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Cactus jack 25 Mar 2015, 12:50


Dry eyes can cause a lot of problems, in addition to astigmatism. As I mentioned, your Corneas depend on tears to provide moisture, lubrication, oxygen, and nutrients. The Corneas are living tissue that happens to be transparent.

There are a number of causes of dry eyes and there are a number of treatments that depend on the cause. The cause should be investigated. I urge you see an ophthalmologist ASAP so you can start working on improving the situation. If possible one that specializes in Dry Eye problems.

One of the symptoms of astigmatism, caused by dry eyes, is that it can vary during the day. For example, you may have very little astigmatism when you wake in the morning and your tears were able to moisturize and lubricate your corneas. Then it gets worse as the day wears on and your corneas are exposed to the air. Also if you do a lot of reading or use a computer a lot, you typically don't blink enough to to keep your corneas moist.

However, I know of another mysterious dry cornea problem where the individual's eyes did not close completely when he slept and the part of his cornea that was exposed to air dried out when he slept.

Generally, true astigmatism is not reversible but it can be corrected by refractive surgery, but typically it i corrected with glasses.

Step one would be to identify and control the dry eye problem.


David 25 Mar 2015, 12:29

Hi Jill --

Your story is a lot like mine. I started with -.50 and within a year was up to -1.00. With your glasses on you probably are seeing at the level you had a year ago which was minor enough that you didn't think you had a visual problem. If you're at -1.00 you can still get away without full-time wear but probably will need them for driving and anything that requires clear distance vision. You might want to see how you do with text on the tv and other visual tasks.

I'd get a check-up at some point. Many optometric offices do visual check-ups for free if you buy your glasses there.

Keep us posted.


David 25 Mar 2015, 12:29

Hi Jill --

Your story is a lot like mine. I started with -.50 and within a year was up to -1.00. With your glasses on you probably are seeing at the level you had a year ago which was minor enough that you didn't think you had a visual problem. If you're at -1.00 you can still get away without full-time wear but probably will need them for driving and anything that requires clear distance vision. You might want to see how you do with text on the tv and other visual tasks.

I'd get a check-up at some point. Many optometric offices do visual check-ups for free if you buy your glasses there.

Keep us posted.


Soundmanpt 25 Mar 2015, 11:18


No I doubt that your vision has gotten any worse if your able to see perfect with your glasses. It just means that your eyes have adjusted more to seeing with glasses as opposed to not having them on. I would expect your vision to be more blurry now when you don't have your glasses on. You probably should start wearing your glasses for any sporting events or concerts you attend as well as at the movies and even while watching TV as they should help with anything more than a few feet away from your eyes. In fact if they are comfortable enough it really won't hurt to wear them most all the time except when you need to switch to your readers. I think your very soon going to realize that bifocals (progressives if you don't want the dreaded bifocal line to show) maybe the better way to go. As you have probably already found out by now with your readers on anytime you look across the room everything is blurry. That's because your eyes don't need that type of prescription to see distance with. Getting just one pair of glasses that will allow you to be able to see distance perfect as well reading a book would be easier I think.

I'm sure you must be thinking that before you got your glasses things didn't seem as blurry? Well that is because you were straining for the most part and not realizing it also your eyes tend to accommodate which also helps you to see better than you really can. You would probably have trouble in about a month if you were to get your eyes examined seeing even the 20/40 line without your glasses. That is because by then your eyes should be much more relaxed by then. Seeing the 20/30 they were straining i'm sure. Just remember wearing your glasses isn't going to make your eyes any worse.

Jill 25 Mar 2015, 10:21

So I did a test this morning figuring best time would be in daylight. I wore the glasses part way down my nose while driving. I was easily able to look through them, and then over them. The difference was startling. For example a speed limit sign a block away was clear through the glasses, but when looking over them the number 30 was a complete blur..not fuzzy, but worse! I take this to mean that my eyesight has gotten worse over the last few months. If I can see ok using the glasses does that mean they are right for me, or does the worse blur without them mean my eyes really got worse and I need a new exam? I'd rather not part with the fee for the exam. I am afraid that if I only made out part of the 30/20 line before, as was mentioned, that now I won't even be able to make out that much.

question 25 Mar 2015, 09:20

Actually I do have very dry eyes. Would this cause a rise in astigmatism over time? and I'm guessing I couldnt reverse the damage already done

Cactus jack 25 Mar 2015, 06:34


No. However, I think you should consider a second opinion about what, if anything, is going on.

Something that I just thought about. Are you having any trouble with dry eyes or insufficient tears? Sometimes that can cause changes in the cornea, generally on a short term basis. The cornea depends on Oxygen in the air and nutrients and moisture from tears. It has no blood supply.


Question 24 Mar 2015, 23:08

Cactus Jack,

reviewed it. Do you have any theories on why my doctor thinks I will have more astigmatism next checkup? Is it something I could be doing or what? thanks

Cactus Jack 24 Mar 2015, 19:59


The problem with astigmatism is that it messes up your vision at all distances. The most obvious effect is that it makes text fuzzy in a strange way. Letters are made up of straight lines that run in several directions, called "strokes" and curved lines. A simple example of Astigmatism effects might be the vertical and horizontal strokes that form the letter "H". Astigmatism actually causes your eyes to focus at two different distances and, depending on the Axis the vertical strokes might be sharp at one distance while the horizontal stroke is fuzzy and you might be able to move the "H" a few cm away and the vertical strokes would appear fuzzy and the horizontal stroke sharp and clear.

This difference in the focus distance causes your focus control system to work extra hard to try to focus clearly, but it is an impossible task that cannot be done with the available tools. External lenses with Cylinder and Axis (direction of the long axis of the cylinder) are required to correct Astigmatism.

I suggest you review the posts on the Astigmatism thread. In particular, read my post:

Cactus Jack 16 Nov 2014, 06:48

to Alice,

about how to fine tune the cylinder axis in an eye exam.

You really gain nothing by not correcting any astigmatism you may have.


antonio 24 Mar 2015, 17:07

Dear Jill,

yes, honestly seems to me, as you said you needed them a bit more urgent even on day-time on Monday that your eyes might have worsened a little.

But maybe it´s not every day like that that you need them even to read speed limits even on day time ? If it´s get better again it would be enough if you use them by night i think. But might be, it remains and you´ll need them to drive more often now. I think that you were willing to keep them on the whole day on Sunday for the road trip might tell the same, that your subconsciousness has found out they also help you during the day.

According to my experiences first glasses only are used full time or in day light in your case if they already have gone a bit too weak, but that was only my case :-), hope yours is not the same, keep us informed,

best regards, Antonio

question 24 Mar 2015, 16:33

I have been told that my astigmatism is getting worse but have no correction. I am 26 and don't do much of anything requiring strain on eyes so I'm trying to figure out what is causing it. its gone from 0 to -.75 in a two year period and my doctor said it would likely get worse with no explanation as to why. no keratoconus or anything either.

Soundmanpt 24 Mar 2015, 09:21


Your not the first one that ever got surprised when they went for an eye exam. The fact that you were starting to have difficulties reading messages on your cellphone I assume you did expect that you would be prescribed glasses for seeing your phone and reading in general? But besides that you must not have been able to see the 20/20 line on the eye chart either. My best guess based on the prescription you got is that you were barely able to see much of the 20/30. So the lenses he / she put into the refractor that allowed you to see the 20/20 line was -.50 lenses. To be honest that is about the weakest prescription you would ever get. I'm sure they didn't seem to make any or much of a difference to you at first. For one thing your eyes need to adjust to glasses to notice a difference and only putting them on for a short time doesn't allow your eyes to really adjust. Driving during the day is always much easier to see pretty well. But driving after dark is much different as you found out. That alone should be worth whatever the glasses cost you. Having good vision when your driving at night is really very important. So even though you didn't say it I bet you now wear your glasses when your driving at night? But I think the road trip you took where you wore your glasses nearly all day also made a difference for you. I'm sure after wearing them all day when you took them off at the end of the day then you noticed the difference didn't you? That was because your eyes finally were relaxed wearing them and adjusted to them. My guess is they also must have gotten pretty comfortable for you to keep them on all day. Most become nearsighted at a much younger age but like anything there are exceptions. I really don't expect that your distance vision will get much different, but you may need a couple increases. If you work in an office and do a lot of close work causing you to wear your readers quite a bit the I really suggest that you get bifocals which is what I am sure your doctor was recommending when you went.

gwgs 24 Mar 2015, 08:48

Jill, welcome to the community. Interesting to hear that someone from your office referred you here. There are some experts on eyesight here who will give you a pretty well informed opinion, but I would say with my 2 cents worth that your eyes have got used to your new glasses and are wanting you to wear them more than you are.

Have you been getting headaches? Your optician was obviously right that you do require a distance prescription as well as for reading/close up work and therefore bifocals would probably be the best option for you.

Jill 24 Mar 2015, 07:49

I had question about my eyesight, and a friend here in my office showed me this site. Here is my situation...About a year ago I was beginning to have some trouble reading my cellphone messages. Never ever wore glasses before. So I went for an exam and looked through all the lenses, and was told not only that I should have reading glasses, but also distance glasses for driving. I didn't think I needed the distance glasses and decided to get drugstore readers (+1.25) and ordered the distance glasses (-0.50). When I picked them up, they really made no difference in my distance vision. I wore them out of the store and driving home. I thought they were a waste. THEN a few days later I tried them when driving at night, and really saw a big diffence in sharpness. I don't think I needed them, but they sharpened signs etc.

After a few months I saw that they helped a bit during the day too, but not a big difference. Last Sunday, we went on a road trip and I wore them almost all day.

This morning, while driving to the train I noticed most of the signs were a blur. The glasses were needed in order to even see speed limit signs. I don't remember my vision ever being so bad that I really needed the glasses to drive.

Here is my question: Have I adapted to these glasses to the degree that I need them, or did my eyes likely get worse because I need stronger glasses already. I thought it already strange that I am 35 and needed correction for distance. Can my nearsightedness be getting worse?

Cactus Jack 24 Mar 2015, 07:49


Posture has no known effect on vision.

Astigmatism is typically caused by uneven curvature of the front surface of the Cornea. The cause of the uneven curvature appears to be caused by uneven stress on the cornea, but the actual cause of that is unknown. Astigmatism, itself, changes very slowly, but the portion of the eye exam that determines the Axis is very subjective. The accuracy of the Axis angle depends greatly on the skill of the patient in detecting relative blurriness rather than comparing image sharpness. That can show up as large Axis changes between exams.

There is a simple way to improve Axis angle accuracy, if you are interested.

It is not known and it is very doubtful that looking out of the corner of you eyes has any effect on Astigmatism or Vision.

Do you wear or need vision correction?


question 24 Mar 2015, 00:14

While we are at it, does looking out the corner of your eye for long periods of time induce astigmatism?

Tom1 24 Mar 2015, 00:11

I have a question, too. How does a person with a lazy eye see? Which is her eyesight if she covers the "good" eye? Is something similar to nearsighted blur, but it can't be corrected with lenses? Very curious about this. Thanks for explaining (and even better if someone with a lazy eye could post his experience).

question 24 Mar 2015, 00:05

How does bad posture make vision permanently worse?

Kris 23 Mar 2015, 16:59


I'm surprised your ECP was concerned about how quickly you adapted to prism. I don't know enough about it, but I thought the dependence was a given and something you just accept if you wear prisms. What are others experiences here? It's interesting that he wants you to take breaks from the prisms and i would be interested in the theory for this. Are you going to try to go without prisms again?

I'm thinking more and more that I need to seriously consider prisms for my vision. I tried Cactus Jack's test to see how much prism diopter deviation I have and I'm consistently coming up with 24-25 pd at distance with my glasses on. I can't really fuse the images again after I try the test and think that I just start ignoring the image from my right eye to get single vision back. I'm not going to try the test again for awhile as I'm still having issues with double vision after trying the test earlier tonight. It's like I've given my eyes permission to stop trying to fuse and now am working harder to see. I am going to monitor symptoms for the next few weeks and then may ask for more info from my ECP.

Adam 23 Mar 2015, 10:31

Yeah thank you both for the advice. I will be looking at trying on some frames as soon as I can, I guess the next thing is trying to find a pair that I like and suit me!

Julian 23 Mar 2015, 09:28

Adam: Cactus Jack's advice is sound, as always: get the glasses you need, and try wearing them full time for a couple of weeks or so. That way you'll know better how much you need them and how much of the time.

Cactus Jack 23 Mar 2015, 09:11


Your visual environment is probably an important factor, but maybe not the most important factor. Your constant requirement to focus close may have revealed some mild axial or true myopia or actually caused some Pseudo or False Myopia. You are a bit too old for your visual environment to have caused or exacerbated Axial Myopia. Both types of myopia cause exactly the same symptoms and require the same correction.

Let me think about your situation and I may have a suggestion or two.


Adam 23 Mar 2015, 06:10

Hi I am 30 years old and work for a financial company, so do spend most of my day at a computer screen. I do also use a tablet at home as well, could this be why my eyesight has got worse?

Cactus Jack 22 Mar 2015, 19:58


There are many factors that affect visual comfort.

May I ask your age and occupation? Do you use a computer, tablet, or smartphone very much?


Jan 22 Mar 2015, 18:44


A few days ago you wondered about the progression in my prescription. My ECP didn't give me any indication orginally, so I went back and he was surprised to hear about the progression and the quick adaptation, which he considered too fast. Upon brief retest, he arrived at a correction of now 8 dptr BO in total (currently: 6 BO). However, he is reluctant to adjust the prescription too quickly. The key problem seems to be that I wasn't able to fuse the cross (vertical and horizontal bars) without prismatic correction at all.

He saw this as an indication for reduced muscle control and asked me to try using my old non-prism glasses at off-days and weekends to train my muscle control system. I tried it for one day, but my eyes constantly drifted into their off-position, especially as soon as I stopped concentrating on something specific. Eventually I gave in and fell back to the prism glasses, which were a great relief. After that I had muscle tensions for another day, so I didn't revisit that exercise since.

Instead of using non-prism glasses to train the eye muscles, couldn't I use glasses with slightly reduced correction, or is that a recipe for disaster? Has anyone had experience with losing the ability to fuse entirely after being prescribed prisms?

Any thoughts are welcome.



Adam  22 Mar 2015, 15:08

Hi thanks for your reply no it only stated -0.50 for each eye with the rest blank.

Even though I only thought I would need them got driving at night, I might find some benefit of wearing them at other times? The optician wasn't to clear on this. I have noticed my eyes feeling tired in the evenings, would they help with this? Yes these would be my first glasses when I get them.

Cactus Jack 22 Mar 2015, 14:01



Visual comfort is the key. I suggest, if you get them and you probably should, you should wear them full time for about 2 weeks and then decide when you want to wear them. The 2 weeks of full time wear does 2 important things. One, It gives you a chance to become comfortable wearing glasses and lets your friends and family get used to seeing you wearing glasses. Two, it allows your brain to get used to working with higher quality images. Vision actually occurs in the brain and the brain has amazing image processing capabilities. If the brain knows what something is supposed to look like, it can correct what you see, within limits of time and available energy. Your brain uses a lot of energy anyway, but has to use a lot more to correct fuzzy images. Glasses do the correction optically and allow your eyes to deliver high quality images to your brain, where little further processing is required.

You did not list your complete prescription. If there is any Cylinder and Axis listed, in addition to the Sphere correction of -0.50. That is a very important comfort factor.

If these are your first glasses, I usually suggest getting them from a local optical retailer so they can be fitted properly. Many of us order inexpensive glasses from an online retailer such as Zenni Optical. When you decide you would like to try ordering online, we can help you save a lot of money.

If you have more questions, please feel free to ask.


Adam 22 Mar 2015, 10:36

I had my first eyetest in around 4 years the other day. I had been noticing difficulty while driving at night with car headlights and also with reading signs. I was given a prescription on -0.50 both eyes, if I got glasses when should I wear them, would it just be for driving at night?

Cactus Jack 22 Mar 2015, 10:32


It appears that the dominant factor in your BF's prescription is Astigmatism (Cylinder and Axis), but he has enough Myopia (Sphere correction) to make it interesting. If you add in some Exophoria (Base In Prism correction), lenses for that prescription would be hard to make and fit right to provide reasonable Acuity, but it depends on the amount of prism needed.

You did't mention his age or if he as commented on his hear vision. Depending on a number of factors, Exophoria should affect close vision more than it affects distance vision because it takes extra effort to converge and fuse images from close objects or text.

It would be helpful if he could do the Simple Prism Test I posted under the thread

It is a little harder to do the test with Exophoria than it is with Esophoria, but it should give us a number that would be useful. His visual history could also be useful.

I am not a big fan of muscle surgery because of personal experience with surgery to correct Esophoria, but sometimes that is the only viable choice. In my case, I was made aware that the type of muscle surgery I needed might not be successful and the correction might not last. It didn't. My double vision problems returned with just a few months. Apparently, the younger you are when you have the surgery, the better and more durable it is.

Having experienced the anxiety of someone using sharp objects around my eyes, I understand the reluctance for any type of eye surgery. However, most eye surgeries today are very safe and are nearly "non-events", provided the eye surgeon is very experienced in the type of surgery needed.


spectacular 21 Mar 2015, 15:15

My boyfriends prescription is L-1.75x-3.50x56 R-3.00x-3.00x130 as of 2013. His right eye turns outward and says it affects his distance vision. At his last exam we asked about prisms and the doctor suggested surgery. Thats not going to happen. We are going to a different doctor and wonder what we could say that would encourage his prescription to include prisms? He does not even drive because of this.

Thank you eyescene readers for any suggestions.

Kris 19 Mar 2015, 19:27


I would suggest trying to wear them full time for a couple of weeks and see how it works for you. When I was prescribed glasses at 38 I would take them on and off and found that I never felt like I had comfortable vision. I finally decided to wear them full-time for a couple of weeks to adapt to the prescription and I ended up a full-time wearer. It took me a couple of weeks to get completely used to the prescription (my initial prescription was R +1.25 L +0.75, so similar to yours). I felt sea sick for the first few days, but got over that. Even though your astigmatism correction is fairly low, wearing your glasses will probably lessen any eye strain you are feeling.

As to whether or not to go up on the prescription, it's hard to say. I notice small changes in my prescription so would probably go up but others are much less sensitive to that small a change (or so my ECP tells me).

Frank 19 Mar 2015, 19:07

Just went to the Eye Doctor and the Sphere of my prescription increased by +.25 in my right eye. I have had glasses for a few years, but only wear them sporadically. In some cases when I put them on late in the day it can be challenging to adjust to them. When I first got my last pair, I tried to wear them all the time and my eyes were worn out after two days. I am guessing that I never got used to them.

My new prescription is:

OD Sphere +1.00 Cylinder -0.50 30

OS Sphere +0.75 Cyinlder -.50 160

The Eye Doctor said at 35 the muscles in my eye may still resist the prescription whereas I will be more reliant on it as I get older. I had two questions. 1. Is it worth getting new glasses for just a 0.25 sphere increase and 2. Should I attempt to wear them full time and allow myself time to adjust to them.


Kris 18 Mar 2015, 16:20


My right eye turned in as a child so I wore glasses from 3-7 years of age and had eye surgery on my right eye when I was 4. I didn't wear glasses again until I was 38 (I'm now 44). My current prescription is Right eye +1.75 cyl -0.5, left eye +1, Add 2.25. My add has gone up annually because I complain of eyestrain, although I could still read the lowest line of the near vision test with my old prescription. I use a computer as part of my work, but most of my day involves interacting with others. Most weeks I only spend a couple of hours a day on the computer at work.

Cactus Jack 18 Mar 2015, 16:13


I read your post on the Hyperopia thread. Not need to repeat anything you said there, but please post your complete prescription. I have written quite a bit about prism and posted it on the Vision and Spex website. Hyperopia and Strabismus often go together and it seems to be relatively common for people who had muscle surgery in childhood for strabismus to re-develop Strabismus in adulthood.

May I ask where you live?


Cactus Jack 18 Mar 2015, 16:03


Am I to understand that you have had strabismus surgery when you were younger? It would help a great deal if you could provide a bit more about your visual history and your current prescription..


Kris 18 Mar 2015, 13:44

Thanks Cactus Jack,

My issues with double vision seem to be more at mid distance. I've had issues with conference room presentations as well as small auditorium presentations. This includes occasional issues with double vision when watching TV (anywhere from 5 feet to 30 feet away). My near issues are more with eye fatigue, to the point that I haven't been able to read my computer screen anymore (I've been putting long hours in recently for a work project). Double vision is more likely to occur if I've turned my head to look at something vs looking at it straight on.

I'm trying to understand what to expect, since most online information speaks more to the childhood issues of strabismus. I do wonder if having had eye surgery is going to come back to cause problems as I age. Since the experts don't really describe what to expect, I thought I'd see what people's personal experiences are with needing prism vs managing without (understanding that this may be different than my experience). I don't really understand whether prism is inevitable for me or if I can manage without.

Cactus Jack 18 Mar 2015, 06:50


Base Out prism makes the outer edges thicker and the inner edges thinner. It depends on many factors, mostly lens width, but BO prism will increase the outer edge thickness by about 1 mm per prism diopter. I believe Zenni can go up to 5 BO in each eye, but i am not sure. You prescription may limit what they can do.


Cactus Jack 18 Mar 2015, 06:45


Double vision, where the eyes try to turn inward, falls into two categories. They are Esophoria and Esotropia. The medical definition of the two is more complex than this one, but maybe this will help. Esophoria is a condition where the eyes try to turn inward, but with concentration and effort, you can fuse the images. Esotropia is a condition where you cannot fuse the images no mater how hard you try. Often, Esotropia is caused by a brain injury, stroke, or other brain trauma. Esophoria can be caused by Eye Positioning Muscle Imbalance where one muscle in the pair is stronger than the other, Trauma to the Cranial Nerves that control the muscles, or difficulties in the Eye Positioning Muscle Control Center in the brain.

You appear to have what is called Fatigue Esophoria because most to the time, you can fuse the images, unless you are tired and / or are not concentrating on what you are looking at. Without a definite control signal from your brain, if your inside muscles are stronger than your outside muscles, your eyes will drift inward or converge causing double vision. Curiously, my experience had been if I concentrate too hard on fusing the images, the double vision often gets worse. Also, if I have nothing to look at or the images are blurry, my eyes will try to cross. Image quality helps your Eye Muscle Positioning System work better because the brain actually has no idea where your eyes are pointing. Instead, it needs to have two good images to match up. The better the image quality, apparently, the stronger the muscle control signals and the easier it is to keep the images fused.

You specifically mentioned that you have double vision during some Power Point presentations, but you did not indicate if you are watching the presentation on your computer (close) or projected on a screen (distant). Power Point presentations are notorious for causing mind numbing boredom, though the cause is often the narration that accompanies the images rather than the images themselves. Often, if you have no choice but to attend the presentation, there is nothing you can do about a boring presentation except try to stay awake and tough it out. Hopefully, if you drift off to sleep, you won't snore and wake the other bored members of the audience.

I hope this helps.


motard 18 Mar 2015, 00:06

While prisms are currently on topic. How much of and what direction can be addedto beef up outer lens edges and be tolerated? I'm at -8 right and -6.75 right in 1.57 index. The 1.5 index (cr39) isn't a selectable option at zenni to increase lense thickness at rx previous said

Kris 17 Mar 2015, 23:42

Thanks Cactus Jack,

I'm most likely to see double when I watching presentations (power point, slide presentations). Why would this be the case? Does it have something to do with prolonged focus on a fixed point? I can usually re-fuse the images, but last week was at a presentation where I couldn't re-fuse and had to rest my eyes or cover one eye for much of the presentation (I was tired that day).


Cactus Jack 17 Mar 2015, 20:47

Kris and Jan,

A while back I posted a Simple Prism Test on the Vision and Spex site under Special Lenses for Eye Conditions > Prisms. It is down near the bottom of the list. The test works quite well to help you get an idea of how much prism you really need. The test appears crude, but it uses Sir Isaac Newton's definition of a Prism Diopter.

I have worn Base Out prism for many years and have had muscle surgery (that didn't work). In general, until you get near 10 BO in each eye, prism is barely noticeable other than increased thickness in the outer edges of the lenses. It is customary when prescribing prism to give the minimum that that solves the problem, most of the time. The reason for this is that it is very easy to adapt to Base Out (BO) prism because it allows your eyes to converge as if you were looking at something closer than say 20 feet or 6 meters away and once you get used to a certain level of BO prism, you may discover that you actually need more prism. Some people think prism is almost addictive, but my experience has been that what appears to be addiction is actually caused by under correction.

Incidentally, the amount of angular deflection of your eyes is only 0.57 angular degrees per Prism Diopter.


Kris 17 Mar 2015, 20:26


From what my ECP explained to me it sounds like the least amount of prism needed for comfortable vision is prescribed and is only a portion of what would fully correct the deviation. He made it sound like the prescription would inevitably go up, but really depends on the individual.

