Wearing Eyeglasses With Contacts -- Farsighted -- What PLs to Get?

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by MykalCrooks, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. MykalCrooks

    MykalCrooks Guest

    Ok, last October I decide to start wearing prescription lenses because the
    OTC reading-glasses shuffle was getting ridiculous. I am farsighted with
    presbyopia. I wear contacts to correct my distance vision, but now I'm
    thinking of also wearing prescription glasses over my contacts to correct
    for my presbyopia.

    Last October I asked here about the prudence of wearing eyeglasses with
    contacts -- to correct my farsightedness and eyeglasses to correct my
    presbyopia for viewing things at near and intermediate ranges. Responses to
    the query informed me that such a solution is doable and implemented
    frequently by at least some optical clinicians. So I went out and found a
    good eye doctor place, got an eye exam, and had contacts fitted. Since then,
    I've worn the contacts and have gotten quite used to them and now I'm ready
    for the second part of the solution -- choosing eyeglasses that I'll wear to
    supplement the contact lenses for viewing things clearly at intermediate and
    near ranges.

    The contacts I wear now are +1.25 in one eye and +1.50 in the other. That's
    all, and that does the trick for all distance viewing -- it works great for
    bicycle riding and driving and general outdoor use.

    To correct my presbyopia for viewing objects at closer ranges, I presently
    wear OTC reading glasses over the contacts. Consistent with my prescription,
    over the contacts I wear +1.25 glasses for intermediate range objects and
    +2.25 eyeglasses for viewing near objects. An example of an intermediate
    range object is my computer screen at 30" or a newspaper on a table 48"
    away. An example of a close range object is a book between 12" and 24" from
    my face. (To clearly view details of an object closer than 12", I need a
    greater diopter.

    My question is what kind of glasses will work best for wearing eyeglasses
    over my contacts? I've already decided I want to use a progressive lenses.
    Basically a lens with "Plano" correction for distance vision, with an Add of
    +1.25 for computer screen and intermediate and an Add of +2.50 for fine read

    I'm wondering if a Zeiss Gradal or Gradal Top (?) will work best. What I
    want is a lens that provides a wide field of view over the intermediate
    range instead of the narrow view that I understand is common to most
    progressives. Because I need no correction for distance vision out of the
    eyeglasses, I'm thinking that maybe it will be optically more feasible to
    have lenses that provide the wide intermediate view that I want. Also, I'm
    thinking about taller frames, like old-fashioned black horn rim glasses, so
    constraints imposed by limited height shouldn't be a big problem.

    Honestly, I figure there are two or three lenses out there that will
    optimally fit my bill as a presbyope who is moderately farsighted. Any

    MykalCrooks, Jun 20, 2006
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  2. MykalCrooks

    MykalCrooks Guest

    Thank you for the tip for using +1.50 in both eyes. I'll experiment with it.

    MykalCrooks, Jun 22, 2006
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  3. MykalCrooks

    MykalCrooks Guest

    When I last explored various possibilities, when I first decided to start
    using prescription corrective lenses about six months ago, I think I found
    that for my somewhat extreme vision requirements, the best adaptation would
    be provided by progressive glasses over contacts.

    I don't primarily work in a subset of visual environments; I need clarity at
    all distances beyond 10 inches, and I need a wide field of clear view at all
    distances. Therefore, combination tailored for mostly reading, or mostly
    doing computer work, or mostly for outdoor/distance vision are not good

    When filling a syringe I need to read the graduations clearly. When reading
    a drug label, I need to see the fine print clearly. When scanning a room for
    a misplaced tool or pencil, I need to be able to see it. At intermediate
    range, I need to be able to scan not one but two side-by-side computer
    screens without having to move my head. When scanning a hospital floor for a
    room, I need to be able to read the numbers on all the doors, near and far.
    When riding a bicycle on a commute, I need to be able to see the distant
    cracks in the pavement. And so on.

    I will, however, be sure to study up on progressive/bifocal contact lenses.
    Maybe there is a solution there for me that I've not yet noticed.

    MykalCrooks, Jun 22, 2006
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