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Forum topic by End_Grain posted 01-14-2010 06:16 AM 1449 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2010 06:16 AM

Well this month, I’ve had to somewhat admit and face the fact of aging that I’m no longer a spring chicken. I am now wearing my first pair of bifocals. I’ve been avoiding this by visiting the local CVS Pharmacy with my Mapsco. When I could read the street index at arms length, I knew I had the right reading power. But CVS can longer fill my self made eye prescription.

On the flip side of that coin, man does everything look sharper today. I’m still getting used to knowing where to look through the lens and that’s a PITA for sure. My daily afternoon headache went away about an hour after I started wearing them and best of all, I can accurately read a measuring device past an 1/8”. Y’all squabble about getting down to .001 this, .003 that, heck before today I couldn’t see past 0.125.

-- 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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#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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