I have debated whether I should explore having prism with my ECP, but am not ready to give up wearing contacts yet. It would also add to the expense of my lenses and I'm willing to tolerate the symptoms for the time being. The last couple of weeks have been worse because I've been tired and am trying to finish a project, so have spent a lot more time than usual on the computer. I expect things will settle again once the project is gone, so will wait it out.

It sounds like things are much better for you with the new lenses, but would be interested in what your ECP told you to expect about your prism prescription.

Soundmanpt 17 Mar 2015, 10:57


No I personally don't have prisms but I am very aware of the effect that prisms have on the eyes. So I am sure these glasses are much different than any of your previous glasses.

May I ask when you were told to come back to get your eyes examined again? The prisms you received are really not very much. It's possible that is all you really need and their won't be any change coming, but it also could be that your ECP just wants to slowly take your eyes to their full prescription. So if you were told to return in say 6 months it very well could be because they will be increasing your prisms a bit more. If your past experience has shown very little change in your eyes then I don't think your eyes will change any different in that way.

It would really be a good idea to get a spare or backup pair of glasses since being without your glasses isn't an option anymore. You may want to look into ordering your glasses from Zenni. ( They are make and sell good quality glasses at a very reasonable price. They of course offer prisms as well. You shouldn't have any problem finding at least 700 pairs of glasses in your full prescription and including AR coating (anti-reflective) for under $30.00. They also do rx sunglasses as well for the exact same price. Now that your wearing your glasses full time having rx sunglasses might be nice for driving or just being out in the sun.

Cactus Jack 17 Mar 2015, 09:07


It is likely that she has what is called Amblyopia or something similar. Remember, vision occurs in the brain and the eyes are simply biological cameras. If there is a difference in image quality between the two eyes, your brain will always choose the clearer of the two images as use that as the basis for what you see. If the difference is substantial, the brain will ignore the image from the bad eye and eventually, completely ignore the image from that eye, permanently.

If Amblyopia is detected early enough, usually before age 6 or 7, it can sometimes be corrected by temporarily patching or fogging the image from good eye so the brain has no choice but to use the image from the bad eye.

The reason the timing is critical is that, with very rare exception, once the brain has "turned off" the vision from the bad eye, it will never turn it back on again, even if the vision from the bad eye is optically corrected. I know of only one reported instance where a woman who had Amblyopia in child hood and had vision in only one eye for many years, was suddenly able to see again with both eyes. She described the event as being a shock. She was getting ready to drive somewhere and as she said, the steering wheel "lept at me". I was seeing in 3D after years of 2D vision.

It is likely that the girl had no vision in one eye or had become adept at switching vision from one eye to the other.

One of our ES members was born without some of the lenses in his eyes. He is very Hyperopic and is severely cross eyed. He has vision in both eyes with glasses and he amazes doctors because he sees things on the left using his right eye and things on the right using his left eye. His brain switches from one to the other as needed, but only rarely does he see double. It usually scares him when it happens. Interestingly, he can play Goalie on his Soccer team because the ball comes to him and he can track it using one eye or the other. The fact that he is cross eyed and wears VERY strong PLUS glasses really confuses the opposing players. You can tell a lot about what a person is going to do by watching their eyes. Doesn't work with him, they can't tell where he is looking or which direction he will move.

Another member of the team is also cross eyed, but he apparently has normal stereoscopic vision without glasses because his eyes did not form correctly before he was born. He is a deadly shot and can kick the Soccer ball exactly where he wants it. Between the two of them, they drive the opposing team crazy and win most of their games.

The point is that human being are incredibly adaptive and can learn to deal with almost any vision handicap with a little help from glasses or contacts it caught and corrected early enough.


Jan 17 Mar 2015, 03:42


you summed it up very nicely - in fact very precisely. Can I assume you have similar experience? The disturbing part is that my eyes simply don't appear to work together properly anymore, at least not without glasses. They somehow seem to operate in an uncoordinated fashion if uncorrected.

You write 'Once your prescription becomes more stable ...'. Do you think the prism prescription will change further. I wouldn't expect my eyes to change much based on past experience. Do prism corrections change more frequently, or are you refering to my overall prescription in general?

I am asking because I am planning to get some spare glasses, because the perspective of breaking my pair sounds daunting.


Dude 16 Mar 2015, 18:07

Recently I saw a girl who was at the school till the past year, when she left,in that moment I reminded an old doubt I had always have abupout her eyes.

She's a girl about 11-12 yo, her eye turns in about 20 or 30 degrees and she doesn't complain of double vision at all, I just remember about 2 years ago she wore glasses for reading, but now she doesn't wear them at all, is that normal that such a crossed-eyed girl don't need glasses?

How can she have binocular vision if her eyes have such as great misalignement?

Kris 16 Mar 2015, 12:09

Thanks Jan and Soundmanpt,

I have not had a follow-up conversation with my ECP about prisms because of the issues you have described. I enjoy being able to wear contacts for sports (I play field sports including ultimate frisbee) but my ability to wear them day to day has been impacted by my need for an add. I get annual eye exams because getting my prescription right has been a bit tricky, but am not due for another exam until the fall. I've been in progressives for a little over 4.5 years and the near prescription has been increased with every exam because of eye fatigue. It wasn't that I couldn't read the near text it was that it was more comfortable with the add. Other than getting a little astigmatism correction (which really helped clarity in my right eye) my distance prescription has been fairly stable.

Up until about six months ago I could get by to read for short periods of time without glasses, but that is firmly a thing of the past now and I'm really noticing the deterioration of my near vision. I suspect that some of my eye fatigue is from my strabismus issues. I do feel that I work a bit to maintain single vision, but it's usually not too taxing. My double vision is most likely to occur when I'm tired or if I've been reading/using a computer for extended periods of time.

When I first mentioned double vision to my ECP he spoke at length about the pros and cons of prism. I suspect there will be a time when I no longer need contacts and I may revisit with him at that time. My ECP did try prism in front of my right eye to see if it helped. I recall it feeling a little more relaxed and think he said something about 10 prism diopters looking like what I may need, but I could be wrong on the number. He didn't do a full prism exam as I wasn't interested.

Without glasses my right eye turns in and I often see double. When I swim I wear my glasses onto the pool deck because I am self conscious about my eye turning in. I hate when people have me take my glasses of for appointments (i.e. dentist, hair, brow waxing) for that reason. I've definitely seen people whose eyes turn in worse than mine, but it is still noticeable especially if I'm trying to focus.

Will keep you posted if I end up getting prisms.

Soundmanpt 16 Mar 2015, 09:46


From what you describe it at least seems like your getting very close to needing prisms included in your glasses. Double vision and eye fatigue are certainly indications of it anyway.

And if your doctor has even mentioned it to you of course tells you that your going to be needing them before very long. The fact that you were bifocals and contacts even though your prescription isn't very strong probably means you wear your glasses full time except for sports. So if you do get prescribed prisms at your next eye exam your already used to wearing glasses so the only real difference for you will be much like Jan in that you will be that without your glasses your going to very quickly get double vision and a quickly developing headache.

You didn't say what types of sports you enjoy doing when you wear contacts. If the sports mainly require good distance vision then I assume you may only wear single vision contacts to correct your distance? Like I suggested to Jan, you will need to learn to wear glasses for these sports if you wish to continue to do them.

Are you planning on getting your eyes examined anytime soon?

Soundmanpt 16 Mar 2015, 09:23


So when you decided to get your eyes examined you probably were just thinking that you just needed an small increases in your glasses and everything would be fine. Prior to this I would assume you never heard of "prisms" before so you had no idea just how much they were about to impact your eyesight? Your prescription isn't all that strong and I imagine that it was even a little weaker before you got your new glasses?

As your doctor was adding in the prisms and the lines on the cross were slowly coming together your eyes were converging and once at 3 BO in each eyes everything became one and your eyes were very quickly comfortable. Once you got your glasses and started wearing them you had to be surprised at how quick they adjusted to them. But unlike your previous glasses that you had been able to take off and still see reasonably well without the now when you take off your glasses you get double vision and a quickly developing headache as well. Now when you wake up the first thing you reach for is your glasses, something new to you now.

I don't know know if your doctor mentioned it or not but they don't make contacts to correct prisms. So that won't be an option for you with sports anymore. I think you will find that your able to run and do many of the sports you enjoy while wearing your glasses. They make some decent sport straps that easily can be attached to your glasses to keep them in place so they aren't slipping down. Once your prescription becomes more stable then you may want to invest in a nice pair of sport goggles in your prescription.

You said it best when in describing the impact these glasses have made when you said "there is no going back"

It seems like you probably were wearing your previous glasses quite often anyway but you liked the option of not wearing them or wearing contacts now you can't do either of them.

Jan 15 Mar 2015, 22:11


sorry for not responding earlier. I got interrupted. My visit to the ECP was prompted by problems when reading, especially for longer duration and in the evenings. Apart from this it was time for the regular eye checkup.

Frankly, your problems sound kind of similar to mine, so that may be a solution, but I would hope that it doesn't have such impact on you as it does for me, since you have some experience with strabismus - that was new to me.

Apart from the regular tests, the ECP had me perform a test (not sure about its name) in which I should have supposedly seen a cross, but instead I saw two separate bars far apart. After trying out a lot of lenses, I saw a cross and my ECP said I should have come earlier. The vision with the lenses was incredibly comfortable and when taking them off I had a moment of double vision, but didn't really think about this as a long-term problem. That's why I jumped on it and had my lenses updated. And yes, the comfort is still brilliant but at the price of not being able to 'go back'.

I am still thinking about solutions for cases where I would want to go without glasses. Although this is rarely the case (since contacts never corrected my astigmatism fully), for longer, more extreme runs as well as swimming it would be preferable.

Yesterday I tried running with my old contacts, but as soon as I get exhausted, the images drift apart and they don't want to come together. So I ended up squinting part of the way.

I am wondering if there are 'blind' contact lenses that would allow me to only to use one lens and prevent the other eye from participating in the vision process. That would mean that I only use one eye during that time, but I think that is easier to handle than double vision. For shorter time frames that might be an option without damaging the eyes and without being visible to others?!

Still looking for solutions. Let me know how you go, but be cautious along the way.


Jan 15 Mar 2015, 01:16

Hi Cactus Jack,

thank you for your detailed response. I understand your technical explanations and I agree, it is possibly a combination of many different components, hyperopia, age and astigmatism. That definitely gives me a better understanding of how things are tied together.

However, never has the impact of switching lenses been so intense as with the addition of prisms, although they seem to be quite low compared to what I have seen on eyescene. Getting hold of my glasses is literally the first thing I do when opening my eyes nowadays, since my eyes seemed to have gotten comfortable in their misalignment. Luckily, as you write, my eyes appear to be straight through the glasses - and yes, the frames do look good. That is definitely a great relief, but the realisation of being crosseyed (although I am the only one to 'see' it) comes as a surprise - and the fact that I cannot just take the glasses off anymore and still operate (other than reading anything).

Again, thank you for your explanation. To some extent it is a relief that most prism wearers have this kind of experience. I guess I will see how things develop. I hope the prisms will not increase over time...


Kris 14 Mar 2015, 14:26


Can I ask what prompted the need for the prism? I'm farsighted as well, and have occasional issues with double vision. I had surgery and wore glasses as a child for strabismus. My optometrist has mentioned that I may need prisms at some point, but I have avoided it because of the issues you mention. I use contacts for sports and don't want to have to use glasses. My prescription currently is Right eye 1.75, cyl -0.5, Left eye 1.0; with a 2.25 add. I have some issues with headaches and eye fatigue and am not sure if prisms are part of the solution or not.

Cactus Jack 13 Mar 2015, 23:46


We probably should be discussing this on the Hyperopia and Presbyopia Progression Thread.

You are experiencing some of the many and confusing symptoms of Hyperopia, combined with Astigmatism, Presbyopia, and one of the types of Strabismus known as Esophoria. Now that I have scared you with a bunch of medical terms, let me ease your mind a little, you are not alone. several million others have experienced similar symptoms and survived comfortably. I forgot a couple of other questions that would help, but they are only of minor importance. They are How long have you worn glasses? What was your previous prescription? and What was the time interval between this prescription and your previous one?

Lets start with the basic problem, Hyperopia or Far or Long Sightedness because it affects almost everything else. Hyperopia, the 1st number (Sphere) in your prescription, is the only Refractive Error that affects the eye that can be corrected internally, using the Ciliary Muscles and Crystalline Lenses, often without your being aware of it. Hyperopia is caused by a mismatch between the Total Power of your Eye’s lens system (around +58) and the distance between the back of the lens system and your retina. Typically around 17 mm. If your eyeball is too short, you have Hyperopia, and distant images focus behind the retina and close images focus even farther back. BTW the actual distances are very short, about 0.3 mm per Sphere diopter. Attritional PLUS is needed to move the focus point forward to the retina. This PLUS can be supplied by the Ciliary Muscles and Crystalline Lenses unless Presbyopia complicates that by making it difficult for the Ciliary Muscles to squeeze the Crystalline Lenses to produce the extra PLUS. In those instances, external PLUS is required using Glasses or Contact Lenses.

A complicating factor is Astigmatism, as indicated by the 2nd (Cylinder) and 3rd (Axis) numbers in your prescription. Astigmatism is caused by uneven curvature of the front surface of the Cornea. Astigmatism actually causes the eye to have two different focus distances which thoroughly confuse your focus control system, because it produces blurry images at all distances. The only tools the Focus Control System has are the Ciliary Muscles, but they cannot correct the refractive errors caused by Astigmatism, but it tries anyway causing fatigue.

A further complication is the gradual onset of Presbyopia. The idea that Presbyopia does not begin until 40 is a myth. Presbyopia actually begins in childhood, but typically does not become a problem until later. Most babies are born with quite a bit of Hyperopia because their eyeballs are small to fit in their small heads. Fortunately, most babies also have VERY flexible Crystalline Lenses that have about the stiffness of gelatin dessert which the Ciliary Muscles can squeeze to deliver exceptional Accommodation Range. That is why you often see young children reading or coloring effortlessly with the page very close to their eyes. As we get older, the eyeballs grow AND the Crystalline Lenses gradually get stiffer. This typically does not cause a problem until the late 30s or early 40s unless the individual winds up with Hyperopia or they need to focus very close as they do with the tiny text on cell phones or tablets. At some point Presbyopia reduces the Accommodation Range and some of the remaining Accommodation Range is used up to compensate for Hyperopia and the need to focus close, collide and the result is headaches and fatigue. Often, all that is needed to initially solve the problem is PLUS glasses with Astigmatism Correction (if needed). However, that does not stop or mitigate the gradual onset of Presbyopia, but it may allow your eyes to recover the Accommodation that was being used to correct the Hyperopia and delay the need for bifocals or progressives for a few years.

There is, potentially, another complicating factor that can enter the picture, if Hyperopia is NOT externally corrected. There is an interconnection in the brain between the Focus Control System and the Eye Positioning System. In most instances this interconnection is beneficial. When you focus close, your eyes have to converge to keep the two images fused. If they did not, you would see double. The strength of this interconnection varies with individuals and is, to some extent, “programable”. When the Focus Control Systems uses the Ciliary Muscles to add PLUS internally, the interconnection causes the eyes to converge (or cross a little bit) to keep the images fused. If the PLUS is being added to correct distance vision the interconnection will cause your eyes to turn inward or converge and you will see double if the interconnection is strong, because the Eye Positioning System does not know why the PLUS is being added. Often if the interconnection is strong, or there is some muscle imbalance, Base Out (BO) prism is used to fuse the images even when the Hyperopia is corrected with glasses.

It takes a lot of effort and energy to maintain fusion when the Eye Positioning System is trying to respond to the convergence signal from the Focus Control System.

Your glasses allow your Ciliary Muscles to relax and the Prism helps your Eye Positioning System to relax. It does not take long for your brain and these systems to get used to the reduced workload, which is why you feel more relaxed and less fatigued with your glasses. Without your glasses, the focus effort from your Hyperopia and the uncorrectable blur from your Astigmatism, just add to your eyes convergence tendency and blurry, double vision results.

Remember, vision actually occurs in the brain and the eyes are merely biological cameras. Your brain has amazing image correction capability if it knows what something is supposed to look like, but it takes a lot of effort and engergy. If you quit wearing your glasses, your brain will go back to work correcting the images, but it will take longer to go back to where it was and there will be some complaints.

In another context, how long does it take to get used to a really comfortable pair of shoes and what happens when you have to go back to wearing shoes that are much less comfortable, but fit the social situation better. If you are like me, I can hardly wait to get comfortable again, once I know what it feels like. Same way with glasses, you are really not helping anything by not wearing your glasses. You really need them full time and in all situations. BTW, no one really notices the lenses with your prescription, only the frames. Make sure they look good on you.


Jan 13 Mar 2015, 20:06

If forgot: My age is 32.

Jan 13 Mar 2015, 20:05

Hi Cactus Jack,

thank you for your response.

My prescription is

OD +2, -1.5 cyl., 3 prisms BO

OS +1.5, -1 cyl., 3 prisms BO

I don't doubt that the prescription is right. In fact it feels spot on. It just makes working 'without' glasses quite hard despite the fact that it is so low.


Cactus Jack 13 Mar 2015, 06:39


Please post your complete prescription and your age. All elements are necessary to understand and explain the symptoms you have described.


Jan 13 Mar 2015, 04:36

Hi guys,

Recently I got a new prescription with prism lenses 3 BO on each side. I wasn't quite sure about the consequences until experiencing it. I have worn them for a few weeks now and I must say that Good and Bad seem come in pairs. My vision is amazingly relaxed (although the clarity is slightly worse) with the new lenses and I am much less fatigued after work.

BUT the vision without glasses is undescribably bad - way worse than before (am farsighted with astigmatism). My eyes constantly drift into double vision. I can bring the images together, but they are very fuzzy and it causes immediate headache. To see something I need to 'let go' and concentrate on one image, because the individual images are sharper than the combined one. It feels as if my eyes simply don't seem to work together anymore which had never been a problem before (other than my regular prescription). I am wearing glasses most of the time, but there are times one would want to do 'without', such as swimming.

Don't get me wrong, the vision WITH glasses is very comfortable, but is there a way of 'going back', especially since I have worn prisms only for a few weeks. Or is my experience typical in the beginning and will become easier?

Cactus Jack 11 Mar 2015, 20:52

Brain Trauma cannot cause eyeball growth that I know of, but it could damage the Focus Control Center or the Eye Positioning Control System in the brain. Vision actually occurs in the brain. The Visual Cortex where vision occurs is located near the back of the brain and that could be damaged. The Optic Nerves and the Retinas are actually part of the brain and those could be damaged. Vision and how it works is a complex system, the optics of the eye are a minor component to the process.

Head Trauma is never a good thing. If the focus control system is damaged, a person may lose their ability to focus close and have to use multifocal glasses to see with reasonable clarity at all distances. If the Eye Positioning Conrol System or the Cranial Nerves that control the 12 eye positioning muscles get damaged, Prism Glasses may be necessary to prevent double vision. Those are just two of the possible outcomes of serious head trauma.

Physical damage to the eyes is another possibility with retinal detachment or lens damage.


question 11 Mar 2015, 20:33

To those who are aware, sometimes head injuries like a concussion can bring about permanent changes in vision and glasses prescription. Does anyone understand why that is? Do head injuries induce growth of the eyeball or what?

Cactus Jack 11 Mar 2015, 05:52

The obvious thing is that it would be uncomfortable and if cold enough, damaging. I don't know of any eye condition that is treated with cold packs, but that does not mean that they don't exist. Ice packs, whose surface temperature is greater than 32 F or 0 C, may be helpful for some types of headaches.


 10 Mar 2015, 23:48

what do you think applying ice to the eye for extended periods of time would do?

Cactus Jack 10 Mar 2015, 12:10


Is the -3.25, with cylinder -1 your actual prescription? 1.5 BO is so small it should be almost un-noticeable. It could be that the PD is off, but I don't have enough information to make a judgement. 1.5 BO in each eye is nothing compared to the amount of convergence you do anytime you look at something close.

I have a few more questions, but I need to know about your educational background and occupation before getting into a technical discussion of how the eye positioning system works.


Joe 10 Mar 2015, 09:04


Sorry - it's not like much of an headache ,

But it feel strange - when I put the glasses on !

For 10-15 minutes.

Joe 10 Mar 2015, 09:04


Sorry - it's not like much of an headache ,

But it feel strange - when I put the glasses on !

For 10-15 minutes.

Cactus Jack 10 Mar 2015, 08:32

Oops, The last post was from me.


 10 Mar 2015, 08:27


You left a word out. Do you get the headache when you put the glasses on or off?


Joe 10 Mar 2015, 08:16

Hi cactus jack,

It is 1.5BO Per eye.

Don't seem to have problems with double vision at all.

When I put the glasses I get headache for 15 minutes, but then everything is fine.

I'm 23 BTW.


John S 09 Mar 2015, 23:41

A friend of mine that I work with is 32. He had been complaining about his vision for the last few months. He said he had trouble reading signs at night, but his laptop screen wasn't real clear either. We use our laptops at work quite a bit for troubleshooting. He had said a few times that he thought he needed glasses. It finally bothered him enough that a week ago he asked me if he could try my glasses.

I suspected that he was probably myopic and had astigmatism, so I had never volunteered my glasses. I thought they would just make his vision worse. I kind of wondered when he tried them, why he didn't rip them off his face right away. I got the answer to that.

The next day I checked his vision with my trial lens set and I was really surprised. His distance rx was +0.75 -0.75 X 180, +1.00 -0.75 X 40.

I also had some handheld flipper lenses. I gave him +1.00 lenses to put on top of his distance rx, and asked him to look at his computer. He said it wasn't as clear. It turned out that he had the lenses upside down so he was actually using the -1.00 lenses. Now that he was using the plus side, he said the screen looked bigger and clearer with the +1.00 add, so then I tried a +1.50. I was pretty sure he was going to say they were too strong. But instead, he didn't say anything and just stared at the screen for a minute. Then he said the +1.50 lenses made the screen bigger than the +1.00 lenses did, and it was really clear. He couldn't believe how clear the screen was.

Cactus Jack 09 Mar 2015, 17:39


Not much chance. You did not mention if it was 1.5 BO in each eye, but I will assume that it is. 1.5 BO will cause or allow each eye to turn inward (converge) less than 1 angular degree when viewing distant objects, Convergence is a natural function when looking at objects closer than about 20 feet or 6 meters.

If you are mathematically inclined and are familiar with Trigonometric Functions you can use the Definition of a Prism Diopter, stated by Sir Isaac Newton, as that amount of prism that will displace a ray of light 1 cm at a distance of 1 meter, to calculate the amount of convergence necessary to fuse images at various distances from your eyes.

Are you experiencing any double vision problems either with or without your glasses?


Joe 09 Mar 2015, 15:37

Hi all,

My name is joe from Israel.

I have about -3.25 with -1 cyl in both eyes prescription.

Recently I got a pair that I order from zenni that had 1.5 BO prism.

It is extremely nice to have them - but I want to ask you, if there is any chance of harming my eyes with that amount of prisms.


Cactus Jack 09 Mar 2015, 13:13


Hyperopia is much more common than most people think. Hyperopia is the ONLY refractive error that a person can correct internally using their Ciliary Muscles and Crystalline Lenses, often without even being aware that they are doing it. The thing that is different today is the extensive use of Smartphones and Tablets, often with very small text on the displays.

That causes a user to hold the display closer to read the small text and frequently, the discovery that they cannot focus that close, sometimes even in the teens. The solution is PLUS glasses or even bifocals and the further discovery of Latent Hyperopia after a few months of wear.

I saw the 16 year old son of a friend at a luncheon last summer, wearing low plus (+1.00 or less) glasses. I asked him about them and he said he was a little farsighted and was getting headaches when he read or used his phone very much. He also said that he had some astigmatism and the glasses really helped him comfortably do his school work. I explained that the astigmatism was causing most of the discomfort.

I saw him again at Christmas time and he was wearing very similar frames, but the increased plus (+2.00?) was obvious to an OO. I didn't get a chance to ask him about about his new glasses, but I noticed that he had absolutely no inclination to take them off for any reason and he effortlessly read the screen on his phone at a distance of about 7 inches or about 18 cm and had no problems with his distance vision.

The world has really changed since I was 16. Needing glasses was almost a disability back then. Today, glasses are so common that the question is almost "Why aren't you wearing glasses. Is there something wrong with you?"


SC 09 Mar 2015, 12:11

BBC carried this article which is similar to one that was covered in Singapore a few years ago.

Mostly blames lack of sunlight for myopia - as we live more inside/screen based lives then we become short-sighted. Singapore study said that most children sleep at lunchtime and so miss out on the sun.

