-15-2010 04:13 AM

I tried the progressive and had to return them. I could not follow the horizontal lines on electronic schematics, made me dizzy. I went back to tri-focals. I have been wearing glasses for 50 years, graduating to tri-focals about 20 years ago.

-- Mr. Bill in Mount Juliet, TN

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#16 posted 01-15-2010 04:34 AM

Having to wear glasses is a blessing if your’e a woodworker. You always got eye protection!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#17 posted 01-15-2010 12:31 PM

i have come to the conclusion that age has no bearing on these great milestones

here’s my reasoning im 44 and have been wearing glasses for short sightedness for 15 years (basiclally since started using computers at work) now that im out of an office job my sight is getting better at this rate in about 3 years i wont need glasses

on the other hand my 18 year old daughter will get her first pair of bifocals next week and she has been getting grey hair since she was 11

so my conspiracy theory(LOL) is that its all down to luck

Sorry to point this out to you all


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#18 posted 01-15-2010 04:43 PM

I’m waiting for my glasses (should be in next week) and then I can start my project for the Awards. Oh how nice it will be to be able to see the fine details of the wood (and the tools).
Progressives: headaches (physically, I mean) ..
Unfortunately I forgot to mention this when I ordered my latest glasses. We’ll just have to see what they make for me. Crossing my fingers.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#19 posted 01-15-2010 04:55 PM

I got one of these from my Lee Valley wish list for Christmas. It’s great for detail work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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David Freed

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#20 posted 01-16-2010 08:45 PM

I have worn glasses since I was 6. I got my first pair of bifocals about 2 years ago, and decided to try the no line type from the start. The doctor I got them from had a deal where if you didn’t like the no-lines, you could trade them for a lined pair for free. They were fine if I only looked straight ahead all the time, but if you wanted to look to to the side everything was blurry. I just assumed they weren’t ground properly, but when I told the doctor about this, he said that the prescription isn’t ground on the sides of the no-line glasses. Huh? Who only looks straight ahead all the time? I had to go with the lined type because I need my side vision too.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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#21 posted 01-16-2010 09:07 PM

I’m staying totally out of this one (LOL!) ... except to say … congratulations on letting go of whatever was holding you back, and on getting crisper vision. I hope it makes life easier, and the outcomes better, in the shop :-)

-- -- Neil

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#22 posted 01-17-2010 01:27 AM

Ive wore glasses for 42 years now, prgressive for probally last 10 years, had lens transpland a couple years ago on one eye had the same lens transplant on the left eye last year, no longer need glasses except to read or tape measure so what do I do, My new glasses are clear glass with progressive bifocals in them, lmao 400.00 reading glasses I wear all the time. Cant stand putting the readers on and off.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#23 posted 01-17-2010 04:52 AM

miles125, please don’t consider your eyewear a replacement for safety eyewear. All lenses must meet ANSI standards for impact resistance but the requirements for everyday eyewear is not the same as it is for safety eyewear.
I still wear the ugly plastic eye protection over top of my Rx eyewear as a lens can break relatively easily and also Rx eyewear do not provide protection from objects coming in from the sides. I’ve had several pieces of metal removed from my eyes when welding or grinding because I was careless and trusted my eyewear to protect my eyes. Impart resistant ANSI approved lenses will break into dangerous fragments with the correct amount of impact.

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#24 posted 01-17-2010 05:43 AM

I had a doctor tell me one day that “Getting old is not for sissies”. Everyday, I think how right he is! It sounds like you have Presbyopia, which is Greek for “old eye”. I’ve had the joy of wearing “readers” for the last 10 years of so.
I go to the stores that resell overstock items and get my +1.75s by the dozen for about $2 ea. Then I spread ‘em out everywhere I go so I always have a pair kicking around! Just thhink, when you get old enough to have cataracts you can actually get a multifocal lens implanted that will let you see distance and near without glasses and see like you were a kid again. Something to look forward to…


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#25 posted 01-17-2010 04:15 PM

Randy, I’m in the same boat. My distance vision is nearly perfect. I don’t need my glasses for driving (unless I need to read a map). I just got to a point where I couldn’t read a darned thing without readers, and it was easier just to leave my progressive lenses on all the time.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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