+1.0 Reading Glasses

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by Guest, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I just started needed some help from reading glasses (new toric lenses
    for the first time, etc. long story) and the doctor suggested I get a
    pair of +1.0.

    Can anyone recommend a "drug store" type of place where I can find a
    decent selection of 1.0 in something thats not femanine nor makes me
    look like my grandfather? I really don't want to spend a lot of money
    on these.
    Guest, Feb 6, 2004
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  2. I got mine at a swap meet for about $1 per pair.

    Repeating Rifle, Feb 6, 2004
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    The Real Bev Guest

    The lenses on the 99-cent glasses at the 99-Cent Store are perfectly
    fine, and the frames don't look stupid. IF you get there when they've
    just received a new shipment. Drugstores (Rite-Aid and Sav-On around
    here) have a better selection at 10x-20x the price.
    The Real Bev, Feb 6, 2004
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    Dan Abel Guest

    I buy mine at Costco. They have a reasonable selection of styles, and
    they are very cheap at 3 pairs for US$18.99. They are not terribly
    durable, but at that price you can afford to toss them every few years. I
    should warn you that they don't carry 1.0 or anything higher than 2.75.
    I'm guessing that 1.25 might be close enough, though.

    If you don't like what you see at the drugstores in your area, try the
    Dan Abel, Feb 6, 2004
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    Neil_Brooks Guest

    Though I can't be sure what your grandfather looks like ;-)

    Maybe the crux of your question is the +1.00 diopter issue. My
    (certainly limited) experience is that it's very common for retail
    outlets to offer +1.25 or +1.50 through +2.75 or +3.00d, but it can be
    quite difficult to find any real selection of +1.00d readers.

    My two suggestions:

    1) Search the 'Net (you can find quite a few with a keyword search of:
    "reading glasses" "+1.00"

    2) Get the doc to write you an Rx for the +1.00 NVO (Near Vision Only)
    and go to any optical shop. The world of frames and high-quality
    lenses will be your oyster, reasonably priced on up, and your
    insurance may pay.

    Best of luck,


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    Neil_Brooks, Feb 6, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    Perhaps I should have said "A" grandfather, (aka old guy) and not any
    one grandfather in particular. And no, I'm not saying all grandfathers
    are old looking, just the ones from my childhood memories.
    Guest, Feb 7, 2004
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    Ann Guest

    You should have said the stereotypical grandfather then nobody
    could've complained. :)

    Ann, Feb 7, 2004
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    The Real Bev Guest

    The thing that makes a grandfather -- or anybody else -- look old is
    tilting the head back to read stuff through the bottom half of their
    glasses. It also gives you a monumentally stiff neck.

    "I used to be convinced that MicroSquish shipped crap because they
    simply didn't give a flying **** as long as the sheep kept buying
    their shit. Now, I'm convinced that they really do ship the best
    products they are capable of writing, and *that's* tragic."
    - John C. Randolph, about MS quality control.
    The Real Bev, Feb 7, 2004
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    Ann Guest

    And very scary when you realise that you are doing it yourself... and
    even more scary when you realise that you are doing the opposite and
    putting your head down in order to see through the distant bit for
    middle things... I dunno... I only said last night that progressives
    were okay and yet today I found myself using the single vision glasses
    and realising how much better they are for ...er....seeing. Computer
    fonts are larger and I prefer it.

    I might abandon the progressives... they really aren't much good for
    me.. LOL... but two pairs of glasses won't work for me at work either.
    so I'm a bit stuck....back to the drawing board... sigh

    Ann, Feb 7, 2004
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    The Real Bev Guest

    Before I had bifocals, I had one pair for distance and one pair for
    reading. At meetings with viewgraphs/films, I wore both pair and just
    moved my head up or down. People looked at me oddly, but they were just
    security or HR pukes so who cares? Ultimately I bit the bullet and
    ordered bifocals, but I never liked them for serious reading of any
    I wore bifocals for quite a while, and then switched to contacts for
    distance and cheap reading glasses for reading/computer stuff. The
    readers are small but centered, so I can look straight at whatever I
    want to see.