I've felt for some time that the key 'genetic' factor was that if your parents wear glasses they are more likely to take you to the eye doctor to get your eyes tested and hence you end up with glasses!

No word on hyperopia causes although wearing plus lenses is booming

Soundmanpt 09 Mar 2015, 09:50

Olivia and Antonio

The reason they take your glasses away from you is so they can read the prescription off the lenses of your glasses. That gives the doctor a good starting point for examining your eyes instead of starting from scratch.

Just as the two of you are comparing notes about your visits to get your eyes examined as you can see that not only you 2 had the same experience but nearly everyone else before you and after you. So there is no need to feel embarrised. Anyone that has more than a very weak prescription is going to find things blurry without their glasses.

Soundmanpt 09 Mar 2015, 09:34


That optician is very rude and out of line for making a such a comment about your eyes having gotten worse. First of all if you started wearing glasses as a kid and your still even under -6.00 and your 29 now means that your increases over those years all must have been rather small or your prescription would be far worse than it is. The fact that your still able to go for 2 years between prescription changes is really good and most likely your increases are just to sharpen your vision up some.

You really shouldn't be so shy about wearing your glasses in public. If you look around i'm sure you will notice how many are now wearing glasses. Glasses have really become for many women a fashion staple these days. Now is the best time ever to start wearing your glasses outside of your house.

Antonio 09 Mar 2015, 09:02

Hi Olivia.

Yes. Last time I felt similar as you did. They asked for my glasses to measure them, took them to another table to measure them and after that I didn.t know where they put them because of the blur surounding my eyes. Probably not really far from me, but I didn.t get it.I felt embarrassed and had to wait until the eyedoc put a lens in front of one of my eyes finally to start the measurements. Fortunately after all they handed them back to me, so I hadn.t to ask for them.

Antonio 09 Mar 2015, 08:47

Hi Meg. Yes I feel the same. Definitely it.s nerve wracking to go to the optician.

I always hated to try to read the eyechart unaided first as I knew I was in a bad Position there. If your optician makes nasty comments on top you should think about a change. How strong are your lenses now ?

My eyes have gone that bad over years I only can read the big E of the eyechart now I think. But i still know the Problems to decide which lense is better in the end. Sometimes nearly undecidable.

Best regards Antonio

Olivia 09 Mar 2015, 08:32

I also hate getting my eyes tested, especially as a kid, mainly because my prescription gets worse every time.

Nowadays, I feel really uncomfortable without my glasses. Sitting there while they check my glasses makes me feel really vulnerable and its pretty embarrassing when the optometrist finds out how blind I am. Then there is the eye puff thing, gosh, I hate it.

Maggie 09 Mar 2015, 03:20

My doctor is actually really nice. I hated the eye doc I had as a kid, but I like the one I've been seeing for the past several years. The guy in her office who does the autorefraction before I see her makes comments though. "Oh wow you're eyes have gotten worse! Almost minus 6!"

I'm 29 and still get increases at least every couple years. I know my eyes could be much worse, and at least I can see well in contacts or glasses, but I have a hard time wearing my glasses in public, and I am pretty useless without correction even at home.

Soundmanpt 08 Mar 2015, 10:25


For both you and Meg to complain about your optometrist making any comment about your eyes getting worse seems somewhat unprofessional. I can only assume he / she is just commenting based on what was read off your lenses of your current glasses and the prescription your eyes need now? But I am sure if your under 20 years of age even before he / she starts to examine your eyes they he / she already knows your going to need an increase. Probably 97% of his / her patients under 20 need some increase.

Soundmanpt 08 Mar 2015, 10:14


I think it is very common for most everyone to be a bit nervous going to see any doctor, be it the dentist or your MD.

So being nervous getting your eye examined makes sense as well. I know that the which is better test can drive most crazy and can be very hard to tell much difference, just remember if your having that much trouble telling the difference then whichever you choose is going to be okay. Also your paying for the exam and if you have to repeat it 10 times so be it. And if you still can't tell any difference don't be afraid to tell the doctor that.

Melyssa 08 Mar 2015, 08:23

I am not nervous at my annual eye exam. Perhaps it's because I have been at -9.00 for over 20 years now. Then again, it could be that having a handsome optometrist doesn't hurt. :) Actually, the only thing that bothers me is that with the eye drops dilating my eyes, I have difficulty seeing with all that bright light, even on cloudy days, for several hours afterwards, which is why my husband drives me to and from the place.

Eyestein 08 Mar 2015, 03:42

@Maggie, Meg, and Anita

Think about all those other people out there with -9 and stronger. Even -12 is not that uncommon apparently because contact lenses for up to -12 are available 'off the shelf'.

Maggie 07 Mar 2015, 22:28

I feel self conscious too Meg! Especially since my eyes are bad at -5.75 and I almost always have a little increase. It's like, why are you telling my how bad my eyes are, I know they are and I can't help it, LOL.

meg 07 Mar 2015, 15:58

Is it just me or does anyone else find eye tests quite nerve wracking. I seem to get a really dry mouth during the test and feel very self conscious. I think this then affects my ability tomake the right choice between the lenses as I don't think that I'm.paying enough attention and don't know how many times its acceptable to ask them to repeat the choices - which I I usually do on a few occasions. I don't think KT helped this time when I had my eyes tested when the optician blurted out Gosh your eyesight isn't good when I finished reading off the chart unaided.

Soundmanpt 06 Mar 2015, 10:42


If it seems to you that more people are wearing glasses now than say 5 years ago the reason it seems that way is because there is more people now wearing glasses then 5 years ago. The number of people that has perfect or 20/20 vision is constantly being reduced each day. On top of that your only sighting the people you see wearing glasses now consider how many others might be wearing contacts instead of glasses and you might even be more shocked. So like I tell others that wear glasses, your in the majority now. Do you feel like wearing glasses has had an adverse effect on your social life? I really doubt that there are many guys out there that object to their girlfriend wearing glasses and if they do, well then you shouldn't be interested on that guy anyway. Back in my dating days, i'm 66 now, it was rather hard to find a girl that wore glasses. Today it would be even harder to find one that doesn't wear glasses. Like one of the others said because your 25 your glasses shouldn't get much stronger than they are now. Your vision should be close to becoming stable by now.

Aubrac 06 Mar 2015, 10:05

Sorry but don't know why this came through twice

Aubrac 06 Mar 2015, 10:03


Pleae don't beat yourself up about your level of myopia.

It is purely a physical thing, namely during body growth some parts growth at different rates and so we have longer or shorter arms, different size hands,etc, and our eyes are just one part of that process. And this can reult in differing degrees of short or long sight.

There have been for years many people who do not acknowledge their need for glasses and only now when there is no stigma attached to wearing glasses, are they quite happy to wear glasses and actually see clearly what is going on around them.

There should be no implied weakness about needing glasses because physically your eyeball shape results in long or short sight, just as if you have small or big feet, this is just how you have grown.

I live near an English school in the UK and today saw the new influx of students, mostly from South America, and about 70% are wearing glasses.

Possibly 80% of the UK population need some form of visual correction, but only now are people accepting this, and even high levels of myopia have been tolerated by many people.

No fun going around in a fog and missing everything going on around you, just put your glasses on and enjoy. There will always be someone with stronger glasses than yours.

Aubrac 06 Mar 2015, 10:03


Pleae don't beat yourself up about your level of myopia.

It is purely a physical thing, namely during body growth some parts growth at different rates and so we have longer or shorter arms, different size hands,etc, and our eyes are just one part of that process. And this can reult in differing degrees of short or long sight.

There have been for years many people who do not acknowledge their need for glasses and only now when there is no stigma attached to wearing glasses, are they quite happy to wear glasses and actually see clearly what is going on around them.

There should be no implied weakness about needing glasses because physically your eyeball shape results in long or short sight, just as if you have small or big feet, this is just how you have grown.

I live near an English school in the UK and today saw the new influx of students, mostly from South America, and about 70% are wearing glasses.

Possibly 80% of the UK population need some form of visual correction, but only now are people accepting this, and even high levels of myopia have been tolerated by many people.

No fun going around in a fog and missing everything going on around you, just put your glasses on and enjoy. There will always be someone with stronger glasses than yours.

Melyssa 06 Mar 2015, 06:04


First off, I have a pair of drop-temples, brown plastic frames with silver metal connectors, with the name of the frame being Anita. If the link works, these are those:

Getting back to your comment, when I was your age (back in the 1980s) my prescription was pretty close to yours, on the way to an eventual -9.00 by age 36. And as Crystal Veil said, back then we women wore mainly big and bold plastic frames, although it seemed clear frames were the most popular. I would say that about half of my college classmates wore glasses, either full-time or part-time, all of whom were nearsighted.

In my part of the universe now, the so-called "hipster" frames have not made much of an appearance, as little metal, rimless, and occasionally black plastic frames are still in the majority, boring as they are. While I do not recall what percentage of people I know or see wear glasses, there are a lot of farsighted individuals (in the 50-and-over crowd) who need glasses for up-close activities.

Crystal Veil 04 Mar 2015, 16:37


you are right about the spread of short sight but there are other factors at work as well. The taboo on glasses has gone since the sudden wave of the hipster style, about four years ago. During the two decades before that, all glasses frames were tiny and discrete. In fact, rather dull, as if glasses are something to hide. It was different during the 1970's and 1980's (the heyday of large, adventurous frames) when glasses were a way of expression for those who felt the need. Contact lenses were available for those who hated glasses but they were more primitive than they are nowadays so many ladies chose for glasses, even if the lenses were quite thick. You have minus six and in those days, your lenses would have been twice as thick. But everyone was in the same boat so it really did not matter. There were many shortsighted people in those days but their options were different than they are now. Your minus six was considered acceptable in the 1970's and 1980's. It's good that it's acceptable now again. By the way, there is little chance that you will need much stronger glasses in the future. At 25, things tend to stabilize.

Anita 04 Mar 2015, 13:31

I can't believe how many people are now wearing glasses and they have a shortsighted prescription. My eyes are disgusting for a 25 year old -6.00 so I'm use to wearing glasses. Only 5 years ago there wasn't that many shortsighted people. We have accepted glasses so shortsightednes is normal right? Who would have thought its ore fashionable to wear glasses now

SC 26 Feb 2015, 15:07


You make an interesting point. I feel dependent on glasses but relatively my distance vision is good. I have a +1 Rx, and so equates with -1, the sort of prescription that teenagers would start with at school, perhaps even slightly better with a bit of accommodation.

I would imagine if my vision had gone slightly blurry over a long period of time, and I could see up to 2 metres well, then I wouldn't wear glasses much either.

But it doesn't feel like that. The day I was prescribed a distance Rx, I could read some letters on the 6/5 line, so my distance vision had been good, although I was suffering when tired. Within a couple of weeks I was forced to wear glasses because of headaches and my distance vision only became blurry after a few months. So I've never had a period of tolerating the blur - good vision without glasses, good vision with glasses (headaches without), so keep the glasses on and feel dependent. Four years on, I've lost the bottom 4 lines on Snellen now, although I guess with hard concentration or 10 minutes blinking and squinting, I'd get two back - this what your relatives are experiencing, the ability to see pretty well for a short period of time, because in the scheme of things their distance Rx isn't much. I just find it annoying that when I concentrate and get a degree of focus, I turn and look at something else, turn back and I'm back at square one and have to focus all over again - dependency mean that auto-focus is broken.

Of course, close up is a different matter, just a blur space up to 2 metres so for most hyperopes with presbyopia that is the real driver. Would have to on/off them so often that keeping them on is a convenience.

Dude 25 Feb 2015, 14:29

Cactus Jack,

yes I am the same guy. Thanks for your explanations

Cactus Jack 24 Feb 2015, 22:54

Hi Dude,

Are you the same Dude that asked some questions last May and June?

Hyperopia is the most difficult of the 4 common types of refractive errors to explain when asked about symptoms, because they are so variable. People with similar or even identical glasses prescriptions can have widely varying symptoms. Hyperopia is often confused with Presbyopia because they have the same correction, Plus lenses, even though they have completely different causes.

The 4 common types of refractive errors are Hyperopia, Myopia, Astigmatism and Presbyopia. Hyperopia and Myopia are caused by a mismatch between the total PLUS power of the eye's lens system and the distance from the back of the Crystalline Lens and the Retina. Astigmatism is caused by uneven curvature of the front surface of the Cornea. Presbyopia is caused by either the Crystalline Lens becoming stiff with age or the Ciliary Muscles becoming so weak that they can no longer increase the PLUS power of the Crystalline Lenses to focus close or both. Hyperopia and Myopia are always corrected by the Sphere part of a prescription. Presbyopia is corrected with either Sphere or an Add depending on the situation. Astigmatism is corrected by Cylinder with a direction called the Axis. A glasses prescription can correct 3 of the 4 refractive errors in one lens, but you never find correction for Hyperopia and Myopia in one lens. Some people have Hyperopia in one eye and Myopia in the other and sometimes considerable difference in the prescription for each eye.

A couple of things to remember.

1. Vision occurs in the brain. The eyes are merely biological cameras.

2. If there is a difference between the quality of the two images from the eyes, the brain will choose the clearest image as a starting point to construct what you see.

3. The brain can correct blurry images if it know what something is supposed to look like, but it takes a lot of effort and energy.

4. The brain can create an image without any input from your eyes. Ever had a dream?

5. Hyperopia is the ONLY refractive error that a person can correct internally using their Ciliary Muscles and Crystalline Lenses, provided Presbyopia has not made their Crystalline Lenses so stiff that the Ciliary Muscles cannot squeeze the lens and increase its PLUS power. Often, people with Hyperopia are not ever aware that they are having to do extra work to see distance clearly and even more work to focus close. They think they have perfect vision.

What you described in your first paragraph are all reasonable situations and solutions. I often refer to what you described as the Mysteries of Hyperopia.

Your 15 YO friend has mild Hyperopia complicated by Astigmatism. He could probably correct his mild Hyperopia internally, but Astigmatism messes up your vision at all distances. Astigmatism particularly affects the sharpness of small text. The problem is that without external correction you brain will try to focus and clarify the image and the text using the Ciliary Muscles and Crystalline lenses. It is an impossible task and it cannot be done. That often causes severe headaches and extreme fatigue. The simple solution for effortless, comfortable vision is to wear glasses all the time.


Dude 24 Feb 2015, 18:09

Hi all, I'm just curious, what prescription does a plus glasses wearer become dependent on them? Does age matter? My curiosity was aroused by some of my middle-aged family members most o them had perfect eyesight during his young adulthood but when they reached 40 or so, they started to struggle with their near vision and started to wear reading glasses but nowadays most of them wear bifocals because of a new hyperopia. One of them is my aunt, she is 48yo and wear +2.00 Add +1.25 I think she would wear her glasses to watch tv or to go to the movi but she says she can see quite well at far, another case is my 71yo grandmother who is OD+1.50 c-1.00 OS +4.00 c -1.50 Add +3.00 and she says she can see almost perfectly without her glasses, is that reasonable? Regular people with my grandma's prescrption wouldn't wear them full time??

Also, I have a 15yo friend who is +1.00 c-0.50 and he says he is completely dependent on his glasses he says he can't see a thing without his glasses at far and get strong headaches at near? Is this normal?

Cactus Jack 23 Feb 2015, 23:45

Concerned Mama,

Thank you for remembering to let us know how your daughter and son are getting along. I am sorry to hear that your daughters vision has continued to deteriorate, but it sounds like you, your husband, and Moorfieldo are doing the best that can be done for her.

Unfortunately, genetics will sometimes trump every effort at slowing the progress of some forms of Myopia. The use of a reduced prescription for reading should help, but there is no good way to prove that it actually helps very much. It is like trying to prove a negative. At least it can't hurt.

There is some amazing research in genetics these days. As we have discussed before, the development of useful Myopia to counteract the Hyperopia that most babies are born with is important for the development of Normal Vision, as a child grows, but sometimes it gets out of hand and the eyeballs grow too much. Sometimes growth stops too soon and very strong Plus glasses are required for good vision. We don't know why - yet.

Unfortunately, genetic research is very slow, but there is progress on all fronts. There is considerable vision research going on in China. Many young Chinese children are very myopic and the percentage of the population who need very strong minus glasses at an early age seems to be increasing. Hopefully, there will be some positive results, soon.


ConcernedMama 23 Feb 2015, 11:23

Hi everyone

Well I have to admit that I forgot about this place for a while but just wanted to pop back to say hello and how much I appreciated your help before.

My daughter has unfortunately lost much of her remaining vision in her left eye due to a retinal detachment and is now attending a specialist class for visually impaired children within a normal school. Her vision is pretty severely limited although she does still wear her glasses. Moorfields have continued to be amazing and very helpful. She's happy and has lots of friends - both with and without sight problems - and is reading with help from magnifiers.

My son (who is now nine and a total beanpole!) is carrying on his merry march up the staircase of myopia! His glasses continue to get stronger and whilst we continue to use "reading glasses" that are 2 weaker than his "normal glasses", I'm not sure they make much difference. He seems to be destined to be a nearsighted young man. He is still corrected to 6/12 and could probably get to 6/6 if the glasses didn't make the letters smaller (I can't read them either!). He's pretty bright and has skipped a class this year (boasting proud mum moment!) and is still reading as much as ever... and is still as bad at sport!

Thank you for all your support over the years,

CM x

Sonya_ru 23 Feb 2015, 05:24


Thank you for your detailed reply. You're right, I can only see OK with left eye. I haven't planned on wearing glasses, my family would surely make such a big deal out of it.

If what you say is true, then my ECP wasn't honest enough with me. She never told me that I'd have difficulties with getting used to that prescription. She said it was for driving only, maybe opera and things like that. I still could make my point on that ground.


Soundmanpt 18 Feb 2015, 12:59


First of all welcome to Eyescene. It's always nice to have new people join in. I hope to be able to help you somewhat.

First of all you have what is considered and unbalanced prescription, meaning your right eye is considerably worse than your left eye. If you hold your hand over your left eye covering it so your unable to see out of it and try reading anything more than a few feet away with your right eye without your glasses I think you will find everything is pretty blurry. But now doing the same thing only with your glasses everything should be very clear and sharp. What has been happening even without you paying any attention or noticing it is that more and more you have only been seeing things in the distance with your left eye. Now your left eye vision isn't perfect either but it is much better that your right eye. On top of that you have a very small amount of astigmatism in your left eye which seems like nothing, but surprisingly it can take more adjusting to than you might think it would. Even that small amount can cause the room to feel like it is spinning and even make you feel sick to your stomach until your eyes adjust. I am sure going back now to complain that you don't think your glasses are right is only going to result in being told that you have to wear them at least a couple weeks full time for you eye to adjust properly. At this point i am sure you feel that is completely wrong, but I think you will be surprised by first making a point to wear them and not be taking them off and on all the time that you see that things are going to start looking better and better with your glasses. Now to be honest after your eyes adjust I think because of the unbalance in your prescription you probably won't like your vision anymore without glasses.

 18 Feb 2015, 10:40

Hi Sonya,

I understand you. I once got a bad made lens for one eye too. Only out of this new glasses one of my eyes couldn.t see sharp. So I knew it was a bad made lens. I think your optician could measure the lens and your left eye and help you out of that. That you can.t focus to near objects in them could mean you need bifocals that are more expensive. But let.s wait what the experts tell you in here. Best regards Antonio

Sonya_ru 18 Feb 2015, 08:22

Dear all,

I'm a regular visitor, but I've never contributed to the discussion before.

I'm 28 years old and I got my first glasses last March, weeks after I started driving and ralised I couldn't see much at night.

The idea of having something made especially for me, to my own measure, has fascinated me forever. I had secretly tried other people's glasses and knew that my vision wasn't perfect, but never really hoped I could have my own pair.

My prescription is:

OD -1.50

OS -0.50 cyl - 0.25

Unfortunately, it's been difficult to get used to these glasses. Is it because I don't wear them every day?

I know they give me the fullest possible correction and are not suited for near, but I have to make conscious effort to focus on relatively near objects with my both eyes, which isn't good. On top of that, my left eye feels kind of funny: things look less high-contrast, probably due to a wrong cyl axis. This certainly doesn't help at night; for example it's difficult to recognise green arrows when I look at traffick lights from distance.

I am planning to get prescription sunglasses later this year, although I'm not sure whether I really need them. (I'm too vain to wear glasses for anything but driving or theatre). If I go, should I mention my problems to the optometrist? Can they change the prescription to make it more wearable?



DS 13 Feb 2015, 21:44

If it's only refractive error and can be corrected to 20/20, then it's good vision.

High Myopic 13 Feb 2015, 21:29

Is having a -4.50 diopter right eye and a -5.50 diopter left eye considered bad vision? I think my left eye needs to now have a -6 diopter lens and my right needs to have a -5 diopter lens.

I can see very well in a, I guess -7 diopter pair of glasses that I got from a thrift store.

deer gogs 11 Feb 2015, 22:11

Cactus Jack,

I'll get back to you in a few weeks once i figure out whats up. From my experience, having the extra minus that i don't need strains my eyes too much to work correctly. as of right now I'm thinking I need to somehow set up GOC with my eye doctor in order to get the anti fatigue and the extra minus for looks purposes only. another question: how much extra minus and you get an eye doctor to prescribe for night blindness at its worst?

Cactus Jack 11 Feb 2015, 21:35

Deer gogs,

One of your options is GOC. Another is wearing low minus glasses, but we need your actual prescription to start any meaningful discussions about anything. Anti Fatigue Glasses appear to be a special type of varifocal or progressive lens with a very weak add of around +0.60 and a very good anti-reflective coating. Variable focus lenses come in all prices and quality. The very best are brands like Varilux, Rodenstock and Zeiss. You probably won't find them online because super high quality lenses deserve the best possible fitting.

However, you can experiment with various methods of either over correction to Induce some Myopia or GOC online, at low cost, to find a solution that works for you. Once you find a prescription you like, you can look for an Eye Care Professional who will assist you in getting Anti Fatigue glasses if that is what you want. Where you live can be a big factor in how hard it is to find an open minded, friendly ECP.

At 22, you should still have plenty or be able to develop plenty of accommodation. That being the case, you could probably wear low minus sphere correction with your actual cylinder and axis, even if you have a moderate Plus Sphere prescribed, but again, we need to know where to start and most importantly, what you want to do.

Another thing that would help is to know a little more about your education and occupation.


deer gogs 11 Feb 2015, 18:29

Cactus Jack,

I'l get back to you on the prescription. What exactly would our options be in order to avoid the plus if I get prescribed it? My lenses right now are really expensive and great. I've had cheap online (zenni etc) ones before and they don't even begin to compare to these in terms of their anti glare and anti fatigue. Would I be able to convince a doctor to let me do GOC under their supervision? Like maybe just between -1 to -3 glasses with the astigmatism and +1 to +3 (depending on the new prescription) to make sure I never have a problem reading.


Cactus Jack 11 Feb 2015, 08:57

Deer gogs,

Welcome to one the "mysteries" of optics. The pupils in your eyes are like the iris in professional camera lenses. The brighter the light, the smaller lens opening required to take the picture. An important side benefit of a small lens opening is that the "depth of field" or "range of useful focus" increases significantly.

The fact that you see much better in bright light than in dim light is a very strong clue that you need an eye exam, but as Julian suggested, you need to wear your glasses more, particularly at night for a week or so before seeing your Eye Care Professional (ECP).

If I may venture a guess, I suspect that you may also have a bit of hyperopia (or long or far sightedness). Unlike myopia (or short or near sightedness), you have the internal ability to correct mild hyperopia without your even being aware of it. The important thing in an eye exam is to find out the full extent of your vision problems. In that regard, I would strongly urge you to get a dilated or "wet" eye exam. The drops that temporarily paralyze your ciliary muscles and minimize your ability to focus, also cause your pupils to open fully. This results in the most accurate measure of your refractive error. Once you know the full extent of your refractive error, then you can decide what to do about it.

We can help you by explaining your options, but we really need your complete prescription - Sphere, Cylinder and Axis. You mentioned that you hated the idea of wearing plus glasses. If you really need some plus correction and REALLY don't want to wear PLUS glasses, we can show you several ways to solve the problem. I suggest that you DO NOT order glasses immediately after your eye exam, but wait until we can chat and review your options. You may be surprised at the possibilities.


astigmaphile 11 Feb 2015, 07:37

Deer gogs,

Your vision gets worse at night because your pupils are bigger.I am =1,25 cyl, right and +2.50, left. My bare eyed vision in bright sunlight isn't that bad. In dim light, , it is noticibly worse.

Julian 11 Feb 2015, 01:01

deer gogs: Why not try wearing them more, or even full time, before going back to the ECP? The cylinder will help at all distances.

deer gogs 10 Feb 2015, 21:51

Another thing I forgot to mention was that It gets like a bajillion times worse at night.

deer gogs 10 Feb 2015, 21:49

My vision feels like it has deteriorated a ton this past year. I wear my glasses for astigmatism/reading a total of about an hour or less a day. But even as I'm typing this i feel like a desperately need to put them on. I'm a 20s college student who rarely goes anywhere off campus and for the most part keeps to himself.

