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Col. Craig

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Reading Glasses
« on: May 02, 2015, 05:43:17 PM »

I have probably pissed and cried about this before but now I think I have a better grip on this situation so I will share what is working for me. 

The backstory:  About a dozen years ago I began to notice difficulty with my eyes when reading a book or magazine.  My wife was born wearing glasses and tells me to go get my eyes checked and get glasses if I need them.  $500 bucks later I have my first set of reading glasses.  I think the prescription was about +1.25 both eyes...

About five years ago I am having eye trouble again but this time it is more than just while reading.  I go to have my eyes checked and the very first thing they do is take my blood pressure, tell me it is very high and I should go see my Dr. about this right away.  $500 bucks later I have my second & third set of reading glasses.  I got new lenses in the old frames along with a cheap pair for back-up just in case.  I think the prescription was about +1.50 both eyes...

If you know anything about this formula you probably think I am an idiot by now.  Well, I probably am an idiot but not for these reasons...

It turns out there is such a thing as 'male pattern sight degeneration' and I am following this pattern exactly as predicted for my age.

It also turns out high blood pressure will booger up your vision!  Who knew?  So guess what happened to me when I got my blood pressure under control?  Yep, $500 in prescription glasses are now no good.  I called out the Dr. at the vision care about his unethical practice of screwing me out of $500 when he knew I had high blood pressure and his answer was 'sosueme!'...

That was a few years ago - last year I began to figure out the rest of it.  Everything came together when I discovered 'cheater' lenses I can put inside my welding helmet as well as 'cheater' safety glasses with bifocal lenses built in at the bottom of the lenses.  I tried on several cheater safety glasses in the store and found a +1.75 power to be absolutely perfect. 

I did not want to go around wearing cheater safety glasses all the time so I started looking into off-the-shelf reading glasses.  This is when I found the 'male pattern vision degeneration' chart.  I also realized the +1.75 power lenses I got last year are just barely adequate nowadays.  This makes perfect sense with the vision degeneration chart - I might need to move up to +2.0 reading glasses.  So I went to the store and tried on a set of +2.0 and a set of +2.25 reading glasses.  The +2.0 is perfect.  Next I went shopping online for various styles of collapsible reading glasses.  I like glasses that will fold up really small because I will actually take them with me if they fit into a pocket.  For $40 I purchased three styles of micro-folding reading glasses and one pair of 'stick-on' bifocal lenses I can hide inside my sunglasses.  Of the three styles of micro-folding glasses I will soon figure out which I like the best and in the future that is what I will stick with.

$1,000 dollar lesson everyone, enjoy it and use it.
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Re: Reading Glasses
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2015, 07:55:42 AM »

9 years ago we were in Pa. with Mosby on vacation. Lori driving, a fork in the road. I could not see my atlas to figure out which way. I guessed the correct road and we stopped at the drug store for cheaters and some ammo. Yep old style store. that was 1.0+ I am now at 53 up to 1.5+. A buck or 2 a piece at the Dollar store.
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Re: Reading Glasses
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2015, 08:45:25 AM »



I gots me that thing called "CSS" - Can't See Shit.

Prescription glasses since I was a wascawwy yout.

Friends keep saying to me, get the Lasik thing.

Here's a hint:   Unless the word "NO !" is heavily involved, never use the following three words in the same sentence:   Laser ; Eye ; Surgery.


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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2015, 05:02:51 PM »

Generally with me if the word Dr. is in the sentence, "NO" is my answer. No good bastards. M.D. stands for Murdering D1ckheads!
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Re: Reading Glasses
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2017, 05:07:55 PM »

Got another eye exam today - the whole enchilada. 

In the end the Dr. tells me there is no doubt I need reading glasses... however...  If it were her then instead of wasting $$ on prescription glasses she would just buy good quality cheaters and call it job done.  I need +1.75 in my good eye and +2.00 in my weak eye which isn't enough difference to justify prescription reading glasses.

So the prescription glasses I had been using while working at the computer will get donated to the Lions Club.

The prescription glasses I had been using for reading I will now use at the computer.

And for reading I will buy myself +1.75 cheaters with an option of going to +2.00 when needed (the time will come...)

I was in & out for only $60, just like my favorite cat house!  In another $20 I'll have my favorite Foster Grant readers and be all set for a while.

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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2017, 08:02:07 AM »

I can buy over a dozen pair for $20. And with the work I do that is a good thing. They get lost , end up under forklift tires etc.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2017, 12:51:25 PM »

I can buy over a dozen pair for $20. And with the work I do that is a good thing. They get lost , end up under forklift tires etc.
If I were that hard on my reading glasses then I would get those also.  But I have tried the Wally*World 3-pack of cheaters for $6 and most of them drive me nutz!  For just $10 ea. I get a pair of acceptable quality cheaters.  And for $20 I get Foster Grant "Foldable" that take up no more space than a Zippo which means I always have them with me. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2017, 04:35:11 PM »

 I wish I could get my glasses for anything close to the prices named here.
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Re: Reading Glasses
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2017, 07:29:53 AM »

You have prescription eyes that is the difference. Those are a $250 minnimun purchase around here with exceptional insurance. We don't need them thank god. Lori and I get away with the cheaters.
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2017, 02:22:44 PM »

To make things worse, I don't have a very simple prescription.  They can't make lenses with much curve to them and still meet my Rx.  That means I can't get Rx safety or shooting glasses that wraparound like I'd like.   If I could, I could get one pair of glasses that would do everything I needed, and would make the cost easier to take.
Wah wah, boo hoo.
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2017, 03:17:20 PM »

I have strong prescriptions and get glasses for less than $35. http://www.zennioptical.com/  This is with many options.
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