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Gunhippie
I'm sure I'm not the only one here that needs readers to do any close/fine work or read. I'm unfortunate in that I need prescription readers, as I have pretty bad astigmatism and my two eyes have very different "sphere" scores: +1.00 left, +1.75 right, so the cheap store-bought readers just give me an intense headache.

Anyhow, I was doing some yardwork at the pub last week. When I went to break out a book later, I found the readers were missing. I retraced my steps, paying special attention to the burn pile where I figured it was most likely the glasses had fallen out of my pocket. No joy. Of course, the pair I'd been using for the last year were my spares--five-year-old prescription, scratched almost beyond use--and the only pair I had. I'd been meaning to get a new pair for a while, but... you know.

Anyhow, I panicked. I immediately called the local eye clinic where I had my last eye exam and had them put a rush order on a new pair. or course, they didn't have the same frame anymore, so I said to find something close. They really wanted me to come in for another exam, but I explained that money was tight and I couldn't afford one right now. A two-year-old prescription would be better than none.

The next AM, after driving myself crazy trying to read and cook without my readers, I went back over the previous day's course. Again, I focused (as best I could without glasses) on the burn pile, because that would be the most difficult place to find them, so logically where they'd be.

I tore the burn pile apart, which took a bit of doing as it was HUGE. No joy, again. As I hung my head and turned to trudge back and resume my miserable existence, I saw a glint in the grass about ten feet from the burn pile. My glasses! Happy, happy, joy, joy!

A week alter, I got the call from the clinic: My new glasses were in! With bated breath, I rushed down to get them. The first thing I noticed was the signature frame--Tony Hilfinger! I'd told them I couldn't afford an eye exam, and they order me a $185 pair of glasses!

I asked for a copy of my prescription. The next day, I ordered three pair from the 'net for 1/10 the price I paid for my designer frames. I'll never buy glasses from the clinic again--that's for sure.

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1hpycmpr
I’m in the same boat, Timm!  Can’t read the smaller print or computer screen without glasses.    Left eye is a lot worse than than the right so hence, the glass is somewhat noticeable thicker.  From time to time, the wife likes to tease me about my big left eye!
Mark
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DougA
Yeah, eyeglasses are a huge racket, especially the frames.  There was stuff in the news earlier in the spring about that.  I am in a similar situation with my prescription: a really wacky astigmatism, plus the reader level, and do all that with the line-less lenses which I like because it basically gives me trifocals with a middle range that is great for the computer and reading music at the organ, but it makes for one mighty big bill for new glasses.  Fortunately my prescription doesn't change much and I and use the same script for a few years.
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outlawmws
Timm  you can go buy a pair of 1.00 and a pair of 1.75, and swap lenses for the right "offset"... 

Now, if you can find someone with the opposite problem...
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outlawmws
Also,  when you are looking for them, if you stick with metal frame glasses,  - Metal detector!
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JimL
It's disgusting that they ordered an expensive frame after telling them you couldn't afford the eye exam.  Frames are more generic than they appear and they could have given you a cheaper frame for those lenses.  I might have walked away and told them to keep them.

Stick with prescription glasses if you can.  You can buy glasses at the dollar store, and although I did that earlier in life, I wouldn't now.  Also, if a pair of glasses give you a headache when you put them on, they are not for you!  With prescription, you'll get the right focal point for your eyes.  I know my terminology is wrong, but prescription ones are for YOUR specific eyes.

I've been meaning to check these folks out but haven't yet.  An eye exam and two pairs of glasses for $70.
https://www.americasbest.com/

-Jim

Remember, you're unique.  Just like everybody else.
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Hot Diggity
I know the feeling Timm.  I broke the nose pieces off both my regular pairs, found my older spares gave me headaches and couldn't find my new VA issue glasses.  I used store bought readers for about three days and then did a double ground loop trying to get up off the carpet in the new house.  I though I might be dying in an empty house, and nobody knew I was there, or even where it was.  The vertigo turned out to be unrelated to the glasses, but I think the transition lenses trigger something similar still. 