My prescription as of november was:

R: 0.00 x -.75 diagonal

L: 0.00 x -.50 diagonal

(i get the axis confused but its basically opposite on the other eye).

Also, my lenses are anti fatigue.

the only change in 2013's prescription was a slight right eye astigmatism increase by -.25. I seem to see clearly with them on but not at all without anymore.

Should I go back to the eye doctor?

should I consider full time wear? they were prescribed with anti fatigue lenses which are made for really taking notes and having to look up and down constantly.

Could my eyes be relaxing with the anti fatigue lenses in just two months and therefore uncovering more farsightedness? I would absolutely hate for this to be happening as I can't stand the look of plus lenses on my face.( personally I'm praying to god that its more astigmatism rather than +. the little plus they have on the anti fatigue is already annoying looking enough)

I get the power tools analogy so you don't need to explain it. I just don't think I'm wearing them enough to be getting used to them or for the anti fatigue to be doing anything. Anyone have any other hypotheses?

Xy 10 Feb 2015, 13:56

I have severe myopia -22 diopters,pretty much progression over the years till now.seems like no change.stay indoors much,don't really go out much,or nightclubs with friends.guess huge fear of losing my glasses,having too many drinks and losing them.anyway,looking for similar chat friends,thanks.

Cactus Jack 06 Feb 2015, 16:23


Not usually at 22. I am not sure what you mean by "dimmer". If you mean less sensitive to light, a couple of things come to mind. Reduced oxygen or some other retinal issue. You could be developing cataracts, which can occur at any age, but one would think that the eye doctor would have noticed.

You should consider seeing an ophthalmologist that specializes in retinal problems with the specific complaint of dimming vision. He may suggest a visual fields test which measures light sensitivity all over the retina. A visual fields test does not take long, is painless, and does not require dilation, though the ophthalmologist may dilate your eyes to more closely check your retinas.

Like other health problems, early detection is a very important factor in being able to ideally cure or at least stop further disease development. I suggest that you do not delay in seeking resolution. You will feel better with a second opinion.

Please let us know what is found, if anything.

May I ask where you live?


pujol 06 Feb 2015, 13:02

And that I have a dry eyes

pujol 06 Feb 2015, 12:58

Forgot to mention I'm a 22 year old college student with just slight vision correct for class and no history of other problems.

pujol 06 Feb 2015, 12:57

My vision is getting noticeably dimmer the past few years. I went to the eye doctor a few days ago and he said it was okay but didn't really give a good explanation or anything. I do not show any signs of glaucoma. Could anyone please explain this to me? does vision get dimmer as you age or what?

val 06 Feb 2015, 11:57

andy thanks for the post I will email you

AndyDalton 06 Feb 2015, 10:00


I am in the same position as you.

Please email me :

I would be very interested to know how you are getting on with your glasses.

Cactus Jack 06 Feb 2015, 08:36


You really did not provide enough information to answer your question. In addition to your sphere prescription (plus or minus), many factors affect edge thickness. If the new lenses have the same index, the same base curve, the same sphere and cylinder, the same lens style, and are of the same width, you can expect them to be between 1 and 2 mm thicker at the outside edge. Sometimes, the prescription in higher prism lenses does not extend to the edge of the lens. Sort of like myodiscs in a carrier. In that case, none of the above factors apply.

Please let us know your complete prescription and how the new glasses differ from your old ones when you get them.


val 06 Feb 2015, 08:05

hi I have been priscribed glasses with some more prisms 14 base out each lens,i pisk them up in about two weeks,how thick will they be compared to my others which are 12 base out

Soundmanpt 06 Feb 2015, 07:23


If you only wear your glasses for such a limited amount of time then spending several hundred dollars on new glasses or even to change the lenses might not be that important. You should be still able to see well enough to drive with your current glasses just not as good at night but still legal.

But for under $21.00 you can choose from nearly 700 pairs of glasses with your new prescription and $5.00 more will even get you the AR coating (anti-reflective) Then you have the correct prescription for glasses as well.

Check out "" The glasses are good quality, same as any optical store sells, and they look great as well.

Likelenses 05 Feb 2015, 23:46


Your old prescription would give you about 20/30, and the new would bring you up to 20/20,or there about.

SoCal 05 Feb 2015, 21:51

You guys thing it would be worth it to change the lenses in my glasses from -2.50 to -3.00? Just got a new rx and to me, it seems negligible considering I wear contacts 90% of the time.

Cactus Jack 01 Feb 2015, 21:12


Normally, dilation does 2 things that are you.

The most obvious thing is that he pupils open up full. This permits the examiner to get a really good view of the retina and the inside of your eyeball. You notice this because lights seem almost or actually painfully bright. I get a retinal exam about ever 6 months where they shine a very bright light in my eyes and I have no defense.

The other thing that you usually notice is the your ciliary muscles are paralyzed and you cannot focus close. I don't notice that much because I have had cataract surgery and can;t focus anyway, plus I wear trifocals.

Your situation is probably different because you are hyperopic. Your distance vision with your left eye should have been pretty blurry with our your glasses because you could not correct your hyperopia using your ciliary muscles. Unless there was a large prescription change, you should have been able to see fairly well with your glasses.

Your prescription is less in your right eye but it does not seem like it would made much noticeable difference in blurriness without your glasses. Again with your glasses, distance vision should have been pretty normal.

You did not mention an ADD so it is unlikely that you could focus close even with your glasses, until the dilating agent wore off.

Interestingly, eye color can make a difference in the effectiveness of dilating agents. Brown eyes are harder to dilate than Blue eyes.

One thing you can be sure of, with your eyes dilated, you did not get any increase in the range of useful focus by your pupils closing down with bright light.

Generally, dilating agents do not affect the eye positioning muscles. Did you have any double vision problems after dilation with your glasses on.

Can you offer any additional clues that could affect you ability to focus?


AndyDalton 01 Feb 2015, 12:59


As requested...

Right eye: +1.75,-1.50, axis 55, 12.5BO, 6BD

Left Eye: +2.50,-1.75,axis 110, 12.5BO, 6BU

With Thanks,

Cactus Jack 01 Feb 2015, 12:39


What is your complete prescription?.


AndyDalton 01 Feb 2015, 11:50

I have just had an eye exam where they have dilated the pupils with drops. During this time I noticed my left eye was super blurred, but my right eye seemed unaffected. I asked the nurse about this and she assured me the pupils were super dilated in both eyes.

Can any one explain this?

Edward 13 Jan 2015, 10:33

I'm a lurker to this sight, but I very much enjoy seeing attractive women wearing glasses. Two months ago my gf went for her annual eye exam so she could get a fresh supply of contacts. She came home very upset at how much her contacts were going to cost for the year so she only got a 3 month supply. I was very excited when she said she has decided to start wearing glasses instead. I always get my glasses off line and I suggested that she do the same. She picked out a nice pair that we both think will look very nice on her. Anyway she didn't a prescription for glasses when she got her eye exam. But looking at it I am sure about everything except the axis numbers. My question is the axis the same for glasses as it is for her contacts?

Here is her contact rx:

R -1.00 -0.75 165

L -1.00 -0.75 104

So would glasses be exactly the same?

NJ 04 Jan 2015, 08:36


You could be right, but keep in mind that there are other changes that occur around the age of presbyopia that might also cause the shift in refraction. For one thing, the crystalline lens can change shape as it gets hard. Second, the inability to accommodate means that the attendant changes in the eye that are known to increase myopia in younger people are no longer present. Third, compensated hyperopia in the first 3-4 decades of life is not exactly the same thing as pseudomyopia, at least if the latter is a semi-permanent involuntary effect.

I was hyperopic as a kid but seldom wore glasses because I had the accommodative power to make up for it. But I could just relax my eyes and have everything go into a blur so the accommodation was voluntary and not permanent. I also experienced a slight myopic shift as I got into the age of presbyopia, about 1.5-2D.

Crystal Veil 03 Jan 2015, 14:47

SC, my own myopia reduced from my forties the way you describe it.

SC 03 Jan 2015, 13:25

Sorry meant pseudo myopia...

SC 03 Jan 2015, 13:24


I see your earlier post that you consider pseudo hyperopia as a rare thing. I think it is very common. I know several people whose minus Rx reduces when they get to their 40s. I have an uncle who switched from minus to plus and a friend who was told she no longer needed glasses. I remember a poster here (Phil) who went from -4 to -2.75 and it seems sensible to me that if many hyperopes manage to mask +1 to +1.5 until their 40s then a reasonable number of mopes are over corrected to a similar degree.

NJ 02 Jan 2015, 18:08

Sally, if your daughter has a sudden change in vision you should take her to the doctor immediately. It could be any number of things, many of which require an immediate response.

Sally 02 Jan 2015, 12:09

Dear Cactus Jack

Yes, she has bifocal glasses. We live in London.

You made sense until you started to mention numbers for eyes, but that is down to my ignorance.

Thank you so m uch for your really quick rep,ly.


Sally 02 Jan 2015, 12:09

Dear Cactus Jack

Yes, she has bifocal glasses. We live in London.

You made sense until you started to mention numbers for eyes, but that is down to my ignorance.

Thank you so m uch for your really quick rep,ly.


Cactus Jack 02 Jan 2015, 10:48


What your daughter is describing and using are the Vertex Distance effects of her glasses. Vertex Distance is the distance from the front surface of her corneas to the back surface of her glasses lenses. Vertex Distance effects involve the mathematical square of the lens power. There is a formula to calculate the Vertex Distance effect, but for a +22 lens is very close to 0.50 diopters per millimeter and for a +26 lens it is very close to 0.67 diopters per millimeter. Notice that I did not specify a PLUS or MINUS on the Vertex Distance effect. I will explain.

Typical Vertex Distance for glasses is about 12 to 13 millimeters and the effect of Vertex Distance on the apparent power of the glasses depends on if the glasses lenses are PLUS or MINUS. If you move PLUS glasses closer to your face, their apparent power DECREASES. If you move MINUS glasses closer to your face, their apparent power INCREASES. Vertex Distance must be considered when determining the final prescription in very strong glasses.

Often, the tendency to move glasses closer or farther from the face indicates a need for a prescription change. It is possible that your daughter needs her prescription DECREASED. There can be several reasons for this, but at 15, it is possible that she is experiencing some eyeball growth. You typically see this in teenagers who already wear or need to wear MINUS glasses, but there is no reason why it cannot occur in someone who needs PLUS glasses.

You did not mention the cause of your daughters hyperopia, but generally it is caused by a mismatch between the total power of the eye’s lens system and the length of the eyeball which determines the distance from the back of the lens system in the eye to the retina. In a normal adult eye, the total power of the eye’s lens system is around +58 diopters and the distance to the retina is about 17 millimeters. If the total power is LESS than it needs to be or the distance is LESS than it needs to be for the power, external PLUS lenses are required to focus images on the retina. Most babies are born with hyperopia because their eyeballs need to be small because the babies head size is small. Fortunately, most babies are also born with the ability to correct their hyperopia by using the focusing system in their eyes. As the child grows, their eyeballs also grow and their hyperopia becomes less. Sometimes the eyeballs grow too much and and myopia results. If the eyeballs don't grow enough, hyperopia results.

Most young people experience a spurt of growth in their teens and when they approach puberty. The eyeballs can also experience a spurt of growth which can increase myopia or decrease hyperopia. It is possible that your daughter is experiencing this. Normally, eyeball growth does not occur very fast, but it can seem to occur suddenly when you wake up one morning and your glasses are not working as well as they seemed to the day before. Incidentally, if eyeball growth is a factor in your daughters apparent prescription change, the distances involved are very small. About 0.3 millimeters per diopter of change.

May I ask a couple of questions?

Does your daughter need to wear bifocals or different glasses for reading?

Where do you live?

I hope this very long winded explanation is helpful. Please feel free to ask any questions you wish.


Sally 02 Jan 2015, 08:56


My 15 year old daughter has suddenly started complaining about her vision

Her latest glasses are +22 and plus 26.

But in the last 24 hours she has suddenly stated to complain that she is struggling to see "stuff"

She says that things are easier if she moves her glasses "way nearer to my. Face "

Both my husband and I are totally blind. Does this sound like a prescription issue or an emergency?



Justin 31 Dec 2014, 20:12

Hi Cactus Jack,

Thanks for the detailed response to my question and comments.

Haven't really had a chance to experiment much but plan on being online a lot on new year's day and gonna try the 1.00s in front while doing it and see how things are during and afterwards.

Look forward to updating you!

Likelenses 31 Dec 2014, 19:32

An interesting web site on aniseikonia

Cactus Jack 30 Dec 2014, 18:12


Your corneas have no source of oxygen, lubrication, or moisture other than that the get from the air or your tears. Without enough tears, your corneas can dry out some and that can change their optical power and even their shape. This is one instance where a little bit goes a long way and even a tiny change in the shape of the cornea can make a big difference in your eye's refractive power. You can confirm this my observing the thinness of a contact lens or how little pressure it takes if you place your finger at the outer edge of your eyelid and pull gently outward. It does not take much to change your prescription pretty significantly.

You optician is very wise to suggest that you wait until your tear production is restored and your vision stabilizes before the recheck. I suggest that you try to schedule your appointment early after a good nights sleep and do not read or do any significant close work before the exam. That will assure that your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses are as relaxed as possible before the exam. If you would like to be prescribed glasses with more minus, schedule the exam for late in the day and read or do as much close work as possible, including reading in the waiting room, before the exam.


Cactus Jack 30 Dec 2014, 17:59


Very true. Steep corneas result in corneas with excessive PLUS power. True or Axial Myopia is caused by a mismatch between the total PLUS power of the eye's lens system and the distance from the back of the lens system to the retina. Too much total PLUS in the lens system or excessive distance to the retina can cause myopia, but excessive growth of the eyeball as a child grows to adulthood is the most common.

Many people with myopia learn to really like the ultra sharp vision that a step or two of minus over correction and often achieve 20/15 or even 20/10 vision. Without realizing it, they then use their ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to compensate. After 6 months or a year, the ciliary muscles get used to maintaining this level of compensating PLUS and it becomes the new norm. Almost any muscle can be "trained" to maintain a particular position and have difficulty changing. People with hyperopia that is uncomplicated by astigmatism often brag about their superior vision because they are using their ciliary muscles to add the PLUS they need to focus. Over time, their ciliary muscles have trouble relaxing. When they finally get glasses, it may take weeks or months for their ciliary muscles to relax and as that occurs, they need PLUS sphere increases in glasses or contacts to correct their vision. This goes on until their ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses relax to their natural relaxed power.

As I have said many times, Pseudo Myopia and Latent Hyperopia are exactly the same phenomenon. What name is used depends on the basic sphere refractive error of the individual.

In case of Latent Hyperopia, internal correction is using up some of the accommodation range of the eye's focusing system and is often the reason that presbyopia becomes a nuisance at an earlier age. Something similar can happen if a person with myopia is over corrected with too much MINUS. The eye's focusing system can compensate, but some of the accommodation range is used up doing it.


RickB 30 Dec 2014, 11:01

Cactus Jack,

In that case I have had a dilated exam as never had anything put in to my eyes before an exam. Not aware of any of my friends ever mentioning anything like that either.

I was told to use a warm damp cloth and hold it over my eye 3-4 times a day for 5 minutes at a time and was given some artificial tears to put in my eye to keep it moist. Apparently it will take 2 weeks (maybe more) to clear up but have got to go back for a follow up on the 10th Jan. Optician also advised me not to get my prescription filled until after I'd been back as she wanted to re-check my vision. once my eye had healed, although I'm not really sure why having my glands blocked would make any difference to my prescription.

I am finding that now I've started to use the drops my vision seems a lot more comfortable.

NJ 30 Dec 2014, 10:37

Cactus Jack, myopia can also be caused by steep corneas without axial lengthening. The two numbers of interest to an ophthalmologist evaluating a patient are the axial lengths and the corneal curvatures. Increased axial length is associated with retinal detachment, whereas myopia due to steep corneas is not.

I think pseudomyopia is fairly rare as anything more than a transient event. I know I occasionally experienced it in school after hours of reading, even though I was a bifocal-wearing hyperope. However, it never lasted more than an hour or two.

Cactus Jack 30 Dec 2014, 09:58


That is good news. Did the optician suggest anything you should do about the dry eye problem? Tears are very important to eye health and vision. They are also very important to contact lens comfort.

There are two types of myopia. True or Axial Myopia and False or Pseudo Myopia. True Myopia is caused by a mismatch between the length of your eyeball and the total power of your eye's lens system. It is considered a permanent type of myopia. True myopia is believed to have a genetic and environmental foundation. The eyes have to grow as you grow from childhood, but typically increases is true myopia slow and stop when you stop growing in your late teems and early 20s.

False Myopia is considered temporary and is caused by the failure of the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to fully relax after close focusing. It is actually the same thing as Latent Hyperopia, just on the other side of 0.00. Whiny focus close, your ciliary muscles squeeze your crystalline lenses. If you do this long enough, your ciliary muscles have trouble relaxing and your eyes tend to stay focused for close work and distance vision takes a while to clear up. One element in False Myopia seems to be the flexibility of the crystalline lenses (presbyopia). Depending on the age and genetic makeup of the individual, False Myopia is often the result of intentional or inadvertent over correction, particularly in adults. How long it takes for the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to relax depends on three factors, age, how long the condition has existed, how much it is reinforced. Long term False Myopia or Latent Hyperopia can take weeks or months for the ciliary muscles to fully relax and is often the reason Myopia seems to decrease in later life and the reason people with Hyperopia need prescription increases after they start wearing PLUS glasses.

A dilated or "wet" eye exam is often used to get a more accurate measurement of your refractive error or to permit better observation of the condition of your retina. A few drops of dilating agent in your eyes will paralyze your ciliary muscles and open your pupils and you will temporarily loose your ability to focus or inadvertently affect your refractive error during an eye exam. Typically, the agents that are used wear off within a few hours and only affect your accommodation ability during the exam and for a few hours afterward. Because your pupils are also open wide, your eyes cannot defend themselves against bright lights and often disposable sun glasses are offered after the exam. Usually, the dilating agents do not last long enough to have much effect on significant long term Pseudo Myopia or Latent Hyperopia. There are some dilating agents that take days to wear off, atropine for instance, but these are rarely used for typical eye exams because the ECPs want the patient to recover normal vision as soon as possible after the exam.

Again, I am glad to hear that the source of your discomfort has been found. Please stay in touch and participate in the discussions if you wish.


RickB 30 Dec 2014, 04:22

Hi Cactus Jack

Thanks for taking the time to respond. I managed to get a cancellation with an optician yesterday.

Apparently the glands at the bottom of my left eye are blocked which is causing the eye to become try and leading to the irritability I've been suffering from. The optician also did a full eye test to and my prescription had changed to:

L: -5.75, -1.50

R: -6.00, -0.75

They did check my near vision but that was all okay.

I don't know if I've ever had a dilated exam and I'm not sure what the difference is between the two different types of myopia.

I used to wear Contact Lenses but haven't worn them for about a year.

Cactus Jack 29 Dec 2014, 22:42


Welcome, thank you for the post.

At 38, it is likely that presbyopia is slowly creeping up on you. Ideally, the way the optics of vision work is that your glasses (or contacts) neutralize your myopia, resulting in a 0.00 refractive error with your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses fully relaxed for distance. The laws of optical physics discovered by Sir Isaac Newton over 300 years ago require that to focus closer than infinity (20 feet or 6 meters to be practical), some additional PLUS power is required. Before presbyopia sets in, your crystalline lenses have the consistency of gelatin dessert and your ciliary muscles can easily squeeze the crystalline lens and increase its PLUS power by what ever is required to focus on the closer object. We call this Accommodation.

The amount of extra PLUS required is easily calculated by dividing the distance to the object into 100 cm or 39.37 inches depending on your preferred measurement system. To focus at a typical reading distance of 40 cm or 16 inches requires +2.50 diopters of additional PLUS. If your crystalline lenses are flexible, you can easily supply the +2.50 using your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses. As your crystalline lenses become stiffer with presbyopia, you gradually loose the ability to supply the full amount of PLUS you need internally and you need external lenses to supply what your crystalline lenses cannot. You can easily calculate the amount of PLUS required to focus on your computer display by measuring the distance from your eyes to the display and dividing it a stated above.

Even though you probably have the ability, with effort, to focus at any reasonable distance, the +1 OTC glasses do some of the work that your ciliary muscles usually do which increases your comfort when using the computer or even reading for a long time.

Wearing even +1.00 is a two edged sword. The ciliary muscles are, for their size, the strongest muscles in the body because they get plenty of exercise. When you reduce their work load, you encourage their de-conditinoing and loss of some of their strength. This can cause presbyopia to SEEM to develop faster than it ordinarily would. The bottom line is that almost everyone ultimately needs help focusing close and it is important that you be able to function comfortably and efficiently in your visual environment and glasses in any form are simply tools to help you do that.

Before computers, tablets and smartphones it was rare for people to need focusing help until their late 30s or early 40s. There were exceptions of course, I had to get bifocals in college to avoid splitting headaches and trifocals at 30 to help in my job. I had to try several ECPs to find one that would listen to my problems and help me. Today, our "up close" visual environment is revealing hyperopia, often in teenagers causing presbyopia to become a nuisance earlier that ever before. Don't be hesitant to do whatever you need to do to have comfortable vision at all distances. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Again, welcome.


Cactus Jack 29 Dec 2014, 10:38


Read your post. Need to leave for an appointment. More later.


Cactus Jack 29 Dec 2014, 10:36


You are correct that astigmatism typically changes very slowly. Because the discomfort in your left eye is recent, I tend to agree with you that it is unlikely that astigmatism is culprit, but don't entirely discount the idea. Astigmatism is one of the refractive errors that you have no internal ability to correct, the other major one is myopia. The problem with uncorrected astigmatism combined with CORRECTED myopia, is that uncorrected astigmatism affects vision at all distances and the out of focus images cause your focus control system to overwork your ciliary muscles trying to do an impossible task and that can result in the symptoms you described.

The astigmatism axis part of the eye exam is probably the most subjective part of the exam. The ECP has no way to see what you are seeing and must depend on your answers to questions about clarity of the images you see. Unlike the other elements of the exam where you are comparing the clarity of small letters, comparing the relative blurriness of images as the axis is bracketed is very difficult, even for experienced eye exam clients.

After struggling through many astigmatism axis tests trying to decide equal blurriness between two images, I finally asked the ECP if I could "fine tune" the axis at the appropriate point in the exam. After he had the axis close, he flipped the supplementary cylinder lens out of the way and placed my hand on the axis adjustment knob. I rotated it back and forth a few degrees seeking the sharpest and least distorted image, like fine tuning an old analog TV.. This was done for each eye individually. Since then, I make a deal with the ECP before the exam and ask if they will let me fine tune the axis after he/she has it close. My experience has been that most experienced ECPs understand the limitations of the eye exam and are very happy to have your active participation.

There is another situation that can cause individual eye discomfort. Unbalanced correction where the eyes are not equally corrected to an actual refractive error of 0.00. There is one place where you can easily comparing the individual corrections for each eye. After each eye is refracted individually, the shutters will be opened for both eyes, but using prism, you are shown two images and asked to compare their relative positions. This is to test for muscle imbalance. Before you worry about that, compare the relative blurriness of the two images. If they are not equally clear, tell the examiner that there is a difference in clarity and which one is the sharpest. The examiner will likely decrease the sharpness of that images. Don't worry about that because at this point what you are looking for is for the images to be equally sharp. You will get a chance to make both eyes sharp and clear, together after the muscle imbalance test. If you don't have equally clear images from both eyes, when the test continues with both eyes together, your brain will select the clearest of the two images and use that as the primary source of what you see. Remember, the eyes are merely biological cameras. Vision occurs in the brain.

Another thing to consider is that the eyes are really two different entities that work together. They develop independently and just as you different amounts of astigmatism you could have presbyopia developing in your left eye at a different rate than your right. At this point you really don't have enough information to make a judgement.

I have a few more questions:

1. Have you had a dilated eye exam in the past few years?

2. I am wondering if your myopia may have a pseudo myopia component in addition to an axial or true myopia component? They have two different causes, but they add together for your final prescription. It happens more often than most people think. More about Pseudo Myopia later.

3. Do you wear contacts, ever?


Justin 29 Dec 2014, 10:25

Hi guys,

Been following this site but never posted before.

I have been reading RickB's post with interest. I am a guy, 38 here, and wear -6 glasses. I haven't really been having any big issues other than some occasional eyestrain.

Was just out doing some errands and thought I'd try the suggestion CactusJack gave a try. I tried both a +1.00 and a +1.25 reader and the 1.25 seemed a bit strong. So bought the +1s. I am now typing with them on top of my regular glasses and do notice a bit easier with them but can still read through my others.


