Multifocals for musicians

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Marty, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Marty

    Marty Guest

    I've recently upped the strength of my multifocals and I now can't read
    the whole width of a sheet of music withou flicking my head from side
    to side - not a good practice when playing a wind instrument.

    Not being able to see the whole width without moving my head is
    extremely limiting as I need to look ahead to see what's coming up or
    skip back to remind me of key signatures. These areas are now often out
    of focus.

    I paid a lot of money to get multifocals with a wider intermediate
    region but it has apparently been wasted. Should I just stick with
    reading glasses for playing and accept that the conductor's going to be
    out of focus (who needs to watch the conductor anyway)? Or is it really
    possible to get a wide intermediate zone (A4 width at just over arms
    Marty, Sep 28, 2006
  2. Marty

    Marty Guest

    Thank you for the comments.

    I did try bifocals a while ago but I found the dividing line a huge
    distraction. I felt like I was sitting behind a screen separating me
    from the music, the orchestra and conductor. Very disconcerting.

    I guess I'll just have to go with plain reading glasses for music -
    especially when I have to increase the strength of the lens again. In
    orchestral playing, the conductor's usually only being watched
    periferaly so can afford to be out of focus a bit - or at least that
    would be a good excuse for any missed entries!

    Marty, Sep 28, 2006
  3. Marty

    The Real Bev Guest

    That would be SO cool. When I played in the old people's orchestra (I
    wasn't an old person then but I play badly and they were the only ones
    who'd allow me to stay!) one of the viola players was griping because
    Kaiser wouldn't make her some music-distance glasses. The doc said she
    should change her hobby. The guy is lucky he survived.
    The Real Bev, Sep 29, 2006

  4. as someone whose sis is a professional viola player, I can vouch for that.

    Oh, and re having demonstrations in the office, I had one last month
    that was unnerving. When I asked the guy which eye he aimed with, he
    went out to the car and came back in with a loaded automatic pistol.
    Dropped the clip on the table and racked out the round in the chamber
    before taking aim at my snellen chart...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Sep 29, 2006
  5. Marty

    CatmanX Guest

    The colt 45 treatment is one of the best for dealing with painful
    customers. LOL

    dr grant
    CatmanX, Sep 30, 2006
  6. Marty

    George Guest

    I play trumpet in a few bands (as a hobby) and use reading glasses for the
    music as do many of my fellow musicians. So what if the conductor is out of
    focus! All you need to do is see the arm moving. I often cheat a little and
    look at him (or her) over the top of the glasses. One advantage is that I
    don't have to worry about getting my eyes in the right zone of a multifocus
    lens. What do you play?

    George, Sep 30, 2006
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