General reading on vision, correction, and contacts?

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by LurfysMa, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. LurfysMa

    LurfysMa Guest

    I am looking for recommendations for web sites where I can do some
    general reading on vision, correction, and contacts.

    I am 61. I started using reading glasses in my 40s and am now up to
    about 2.50-3.00.

    Up until recently, my distant vision was excellent. At my last eye
    exam, I was told that I was not about 20/40 (I think) at distance and
    marginal for passing the eye exam at the DMV. She put some glasses on
    and I was amazed at how much clearer things were. I guess it
    deteriorated so gradually that I didn't realize it.

    Anyway, she gave me a prescription and I went to a local optician. We
    have been talking about contacts.

    We first tried monovision. I didn't get the exact numbers, but he put
    the near correction in the left eye and the distance correction in the
    right. This was great for reading, terrible for driving. We tried a
    couple of different corrections and also reversing the eyes.

    I don't think monovision is going to work for me -- unless I didn't
    give it long enough to work. The close up vision was great -- no
    reading glasses, but distance vision was much worse. Not only was
    everything a lot blurrier, but I had a sense that there was something
    in my field of vision that I couldn't quite see but was affecting the
    vision. I'm guessing that was the other lens.

    We then tried a couple of types of bifocal contacts. With these, the
    sense of something in the way was gone, but overall, they were worse
    than the monovision. Close was only marginally better than my naked
    eyes and distance was slightly worse.

    We are now trying only distance correction. This seems to help
    intermediate vision (6-30 feet) somewhat, but I'm not sure yet if long
    distance (100 feet+) is better or slightly worse.

    The good news is that my eyes seem to tolerate the contacts well.

    Thanks for listening...

    LurfysMa, Aug 4, 2005
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  2. Why not try a decent pair of bifocals? You might even like progressives...

    What have you got against glasses???

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Aug 4, 2005
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  3. Oops. missed an opportunity for a rank plug on my sites. click on
    http:/ for some very general info.
    That is good, but all cl wearers should have a decent spectacle backup.
    Some docs *require* it.

    So first get a decent pair of bifocals or progressives, and go from there.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Aug 4, 2005
  4. LurfysMa

    LurfysMa Guest

    They bug me. I don't like anything anything on my body. I don't wear
    any rings or a watch. (I used to go naked, but I kept getting
    arrested. More recently, people have been throwing up!)

    I want the solution that involves the least amount of hardware on my
    body or in my pockets.
    LurfysMa, Aug 4, 2005
  5. LurfysMa

    LurfysMa Guest

    Thanks for that. I'll check it out in detail.

    PS: The link will work better with 2 /'s
    "All"? There are NO exceptions to this rule?
    I would probably get a different doc.

    LurfysMa, Aug 4, 2005
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    From a layperson's perspective, here's at least /one/ reason: contact
    lens wearers may experience corneal edema, irritation, or other
    overwear symptoms, or giant papillary conjunctivitis as a result of
    wearing contact lenses.

    For the most part, /any/ of these issues requires immediate cessation
    of contact lens wear. You'd want glasses to get you through....
    Neil Brooks, Aug 4, 2005
  7. LurfysMa

    LurfysMa Guest

    Sure. I can understand why a doc might recommend glasses as a backup
    or for an alternative or to give your eyes a rest or just because they
    have different optics. I was just teasing Dr. Stacy for saying that
    absolutely everyone who has contacts has to have glasses. ;-)

    In my case, my eyes are still OK for distance and I have several
    hundred reading glasses for that! ;-)

    LurfysMa, Aug 4, 2005
  8. I'm not one of those docs that won't fit contacts unless the patient has
    a backup pair of glasses, but I can understand their position and have
    been close to invoking that on occasion. But it's not what you think.
    In your first post, you admitted to 20/40 vision unaided. I'll assume
    you correct up nicely to 20/20 with the proper glasses or contacts.
    Just because the DMV will allow you to drive with 20/40 vision doesn't
    mean you should. I myself am now unaided 20/30 in one eye and 20/20 in
    the other, but insist on my "perfect" 20/15 vision when I'm driving. I
    don't care what the DMV says, I'm not about to sink to their standard of
    adequacy. Plus I like some eye protection against all those 20/40
    drivers out there...

    Shields down, Scotty.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Aug 5, 2005
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