RickB 29 Dec 2014, 02:27

Hi Cactus Jack

Thanks for your response. With regards to the astigmatism, I've had these lenses for about 18 months and never had any issues with them up until now. Can astigmatism change that much as my astigmatism prescription has been the same for as long as I can remember?

I did purchase a pair of OTC readers with a +1.25 power. They did help to make text seem clearer, particularly on my iPhone but haven't helped the discomfort to go away, although maybe that doesn't happen straight away? Also if it is presbyopia wouldn't I have the issue with both eyes?

I live in England and work in sales so spend a lot of time driving. I do also work from a tablet when I'm not at home so do spend quite a lot of time looking at computer/phone screens. I live in England

Cactus Jack 28 Dec 2014, 06:16


I was in a bit of a hurry when I asked your age. I should have also asked your occupation and how much close work you do with computers, tablets, and smartphones.

I think you may have several things going on that you can investigate even before your eye exam and a couple to things you can do during the exam to improve the accuracy of your prescription and improve the comfort of your vision. Vision should be comfortable and effortless.

The really interesting item you reported is that you are having some discomfort in your left eye after doing a lot of close work. Your left eye has the most cylinder correction for astigmatism. I suspect either the cylinder power or most likely the axis of the cylinder is not correct. I will offer some tips later to improve the accuracy of your cylinder and axis correction.

i also suspect that you may be experiencing some early effects of presbyopia. The clue is the struggle to focus you mentioned, but part of that could be related to astigmatism. Your first reaction at the mention of presbyopia was “But I am only 33. I am too young to have presbyopia.” The answer to that is, not necessarily. The idea that presbyopia does not become a nuisance until around 40 or so, is a myth. Presbyopia is the gradual stiffening of the crystalline lenses (the variable focus lenses in your eyes) as you get older. It actually starts in childhood, but typically does not become a problem until the late 30s or early 40s. When it becomes a nuisance depends on your genetics and visual environment. If presbyopia is becoming a nuisance, the solution is optically simple. For close work, you just need less MINUS or more PLUS (same thing) in your glasses.

Many Eye Care Professionals (ECPs) are very reluctant to prescribe reading help before age 40, but that is changing. The primary cause of the change is the tiny text on smartphones and tablets. Even teenagers are experiencing focusing difficulties are finding glasses; reading, bifocals or progressives, very helpful. You can do a easy experiment to find out if you need some close focusing help. Get a pair of low power Over-the-Counter (OTC) reading glasses and try wearing them over your glasses when you are doing close work and see if they make a difference. Something in the +1.00 or +1.25 range would be best, but don’t go higher than +1.50 until we chat some more. There is no real problem with going higher, but the power of the lenses determines the focus distance. You still have plenty of focus range and your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses can still provide any extra focusing help you need. The purpose of the low power OTC glasses is to see if the small bit of help they provide increases your comfort. When you are wearing the glasses over your regular glasses, distance objects will be a bit blurry.

Ideally, you don’t want to use more focusing help than you need because it reduces the workload of your ciliary (focusing) muscles in your eyes. For their size, your ciliary muscles are the strongest muscles in the body. Like any muscles, they need to be used to maintain their strength. One of the things that can occur if you wear stronger focusing help than you need is the surprisingly rapid de-conditioning of your ciliary muscles which makes the onset of presbyopia appear to be more rapid than it actually is.

That is enough for now. You need to digest this and think over what I said and try the OTC glasses. The main thing is to not worry, what you are experiencing is not all that unusual and the solution is probably just a more accurate exam and new glasses. Please let me know what you think.

May I ask where you live?


RickB 27 Dec 2014, 15:28

Hi Cactus Jack

Sorry I'm 33

Cactus Jack 27 Dec 2014, 15:10


You did not mention a very important factor, your age.


RickB 27 Dec 2014, 11:15


I'm wondering if someone could give me some advice. I currently wear glasses for myopia -L. 5.25, -1.50 and R. -5.75, -0.25.

For the past few weeks I've noticed that my left eye seems to be aching quite a lot and the area around the eye also seems quite sore particularly towards the end of the day it feels kind of muscular in pain. I've not noticed any issues with my distance vision but am noticing that when I'm reading I'm sometimes struggling to focus particularly if I go from looking close up to looking in the distance and back to close up again.

Also occasionally if i'm looking at text I get like a shadow above it.

I've made an opticians appointment, but due to the christmas period am unable to get in until early January and was just wondering if anyone else has experienced similar issues and may know what the problem is?



GlassesLover 27 Dec 2014, 08:33

anybody know somnething about LauraC? it`s been a while without news from her...

Ellie 26 Dec 2014, 18:36

Likelenses, I don't think that I have been over corrected before, and I'm a bit afraid to try to boost my prescription myself as I'm sure natural progression will run its course. The idea of inducing myopia is kind of exciting, but I don't it's something in going to worry about at the moment.

Soundmanpt, I believe my current contacts are -12.50, the highest rx offered in Acuvue Oasys. The next time I order contacts I will most likely have to switch to a newer brand. Yes, I am well aware that contacts rx are lower than glasses rx, especially as the prescription increases.

Soundmanpt 25 Dec 2014, 09:29


Just a thought. You do know that your contacts prescription should be considerably less than your glasses prescription? So if your past glasses prescription was -14.00 what is the prescription of your contacts that your still wearing?

Likelenses 24 Dec 2014, 22:37


Do you like to be overcorrected?

Have you worn overcorrection in the past?

And of course you do realize that close work will become even smaller with your -15's

Ellie 24 Dec 2014, 21:15

Happy Holidays all! Thank you for everyone's comments to my posts.

I don't plan on seeing an ophthalmologist until the spring time for my annual check up, so I will probably wear my single vision contacts and glasses until any changes are made to my prescription. I have a few pairs of reading glasses from the drugstore that I might try out with my contacts to see if that helps with doing close work.

I'm still currently wearing my -14 glasses prescription so I guess my post earlier wasn't entirely accurate. I've ordered new glasses from Zenni during their sale with my newer -15 rx but haven't gotten them yet. I actually haven't updated my contacts rx in a while, so this will be one of the first times my glasses will be quite a bit stronger than my contacts. I've started wearing my glasses more out in public with my boyfriends encouragement and have started to feel more comfortable in them, so I might decide to wear glasses more often once I get my new ones.

It's exciting because I ordered a few pairs in my new rx since Zenni was having a good deal for Black Friday! I'm eager to receive my package and have a variety of glasses to wear.

To Onlooker: I'm not sure how others cope, although I would imagine that some people might wear reading glasses sometimes over their contacts to see up close better? With myself, contacts do not make everything as small as glasses do (does anyone else experience this?) and so I don't struggle with wanting to for example rip my contacts out of my eyes to see up close. I do hold my phone a bit closer if need be.

Even with glasses, I find that it isn't so much that I can't read or see the smaller details, but that I want to be able to see a bit clearer and have a larger image, which is why I've begun sliding my glasses down my nose and holding my phone inches away from my eyes to be able to get that larger image!

It takes a bit of time for my eyes to readjust after sliding my glasses up to my eyes where they belong for me to be able to see. It's a bit like having everything up close be really blurred like when your eyes get dilated.

To John H: Thank you for your response. I apologize if you've already posted this a while ago, but could you talk a bit about your vision history? What was your age and rx when you first started wearing glasses, what was your rx when you started wearing bifocals, and how is your vision today? If you are willing to share, I'd love to hear your story. I love wearing strong glasses but A part of me is also a bit fearful that my vision might hold me back someday. I'm hoping that I will still have decent acuity as my prescription continues to increase. I don't mind having to wear string glasses or contacts as long as I can still see well enough to go to school, do things that interest me, and be able to work at a job that I like. I'm also really hoping that seeing well enough to drive won't be an issue, but I'm not sure.

Thanks again, everyone!

Onlooker 24 Dec 2014, 08:43

I quite often see myopes looking over the tops of their glasses to see their mobile phones or, less frequently, pushing their glasses up to look under them. If it were me, I'd just get bi-focals or progressives but I suppose young folks still associate these with middle-age.

How do wearers of contact lenses cope? Or do they not have the same problem?

Onlooker 24 Dec 2014, 08:43

I quite often see myopes looking over the tops of their glasses to see their mobile phones or, less frequently, pushing their glasses up to look under them. If it were me, I'd just get bi-focals or progressives but I suppose young folks still associate these with middle-age.

How do wearers of contact lenses cope? Or do they not have the same problem?

Soundmanpt 24 Dec 2014, 08:23


Normal distance for reading and typing on small devices is about 12" from your eyes. So if your unable to see your phone at that distance clearly or if your eyes feel strained trying to see it then you clearly need an add in your glasses.

Here in the states women of all ages seem as if they can't walk without their phone being in their hand. Men not so much so. I am amazed at how many when they are looking at their phone are holding it within 6" of their eyes, some wearing glasses and others not. It makes me wonder if they really need it that close in order to see it or if they have just gotten in bad habits holding it so close? But either way holding it that close will soon lead to them needing glasses if they don't already have glasses and they too may need an add in their glasses.

Owlish 24 Dec 2014, 05:56

Hi Myope

I can't answer your question but here is a relevant anecdote: a friend of mine was -18 in one eye and -22 in the other. She got detached retina in the more myopic eye but never in the better one. She was young at the time and didn't know what was happening so she didn't tell anyone or get treatment for at least a day. That was a big mistake.

I can't tell you anything about the correlation between degree of myopia and statistical risk but I don't think you should worry too much. Maybe it's best to avoid playing rough sports where you're likely to get your head knocked.

I suppose you have seen general info such as:

John H 24 Dec 2014, 05:49

To respond to Ellie and Myope....

I have an extreme amount of myopia: distance lenses are -32 and -30, with -28 and -26 for reading.

I went through bifocals and/or progressive lenses on and off through my teenage years and since my late 20s. I always found that wearing contact lenses gave me problems with small print. Distances were ok, but I needed reading glasses to cope in addition to contacts. My glasses always gave me clear vision for for reading.

The link above gives detailed information regarding retinal detachments. I've been very lucky so far and had only a very few retinal problems, all treated with laser surgery to weld the retina back in place. However, I tend to read the symptoms on a regular basis.

Myope 24 Dec 2014, 03:17


I asked this question a while ago but didn't get a response. Can anyone help?

I'm very highly myopic (-12.25/-12.50), and in the realms of being considered to be potentially at risk from retinal detachment (although all seems fine currently). I've read that people with high myopia over -6 have a 1 in 20 chance of retinal detachment, but how does this risk increase with your prescription beyond -6? I'm double that now, so would it be a 1 in 15, 1 in 10 risk etc? The risk must increase substantially but I've never found anything written about this.


Likelenses 23 Dec 2014, 18:25


You are definitely reading far too close. You should be able to read comfortably at twelve inches.

How do you feel that your distance vision is with correction of course?

And how long have you had your -15 prescription?

With many high myopes it is more of a habit thing to read too close,but doing so can cause increases in myopia.

Beside helping you with close work,you may also benefit from bifocals to possibly slow down your high myopia.

Ellie 23 Dec 2014, 15:47

I am wearing contacts at the moment. I just went on all of my usual apps to see if there is a big difference with glasses versus contacts and how small the image is to me. Usually with glasses, I only have issues with wanting to see something much bigger (and therefore looking over the top) when I browse apps that don't let me zoom in. Just now in contacts, I am noticing that I hold my phone about 5-6 inches away from my eyes for certain apps. As I'm typing right now, I have the phone about 8 inches away and plus I'm a bit zoomed in as well. What's a normal distance to be looking at a phone screen?

Soundmanpt, you are correct. I am a college student and will be 20 years old next month.

Melyssa 23 Dec 2014, 12:39

Their, they're, Soundmanpt, your knot the only won whose bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by grammar (or grampa); its really something for it's time. LOL

Soundmanpt 23 Dec 2014, 11:25


That may explain why I spent so many years in English class. lol Needless to say it didn't help much.

EyeTri 23 Dec 2014, 11:15


Just thought you might want to know that the contraction for "you are" is "you're". "Your" is the possesive form of you.

Soundmanpt 23 Dec 2014, 09:43


When people start to have to remove or look over the tops of their glasses to read small print that is when they need to talk to their eye care professional about bifocals / progressives.

You mentioned something about "class" so I take that to mean your on the younger side? Just because your young doesn't mean your eyes won't benefit from bifocals. Bifocals are no longer for just older people. More and more young people because of many of the same devices you mentioned are starting to need bifocals at an early age.

Likelenses 23 Dec 2014, 02:09


Sounds like you would benefit from bifocals.

Ellie 22 Dec 2014, 21:40

I got a new phone recently and have been using it a lot more than my old one, which I didn't like. Before getting the new phone, I often browsed the Internet and checked social media sites using my iPad mini or my laptop, which both have much bigger screens than the iPhone 5s.

I've gotten into the habit of looking at my phone screen over the top of my glasses. I usually wear contacts out, but I wear glasses when I'm at home and after I come back from classes. It's not that I can't see things on the screen when I'm wearing glasses, but everything looks really small and sometimes I'd like to see a clearer, larger image, which is why I started pulling my glasses down my nose and looking at my phone bareeyeed.

I do not think that I struggle as much while wearing contacts in the same situation.

I was just curious if I should bring this up with my eye doctor and also how much will it affect my near vision? Will I start to lose my accommodation sooner? Should I minimize the frequency of looking at my phone this way? My glasses prescription has gone up since the last time I posted it; im in the range of -15 with little astigmatism.

Thank you!

Soundmanpt 02 Dec 2014, 12:16


You didn't say it but I assume these are your first glasses? And i assume you don't have your glasses yet? But I think you will soon find that your going to enjoy how clear and sharp everything will be as soon as you put your glasses on that as your eyes get more and more adjusted to them you will hardly ever take them off except to clean them. Within the first week your going to be wondering how you were able to even drive before you got glasses because they will make that much difference to your vision.

So how you should feel is "grateful" that you will now be able to so much better and be missing all the things you have been missing.

Better yet after you get your glasses and start wearing them why don't you tell us how you feel about your glasses?

Likelenses 01 Dec 2014, 23:35


Minus 1.50 would place your uncorrected vision at about 20/100.

When you get the glasses you should wear them full time for a week or two in order to get used to them.

They are a bit stronger than many first prescriptions,and you will be required to wear them for driving.You may also find that you will want to wear them full time.

Were you having vision problems. Do you go to school,or work,and if so what type of work?

sara 01 Dec 2014, 23:12

hi, i got my eyes checked. ive got -1.5 in both eyes. not sure how i feel. need them for atleast driving

dingbat 25 Nov 2014, 05:22

Yes they do sell contact lenses

very progressive 24 Nov 2014, 17:26


Does this Optometrist sell contacts? and did you buy glasses there as well?

very progressive 24 Nov 2014, 17:26


Does this Optometrist sell contacts? and did you buy glasses there as well?

very progressive 24 Nov 2014, 17:26


Does this Optometrist sell contacts? and did you buy glasses there as well?

dingbat 24 Nov 2014, 13:12

I think it will be good to go for the assessment for contacts so i can wear them occassions- i just hope the person fitting them doesnt think its pointless having such a low prescription. Just wondered why the optician kept asking me to close my eyes briefly when the lenses were being changed over?!

Soundmanpt 24 Nov 2014, 12:11


Everyone is a little different about their vision. When you first got glasses you wore them some but didn't feel much of a need for them most likely be cause you were more able to compensate. Then you lost even lost them and went without for over a year. Now you went and got very small increase, but now you feel like yo really need them much more now. Your eyes are just more sensitive now. So if you feel like wearing them all the time then wear them all the time. There is no "magic number" where your supposed to start wearing your glasses full time.

Like Andrew said its possible that your optometrists was pushing you to get contacts thinking you might somehow loose your glasses again and not do anything about it for a year or so. Or maybe felt like you have a vanity issue about wearing glasses, who knows? But if your comfortable wearing glasses and really don't care about messing with contacts then simply cancel your appointment for the fitting. By the way you do understand that with contacts it is no different than wearing glasses full time so that should answer what you asked about wearing your glasses full time already. Unless you really want contacts I would forget about getting them.

dingbat 24 Nov 2014, 10:55

Wow I picked up my glasses and I'm really surprised at how well they sharpen everything up. Its crystal clear and my eyes seem less tired. Would it be OK to wear these all the time? I know its a very minor prescription but wow!!!

Andrew 23 Nov 2014, 15:23


No, it's not strong at all. I suspect the reason for the contact lens suggestion is the fact that you have been without glasses for a year or so. The optometrist has surmised that vanity might be a reason for this, so has suggested contact lenses rather than / as well as glasses. The trial won't do you any harm, so give it a go and see what you think.

dingbat 23 Nov 2014, 14:02

Hello all

Just had an eye test the other day as i lost my old glasses about 1 year ago which ive only ever warn for driving at night. I've been given new prescription sph -.75 cyl -.25 axis 16 and right eye -.75.

I did have glasses prescribed 3 years ago for left eye -.50 cyl -.25 axis 10 a d right eye -.50

The optometrist said my eyes have deteriorated and asked me why I haven't been to get glasses replaces sooner. She started saying I should be wearing them more even during the daytime and then started pushing me into having a contact lens trial.

My question is is this a strong prescription as I was quite shocked that she was making such a thing about wearing them more n going for contacts.

I've booked a trial but more so out of pressure.

Likelenses 22 Nov 2014, 01:32


If you were unable to read a few lines above the minimum,which by the way is 20/40 in most states in the US,and most other countries,then your vision is quite a bit less than 20/40.

Glasses for 20/50 are usually -1.00,and 20/70 about -1.25,20/100 about-1.50.I suspect that you will fall in that range.

Everything that Soundmanpt has said is accurate,but you may have to purchase your first pair from the optical store in order to have them in a timely fashion to be able to drive.I am sure that they told you that you can not legally drive until you get glasses,and return to have your vision checked by them.

Online glasses are great,but usually take two or more weeks to receive,after placing the order.

If you live in the US,check to see if there is an Americas Best optical store near you. They offer a package deal of an exam,plus two pair of glasses for $ 69.95,and you can have the glasses in less than a week.

Did you have any idea that you were not seeing well?

What is your age,and what kind of work do you do?

Whether you will need the glasses for other than driving will depend on the outcome of the exam.

sara 21 Nov 2014, 23:40

thanks that is helpful. i guess the scary part is that i couldn't read the minimum line or the ones above it. i thought my eyes might go bad...oh well

Soundmanpt 21 Nov 2014, 23:28


What Tom said is about accurate. The actual eye exam will take about 40 minutes give or take. Of course as you can guess you will be asked to read several lines on the eye chart and which I would you will be unable to anything below the 20/50 line on the chart. So that would be about 4 lines up from the 20/20 line which is considered perfect. Now the more lines above the 20/50 line that your unable to make out will determine how strong your glasses will need to be. The doctor will look into your eyes with bright light to determine the overall health of your eyes and to see the shape of your eyes which may indicate astigmatisms. After a bit the doctor will put a machine in front of your eyes and that is called a refractor and he / she will put various lenses into it until and ask you a series of questions as to which is better until your completely able to read all the letters on the 20/20 without any problem. Then he will write down your prescription so you can pick out glasses. Now everyone here will be asking the results of your test, So in most cases the store won't offer you a copy of your prescription because they of course want you to by not only your glasses from them but you may soon feel the need for prescription sunglasses so they would want you to return to them for those as well. So be sure to ask for a copy of your prescription as well as something called P.D. measurement. The reason I suggest that is because their are ways to really save money on glasses by going on line but you need not only your prescription but your P.D. (pupil distance) as well. For example you will likely pay depending on the location anywhere from $150.00 to $500.00 for your glasses. Going on line you can the same quality glasses for less than $25.00.

Now like Tom said most likely since you didn't even feel the need for glasses your prescription is going to be on the weak side and it will be up to you how much and when you want to wear your glasses with the exception that now you wil be restricted to wearing glasses when driving. Once you get your glasses and pass the DMV eye exam your drivers license will have a letter marked under the word "restrictions" and that letter means you need to be wearing glasses for driving. If you were to get pulled over for any reason and not have your glasses on you would be subject to a big fine. They would ticket you for "careless and reckless driving"

Tom 21 Nov 2014, 21:59

Sara, you shall expect very light glasses for nearsightedness, for sure less than 1 diopter, to be worn just while driving. If you didn't realize your vision is less than perfect, there is no need for you to wear glasses but for driving.

Let us know, I may be wrong...

sara 21 Nov 2014, 21:36

i have a question. i just failed my DMV eye exam. now i need to go to the yedoctor. Ive never worn glasses before. what should i expect at my real eye exam. will i need glasses all the time?

Soundmanpt 21 Nov 2014, 10:33


No barely any at all. Her increase was the least possible when she got new glasses. In fact many wouldn't even bother getting new glasses for such a small increase, even more so considering she must wear contacts most often and her glasses are mainly a backup. Also the -.25 difference would only be noticeable to her at a greater distance like outside, inside her home her vision is probably perfect with her previous glasses.

And 21 Nov 2014, 08:31

My gf has two pairs of glasses, her older pair has a prescription that is -.25 less than her newer pair but she tends to put them on at home at night if she takes her contacts out as her newer pair are kept in her bag - does the .25 not make a big difference ?

Cactus Jack 08 Nov 2014, 14:44


Contact lenses depend on a good tear film between the lens and your cornea to be worn comfortably. It is possible that you are developing dry eye problems. You can try artificial tears with a lubricant and see if they help. Avoid brands that reduce redness etc.

You should also see your ECP for assistance in diagnosing the problem. Dry eye problems can lead to other eye problems and should be evaluated.


SoCal 08 Nov 2014, 13:35

Okay, I don't know if I'm wearing my contacts too much. I've been having problems we wearing them for 8+ hours and then sometimes my eyeball feels bruised. I've never had this sort of problem before. I was always good with wearing them (biofinity) for 16 hours and even overnight. I've switched back to my glasses but I'm just wondering how long this is going to last. Any feedback would be helpful.

Soundmanpt 08 Nov 2014, 08:30


It is best not to wear contacts while showering because the water has chemicals in it that aren't good for contacts. Now if your able to shower without getting water or very little water in your eyes then that is probably why you have never had any problem. But to be safe you really should practice leaving them out until after you shower. Even being -6.00 you should be able to see well enough to shower without correction.

Contacts are never going to be as good for your eyes as wearing glasses. But to be honest a part of that is because so many abuse so many things with wearing contacts. Forgetting or not bothering to take them out when sleeping, wearing them many hours longer each day than they should, improper cleaning of them and of course wearing the same lenses way past the one day or 2 weeks time they should be wore. Of all the contact wearers out there probably only a very small percentage of them wear lens as they should.

Neil 07 Nov 2014, 12:04

Hi Cactus Jack,

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I did post, from my phone, but for some reason it failed to post.

I am degree / post-graduate educated and work as a business consultant. I have a rudimentary grasp of maths, I'm being a little harsh on myself... I'm sure I'll follow what you have to say, else I will Google it.

So, don't dumb it down please and thank you so much for taking the time to help, I really appreciate it.

Cactus Jack 05 Nov 2014, 18:14


Maybe, but before we get into the technicalities of double vision, I need to ask two more questions.

What is your occupation?

What is your educational background?

I am not trying to be nosy, I like to understand a bit about your background and experience when I am writing an explanation. In this case, there won't be much math in evolved, but my goal is to try to provide understanding so you will know as much as possible about what is happening.

There can be many causes of double vision. Just to give you an idea of where I am heading. The fact that the additional plus seemed to help with the double vision is interesting. Here is a tidbit to consider. There is an interconnection in your brain between your focus control system and your eye positioning system. The strength of this interconnection varies with individuals. This interconnection is what causes your eyes to try to converge when you expend effort to focus close. It can also work in reverse, but not as strongly. When you look at something close, your eyes have to converge to NOT see double. The convergence can trigger close focusing.action, but it is not as noticeable.

If you have hyperopia and have to expend extra effort to focus, even for distance, it can cause your eyes to try to converge and see double.

You may have noticed that often children who are hyperopic also have problems with their eyes turning inward or crossing (squint). Sometimes, just fitting them with PLUS glasses will minimize the tendency tor their eyes to converge and avoid the need for prism in addition to the PLUS correction.

I am not ready to suggest any changes or additions tests, yet. If the +1.50 helps, don't be hesitant to use them or even try a bit stronger.

Age is very loosely related to the need for focusing help. The idea that focusing help is not needed until around 40 is a myth. It depends on many things, including your visual environment. These days, even teens are needing reading help. The cause? Tiny text on smartphones and tablets. In general the teens have latent hyperopia and the extra focusing effort reveals early onset of presbyopia that probably would not have been noticeable for several more years.


