Bi-focals

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  1. AntAltMike

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    I just got my first two pair, from America's Best, and I am not all that please with them.

    America's Best give great service at rock bottom prices. This was the third time I got glasses from them. The first two times, I got two pair for $69.99: one reading and one driving each time, but this time, I figured I'd take their deal on bi-focals of two pair for $99.99.

    My only need for bi-focals is that when I drive, I need the distant viewing to read the street signs, including the tiny street block numbers (like 10,200) printed under the street names that are commonly used in metropolitan areas, but then read things within the car when I'm not supposed to be reading.

    I deliberately picked out the largest glasses frames, figuring that it would get me the largest reading glass area, but it looks like the reading inset might be fixed in size. Does anyone know if there are bi-focals with larger than usual reading glass areas?
     
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  2. steve053

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    I've had progressive lenses for a half dozen years. The first time I went to LensCrafters and they offered me several different lens pattern choices (larger/smaller reading area etc.), and one was "optimized" for driving. That said, I almost threw up the first time I wore them. Took me a good two weeks to get used to "how" and "where" to look through them. Love 'em now.
     
  3. SamC

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    I have had bifocals for years. The only issue I have is as my vision declines, I have trouble on stairs. I now hold firmly to the hand rail, but I bet I end up as one of those old guys who goes out due to complications of a broken hip.
     
  4. Rich

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    I tried them years ago, couldn't get past the nausea. Like being seasick.

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  5. MysteryMan

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    I got my first pair back in 2003. Initially I had issues navigating stairs but eventually I got used to them. After that, no problems.
     
  6. NYDutch

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    I had progressive lenses right from the start, and would not want to go to anything else. I'm very careful with each lens change to make sure they get the transition points placed correctly for close, intermediate, and distance.
     
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  7. scooper

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    +1 on the progressives being ground correctly. I got my first pair 14 years ago, the biggest adjustment I had to go through was get out of the habit of "scanning" with my eyes and move my whole head to get the proper focal length for the task I was doing.

    Now - I have a pair of progressive bifocals, with Crizal and Transitions+ - the Crizal is nice, but the transitions don't work in my VW's - they have UV protection that prevents Transitions from working very well. To drive - I either use clipon Polarized sunglass lenses OR (preferably) I use a pair of regular bifocals, that are polarized and REALLY dark (I'm incredibly sensitive to light - Cory Hart's "I wear my sunglasses at night" really applies to me). Single vision sunglasses don't work because I can't read instruements / GPS without having my bifocal.
     
  8. Athlon646464

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    Same with me. After reading through this thread I'm wondering if I didn't give them enough time...
     
  9. steve053

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    I remember picking them up after work around 6:30 or 7 and I couldn't wear them for more than an hour. I didn't dare wear them to work the next day, but made sure to wear them in the evening. It took two full weeks before I was mostly comfortable wearing them all day. I'd definitely give them another chance if you have the opportunity.

    Another perk is the daily wear progressive contacts that work well enough on weekends and vacations (at least for me). Wouldn't wear them to work as I sit in front of a screen all day.
     
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  10. James Long

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    The first set of progressive can be a challenge. I stuck it out and now love them. The "reading" area is good for gauges (such as the speedometer).

    I have transitions that worked in the 2005 car but not in the 2017. My "second pair" are sunglasses with the same prescription.
     
  11. NYDutch

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    I think I was fortunate that my first set of progressives were also my first glasses. The entire adjustment overshadowed any progressive learning curve...
     
  12. Rich

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    I gave them some time. Nausea disturbs me. I gave up.

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  13. the2130

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    I've had progressive lenses for decades. The only issue I ever had was that I couldn't wear them when I was sitting in front of a PC screen. I had a second pair I used when I was still working, but now I just take my glasses off when I'm at my PC.
     
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    As a retired Systems Administrator/Analyst, of course I've spent many hours in front of computer screens as well. Whenever I've gotten new lenses, I make sure the progression is adjusted for comfortable screen viewing. If they get that wrong, I refuse the lenses and have them try again.
     
  15. scooper

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    After I got my bifocals - I got a pair of single vision glasses that were perfect at the end of my reach - about 6 inches closer and about a foot farther - and no more. These are my computer glasses, that I only wore at work when I was staring into a computer display 8-10 hours /day. A single purpose tool - but expressly speced for THAT particular use.
     
  16. Rich

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    There was a time that I needed reading glasses, now I don't. Did that happen to you?

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  17. the2130

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    It depends on your vision. In my case, it wasn't possible to prescribe one pair of progressive lenses that would allow me to see at a distance and also see both my computer screen and reading material on my desk at the same time. The only solution was to have a second pair for sitting in front of a PC. That pair of glasses is also progressive, with different lenses for the PC and for reading. I can read without glasses, but computer screen is blurry unless I sit really close.
     
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  18. the2130

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    I can read just fine without glasses. I need the bifocals because the lenses that allow me to see at a distance are too strong for reading.
     
  19. Rich

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    I don't know what's going on with my eyes. I've been wearing glasses since the third grade and now the only time I put them on is when I have to drive or when I watch TV. Big change for me.

    Rich
     
  20. Athlon646464

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    Age? :D

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