Help! Why can't I wear new glasses?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Tony Houghton, May 23, 2010.

  1. I really want new glasses because my current pair are "Transitions"
    which have become oversensitive and go too dark on overcast days, and
    the coating seems to have degraded so they're very hard to keep clean.

    I've tried several times over the last few years to replace them and
    can't get any I can actually tolerate looking through. The basic problem
    is always the same, I have to "hunt" to be able to see clearly and feel
    very aware that if I don't have my head at the right angle, so I'm
    looking straight on, things are slightly out of focus. I practically
    have to rest my chin on my chest to make a cup of tea or a sandwich etc.
    This gives me a headache and a stiff neck. The opticians keep saying I
    need to wear them for longer to get used to them, but if anything I feel
    worse with time instead of better, and the longest I've managed to keep
    wearing any is 5 days. Why has this problem only appeared in the last
    few years when my prescription has barely changed?

    Part of the problem is that ideally I want at least 1.6 thinning to
    reduce the weight, but that causes more dispersion (colour fringing).
    However, I had 1.6 lenses made in about 2003 and there's nothing wrong
    with them. Besides, a pair I had made recently are plain plastic and
    they're unwearable too, but the most noticeable fault with them is
    excessive minifcation, especially in the vertical when looking up and
    down. It makes people look short and fat and I feel too close to the

    Could it be the frames? The frames for my "good" Transitions and the
    other "bad" plain plastic pair are very similar in shape, which I'd
    descibe as rectangular with rounded corners, and both have a 20mm
    bridge, but the "good" ones sit more comfortably, lower down my nose.
    The old, "good" 1.6 pair also have a wide bridge and sit low. The latest
    2 pairs I've got (buy one get one free) are more angular and have 18mm
    bridges, because that optician didn't stock any 20mm bridges at all!
    They definitely feel too high up on my face.

    The frame for the Transitions is sturdy and in good condition for its
    age, and still fashionable enough, so perhaps I should try having that
    reglazed? The thing that's put me off that is being without my best pair
    for about a week.
    Tony Houghton, May 23, 2010
  2. Tony Houghton

    Chuck Guest

    I'm not a professional, but I feel for you. I've had similar issues
    recently. Do you have progressives or just single vision? My
    conclusion, for what it's worth, is that the lenses I can stand are
    aspheric. Someone else could say for sure, but this seems to come
    automatically when you get to higher index. Something you might
    consider anyway.

    Chuck, May 23, 2010
  3. In <TffKn.40092$>,
    I have single vision with a prescription near -7 + astigmatism. The
    glasses I've been OK with have always been plain plastic (CR39 I think)
    and one pair of 1.6 plastic. As you say, aspherics tend to be offered
    with the higher indexes, and the trouble with that is the higher
    dispersion (colour fringing) which I'm sensitive to. Another trouble is
    that I was told here that it's even more crucial that they're fitted
    correctly, and what optician is going to bother with that these days?
    It's cheaper to reserve the only proper optician for eye tests and offer
    refunds to the few customers whose needs the "dispensers" (ie minimum
    wage sales people) can't sort out.

    I had to give up contact lenss about 10 years ago because of dry eyes,
    and I can't afford laser surgery :-(.
    Tony Houghton, May 24, 2010
  4. Tony Houghton

    Chuck Guest

    Tony Houghton wrote:

    This is true. I hear talk on this forum about "fitting" and so forth,
    but I've never had anyone seriously consider my prescription or visual
    concerns when selecting or fitting glasses. They tell me if they look
    cool or not, and they look to see if they are level on my head. That's
    about it. Getting useful advice regarding lens material from an
    optician has never happened either. Poly is always suggested as an
    upgrade; no talk about optical quality, etc.

    Chuck, May 25, 2010
  5. Tony Houghton

    Dr Judy Guest

    The "buy one, get one free" places often use less expensive brands of
    lenses (how else could they give away a "free" pair) compared to the
    buy one, get one places. Have the optician check your old comfortable
    pair to verify what brand of progressive was used, and use it again.

    The frame is usually less of an issue than the accuracy of the measure
    for the centres of the lenses and the quality of the adjustment of the

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, May 25, 2010
  6. Tony Houghton

    Dr Judy Guest

    The discount places tend to use designs with more distortions, smaller
    viewing areas, etc. I have seen several patients who were told they
    were getting progressives who actually got a "no line" round bifocal.


    Considering that
    Dr Judy, May 26, 2010
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