Neil 05 Nov 2014, 15:08

Hi Cactus,

Wearing the readers on top definitely seemed to reduce to double vision.

Doesn't this mean I need varifocals? Presummably the optician thinks I am too young?

Thank you

Cactus Jack 04 Nov 2014, 18:58


It has been my experience that the amount of displacement in the Prism Test will vary some depending on time of day and your fatigue level. Try the test at different times. My eyes tend to turn inward or converge more when I am tired.

When you were wearing the +1.50 glasses over your regular glasses, what effect did it have on the double vision?


Chris 04 Nov 2014, 17:52

I have pretty bad, but not severe vision (around -6) and the first thing I do every morning is fumble around to put in my contacts. I've had the same morning routine for years until someone recently pointed out that I'm not supposed to wear contacts in the shower. I've been wearing contacts in the shower for years and have never heard of not doing so. Do you guys wear glasses in the shower? Are contacts really a bad idea for your vision's sake?

Neil 04 Nov 2014, 13:07

Hi Cactus Jack,

Thanks for all your help so far. I found your test on the site you mentioned. I think I did it correctly, although I struggled a little because the displaced image (from my left eye I think) was quite faint.

I think I averaged out at about 6 dioptres, which is less than the optician measured. I was expecting the opposite if I'm honest, in that I thought the optician may have played down the number a bit.

I have tried readers over the top of my existing glasses (+1.5) and it makes computer work much nicer.

Is that what you'd expect on both scores?

Many thanks


Likelenses 02 Nov 2014, 22:58

High Myopic

Yeah, go for it.

High Myopic 02 Nov 2014, 21:15

Would adding many prisms to a -15 diopter pair of glasses help me easier see clearly in them?

Cactus Jack 02 Nov 2014, 18:35


You might find the Simple Prism Test I wrote on the Vision and Specs site under the Vision/Special Lenses for Eye Conditions> Prisms thread interesting.


Cactus Jack 02 Nov 2014, 07:59


I think the argument could be applied to prescribing ANY vision correction. It isn't long until the patient wants or needs "stronger" correction.

I think sharp, comfortable, effortless vision is addictive. The operative word there is comfort. I am certainly addicted to comfort, it does not matter if it is vision, shoes, chairs, weather, etc. I like comfort and am apparently willing to pay for it, as are millions of others.


Mild double vision is more common that most people think and unlike very mild hyperopia and myopia, even a little bit is a big nuisance. I think I can help you understand what MAY be causing your double vision, but my reply will be a bit lengthy and take a while to write. In the meantime could I suggest an experiment?

If you can get a pair of low power (+1.00 to +1.50) over the counter reading glasses, you might try wearing them over your regular glasses for close work. Sometimes headaches and particularly double vision are caused by focusing effort - I explain why in my reply to your questions.


Julian 02 Nov 2014, 01:01

Cactus Jack says that ECPs are 'trained that prism correction is addictive ... the need for prism typically increases'. Sounds like an argument for not prescribing minus sphere ::)

Neil 02 Nov 2014, 00:09

Thank you Cactus Jack,

That is very clear and makes sense. I live in England. The prism is base out.

May I ask about your experience with prisms, since it sounds like you had similar symptoms? What is your requirement now at 77?

The optician said, you need 8, but I'm not giving you that or else you'll be asking me for 10 when I see you in a year. The double vision is a real nuisance. I guess I'm troubled by the lack of knowledge of a cause.

Many thanks

Cactus Jack 01 Nov 2014, 18:37


I have some experience with prism correction. I started developing double vision problems around your age and have been wearing Base Out prism since then. I am 77 now.

It is very difficult to get Eye Care Professional (ECP) to prescribe full prism correction for two reasons. They are trained to avoid prism correction if possible and are often reluctant to prescribe a patients first prism correction. They are trained that prism correction is addictive, which I think is too strong a word, but the need for prism typically increases, but some of that may be because of not fully correcting the problem.

May I ask where you live? (country)

I did not understand the prism element in your glasses. Do you know if the prism is Base Out? That is what is used to correct over convergence. Base In is used to correct Divergence.

If you have convenient access to Over the Counter Reading glasses, could I suggest trying some +1.25 or slightly stronger reading glasses over your regular glasses and see if that has any effect on your headaches or double vision.

You are concerned about having noticeable squint if you wear prism glasses. The amount of displacement wearing prism produces is about 0.57 angular degrees per prism diopter. It typically has to get up to at least 10 prism diopters in each eye before it will be noticeable to anyone but an ECP. Because you wear a low PLUS prescription the small increase in outside edge thickness for Base Out prism will be barely noticeable. That is the least of your worries. The important thing is visual comfort and even a small amount of double vision can be a real nuisance.

I live in the US and we call the people to prescribe glasses Optometrists. When I started having double vision problems, I had to visit several Optometrists to find one who would listen to my problems and prescribe enough prism to minimize the double vision. At some point, you may need to change ECPs to get satisfaction.


Neil 01 Nov 2014, 17:37

Thanks Helpful,

If my new glasses don't work I may well look into online options.


Helpful 01 Nov 2014, 03:07


I came later to prism than you. Opticians from reading ES have a reluctance to give the full amount of the prism someone needs as shown on the test feeling it will worsen in time if they do. That is not my experience. I ordered glasses with prism from Zenni and they were superb at a fraction of the cost in fact I could have had 3 pairs from what the Optician would have asked me to pay.

You could order from them with the prism you found comfortable but it is your decision as only you know and experience your sight.

Best of luck perhaps those more experienced than me will comment

Neil 31 Oct 2014, 10:53

Hi there,

I went to the optician today because I'd been having really bad eye strain and intermittent double vision.

I wasn't due a test for a year, but these issues prompted me to go.

I already had glasses with 1 prism dioptre base out in each lens. The optician said she was measuring me as 4 in each eye, but she wasn't going to give me that. So, I've been prescribed 2 in each eye.

When she asked me if the lines were lines up in the OXO test I told her I could see two boxes, there was meant to be one - she seemed a bit surprised. It felt good when she added prism to line things up, so much more comfortable. Then she took some out and made me work to line things up, which I could feel my eyes going, no please leave me alone!

Do you think that 2 base out in each eye will be enough to cure the headaches? I don't want to develop a visible squint.

She did say she was concerned because I had no history of a squint. She said my eyes shouldn't be doing this - if it continues to worsen she would be worried about a neurological condition, which has freaked me out a bit.

I am 39 and the prescription is:

R: +.75 -.25 30 Near +.75 Inter +.5

L: +1.25 -.75 165 Near +.75 Inter +.5

Anyone have any experience?

Soundmanpt 31 Oct 2014, 09:37


It is very possible that with her wearing her glasses her eyes will relax even more and she likely will soon need an increase in her reading add. She may or may not need any change in her distance part, but it could be that she might need a very slight increase if they find she can see somewhat better with an increase of maybe another -.25 in each eye. I don't think her distance will change much if at all.

Barts 30 Oct 2014, 10:38

Ok Soundmanpt, I rather understand an increase for the close vision but what do you mean about the distance vision? and for what reasons?

Soundmanpt 30 Oct 2014, 10:09


Most people don't make an eye appointment unless they are starting to suspect that they are are having some type of vision problem. The fact that your gf is 43 means she is at the perfect age where it is very common for reading to become more and more of a challenge to the eyes. And added to that if she recently started a course that runs 6 hours per day and is very intense as well and requires the use of her close vision that would be enough to make even a subtle change in her vision more noticeable to her. The idea of getting progressives was a good idea so that her vision should be very good not only for seeing close but even slightly better for seeing distances now. The fact that she has never wore glasses before may take a little getting used to but since she will most likely be wearing them everyday for those 6 hours should really help her adjust to them rather quickly and if she is planning on wearing them for driving she will probably keep her glasses while she is driving home or where ever she maybe going each day. After a few days of doing this she will hardly even think about having her glasses on and won't bother taking them off very much.

Don't be surprised that withing 6 months she will need and increase in her prescription, mostly for her close vision with a possible tweak for her distance vision.

Barts 30 Oct 2014, 07:54

Thanks Aubrac, actually I had written her full prescription in the post from some days ago:

OD: Sphere -0.25

OS: Sphere -0.25, Cilynder -0.50, axis 45°

Add +1

So latent hyperopia shouldn't be the case.

The optical shop where she got glasses hadn't a great choice for larger frames.. (necessary for progressive), plastic one they suggested to her were quite boring and she waited for me to go with her, then after trying and retrying million times almost every pair of glasses of the shop :) she went for nicer and less noticeable goldish satin metal frames.. but I think that metal is better for smaller sizes... so that they result to be quite too large for her face (she thinks the same) and definitely they don't make her look younger ;) so I don't think she will go for fulltime.. ;)

Aubrac 30 Oct 2014, 05:29


Your gf prescription is similar to the first one my wife had at 39. Depending on whether her glasses are to correct latent hyperopia, i.e. she has always been longsighted but without knowing it because she had sufficient accommodation to correct it, or presbyopia i.e. the crystalline lens cannot be reshaped by the ciliary muscles to focus, will really determine how things go.

If she has latent hyperopia it is quite likely she will need two increases in correction over the next twelve months or so. My wife had an increase after only six months, and then another after 15 months after which things settled down until at 44 she wore varifocals.

Varifocals often take some adjusting to and full time wear will get her used to them more quickly apart from less eyestrain and all round clearer vision.

Barts 30 Oct 2014, 02:41

Thanks SC and Soundmanpt, very helpful as always.

Actually things went on in the meantime, she decided to go for two pairs! the progressive as said and a pair of readings to try while waiting for the progressives, with the cylinder correction too:

OD: +0.75

OS: +0.75, -0.50 x 45°

The very immediate impression was that reading is really much easier! In my opinion more for the astigmatic correction than for the plus add, or the two things combined. Me too actually have a -0,50 astigmatism in left eye and sometimes I have the sensation of a little confusion while reading that brings to some fatigue. Mine is 180° though and for what I learned it should be the least symptomatic, could her 45° be actually more tricky or beeing the amount so small it makes really no difference?

Anyway the progressive arrived then, she tried them on for an afternoon and then for lessons and the only comment was that they worked very good for reading and then to see more far. I suppose they produced no significant difference for distant vision, actually I always noticed that she can easily distinguish every small detail far away perfectly, though talking after the vision test she sounded quite conscious of needeing glasses as she deliberately talked she may wear them at cinema and for driving.

I did not ask directly to not give too much importance to that, but may it be that in the past she already felt the need of some aid and always hid it easily with some squint (her eyes actually show some signs of it). Could it be that the sphere amount was higher in the past and not only the -0.25 prescribed now at 43 y.o. with incipient presbyopia?

SC 28 Oct 2014, 06:39


Your girlfriend's Rx is similar to my first prescription (@44yo -0.25 add +1.25)

For me the need for glasses wasn't borderline - I definitely needed them for reading and had been holding off some time. I too went for progressives although to be honest the distance made no difference - they were just more useful and I didn't feel so old!

Your girlfriend may appreciate the astigmatism correction more than me (mine was only -0.25)

The answer to how useful they'll be is really down to the need for the test - if she is struggling with small print then they will be useful!

I would suggest:

1) if you get progressives then the reading add will be bumped up to +1.5 by the optometrist - that always seems to be the minimum for progressives - ie mine jumped from +1.25 at the test to +1.5 in reality - you can see this etched in the lens when you get them

2) if she wears them frequently, ie all day in front of a computer, or all the time for convenience, then her close up vision will deteriorate quite quickly without glasses - if she just wears them as reading glasses then she will not become dependent as quickly

3) progressive lenses are not so good for reading in bed, if she does this I'd recommend some over the counter readers from a supermarket as an extra pair

4) I wouldn't place too much emphasis on the SPH (-0.25) part of the prescription - 43yo is about the point where hyperopia may become a factor and so the SPH may change - possibly going from minus to plus (mine did) and again is tied into the reason for the test - if she is struggling to read now then it is more likely to be plus in the future (my glasses are +1 add +2)

guest 28 Oct 2014, 04:47

Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables.

Take AREDS 2 vitamins.

Keep pressure below 16, even if redline is considered 25.

Don't participate in a UFC match lol.

Just keep up exams with a retina specialist, preferably in a university hospital setting.

How old are you?

any genetic vision problems.

relax and don't stress it, but be aware of the symptoms

Curious myope 27 Oct 2014, 22:44


I'm very highly myopic (-12.25/-12.50), and in the realms of being considered to be potentially at risk from retinal detachment (although all seems fine currently). I've read that people with high myopia over -6 have a 1 in 20 chance of retinal detachment, but how does this risk increase with your prescription beyond -6? I'm double that now, so would it be a 1 in 15, 1 in 10 risk etc? The risk must increase substantially but I've never found anything written about this.


Soundmanpt 27 Oct 2014, 08:44


The prescription she received is very much on the weak side and she as she was told she is barely on the borderline for glasses. But because of all that she is doing now she is no doubt putting considerable strain on her eyes. So even a weak prescription should at least relax her eyes more than not having them.

Her distance vision is nearly perfect since it is only -.25 in each eye and not really worth getting glasses for, but she does have some astigmatism in her left eye and that doesn't take much to have an effect on her vision. If she didn't have that I would just suggest that she could buy some over the counter readers in +1.00 as that should take care of her reading. But readers can be a pain if she is looking down at say a book and then needs to look up to see something written on the board. With progressives now when she looks up from reading or studying her book she will be able to see the board without any problem.

Once she gets her glasses it will be up to her how much she chooses to wear them, Her vision is without a doubt fine for driving her car without the aid of glasses, but he may find them helpful when she is driving after dark. If she is comfortable wearing them she may want to just wear them all the time so she knows where they are.

Barts 26 Oct 2014, 15:16

Hello everybody,

my girlfriend (43 y.o. and no glasses ever) during a routine check at the eyedoctor talked about new difficulties to switch from up close reading/writing to distant vision for the blackboard, now that she started since a few a weeks a very challenging course, 6 hours per day of intensive lessons, a lot to study etc..

Doing the vision test here was the result:

OD: Sphere -0.25

OS: Sphere -0.25, Cilynder -0.50, axis 45°

add +1

The doctor told she had to decide if getting glasses or not beeing this a borderline rx for prescribing glasses.

After talking with me she decided to give them a try and get progressive lenses.. also to find out if she could get a more restful vision without squinting that much (her own words).

Does it make sense to get glasses with this prescription in your opinion?

Carrie 03 Oct 2014, 15:11

Gemma, my girlfriend, gets her new glasses tomorrow! She won't tell me which ones she's getting other than they were among the many frames we looked at. She ordered them secretly to surprise me. I'm trying not to show how excited I am (like a kid on Christmas eve!) but still trying to seem interested without being over interested.

benn 30 Sep 2014, 11:38

That is what my first wife does, -28 with -3.5 and -3.25.

Torics don't work. she brings it down to about -4.00 and gets good vision. All of the astigmatism in the glasses.

Really works at night.

Cactus Jack 28 Sep 2014, 21:03


Sphere only soft contacts are pretty inexpensive, but specially made toric contacts are very pricey and as you said, don't always work very well. I have wondered if correcting a significant portion of the sphere with soft contacts and the balance of the sphere and cylinder correction with glasses, would be a practical solution to improve the VA of people with very high sphere prescriptions.

Very high minus sphere also usually indicates that the eyeballs are significantly elongated and it is likely that the shape of the retina is distorted. It may be very difficult to prescribe and make a lens that gives sharp focus over the high resolution part of the retina.


Ellen 28 Sep 2014, 14:18

Hey Cactus Jack

I didn't get the full gist of your post earlier but I've just reread it and see your point now. This the very thing I used to do in my late teens and early twenties. My spherical prescription was a bit lower back then, about -15 or so and I used to wear contacts around -10 to -12 (I tried several combinations) and had the rest of the sphere and the astigmatism corrected with glasses. There were two main problems with this; the glasses were still quite strong and cosmetically they didn't offer much as I was still in thick glasses. Also as you mention, my corneas are very steep and oddly shaped and so the contacts never seated well and would move about making the quality of my vision very variable. A third thing was the cost. After a while I just gave up and settled for glasses in my full prescription. My optician has mentioned that I could get contacts tailor made to fit my eyes but they are horrendously expensive so I haven't tried them yet. Maybe I will, just out of curiosity.


Ellen 28 Sep 2014, 14:04


I know you were being complimentary, don't worry, I was only joking. Nice to know there are people out there who appreciate us folk cursed with oversize eyes. Mine are brown I'm afraid though.

Likelenses 27 Sep 2014, 19:43


When I said prominent regarding your eyes,I meant it in a most complimentary manner.

I have always been attracted to women with larger eyes,especially blue,or green.As I said,I find it alluring.Even though your eyes are hiding behind your glasses,people like myself that love larger eyes,just appreciate them.

I certainly did not mean freaky.

You seem like a beautiful woman both outside,and in.

Cactus Jack 27 Sep 2014, 07:52


I have been wondering about the potential effectiveness of GOC for a person with a prescription such as yours. The idea that GOC might be more useful than just for allowing a person to comfortably wear very strong glasses, is not original with me. An Ophthalmologist / Eye Surgeon, here in Houston, regularly uses sphere only contact lenses to correct a persons vision into the range where Vertex Distance is not a factor and then is able to get a very accurate reading of their actual requirements for vision correction. Admittedly, his purpose is to determine the best power for an IOL for cataract surgery, but there could be other applications.

Your excellent relationship with your optician and your very high myopia, coupled with high astigmatism, might be ideal if you want to see if your vision can be improved to nearer 20/20.

The idea is this: Use Sphere ONLY contacts to correct most of the sphere component of your prescription to below -4.00. Then do a refraction with the contacts in place for a glasses prescription to be worn with the contacts. In other words, therapeutic GOC.

It is well known that glasses provide the most accurate correction for astigmatism, but it is possible that even sphere only, soft contacts, could make a small difference in your cylinder and axis correction. Of course, your ability to wear sphere only contacts depends on several factors including tear production. The advantage of soft contacts is their comfort, compared to RGP contacts. Also, with sphere only contacts, you don’t have the problem with lens rotation and instability that make toric contacts difficult to fit and wear for some people.

Anyway, I thought it might be an interesting experiment to get a better idea of your BCVA. Unfortunately, it is likely that your eyeball is elongated to the point where there is retinal stress and possible distortion, which may be impossible to correct with external lenses.

If you and your optician find the idea worth trying, I would appreciate a report on the results. The idea of using contacts for partial sphere correction may be useful to others with high prescription needs.


guest 27 Sep 2014, 07:41

I am glad you have that great attitude!!

Can't wait for you to tell us when you are coming to the west coast....many eyescene friends out there. Have you been to Venice Beach??

I have a friend that always wore a hat to sort of hide her -22, hi astig and some prism lenses. Showed her zenni and she got "almost" her rx for less than 30$ and proceeded to get 10 sets of all different colors and variety. She cant see 20/30 as with her special ones....but they don't cost 800$ either-and she is content with her almost correct vision, in exchange for a different pair for any outfit lol !

stay in touch

Ellen 27 Sep 2014, 05:28

Hi Likelenses

My are eyes are rather large I suppose. People say I have nice eyes and I've even had one or two ask why I "hide" them behind my glasses, which I guess is something of a backhanded compliment. Their size isn't apparent at all with my glasses on and I've not really seen my naked eyes for many years. I can of course see them in a mirror but I have to look from such a short distance that it's impossible to gauge the size in relation to my face. I just took a "selfie" to check how large they appear and also a side view. You got me worried when you said "prominent" but I don't think they're too freaky. Large yes and they do bulge forward slightly more than most people's but I'm happy with the appearance.

Likelenses 25 Sep 2014, 22:12


Welcome back.

Wow,You do have very high astigmatism.

I believe what your optician says about your corneas.It has been my observation also that high astigmatism is quiet visible to others.In your case though,your strong minus lenses would hide it,but it would be visible to others that know what they are seeing,when viewing your naked eyes.

I would guess that your eyes are also quite prominent,due to the high myopia,which I find very alluring.Of course the minification of your lenses does change that somewhat.None the less your eyes sound very sexy with,or without glasses on.

Cactus Jack 23 Sep 2014, 17:57


Sorry about I have done this so much it is like 2nd nature. I try to understand the needs of the propel asking the questions and make the explanations as easy as possible to understand. Now we can work with your actual prescription. I will amplify it a little:

OD (Right Eye): Sphere -0.50, Cylinder -0.25, Axis 180

OS (Left Eye): Sphere -0.25, Cylinder -0.25, Axis 020

Add +2.25

The primary element affecting your vision is pretty significant Presbyopia. You have a little accommodation left for reading and focusing close, but not very much. You did not mention your age, but your Presbyopia is about right for a person who is in the 40 to 50 age range. Many people want to attach a hard and fast rule to the relationship between Presbyopia and Age, but everyone is different. Presbyopia actually starts in childhood, but does not typically become a nuisance until late 30s or early 40s. Unless you like to read really close (such as in bed) you won't need much stronger Add than +2.50 or +3.00.

Normally, PD is not included in an Eye Care Professional's prescription, but is measured by the dispensing optician. You said your Distance PD was 59. I suspect your Reading PD is 55 or 56 mm. It is not very critical in low prescriptions like yours, but it can become very important in high or complex prescriptions. PD stands for Pupillary Distance. It is the distance between the centers of your pupils when looking straight ahead. Ideally, the Optical Centers of the lenses in your glasses will be spaced the same as the PD. When you look at something close, your eyes turn inward or converge. That is the reason the near PD is less than the distance PD and the reading segment is moved inward a few mm.

Lets put together a prescription for Computer Bifocals with distance set for 36 inches and the same absolute power in the reading segment as prescribed by your ECP.

OD (Right Eye): Sphere +0.50, Cylinder -0.25, Axis 180

OS (Left Eye): Sphere +0.75, Cylinder -0.25, Axis 020

Add +1.25

If you recall from my previous post, to focus at 36 inches for distance, rather than for 20 feet away ("far distance" in your original prescription) we need to algebraically add +1.00 to your original Sphere prescription. That had the effect of automatically increasing the power of the Add in the reading segment by +1.00, so we only need a +1.25 Add in the bifocal reading part to give you the same absolute optical power as +2.25 Add in your regular glasses.

I would order the above prescription with a PD of 58 for distance and 55 for near, but don't worry. It is unlikely that it will cause any serious optical problem if it is not exact.

I would suggest ordering online from a low cost retailer such as Zenni. Order the least expensive frame, standard lined bifocal lenses, and no options. I suspect you are talking less than US$20.00. If you like the results, you can order fancier frames and lens options, but there is no need to order high index lenses in a prescription this low.

Another alternative, if you are interested, is to order some +1.00 clip on magnifiers from Rx Safety Glasses, for around US$15.00 and wear them over your regular glasses. If you want to consider this option, we need to talk a bit more.

Here is the prescription to order:

OD (Right Eye): Sphere +0.50, Cylinder -0.25, Axis 180

OS (Left Eye): Sphere +0.75, Cylinder -0.25, Axis 020

Add +1.25

PD 58/55


Robert 23 Sep 2014, 15:30

Thanks for the info, but I find it a bit confusing. Here is from the slip:

OD: -.50 -.25 180

OS: -.25 -.25 020


My previous add was only 2.00 and that was ok.

So using this, what is the pd for "regular bifocal" and for close (reading) and computer (36"). How exact must it be? As I wrote before, the distance PD is 59


Cactus Jack 23 Sep 2014, 08:59


I did not answer your question about the glasses power needed for focusing at 36 inches.

Generally, you start with your distance prescription and only adjust the Sphere part of your prescription. You NEVER adjust the cylinder or axis. They stay the same for any focus distance.

Reading segments in bifocals or trifocals are specified by an ADD for the reading segment. Its power is always specified as PLUS number from about +1.00 to about +3.50 (it can be outside this range, but it is rare). The amount of the ADD is based on two factors, your preferred focus distance and how much of the required focusing power you can supply using your built in ciliary muscles and crystalline lens. If trifocals are specified, the intermediate segment will be 50% of the power of the reading segment, unless specified otherwise.

If you want to order bifocals with the "distance" segment (top part of the glasses) set for a distance of 36 inches, you need to think in terms of absolute sphere power of the "distance" part and then a relatively smaller ADD for the reading segment.

Again, you did not mention your actual prescription, so i'll make one up.

R Sphere +1.00, Cylinder -0.25, Axis 85, Add +2.25

L Sphere +1.25, Cylinder -0.50, Axis 80, Add +2.25

PD 59/56 (the second number in the PD is the near PD

If I wanted to order some bifocals with the "distance" part set for 36" and the reading part set for 14" I would proceed as follows:

Using Sir Isaac Newton's formula for calculating lens powers I would get this:

39.37 (inches in a meter)/ 36" = +1.09. Close enough to +1.00. The absolute power of the "distance" part of the glasses needs to be:

R Sphere +2.00, Cylinder -0.25, Axis 85

L Sphere +2.25, Cylinder -0.50, Axis 80

Notice that I did not change the Cylinder or Axis.

