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Date: 12/9/12 4:59 PM

I've reached the age where...ahem...my sight isn't what it used to be. I need to see the eye doctor in the next few months, and would like to discuss some different options when I go.

I started wearing monovision contacts (where one contact is for distance and one is for closeup) several years ago. I've never liked them. They are especially difficult for sewing, although I don't know that I should have attempted sewing with them in the first place.

If I want glasses (instead of or in addition to the contacts) I'm supposed to have bifocals. I'm thinking about getting a pair made at my next visit. (I do have an old pair of single vision glasses that I still use occasionally).

So...what do all of you use for sewing and for other tasks? Single vision contacts with reading glasses? Bifocal glasses? Just readers with no other correction?

Thanks.

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Date: 12/9/12 5:19 PM

When I first started having problems reading up close and sewing, I got by for while with the hand-held magnifiers, and connected a magnifier to the sewing machine. That was a while ago!

Now I have progressive lenses, which do the bifocal thing in the lower part of the lens, a mid-level for computers and reading, and the top part of the lens for long distance. People don't know I even have progressive lenses unless I tell them.

This works great for me, but it does take some getting used to. I sat in the eye doctor's office for 20 minutes before things came in to focus with them... but soon after that I didn't have to think about which part to look out of to see what I was looking at.

I have a desk job, and I'm on the computer a lot, so I didn't want to have to carry 3 pairs of glasses with me everywhere, and this is working pretty well for me right now. (Contacts are no longer an option for me, but that's a long story by itself...)

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Date: 12/9/12 5:51 PM

I bought the best task light I could afford - in my case Ottlight

Then I went to the drug store with samples of things I needed to see (stitches I would need to rip out and an Aleve bottle with tiny print on it) and stood in the reading glasses aisle and tested glasses until I found the strength that worked for me. Under $20 for that. These are worth their weight in gold. You will find you will have several pair all over the house soon.

You gotta do what you gotta do

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Date: 12/9/12 5:58 PM

Oy I feel for you. I started wearing glasses for nearsightedness in the third grade, and got contacts when I was 14. Soft lenses were really new then! I'd been doing pretty well with the two-week disposables until about 5 years ago (45) when my near vision really started to deteriorate.

At first I could do the readers with the contacts, but as the near vision got worse that became harder.

Now I have an almost-monovision where the right eye (my non-dominant) is backed off a little bit and that works pretty well for the computer distance, which is 90% of my day at work. I use readers with them when I need to read something closer and that works well enough for at work. I also have a box of one-day disposables for my right eye in my full-distance prescription for when I really need to see far - for driving, especially at night. My night vision is going to heck, too.

When I get home, the contacts come out and my glasses are bifocals. The old fashioned kind with the line. I didn't think I could ever do free-motion work with progressives, especially when I don't wear them full time. I would drop the contacts and wear glasses full time except I can't drive in them!

I also have an old pair of single-vision glasses for watching tv in bed...

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Date: 12/9/12 6:10 PM

Glasses came as a very rude shock to me when I was in my mid-40s. I'd never needed them. When I told the optometrist that I often look up from reading or sewing to see what's on the TV, he suggested that I choose progressives and wear them all the time. There was no correction in the top of the lenses, so I could use them for everything - sewing, reading, computer, driving. I still hate wearing glasses, but once they're on, I can forget about them and because I wear them all day, every day, misplacing them isn't a problem the way it is for people who wear them for either close-up or distance, but not both.
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Date: 12/9/12 6:20 PM

I think what works best is very individual. I was near-sighted long before I needed a reading correction. For years I would just lift my glasses in order to read or see close (I could never wear contacts). About 15 yrs. ago I got my first pair of progressive lenses. While they beat lifting the single vision glasses all the time to read, they never worked that well for the computer (intermediate vision). Last year I finally opted for a 2nd pair of glasses, no-line progressive bifocals, in addition to my regular progressive lenses and I love them, not only for the computer and reading but esp. for sewing. I don't have nearly as much neck pain now that I'm not always looking for the "sweet spot" as I do with the regular progressives and I don't need to constantly be taking them off either. While tri-level progressive lenses have gotten much better over the years, they still limit your focus to a small area. I'm sure if my near-sightedness was much worse than it is, this might not be an viable option, but when I need to see clearly beyond 6 ft or so, I slip on the tri-level progressives.

If I could wear contacts like you, I'm not sure what I would do...probably start with OTC reading glasses and see if that would work. It's nice to have options. Good luck!
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Date: 12/9/12 6:20 PM

For my regular glasses I use progressive lenses. No line.

For sewing and computer, I have a special pair of bifocals for those distances.

I am near sighted but not as good as when I was younger so need the extra from the bifocals for sewing.

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Date: 12/9/12 6:32 PM

Progressive lens glasses here, because I like the in-between distance corrected, along with the distance and close-up. I wear them for sewing, too.
Caveat emptor: I have noticed, though, that progressives can make a straight line look slightly curved.

For computer, I have Rx bi-focals. Above the line is the computer screen. Reading/below the line is for times I do a lot of reading, but lately I find that I only use them at the computer.

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Date: 12/9/12 6:49 PM

Sewsally,
You said what I was trying to say in 3 very nice, concise sentences. How I wish that conciseness came naturally to me! ...and I know for a fact that DH wishes it too!

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Date: 12/9/12 8:48 PM

I love my monovision contacts for special occasions, but can't wear them daily due to dry eyes (another age related issue ) If I do need to sew a bit with them on, I just throw on some cheap readers. Daily wear is progressives, which I love, love, love. No adjustment time for the progressives or the monovision. They don't really know why some people do well with one and not the other or with none of them, but my suspicion is that my eyesight has been so bad (nearsighted and heavy astigmatism) for so long that my brain is willing to accept any kind of help it gets. And from time to time, the progressives aren't enough and pulling the thing closer with glasses off is not a good option, so I grab my readers (I think they are 2.50) and wear them with my progressives. As a kid I used to wonder why my grandparents sometimes wore two pairs of glasses at the same time. Now I know.

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