On the plus side, I've learned how not to scratch my lenses, and wearing large sunglass frames I have safety/sunglass/readers all in one.  Haven't had a foreign body removed from my eye in the emergency room in years.  New prescription has been adjusted to move the transition a bit higher, so the front sight blade of a 1911 will be crystal clear without having to tilt my head back. 

If you can still get around without them and only need readers you're fortunate. 

License examiner asked me if I wore glasses to drive.  I told him "Only if I want to see where I'm going."     
Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
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REJ2
Four focal here, can't wait till its invented.
Bob    
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micaglobe
I don't really need glasses to drive------just need them to find the car.

Fred
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BSAGuy
Glad you found them, Timm.  I got a new prescription pair about a year ago and I keep my old ones as a spare.
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mgmlvks
Wow - what a story.  Hope you discussed it with the clinic director!

I am terribly nearsighted with heavy astigmatism and wear contact lenses.  I have always disliked wearing glasses.  My eye-doc and I have settled on left-eye for near sighted and right-eye for far sighted.  It actually works!  Of course my best near vision is without any contacts or glasses, and it is SPECTACULAR! I can also follow a program on a BIG TV without assistance, but don't ask me about details

Glad you found your readers.
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Gunhippie
Hot Diggity wrote:
....Haven't had a foreign body removed from my eye in the emergency room in years....    


OK, there's something worrysome there....

I can get by without distance glasses, but the last time I warned my friends that there was an incoming "pretty gal" I was informed that it was a German Sheppard. Really, I'm fine.
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zoomkat
If you need glasses to drive, then you can get in a bind. If you can sill drive (or have a driver), lots of places have glasses dispensaries in them now, and are probably going o be much cheaper than "clinics" and doctors offices that also sell frames and lens. Cosco, Sam's club, Walmart etc., have the doctors and the glasses. The frames are fairly inexpensive, but the lens can jack the price way up. Always ask what he price is going to be prior to having the glasses ordered.   
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Gunhippie
outlawmws wrote:
Timm  you can go buy a pair of 1.00 and a pair of 1.75, and swap lenses for the right "offset"... 

Now, if you can find someone with the opposite problem...


Have you actually tried this?  I have.  Cheapo store-bought readers don't seem to make the same frames for +1.00 and +1.75 diopters. I tried, Lord knows I tried. Cheap SOB I am, when possible, but that one beat me.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
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Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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estiv
Walmart for the eye exam, and then go home and order the glasses from zenni.com. Just be sure to have the Walmart people measure and write your pupilary distance on the script.
Steve Kowalski
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Legs
I like to screw with my buddies when we ride, so we'll pull up to a joint for a burger, park the scooters and I'll immediately pull out from my saddlebag a collapsible white and red cane and commence to tapping the ground. The looks of bystanders is precious and my buddies about die. ðŸ˜‹

Let it burn....        
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byegorge
The mental picture I get when someone says "I sat on my glasses". I have worn glasses since I was 5 years old there is very limited times when they are not on my face: in the shower, sleeping, during sex and diving. Swimming is OK with glasses on just no diving in ask me how I know. I am far sighted with various astigmatisms currently wearing wire framed bifocals with plastic lenses. I can put my hands on at least 6 old pairs for spares if needed. I was 25 before I discovered (somebody told me) 'Mr. Magoo eyes' if I hold the tips of the ear pieces at my temples look through the center of the lenses eyes wide open viola! I can't see squat but I'm told the effect is pretty startling basically Mr. Magoo eyes/glasses.
George
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austin65uri
Remember, regardless of all the trouble and expense, they probably rate as one of the greatest inventions.  Here's a little history: http://www.glasseshistory.com/glasses-inventor/who-invented-glasses/
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Northman49
I have destroyed many pairs of glasses during my years at work as an A/C technician. I would remove my glasses for close-up work and usually place them on something close at hand which  invariably ended up in scratching the lens. Luckily my insurance pays for a new set every two years. This winter I "lost" a new pair of $500. glasses somewhere in the house. After 3 months of fruitless searching I had to buy a new exact pair...no insurance. A few months ago while searching in my garage for an item........there they were. 
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Chucker
The absolute best pair of cheaters I own I bought about 15 years ago and are 1.75 magnification. Here's the catch - they have glass lenses.