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    The Real Bev, Feb 8, 2004
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    Charles Guest

    I did the contacts and cheap readers for years. I was just refitted
    with bi-focal contact lenses. I am happy with the new contacts.
    Charles, Feb 8, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    Thanks for all your ideas and suggestions. After looking high and low,
    I did finally find something on the (ummm) youthful side at 1.0 at a
    local drugstore chain for $20.

    I'm thinking now that I've misplaced them more times than I can count, I
    probably ought to get a few pairs ;). Unfortunately the ones at
    Costco are 1.25's, but certainly much cheaper at 3 for the price of 1

    Guest, Feb 20, 2004
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    The Real Bev Guest

    You don't have a 99-Cent Only Store where you live? I have perhaps a
    dozen in various strengths -- strong for splinter removal, less strong
    for computer and reading...
    The Real Bev, Feb 20, 2004
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    Dan Abel Guest

    As you posted in another thread, you are only tested to the nearest .25D,
    and the tolerance for made to order lenses isn't perfect, either. I've
    never tried a 1.00, but I suspect that a 1D pair of glasses won't be much
    different than 1.25D, for most people. I think that it depends on your
    personality. Some people tolerate a little variance, and others are very
    Dan Abel, Feb 20, 2004
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    JY58 Guest

    If your eyes are anything like mine, you'll soon graduate from +1.00's
    to +1.25's, 1.50's, and eventually +2.00's.

    When I first started with reading glasses, I was quite nearsighted
    (20/80 or so) and just needed +1.00's, and only for reading magazines,
    etc. I had to look around a bit to find +1.00's ("computer glasses"
    at Staples). Within a few months, I noticed that I had to sit farther
    back from the terminal than I wanted to, so I started wearing the
    +1.00's there, too.

    I sat in front of computer screens many hours per day with my new
    +1.00's and within a month or so, I needed stronger glasses (+1.25 and
    +1.50) for reading magazines. Things then started going downhill
    rapidly, and soon I had an assortment of +1.25's, +1.50's and +2.00's
    scattered around. As you might imagine, the right reading glasses
    were never in the right place at the right time, so I eventually just
    standardized on +2.00's everywhere. I now have a pair of +2.00's at
    each place where I might ever have to see something up close. I think
    my eyes have now stabilized, thank goodness. (I'm sure glad these
    reading glasses are 10x cheaper than my old prescription distance

    The only good thing about all this is I can now see 20/20 or 20/25
    (according to the DMV) at distance, and don't need glasses anymore for
    driving. Perhaps my case is one of those "spontaneous changes" that
    the OD's on this newsgroup mention from time to time.
    JY58, Feb 21, 2004
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    Otis Brown Guest

    Dear JY,

    Thanks for the information -- I will pass it on to
    some interested parties.

    Apparently, if you use a plus lens consistenly for
    close work (from 20/70) your vision just
    has a "spontaneous change", in a plus direction,
    i.e., your distant vision clears to exceed
    the Snellen-DMV standard.

    Of course this has NOTHING to do with your
    wearing of the plus lens ...


    Otis Brown, Feb 21, 2004
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    JY58 Guest

    (Otis Brown) wrote in message >
    I'm sure that the reading glasses ("plus lenses") are somehow
    connected to my vision change. It's not clear if the reading glasses
    caused the change, or were just made necessary by changes that were
    already occuring. (Has anyone ever done a real study of moderately
    nearsighted late middle aged folks who started using reading glasses?)

    Also not clear is whether all this is really a net improvement. I
    have far more pairs of glasses now than I ever had before (at least
    they're cheaper). I used to wear glasses mainly for driving and
    seeing the blackboard/screen, etc, but not for anything close. Now, I
    need glasses much of the time. For me, near vision seem to be more
    important than far vision, and at my age (55), I guess I can't have
    JY58, Feb 22, 2004
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    Mark A Guest

    I'm sure that the reading glasses ("plus lenses") are somehow
    The need to have reading glasses in adulthood with a plus lens (or at least
    less minus than their current Rx) is natural to virtually all people. It is
    called presbyopia. You can have far and near vision by using bifocals or
    progressive lenses.
    Mark A, Feb 22, 2004
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