The Add for near needs to be REDUCED by the +1.00 to maintain the same Absolute Power for focusing close.

R Sphere +2.00, Cylinder -0.25, Axis 85, Add +1.25

L Sphere +2.25, Cylinder -0.50, Axis 80, Add +1.25

I would suggest a PD of:

58/56 but the PD offset for near may not come out exactly 56 because of the standard Bifocal blank PD reading reduction.

Hope this helps. Ask if you don't understand why I did to arrive at the new prescription.


Cactus Jack 23 Sep 2014, 08:22


The PD MAY be for distance, but you did not provide enough information about your complete prescription. Generally, a prescription for reading will have a PD of about 3 to 4 mm less than for a distance prescription, depending on the power of the ADD. The criticality of an accurate PD, depends on your complete prescription. The stronger any element of the prescription (except cylinder axis), the more critical the PD.


Robert 23 Sep 2014, 07:50

I found out that my PD is 59. I presume that is a PD for distance. How would I order glasses for reading, or for using my computer whose monitor is 36" from where I sit. I am thinking of a bifocal for distance and reading, and also a bifocal for computer and reading because with my readers I can't read the screen. How critical is it that these numbers are precise? Thanks.

Cactus Jack 22 Sep 2014, 21:06


Advanced Degree programs are famous for their visual work load and subsequent need for stronger prescriptions. It is true that axial myopia generally slows down or stops in the twenties, but that is not an absolute rule. There are actually two types of myopia, two different causes, but only one type of correction, MINUS lenses. The two types can be additive and both can be present in each eye. Axial or True Myopia is caused by a mismatch between the length of the eyeball and the total optical power of the eye's lens system. It is considered permanent because once the eye has grown longer, it will not shrink if the stimulus is removed. Genetics play a big role in Myopia, but close focusing to read is also believed to be a factor.

Pseudo or False Myopia is caused by the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses being unable to rapidly relax after extensive close focusing. This results in the symptoms of blurry distance vision and the need for stronger MINUS glasses. Pseudo Myopia can ultimately relax, but it can take months or years depending on the visual environment. Pseudo Myopia is the same phenomenon as Latent Hyperopia except it is on the other side of 0.00.

People with Hyperopia will often experience headaches when reading extensively because the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses are having to work extra hard to compensate for Hyperopia AND focus close. Often Hyperopes will discover that they need PLUS glasses and sometimes need a reading add in addition to their basic PLUS prescription. It is common for their PLUS prescription to need increases and their reading add to need increases also.

To the outside observer who is unfamiliar with how the eye's optical system and vision work to wonder what is going on, as you have. One interesting thing that is going on with young people these days is that the tiny text on Smartphone and Tablets is revealing Hyperopia and the early onset of Presbyopia at earlier ages than ever before. Notice that I said "revealing", the hyperopia was always there, but the requirement for very close focusing was not and many teens are discovering that they need glasses to help them focus close while still in high school.


 22 Sep 2014, 19:35

Does it seem to you guys like people with decent sight are starting to need stronger and stronger prescriptions well on into their 20s? I've always been told that the progression stops or at least stops during the early 20s but personally everyone around me seems to keep getting worse and worse vision. Any particular reason this is? I'm in graduate school

specs4ever 20 Sep 2014, 05:02

Once upon a time I went on the internet and found a number of different sites that suggested to me that the minification caused by a minus lens was a certain amount per diopter. I forgot where I found that, and I can no longer find it easily. This morning, before writing this post I went and searched again. It took a while before I found a statement that each diopter of minus causes a 2% minification. That sounds about right to what I had found before. Before when I had found the other statement I had discussions whith Jey Ping, a young student who was on here frequently at the time. We decided that, while 2% is likely pretty close up to a minus 10 lens, 40% for a -20D lens was a bit of a stretch. That would mean that a person with a -50D lens would have 100% minification. I know that is impossible, and there are some people in this world with -50D and higher(rare, yes, but indeed out there). In our discussions Jey and I figured that this was likely done exponentially whereas the minification degree dropped to a lower percentge as the minus power got higher. He was the mathmetician - I am not.

But I do know that some people are able to see with 20/20 v/a well into the -20D range, while other people loose the ability to see 20/20 between -10 and -20. Everyone is different.

The website that I found this percentage on was the myopia myth. I have found this website before and find that their statements are fairly correct, but they use the one glove fits all for their statements, and I know personally from experience that this is not the case. I know of classmates who were beginning myopes and ended up with glasses finally after years of squinting. I know one girl who refused to wear her rather strong glasses and her eyes continued to deteriorate rapidly. Myopia is caused by a number of factors.

And Ellen, I have a young lady who is very close to me who had a prescription of OD -10.00 x -4.25 x 28 and OS -10.50 x -5.00 x 152. Her prescription climbs slightly every couple of years and she is in her mid 30's, so it could be worse than yours before it stops.

AFan 20 Sep 2014, 00:57

Great information, Specs4Ever and Ellen! I was completely in the dark. I'm a measly -6.75 myself (although I estimate at least a -1 increase at my next exam) and my myopia is (luckily :) still at a gallop.

A few more questions/observations:

1. At what point does the minification produced by glasses generally preclude someone from seeing the 20/20 line? I reckon its somewhere around -11, but would like confirmation from someone more knowledgeable - as I'm sure eyesceners would understand, I fantasize about that moment when my optometrist tells me I'm not fully correctable :)

2. In high school, I was friends with a girl who was -12D (we talked a fair bit, so our mutually bad eyesight naturally came into the discussion eventually). She usually wore contacts to school, but on the rare days she wore glasses, I noticed that she would constantly squint, seemingly at everything. We sat together in the classes we shared, and it seemed like she was always struggling to read the board, even from the front of the room (by the way, I'm in the eyescene minority in that I'm not attracted to bare-eyed squints; what truly arouses me is girls squinting through their [preferably thick] glasses, clearly in need of a stronger prescription! - but that is beside the point)Interestingly, the high myopes I know seem to all mimic this habit of squinting at everything in the distance. This led me to wonder if they're just in need of an increase or if glasses don't give them full correction.

P.S. I graduated from high school a few years ago (I'm not quite comfortable revealing my exact age, but you can guess the ballpark). It was a small, private school, and more than half (more like 3/4) of the class was myopic. I was there from 6th to 12th grade, so I have quite a few interesting eyesight-related episodes to relate. If people are interested, I will post a few on the When I was at school... thread.

benn 19 Sep 2014, 16:39


Mine is -3.75 and -3.50. I do GOC too from -10 up to -25 and I will notice minifying when I first put them in then I don't notice except with very small print. I also use an add so it not an issue.


guest 19 Sep 2014, 16:30

Hi Ellen

Glad you are back...

No, you are not the highest old g/f had -19, -21 and 4 astig and biconcave lenses, years ago. She wore some toric c/l's occasionally but never comfortable.... The good news is, her vision is still in the 20/40 range at almost 60 years old. And no cataracts yet, they are nervous with her rx to insert, but she will come back to Bascom Miami from where she lives with her dr husband. And, by the way, she met him while wearing her thick glasses, not contacts !! So don't worry about the social crap lol !

Have fun, west coast soon? :0 bye

Ellen 19 Sep 2014, 15:32

Hi Specs4ever. My cyls are a bit on the high side; -4.25 and -3.75. I've never met anyone with a prescription anywhere near mine, although my closest friend has cyls of -2.75 in both eyes. My optician says she can tell my corneas are rugby ball shaped just by looking at them. I think (hope) she's joking.

I believe the minifying effect is caused by the lens being at a distance from the eye which is why contacts don't cause things to look smaller. The stronger the lens and the further away, the more pronounced the effect. I think wearing a positive contact to simulate myopia and then a negative lens to correct it should still give the same minifying effect.

specs4ever 19 Sep 2014, 07:33

I had not thought about mentioning the sweet spot, or the fact that vertex distance also makes a lot of diference Ellen, but I should have. I do not know what your astigmatism range is, but in any of the high myopes I have known who do have around 20/30 vision their astigmatism is less than -0.75D. One girl I knew a few years ago had very close to -25D with no atigmatism and her vision was phenomally good for someone with such a high script.

My experience is limited to discussions I have had with high myopes as well as reading as much as I could over the years.

I don't think my many years of doing GOC gives me quite the same result as being a natural high myope, but it does give me the experience of noticing the sweet spot, the vertex distance and the rather blurry vision when your eyes depart from the sweet spot in the lens. It becomes second nature to just move your head when wearing the strong GOC glasses that I do. With GOC I believe that the minification is not such a problem, because with a -10D glasses lens in order for a GOG'er to wear these glasses they require a +8.50D contact lens. To me this means the minification would be only equivelant to a -1.50D lens. Maybe I am wrong about thsi, but it does not seem to me that I notice any real minification until I get into the really strong GOC glasses.

Ellen 18 Sep 2014, 11:42

From first hand experience I concur with Specs4ever. It is possible for me to focus perfectly with my glasses (or at least it seems perfect to me) despite my high myopia and very high astigmatism. However it's not quite so straightforward as just looking and seeing. For one thing, perfect focus only occurs when my glasses are at a very precise distance from my eyes. Sliding my specs just a few millimetres down my nose effectively weakens the power of the lenses and my vision becomes nearsighted. My optician when testing my eyes is very careful to make sure that the trial lenses sit at the same distance as my finished frames will. The second point is that there is a very definite "sweet spot" in the centre of my lenses when my eyes will focus. Away from this my vision is blurred and quite distorted near the very edges of the lenses. Lastly, as mentioned below, my lenses make everything significantly smaller than they would be with a naked eye. Therefore I haven't a hope of reading the 20/20 line, not because it's out of focus but because it's just too small for me to see. My optician always tries me out with the 20/20 and 20/30 lines but the best she's managed to get me to read is a couple of letters on the 20/30. My best corrected vision therefore is 20/40. This all sounds horrendous to someone not used to wearing glasses but it's all I know and I'm not consciously aware of lacking any vision. I just adjust naturally without thinking, pushing my glasses up instinctively to give the clearest vision and always angling my head so I can see through the "sweet spot".

Specs4ever 17 Sep 2014, 10:00

With regards to your questions AFan, it is possible for someone with a very high minus prescription to be corrected to 20/20, but there are a few caveats. Little or no astigmatism helps. No other problems than the high myopia is a bonus as well. Generally the minifucation caused by the strong minus lens makes the letters on the eye chart so small that it is difficult for a very high minus to see them. actually they can see them, they are jsut too small. A BCVA of 20/30 or so is usually considered very good for a high minus like Kelli_monster.

Actually the myodiscs that she is wearing seem to be the ones she had on when she first came to everyones notice. For a while she was wearing a new pair - a really nice looking white frame also with myodisc lenses, but after writing about being arrested for something and having a run in with the police she appeared back in her black myo's. I wondered if perhaps the white frame was broken.

It si a shame that she has the problems she has. She is a cutter, and she is bi polar. Too bad because she is gorgeous with her strong myodiscs.

AFan 16 Sep 2014, 15:55

I saw that Fox_Trot_Bitch aka Kelli_Monster resurfaced, with some photos of her on the Seen on the Web page - now in massively strong myodiscs. A question I've had for a while now: what is usually the visual acuity of people in the -20s (myodisc-wearers?) I've had the feeling that myodiscs are sort of a last resort, but I'm curious: can somebody like Kelli be corrected to anything close to 20/20? And will her BCVA get even worse as her prescription grows? Thanks.

 13 Sep 2014, 08:11

That minus is Sarah Palin's I.Q., not necessarily her eyewear RX.

yo 12 Sep 2014, 22:48

Do you guys have any ideas on what Sarah Palin's prescription might have been? Its definitely minus something... but I can't tell if that minus would be astigmatism or light myopia

Soundmanpt 12 Sep 2014, 09:17


Yes! In every way you described.

Stew 12 Sep 2014, 08:36

My eyes were tired so I went for an exam and he told me I could use glasses for reading only that are 1.25. I have been reading fine without them. I picked them up yesterday. Was reading the paper this morning, and after a while remembered the glasses and gave them a try. Although I could read just fine without them, they did make the print a bit darker and bolder and maybe made it seem a bit closer. After a while I even forgot I was wearing them...unless I looked up in the distance. When I took them off however, I couldn't focus on the print, the smaller print was all a blur. I this normal for a first time wearer?

Soundmanpt 07 Sep 2014, 09:10


Considering that Gemma last got her eyes tested around 2 years ago she didn't come out too bad by only needing a -.75 increase in both eyes. But it's enough to cause her glasses to be a little weak for her eyes now. I'm sure you don't mind going glasses shopping with her at all. Not to mention i'm sure she wants your help in choosing new frames since your the one that will be seeing her wearing them the most. Just as i am sure she will be with you when you pick out new glasses when it's your turn to get new glasses.

I know you both enjoy trying on glasses at the various shops nearby but Gemma should really consider getting her glasses from Zenni. I'm sure you have seen the name Zenni numerous times in here. But the quality is very good as well as how the glasses look. If your concerned about they might fit just measure Gemma's current glasses across the face from the outside left to the outside right in millimeters and then simply pick glasses that are nearly the same width. Thye give 2 options of lenses that are included in the price at additional price 1.50 and 1.57 lenses. Just be sure to pick the 1.57. Even at her rx the lenses will not be very thick. And don't forget to click on the optional charge for AR coating (anti-reflective) witch is only $4.95 and worth every penny. But with everything she should be able to find several hundred for under $25.00 complete. I believe the shipping charge is about $7.00 to the UK. Her glasses will arrive within 2 weeks of placing her order. What; nice is that once she sees how good her glasses look she will probably want to order several more pairs since they are so inexpensive.

guest 07 Sep 2014, 08:11

TO AJ >>>

Didn't appreciate that comment. I have helped many with their questions here, regardless of gender, race, orientation, whatever.

Everyone is nervous and has questions on the best course of action before an operation.

And we are all against the "business machine" of the world. Sell more expensive lenses, whether they are best for the person or not. Multifocal in cataract op is an "add on".. SO are ultra thin lenses at a optical shop or 2for69 specials-when with high rx, vision will not be as good as plain cheap cr39's. The profit factor is after the sale, just like a car dealer trying to sell special warranty or lifetime finish etc...

Helpful 07 Sep 2014, 04:34


She would look even more inviting in those need I say more

Carrie 07 Sep 2014, 03:14

My girlfriend, Gemma, got her eyes tested yesterday. Only a small increase this time. Her old prescription was Left -3.50 Right -4.00. It's now Left -4.25 Right -4.75. She is planning on getting new glasses but couldn't decide on which frames to get from the choices in the opticians shop. We're going to have a look in a couple of other places and online. She is a little bit fed up that her eyes are still getting worse but relieved that it was a smaller increase than last time. If her eyes continue to get worse it would seem that at least one eye will get to -5.00 or over at her next eye test.

AJ 05 Sep 2014, 04:45

If "Ellen" were "Allen" instead, "Guest the Pest" would not have written anything to her.

guest 05 Sep 2014, 04:19

Hi Ellen!

Yes it is simple...but any operation to the high myopic eye is serious. They are stretched and more prone to trauma. That's why Moorefield's is the best choice there :)

Let us know when you are going to the west coast. Guess you are not crossing the pond on that trip-but the pole lol.

Happy weekend!


Ellen 04 Sep 2014, 14:59

Guest. You've made the operation sound so straightforward that it would seem a waste of Moorfield's talents or indeed those of your favoured Miami based purveyors of optical solutions.

CJ I'm wrestling with your assertion that high myopia comes with an inherent depth of field focusing advantage. My optician mentioned this and I argued with her at length and she admitted she couldn't think of a scientific basis for it (she's a friend, I don't go to my optician to be obtuse and start arguments). From experience she was adamant that people with myopia tend to need a reading correction later than those without. From my experience this is because I only need to move my glasses 2mm down my nose to reduce the effective power by a couple of dioptres making distance vision a bit blurry and reading very comfortable. Contacts afford no such advantage of course. The only way I know of increasing depth of field is by reducing the "f stop" of the eye, I.e. contracting the pupil. I have no idea whether there's any correlation between myopia and reduced pupil size (I would say not) but I would be happy to be proved wrong.

Guest again. What is it with you and this pond of yours? I haven't traversed this body of water since last Christmas and don't have any immediate plans to do so, although work may take me to the West Coast next year.

guest :( 04 Sep 2014, 12:02

First of all to Ellen....Moorfields is great, hope Mom is going there....all will be perfect :)


Bascom Palmer, Univ of Miami - is simply the BEST !!

(just for the record)

Cactus Jack 04 Sep 2014, 11:56


Sorry to be slow replying. You are right, there really is no comparison between natural vision with 15 - 18 diopters of effortless accommodation and vision with limited or no accommodation. As you said, by the time a person has reached their 60s, and accommodation has become minimal or non existent, a fixed single focus IOL is not much of a change, accommodation wise, from a person experiences with a natural crystalline lens and presbyopia.

The obvious benefit of an IOL is that clouded vision from a cataract is now crystal clear and there is another benefit available at no extra cost. If you analyze the eye's lens system, it consists of 4 very strong PLUS lenses. The obvious ones are the Cornea and the Crystalline Lens, but one should not overlook the contribution of the Aqueous Humor and the Vitreous Humor. If a person is Myopic, the PLUS power of the new IOL can be selected to be less than the PlUS power of the existing natural Crystalline lens. If a person is Hyperopic the IOL can have more PLUS power than the existing lens and thereby reduce or eliminate the need for a strong external prescription.

There is a curious phenomenon associated with high myopia. High MINUS glasses tend to act like wide angle camera lenses and the result is a very wide depth of field or range of useful focus. Sometimes, a person with high myopia does not need much close focusing help to read in bright light. If their Myopia is corrected with IOLs, they may find that they now need morel help focusing close than they did prior to the cataract surgery .

You are very fortunate in the UK to have Moorfields Hospital, on of the best eye hospitals in the world.


guest 04 Sep 2014, 04:35

Hi Ellen !

Glad you have a better understanding of all this :)

Remember when I said to you hat you will soon lose the two thick pieces of plastic in front of your eyes? Well, I guess Mom will lol.

You will I did.

When are you crossing the pond?


guest 04 Sep 2014, 04:35

Hi Ellen !

Glad you have a better understanding of all this :)

Remember when I said to you hat you will soon lose the two thick pieces of plastic in front of your eyes? Well, I guess Mom will lol.

You will I did.

When are you crossing the pond?


Ellen 03 Sep 2014, 01:09


It wasn't so much a misunderstanding, rather I was comparing an IOL with a natural lens in a young eye with plenty of accommodation. You're right, someone my mother's age has very little accommodation and so their eyes are essentially a fixed focus system. I guess I was wondering that if someone in their 60's has say 1D of accommodation this is maybe noticeably better than an IOL with none.

I live in the UK by the way.

Guest. 8:30 EDT is 1:30 where I live and unfortunately I still have to work in order to pay the bills so I won't be able to Lenschat at that time.

Cactus Jack 02 Sep 2014, 20:04


I think you may have misunderstood. Single focus IOLs are NOT a compromise. They really are not much different optically than a person who has clear crystalline lenses, but has presbyopia. A person with presbyopia has to wear reading glasses or bifocals or trifocals to focus close. Your Mother wears -8 glasses to correct her distance vision and, within reason, she can choose what prescription she would like to wear after cataract surgery. Single focus IOLs and bifocals air trifocals will give your Mother the best possible vision. Mono Vision is just two different powers of single focus IOLs, one for each eye, where one power is selected for distance and the other power is selected for focus at around 66 cm or 26 inches.

Myopia is usually caused by a mismatch between the total optical power of the eye's lens system and the length of the eyeball. Usually, myopia occurs because the eyeball has grown too much and is a bit longer than it should be for good distance vision. The amount of excess growth is about 0.3 mm per diopter so, if your mother wears minus 8 glasses here eyeball is a bit over 2 mm longer than it should be for 20/20 vision. Because there is no way to correct an eyeball that has grown too long, we can move the focus back to the retina by using minus lenses or in the case of cataract surgery a bit LESS PLUS in the IOL than was in the natural crystalline lens will do the trick.

Very few people these days have taken the time to learn how the optics of the eye work. Just briefly, there are actually 4 lenses in the eye's lens system with a total optical power of around +50 to +60 diopters. The "normal distance from the back of the lens system to the retina is about 17 mm. Sir Isaac Newton, of Gravity fame, discovered and codified the basic laws of optics about 300 years ago and they are still applicable today.

If your Mother's experience is similar to my experience and the experience of several friends, she will wonder why she waited this long for cataract surgery. She will be shocked and pleasantly surprised at how good her vision is. As I said before. there is absolutely nothing to be gained by waiting.

May I ask where you live? (Country)


bilbo 02 Sep 2014, 17:42

my wife has worn glasses all her life. her script is as follows .l -7.50 cyl -1.25 axis 158 add+1.50. r -6.75 cyl_1.50 axis 15 add +1.50 stupid question, but is this considered high or med myopia also she doesent seem to struggle at home without them !I am asuming she cannot see too well? is this standard? cheers

guest 02 Sep 2014, 15:58

Glad all this can be of help !

I went through 2...

Do you want to go on lenschat.... 830 EDT Tomorrow

or post a time that you want to go there on Thursday :)


Ellen 02 Sep 2014, 07:19

Thanks for your replies, particularly CJ for the "long winded discourse". It wasn't long winded at all, just packed with useful information from first hand experience. It's much appreciated.

OK the key things I take from this are that the IOL is compromise and that vision will never return to the level of a 5 year old and glasses will be needed for some activities. I did expect this, it makes sense as the IOL only corrects at two specific distances. It's nice to have it confirmed by someone who has gone through the surgery though and also to hear that the need for glasses isn't too burdensome. The second thing I'm glad to hear is that the surgery itself isn't too harrowing. Mum will be pleased when I tell her that part!

Thanks again

Cactus Jack 01 Sep 2014, 09:17


Guest is correct about multi-focal IOLs. There are several styles, but the idea is that there are at least two areas of the lens that have different PLUS powers. The central part has the PLUS power for distance and an outer ring has increased PLUS for focusing close. To my knowledge there is no presently available flexible IOL that can replace the natural Crystalline Lens and be focused by the Ciliary Muscles. However, I have read that there is some effort to develop such a lens. It is reasonable to assume that bifocal IOLs are compromises an take some effort to learn how to use them.

From a marketing point of view, the available multi-focal lenses seem to be targeted for people with severe VANITY issues and are willing to spend lots of money and deal with reduced Visual Acuity to avoid the dreaded Bifocals or Trifocals.

I’ll be 77 this month. I had cataract surgery 13 years ago. My background is Electronic Engineering and Computers and I had been wearing Trifocals since my late 30s. The surgeon said that he would not fit multi-focal IOLs for a person who really liked the best possible vision.

At the time, my prescription was R -2.75, L -4.50. He said he could easily correct my myopia to near 0.00 in both eyes, but he said that I would most likely need bi or trifocals for the best vision, no matter what I decided to do. The reason he could not guarantee 0.00 is that IOLs were only available in 0.50 increments. He suggested that I consider Mono Vision where he corrected my dominant eye to as near 0.00 as possible for distance and the other eye to about -1.50 for moderately close. He said that the IOLs would not correct my mild astigmatism because that was a separate issue that required additional surgery that is unrelated to the cataracts.

With Mono Vision, I would probably be able to see well enough without my glasses to be able to get up at night and read a prescription bottle and even legally drive without my glasses. He said that for precision vision, I would need glasses, but that was no big deal for me.

The surgery was the nearest thing to a medical non-event I have every been involved with, but it is a serious surgery and should be treated accordingly by following preparation instructions to the letter. I was very nervous about the first surgery (they only do one eye at a time even though it is very low risk surgery). It is typically done on an outpatient basis. The surgery took about 10-15 minutes after prep and when I recovered from the very mild anesthesia administered during final prep (you are actually awake for the surgery, but they give you some “happy” juice, to reduce anxiety). a friend drove me home.

The first surgery corrected my vision in that eye to 0.00. The next day, I took the lens out my glasses for the affected eye and drove myself to the surgeons office. He was pleased with the results, as was I and I asked the BIG question. “How soon can we do the other eye?”. He said, “Two weeks minimum, but it depends on your progress. Just follow the post op instructions and let me see you in a week. I will schedule it for two weeks out and we can decide to proceed when I see you in a week.” The second surgery in two weeks was a breeze. I knew what to expect and I have never looked back.

My vision today with my trifocals is 20/15 and I do anything I want to. One thing to be aware of is that the IOLs I got are actually a bit more efficient (6%) at light transmission than natural lenses. In very bright sunlight, sunglasses are not mandatory, but are certainly more comfortable than without. I use inexpensive clip on sunglasses. My night vision is excellent. I can even use the computer without my glasses. I also have a pair of single vision prescription reading glasses - I like to read in bed and they are more comfortable for extended reading than the trifocals because of the wider visual field.