I even had the optician tell me yesterday that glass is still the absolute best medium for lenses. I believe her as both my Rx glasses and those cheaters are still glass. Don't know if you can even find glass readers anymore but I'm a fan. 
Chuck
"Stop being angry, and forget about getting back at people; do not worry -- it only causes harm." Ps. 37:8
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DougA
Chucker wrote:
I even had the optician tell me yesterday that glass is still the absolute best medium for lenses.


I had one pair of glasses with plastic lenses probably 30 years ago and they were scratched up so badly so quickly that from that point on I insisted on glass.  I was about the only client who did that with the two opticians I dealt with in the ensuing time.  When I have a pair of glasses for four years or so I want the lenses to last.
DougA  ... fettler and keeper of a family collection of nickel: a 249, a pair of 237s, and a 1938 228B, along with a late 1979 red 200a.  Then two more turned up, a 1941 243A and a 1944 242C, and now there's a b-day 200A lantern, too!.
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xvz12
I had to wear temporary corrective glasses for about 3 years, back when I was a teenager, I hated them with a purple passion, They were in my way all the time, They didn't have the anti-reflective coating that's available now, so I was staring at my own eyeballs all the time, drove me nuts.    I'm 60 now, & have been back in glasses for a couple of years.  I still dislike them, but they don't bug me as bad as they did when I was a kid.  I wear bifocals atm, so I can read a book fine, & I can see to drive fine, but I have to take them off to read my computer screen, so at work they're off, then on, then off...etc.  Kind of a pain, but I guess it beats not seeing at all.  I also have a couple pairs of cheap readers that get employed from time to time as well.  Contacts have never been an option for me....lol.
Wynn - xvz12

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Gunhippie
I need to look into glass lenses. My readers live in my front shirt pocket, and get trashed very quickly. I'm hoping not to lose this pair before I can make good on the 1 year scratch-proof warranty.

Reminds me, I need to blow out my glasses case after a long day of grinding metal.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
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kb0hae
I guess that I am fortunate that I can use the cheap readers.  I use them for reading, though in a pinch I can read without them if the print is not too small.  I only need a 1.00 since cataract surgery.  The part I dislike is how they can get so dirty no matter how careful you are!  BTW, I have about 300 microfiber cleaning cloths to clean glasses and screens with.  If the cloth itself is not enough, I use a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and distilled water.  I also have a small mesh bag that I put the cloths in to wash them in the washing machine.
I have several pairs of the cheap readers around, one pair by each computer , and a couple where I usually sit to read. 
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Mike
Get progressives and kiss your readers goodbye. I need my glasses for close work and I knew I would constantly lose readers so went with progressives. It's only the last few years that some distance correction has been ground in to them.

Lost them this summer diving into the lake to play with dog. Just the tips of the arms were sticking above the bottom weeds and I was lucky to find them with my fuzzy vision through the scuba mask!
Mike.
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Chucker
Progressive lenses nearly drove me insane. Never again. Good ole bi-focals work absolutely the best in my world. Probably was an issue because I don't need my glasses for mid-distance and for some long distance viewing. Okay. 

Like my optician told me a couple years ago, "You either love or hate progressives". True dat. 
Chuck
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1hpycmpr
Hate is a pretty strong word but yea, I hate progressive lenses too.  
Mark
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Sandman
Like that joke.......dad says to son......”dont do that you will go blind”......son says....”im over here dad”
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outlawmws
I always heard "I'll only do it til I need glasses"  as the punchline!
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Gunhippie
Wait--I thought that had to do with the hair on my palms...
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
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chrisnjenn
I just got progressives 2 months ago(decided to give my eyes a break after wearing contacts for 20 plus years) and I adjusted well to them pretty fast. I’m a big fan of progressives.
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Hot Diggity
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Mike
Hot Diggity--excellent!

