Difference Between Cheap & Expensive Computer/Reading Glasses?

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by Fidelis K, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. Fidelis K

    Fidelis K Guest

    Are there significant differences between cheap (e.g., Walgreen) and
    expensive reading glasses? I specifically want to know if expensive ones
    provide clearer close vision and less eye fatigue.
    Fidelis K, Aug 13, 2006
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    Mark A Guest

    That depends on what you mean by expensive. It is unusual that someone has
    the exact same vision in both eyes with absolutely no correction needed for
    astigmatism (which is the only kind of reading lens you can get in
    Walgreens). A custom made pair of lens based on an exam by an OD would most
    likely be better, although it obviously will cost more. How much better,
    depends on the person and their eyesight.
    Mark A, Aug 13, 2006
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    MykalCrooks Guest

    I've been getting by with OTC readers, two pair, to correct near and
    intermediate focus. But would prefer an occupational progressive for that
    purpose. I'm considering Zeiss Gradal RD. I've spent my time on this issue
    with studying up on the optics best suited for providing the best clarity
    for me, not much time looking at expense. I started looking and price
    recently. Yep, they cost a lot more than the $16 I spend on the last pair of
    OTC glasses I purchased at Bartell's Drugstore. If all I wanted was a lens
    for reading at a certain range, then the expense wouldn't be warranted for
    me. But I need lenses that will provide clarity for both eyes and a wide
    horizontal field at all distances up to at least 10 feet; thus, I'm willing
    to spend. You tell me how much it will be, and we'll both know.

    MykalCrooks, Aug 14, 2006
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    Fidelis K Guest

    I had cataract surgery on my right eye 4 days ago, which is set for 16".
    I'll have to have cataract surgery on my left eye and set it for distance. I
    occasionally need good close-up vision (around 5"). Since I'll use only my
    right eye for very close work, does the pupil distance matter? In fact, I
    have no intention to save $$ if an O.D. can make me better reading glasses.
    Actually, I bought a pair of +2.00 reading glasses at Walgreen. Although I
    could focus at 7-8", I got dizzy.
    Fidelis K, Aug 14, 2006
  5. Maybe. Depends on how picky you are about vision and how "average" your
    eyes and face are (interpupillary distance; same correction needed both eyes?

    A friend uses +1.0 dimestore readers and is terribly happy with them.
    I use +0.75 CR39 readers made for me expressely (though I have no astig-
    matism and average interpupillary distance). I'm sure her dimestore
    glasses are polycarbonate; they're "swimmy" like my polycarbonate
    safety glasses, and I can't stand to use them for more than about 15
    minutes. She thinks mine are about the same as hers for visual acuity
    and comfort.

    Both of us have pretty vanilla distance prescriptions (+1.0 and +1.25),
    are within a year in age and have similar near prescriptions;
    the difference seems to be personal tolerance, from
    what I can tell. I've worked with things under a mm most of my life, while
    my friend has never really routinely worked with much under about 3mm --
    whether that has anything to do with the pickiness we have about glasses,
    I'm not sure.
    Kay Lancaster, Aug 14, 2006
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    The Real Bev Guest

    My contacts take care of my hyperopia and astigmatism (more or less).
    99-Cent-Store readers (several different strengths, stack 'em up to
    remove splinters) work just fine.

    "If you watch TV news, you know less about the world than
    if you just drank gin straight from the bottle."
    - Garrison Keillor
    The Real Bev, Aug 15, 2006
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    Salmon Egg Guest

    I agree.

    Bev, because the 99¢ store are centered around Southern California, you
    might be interested in the still called TRW swap meet at Northrop-Grumman on
    the last Saturday of the month. Not only are reading glasses available, but
    they also have other optical equipment for sale. Magnifiers of various
    kinds. A month or so I got a decent, not great, pair of 10 x 50 lightweight
    binoculars for about $10. Chinese, of course.

    -- Ferme le Bush
    Salmon Egg, Aug 15, 2006
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    Quick Guest

    I'm not sure I'm comparing apples to oranges or not...
    No one seems to touch on the optical quality. I've used
    OTC readers for a few years now. I sort of settled on the
    "spectubles" from readingglasses.com as my preferred
    ones. Rimless half glasses that you wear down on your
    nose and look over for distance. Before the contacts I
    used them extensively in front of the computer
    for work. I just got a pair of physio360 progressives,
    transitions, crizal alize w/ clearguard. The clarity with
    these is simply stunning. The OTC readers, even when
    brand new, never approached this. I have tried a few
    different brands and styles of OTC readers all in the
    $10 to $20 range. They were all about the same in this
    respect. Maybe it was just the ones I tried?

    Quick, Aug 15, 2006
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    The Real Bev Guest

    http://www.99only.com/storeLocator.htm I love those stores.
    We used to go there when it was roughly half old guys with ham equipment
    and half people wanting to get rid of computer equipment. We stopped
    going because the ACP swap meet was so much better. Last time we went
    to that was maybe 5 years ago, and I've heard that it's gone down the tubes.

    Life was always better before :)

    Cheers, Bev
    "Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity
    is not thus handicapped."
    -- Elbert Hubbard, American author
    The Real Bev, Aug 17, 2006
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