Yup, I went into my workshop for the first time with my new progressives, and as I scanned up and down on the hard verticle edges of the shelving supports I saw them wiggle and swerve. This could be a difficult adjustment, I thought. After a couple of days my eyes were just fine, so I love 'em. YMMV I guess.

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Majicwrench
 I'm nearsighted to the point I have huge, thick lenses, eye docs are always trying to push plastic lenses on me ("They"re lighter"), there is no way, maybe if I sat in an office all day and a recliner all evening. 
Keith
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Hot Diggity
Majicwrench wrote:
 I'm nearsighted to the point I have huge, thick lenses, eye docs are always trying to push plastic lenses on me ("They"re lighter"), there is no way, maybe if I sat in an office all day and a recliner all evening. 


I don't understand why you wouldn't go lighter.  What am I missing?  

Mine aren't terribly thick, but they've been very large (Ray-Ban Clubmasters and large aviator sunglass frames) and polycarbonate, because they're my safety glasses at work.  Very helpful with rifle brass and shrapnel flying around throughout my workplace.  Once I learned how to keep from scratching them into opaque uselessness I've been very happy with them.  The big advantage of lightweight glasses for me is that I can keep them adjusted so they never fall off, no matter what kind of position I have to squirm into.  They get knocked around sometimes, but I've never had them fall off. 
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Gunhippie
Chuck--I wish I knew how to keep from scratching mine into "opaque uselessness"! I have bought the 3-year scratch warranty in the past--current lenses are one year. It seems just about the time I'm ready to return them and capitalize on the warranty, I lose them.

If I go to progressives--I should have distance glasses, too, but can get away with a driver's test without them--I'll have them made to fit my '60s Ray Ban "bullet-hole" shooter frames. I love the fit and feel of them, and as you point out, they have enough coverage to be decent safety glasses.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
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Hot Diggity
Gunhippie wrote:
Chuck--I wish I knew how to keep from scratching mine into "opaque uselessness"! I have bought the 3-year scratch warranty in the past--current lenses are one year. It seems just about the time I'm ready to return them and capitalize on the warranty, I lose them.

If I go to progressives--I should have distance glasses, too, but can get away with a driver's test without them--I'll have them made to fit my '60s Ray Ban "bullet-hole" shooter frames. I love the fit and feel of them, and as you point out, they have enough coverage to be decent safety glasses.


Timm-- My secret has been using only Zeiss lens wipes.  I don't use any of their spray and cloth stuff, only the little pre-moistened packets.  I like this brand because it has no perfumes or other odd smells, and just smells mildly of rubbing alcohol.  Use them once, throw them away.  I NEVER use anything else to wipe them and if they're covered with mud or something I rinse it off in the sink, but only wipe with the Zeiss wipes.  I think my oldest lenses, since I learned this are five or six years old and still look new.  

Ray-Ban Bullet Holes were my first shooting glasses.  I remember having a piece of musket cap stuck in my forehead right above them and thinking what a great piece of gear they were.  I don't know if I could handle those ear pieces all day.  My aviators are bad enough wearing headphones nine hours a day.    
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Gunhippie
I'm completely anal about how I clean my optics--of which I have about $15K worth. I use Kimwipe lens cloths and dispose of them after a single use, being careful to fold them while I'm wiping so a fresh surface is always on the optic. I use ROR lens cleaner--if it's good enough for my Nikkors, it's good enough for my glasses.

But my readers live in my front shirt pocket during the workday, while I'm grinding and welding and lugging heavy things around. That's what trashes them. I have a new case that fits in my pocket (glasses from the opto come with cases that are worthless for use) and seem to keep the dust and dirt out pretty well, but I'll have to see.

When my cheepos get here from Amazon, I'll be relegating my designer frames to home use only, so they might actually last a while.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
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Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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