There has been a lot of progress in lens technology in the 13 years since my cataract surgery, but I think Guest’s thoughts about single focus IOLs still applies. They give the best possible vision.

I hope this long winded discourse is helpful. Please let us know if you have more questions.

A couple of final thoughts.

1. Select the most experienced Eye Surgeon you can find. Cataract surgery today is one of the safest surgical procedures there is, but it is still surgery.

2. DO NOT delay getting surgery until the Cataracts get “ripe”. Years ago, before IOLs, cataract surgery was so risky and recovery was so long that it was avoided until there was no other choice but to be blind in that eye. Today, the incision in the side of the cornea is only about 3 mm long. The old lens is emulsified and sucked out. The new lens is rolled up and inserted through the incision. Your body heat causes the lens to unroll and it is positioned in the lens capsule where the old lens was. The tiny incision closes and heals without any stitches. The problem with waiting too long is that the old lens gets so hard that it is hard to emulsify and remove. While the lens is still soft, the tiny ultrasound “jack hammer” quickly dissolves the old lens and it is extracted in just a few seconds and the capsule is ready for the new IOL.


Galileo 01 Sep 2014, 08:41

Hi Ellen, my father had cataract surgery at the age of 92. He had previously worn glasses for most of his life. He did not need glasses for most activities after the surgery, he just needs "normal" reading glasses. I don't know how the technology works but his distance vision is a lot better than before the surgery and his medium distance vision for working around the house is also OK without glasses. He only uses them when reading or using his mobile phone.

guest :) 01 Sep 2014, 05:00

Hello Ellen !

It was me :) who posted before about implants after high myopia. I was double digits (exact numbers bounced around because different vision on different days and never fully correctable. I absolutely 100% am telling you NOT to get the fancy hi$ lens. There are many problems that could occur due to placement, measurement and issues with her eyes and her rx. Also, does she have astig?? Money was not an object with me as I'm sure it's not an issue with you or mom.

Basically, the procedure is right at 100% success and happy patient rate with regular lens. Guess what, it's not at that with fancy one. Soooooo, in a nutshell, she will be sooo happy to see without glasses that using the reading $1.00 glasses from the dollar store to read is no big deal. Also if she is astig, the fancy lens does not correct that anyway, so she will need glasses anyway-just not coke bottles.

If you want to go on lenschat to discuss at exact 840 EDT, its not 800, I will be there.

Remember, the less you do to the stretched myopic eye the better, we are prone to retina issues.


Ellen 01 Sep 2014, 03:25

Thanks for your replies. It's encouraging that good post op vision is possible. I'm still baffled how this is achieved though. Presumably the implanted lens isn't capable of accommodation? Or is it? I know that it's possible to make a lens with two focal lengths which is the principle behind some bifocal contact lenses. Is this how implanted lenses work, one power focuses the eye at infinity and the other at a reading distance? What about distances in between? The natural lens has continual focusing ability from a few inches to infinity. Surely it's not possible to replicate this with a rigid lens?

Sorry for so many questions, I'm just trying to understand this as well as I can to make an informed decision when the time comes for mum's surgery.

Val 31 Aug 2014, 13:04

Ellen, even today you can find two types of lenses. First type is cheaper, but after the implant the patient will have to use reading glasses and the second type, which is more expensive will eliminate the need for glasses near or far.

So, if their is no money problem, of course, the second type is the best.

Soundmanpt 31 Aug 2014, 11:06

first time poster

It can't hurt to try and see how they work. It should help that your only going to be wearing them for limited times as opposed to full time.

I am curious though you came to have a pair of glasses with with your exact prescription in them except for the added -.50 CYL in one lens? Were these your previous glasses but at your last exam you were maybe not given any correction for astigmatism? Because it is very possible if you were going to renew your contacts that your doctor may have just dropped off the cyl for your contact prescription? Did you get a copy of your prescription for glasses when you went? It's possible that your glasses prescription still includes the cyl.

Also even if your astigmatism has gone away which can happen they should still work fine because the axis would be the same and your cyl could return at your next exam even.

You really should be able to see fine with them and if any headaches were to even develope I think it would be after wearing them for a prolonged period of time.

Soundmanpt 31 Aug 2014, 10:54


My mother has since past away 11 years ago at the age of 93. When she was in her late 70's she had cataract surgery on both eyes. Before her surgery she had been wearing glasses not quite as strong as your mother but around -5.50 and her add was in the +2.50 area too. She had the lens implant much like you mother will be getting and if anything it is probably even better now then it was 30 some years ago when my mother had it done. Her results were no more glasses for distance or close up. The only side effect sh had and I would think that is much better by now was that her eyes were very sensitive to sunlight. She used to wear those "solar glasses" which completely cover the eyes from all sides.

Your mother should do great and probably glasses free.

Ellen 31 Aug 2014, 10:21

I remember a while back on here someone mentioning that they'd had lens implants for cataracts which were also used to correct quite a high degree of myopia. I'm curious as to what the quality of vision is like after such an operation. How is near vision catered for? Is it possible to read and see at a distance without additional correction? The reason I ask is that my mother has recently been diagnosed with cataracts and told she will need them operating on within a year or so. She currently wears glasses for myopia of around -8 dioptres plus a reading addition of 2.5. Any information on cataract surgery would be much appreciated, particularly from someone with first hand experience. Hope this is the correct place for such a post.

first time poster 30 Aug 2014, 17:04

Thank you Soundmapt, I like the frames I have, so I would not want to buy new ones from Zenni. I'll try to see if I can manage with them, I usually wear contacts so they are only back up. The script is L -3.25 0.50 R -3.50

Soundmanpt 29 Aug 2014, 17:20

first time poster

The question is how well are you able to see with them? If your able to see okay without getting a headache then even though it's not a great idea but if the glasses are better than not having glasses then wear them. My thought is that after you have them on for a prolonged period your likely to start getting a headache as a result. If that happens then you have your answer.

Since you seem to know what your prescription is why don't you just order glasses on line from Zenni? ( You can get very nice pair of glasses without that added -.50 CYL (astigmatism) for around $20.00 - $25.00.

first time poster 29 Aug 2014, 17:07

Hello, I have a pair of glasses that have the right prescription for me, apart from an extra 0.50 for astigmatism in one eye which I don't need. How bad will it be for my eyes if I wear them sometimes? Thanks

Soundmanpt 25 Aug 2014, 12:20


Your wife probably doesn't even consider that her eyes are being "over-corrected" whens she is wearing glasses. And your right that she started wearing them because she knew that it would get your attention. But it also helps that she was able to see perfect with glasses (-.75) as soon as she put them on. The results likely would not have been as good if you had tried to get her to wear those -2.00 glasses right away instead. I assumed the -2.00 glasses were your idea and your just hoping she will wear stronger glasses for you. But the glasses are forcing her eyes to work much harder to see things clearly. Even after only wearing them for an hour i'm sure when she first takes them off her vision is considerably blurry until her normal vision returns. She has to be concerned that by wearing those glasses very much her perfect vision maybe ruined. Now even though that is nearly impossible at her age, she isn't likely to believe that.

I'm sure you were at least a little disappointed when you went away with her and you suggested that she wear glasses then and she refused except to wear them at dinner for your anniversary. But you should still suggest that she wear them on a one day get-away. If you ask enough she may finally give in, but I think only with the -.75 glasses which she has at least found comfortable even if she won't admit it to you.

I think it best if you stop pressuring her to wear the -2.00 glasses and if she happens to put them on from time to time just be happy. Other wise be glad she wears the weaker ones.

Eric 24 Aug 2014, 21:41


I don't believe my wife enjoys being over corrected. I think she wears the glasses because she likes the special attention she gets from me.

Last vacation I suggested her to wear the glasses full time, but she didn't wanted. Apart from watching tv, she only wore them when we went out for dinner on our anniversary.

I bought the -2 glasses because I wanted to see her with glasses a little bit stronger. When she saw the glasses she liked the frames but when she first tried them on didn't liked the prescription. She wore them for a few minutes and I had to insist on her to keep them on.

Last night she returned to the -0,75 ones when watching tv.

Likelenses 24 Aug 2014, 18:49


In addition to her minus,perhaps there is also an astigmatism correction.

Most people require full time wear when the astigmatism correction in the better eye is .75 or more.

Also many young myopes read too close,which strains the eyes,and the minus glasses will help them to keep the reading material farther away,until the myopia increases,at which time they will begin to read closer,until new stronger glasses are obtained.Most doctors want a young person to wear minus glasses full time at - 3.00 for this reason,although if a person habitually reads too close,the recommendation would be made with weaker minus prescriptions.

Soundmanpt 24 Aug 2014, 14:27


There is no harm in her wearing her glasses full time even if her prescription was only -1.00. Yes her eyes are going to get trained or accustomed to having them on all the time and when she first takes them off she will of course notice the difference but only what her own eyes are lacking to see. Now if she were to lose her glasses somehow and be without them for say a week. At first she will miss her glasses but her accommodation will soon return and she won't miss her glasses nearly as much then.

Bottom line is if she were to never wear her glasses at all her vision would change exactly the same as if she wears them full time as she is now. When she is 12 years old no matter what she does she is going to need an increase. But even if she never had gotten glasses when she was 11 she was going to be at the same numbers.

Julian 24 Aug 2014, 12:31

Tom, Soundmanpt: in any case, if she has normal accommodation for her age, surely there's harm in wearing her glasses full time.

Soundmanpt 24 Aug 2014, 11:19


If she is comfortable wearing her glasses full time even if her prescription were much weaker then -2.00 she really isn't doing any harm to her eyes because her vision is going to change regardless of how much or how little she wears her glasses. That being said the exception is when she is doing very much close work such as reading a book for an extended period or just doing her homework she shouldn't need her glasses for that and it would be better if she didn't wear them then. Otherwise she probably just prefers having clear vision all the time and chooses to wear her glasses for that reason.

Tom 24 Aug 2014, 09:20

Recently on the seaside I met a family which has a 11 yo daughter. She has been wearing full time a pair of glasses around -2, maybe less, for every activity but for bathing (!). She seems very comfortable with her glasses and always keeps them on whenever she can. I'm wandering if it is really a good idea to have a child wearing such glasses full time. For sure bareeyed vision is good enough for her to do everything without but, maybe, board and TV, since glasses are not that strong (differently is she was say -4 or more). After all, children doesn't have to drive of perform actions that require perfect eyesight. On the oher hand, wearing that glasses for everyting incuding close activities (smartphone, reading, playing cards) she is forcing her eyes to an accomodation effort through the lenses that would be much lower if she could not wear, being stil able to focus perfectly below half a meter from her face.

In summary, I don't think it is a good idea to make children to wear negative glasses full time unless they are so strong that without correction they can't play, recognise people or reading as a normal person would do (i.e. stronger than -3 or even more).

What do you think about this topic?

Soundmanpt 23 Aug 2014, 12:14


It seems that your wife is a "closet glasses wearer" and fears she will be seen wearing glasses by someone she knows. So wearing glasses while in a dark cinema works perfect for her and of course at home in bed is even more safe for her. But she is has to be very comfortable wearing glasses if she even forgot she had them on once when she left the movie house. Also even better that she remembers to get her glasses without any prompting from you. I know she is wearing glasses in part because she knows of your fetish, but being in a dark cinema and both you and her looking forward to watch the movie your barely able to pay much attention to her wearing glasses. I think that even though her vision is perfect she has found that her eyes really like being slightly over corrected. That might also be in part why she likes wearing glasses in bed while watching TV. Watching TV without glasses now isn't as intense as with her glasses. Since she is quite shy about wearing them in public where she might be seen by someone she knows have you ever considered going away either for a weekend or better yet a full weeks vacation and suggesting she wear glasses the whole time your away. The chances of seeing anyone you or her know would be nearly impossible.

Now I am curious as to why you bought her the -2.00 glasses? Did she know you were buying her stronger glasses? Does she want to be able to wear stronger glasses for some reason or is it a part of your fetish for her to be wearing stronger glasses? At any rate she seems intent on trying to get her eyes to adjust to them. She is making progress if she is up about an hour now before her eyes start to give out and lose focus with them. I'm sure her -.75 glasses really feels good when she switches to them.

Eric 23 Aug 2014, 08:32

I know I'm lucky. It's funny, because when we have tickets for the movies, before leaving home I check her drawer, and when I see the glasses are not there, I know that I'm lucky that night. She always put the glasses on when the lights are turned off. She is shy about casually finding someone known and seeing her in glasses. Instantly, when the movie finishes she takes the glasses off. Only once she forgot and she was mad why I hadn't told her. So, I think we are far from becoming a full time wearer.

With the -2 glasses this is the update: yesterday she wore them for about an hour. She hadn't headaches but felt a little dizzy. So after that she switched to the -0.75 glasses and wore them until she went to sleep.

Soundmanpt 22 Aug 2014, 14:40


First of all I think most of the men in here would agree that your a very lucky guy to have a wife that knows about your fetish for seeing her wearing glasses and is completely willing to wear glasses that she has no need for because of her perfect vision. So having her as your glasses wearing wife when you go to the movies or even just in bed watching TV has to make you feel very happy? Her eyes like so many can not only tolerate a small distance prescription like the -.75 glasses she has been wearing for your pleasure, but even with her perfect vision the added minus should provide her just enough over correction that her vision is actually enhanced so that with the glasses she is seeing as if her eyes were HD. So wearing these glasses her eyes should feel completely comfortable and if she wanted she could wear them anytime including driving or even full time if she wished to without doing any harm to her eyes. But switching her to -2.00 glasses is probably a little bit more than her eyes want to accommodate and feel comfortable in. Like she has described to you when she first puts them on her vision is a little bit blurry and after a few minutes her eyes begin to focus with them and she is able to see good with them and like her -.75 glasses her vision is razor sharp and her distance with them couldn't be any better. But sh is really straining her eyes to see with them even if she doesn't realize it. So after about 15 minutes her eyes are working much harder with these glasses they need to with her -.75 glasses. The strain is why she her eyes are aching a bit. Now it could be if she continues to wear the stronger glasses her eyes will start to adjust to them more and her eyes won't ache anymore, or they may cause her to get headaches and that might ruin a beautiful night if you know what I mean?

Because she is 30 there is very little chance her wearing glasses will do anything to change her perfect vision. So if for whatever reason she prefers wearing the stronger glasses she can certainly try wearing them and see how her eyes and head feel. Personally if I were you I would be more happy to let her wear the -.75 glasses that she has no problem with and maybe convince her to wear them full time.

Eric 17 Aug 2014, 19:07

Cactus Jack, thank you for the explanation.

She's not a person who usually reads books. But she stays a lot of time reading from her smartphone and I never heard her complaining about her eyes feeling tired or something.

Cactus Jack 17 Aug 2014, 10:09


A comprehensive eye exam does a lot more than just checking a persons vision. The eyes are windows into the body and often a lurking conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure are first detected in an eye exam, before typical symptoms appear.

Please don't misunderstand me. What your wife is experiencing is not really unusual in developing presbyopia. Your wife is almost certainly developing presbyopia, almost everyone does and as I said before it actually starts in childhood. The most basic law of optics is that lens power required to focus at a particular distance is 100 cm or 39.37 inches (IOW 1 meter) divided by focal distance. If the eye have no refractive error (0.00) for distance, it WILL take +2.50 to focus at a typical reading distance of 40 cm or 16 inches. That +2.50 has to come from somewhere. In a younger person with "prefect" vision, it comes from the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses in the eye without your being aware that it is happening. That is your auto-focus mechanism at work. As you get older, the crystalline lenses become stiff and finally the ciliary muscles just can't squeeze the crystalline lenses enough to be able to produce the extra +2.50. When a person who has "perfect" vision wears -2.00 glasses for distance the ciliary muscles have to supply +2.00 to compensate. If the crystalline lenses are beginning to get stiff, the ciliary muscles have to work extra hard ti focus for distance and even harder to focus close for reading with the -2.00 glasses. Does your wife ever complain that her eyes are "tired" when she reads for a long time, without any glasses?


Eric 17 Aug 2014, 09:41

Cactus Jack, thank you for answering.

She hasn't had an eye exam for some years, only the one to get the drivers license.

Cactus jack 17 Aug 2014, 08:07


Your wife is having the same symptoms with the -2.00 glasses as a person who is farsighted (hyperopic) sometimes does when they are having difficulty focusing to read. Sometimes it indicated that presbyopia is beginning to rear its head.

Both focusing close and compensating for the -2.00 glasses involve the use of the ciliary muscles (her auto=focu mechanism) the ache indicates that se is straining a little to focus. Wearing the -2.00 glasses is not harmful, just uncomfortable. I suggest dropping back to -1.50 or less and see if that helps.

Presbyopia, a stiffening of the crystalline lenses, actually starts in childhood, but does not cause a problem until the late 30s ro early 40s. When presbyopia becomes a problem depends on a persons refractive error (see next paragraph), their genetic makeup, and their visual environment. The idea that presbyopia is never a problem until 40 is a myth. It happens when it happens.

You comment about your wife having "perfect" vision is interesting. Many people who have hyperopia think they have perfect vision because hyperopia is the one vision problem you can correct internally, without external help with glasses or contacts. One clue that a person with "perfect" vision is actually hyperopic is the early onset of near focusing problems. The mild discomfort when wearing the -2.00 glasses for distance is a pretty good clue that presbyopia is right on schedule or your wife is actually a little bit hyperopic. Low hyperopia is extremely difficult to detect with a dilated eye exam.

Has your wife had any type of eye exam in the past 3 or 4 years?


Eric 17 Aug 2014, 05:03

Hi, how are you?

I need your advice. My wife is 30 years old and has perfect vision. She knows about my glasses fetish and likes to play the "myopic girl" when we are at the movies or watching tv at bed. We have some glasses and she likes to wear them on that moments. Usually she wears a -0,75 glasses without having any trouble. I recently bought a new pair with -2 prescription. She says it takes a few seconds to focus when putting those glasses but after that her vision is fine. The thing is that after about 15 minutes of wearing those glasses, her eyes start aching a little bit, not to much, but still a little bit. Is this normal? I don't want her eyes to be damaged. Is it safe to wear those glasses?

Thank you.

Andrew 17 Aug 2014, 03:27

Anyone who cuts hair would need to be wearing glasses in order to be able to see what I have left. I still pay the same amount as anyone with a full head of hair, but in my case, part of the money is a "search fee." The glasses would certainly help with that!

Soundmanpt 16 Aug 2014, 12:45


Where I have been going for the past year or so to get my hair cut, at least what I still have left anyway. The young lady that is cutting my hair doesn't wear glasses, but in a conversation with her she told me that at her most recent eye exam she was told that she will be needing glasses in the near future. Her doctor told her she will be needing glasses to see close and she already farsighted, but because she is still young, mid 20's she is still able to read without any problem. But she did admit that she is starting to notice that if she is doing much reading her eyes do tend to tire out much quicker than they used to. See said she would probably need glasses now if she had a job where she was doing constant close work. This is no doubt the same as your co worker. She also likely indicated that she could have been given a prescription already but because she is still on the young side her eyes are still able to get by without glasses, but if her job involves doing close work then she will likely be getting glasses at her 6 month exam. In fact if she is already complaining about her eyes feeling tired she really should go back and get glasses now.

Andrew 16 Aug 2014, 01:35

It could be that she found a small reading add, such as +0.50, beneficial but it was too little to hurry her into reading glasses at this stage. As the move towards presbyopia is age-related, time would enable him to make such a prediction.

Curious 14 Aug 2014, 10:41

A girl I work with complained out loud late one afternoon that her eyes were tired, so an older woman told her to go get her eyes examined. I am guessing she is mid-30's. She went this morning and just came back. She says the dr told her she will soon need reading glasses and that she should come back in 6 months and likely get a prescription. How did the Dr come to that conclusion? I guess her distance is ok. Just curious!

Soundmanpt 22 Jul 2014, 18:23


You, your friends and family all seem to fall into what seems to be a UK thing for some reason. Only your gf, Gemma, is short sighted. The rest all wear plus glasses. I am really not sure why that would be?

Your own need for glasses you pretty much had a helping hand in. Your first glasses were really only meant to be worn when you were doing an excessive amount of close work to relax your eyes a bit. But wearing them full time was sure to have an effect on your vision. Your first eye exam you had no problem at all seeing the eye chart. But after wearing your glasses full time for more than a year the next eye exam was sure to be more difficult to see the eye chart without your glasses. But not anything you minded since you wanted to wear glasses anyway.

Your friend form college because of trying your glasses found that she also needed glasses and being more shy than you about wearing glasses was more reluctant about wearing them and even got contacts so she could avoid wearing glasses. After a while I assume she just tired of the hassle of fooling with contacts and now was better about just wearing her glasses and be done with it. Your cousin also soon found that she needed plus glasses and she too has now gone to full time. Danielle the friend you made because she had the hots for you after trying your glasses also went and got her own glasses and now her gf is also wearing glasses which she is insisting she doesn't really need. Even wearing wearing them when she goes home to visit her parents. Her reason is because they came to her job and found her wearing glasses there. With her boss being close by she told them that she had recently got them. But if she really doesn't need them why wouldn't she just tell her parents the truth since her boss wouldn't be around her parents house. That sounds much more like someone that needs them but doesn't want let anyone know that she really does need them now. Danielle's glasses probably were just a little too strong for her eyes, but now that she got some on line with a weaker prescription her eyes are probably very comfortable wearing them and she is wearing them even more because she is able to see distances with them very clearly.

Carrie 19 Jul 2014, 09:58

I'm in the uk and as many of you know I am long sighted. I got glasses both because I found I needed them and because I wanted them. Wearing them full time was my choice to start with but with my latent hyperopia "coming out" and needing a stronger prescription I am pretty much dependent on glasses now. I can see without them just much better with them. My eyes get very tired if I don't wear my glasses. When I had my last eye test the optician said if I wasn't already wearing glasses full time they would have recommended I wear them for distances as well as reading. I feel more dependent on my current glasses now than when I got them. Out of my friends that wear glasses more of them have plus prescriptions than minus (most of my friends are very close to my age of 20). One friend at college got reading glasses soon after I first got glasses - she found she could see better with my glasses. She eventually became a full time wearer. Another friend that I first met in a coffee shop also got reading glasses after trying mine on and noticing she could read her phone easier (she only tried them on as way of starting a conversation with me to see if I was single or not). Her now girlfriend is a wannabee glasses wearer. She doesn't need glasses but regularly wears a pair of weak plus glasses bought online. She always wears them at work in the same coffee shop wear I got hit on (I wasn't single but she was and my friend's charms won her over). She sometimes wears them out of work for fun (She has to wear them when she visits her parents as they think she really needs them after making a surprise visit to the coffee shop and seeing her wearing glasses!). My girlfriend is moderately short sighted (Left -3.50 and Right -4.00) and only began wearing her glasses full time when we became a couple and I gave her the confidence to wear her glasses (a weaker prescription then). She thinks she might need new glasses as she said things don't seem quite so clear any more. It's been almost 2 years since her last eye test so she is due for one.

Daffy 18 Jul 2014, 09:32

I have a few theories, some by observation some anecdotal. I believe that most parents these days are more educated regarding vision and get their kids tested earlier and more often to give them the best chance in life and not let vision hinder their abilities. I read a while ago that most kids are naturally longsighted but accommodate well. But if the parents feel concerned they get them glasses. As the children grow the vision will "get better" and not require glasses later on.

The other side of the story is fashion. I have heard many girls wishing they needed glasses just because their friends get them. They go to the optometrist and make a complaint they can't see, or get tired eyes, or get headaches. So the optometrist obliges and gives them a weak rx even if they don't need it. That way everyone is happy.

I also mentioned before that I went along to some optical trade shows and went to some seminars. They train the optometrists to get people into multifocals at every chance they can. Even if they don't need it they are to encourage AF (anti fatigue) lenses - same as multis but weaker with a little prism - just to get them into lenses as contact lenses will not correct this thus more money in their back pocket.

Daffy 18 Jul 2014, 09:32

I have a few theories, some by observation some anecdotal. I believe that most parents these days are more educated regarding vision and get their kids tested earlier and more often to give them the best chance in life and not let vision hinder their abilities. I read a while ago that most kids are naturally longsighted but accommodate well. But if the parents feel concerned they get them glasses. As the children grow the vision will "get better" and not require glasses later on.

The other side of the story is fashion. I have heard many girls wishing they needed glasses just because their friends get them. They go to the optometrist and make a complaint they can't see, or get tired eyes, or get headaches. So the optometrist obliges and gives them a weak rx even if they don't need it. That way everyone is happy.

I also mentioned before that I went along to some optical trade shows and went to some seminars. They train the optometrists to get people into multifocals at every chance they can. Even if they don't need it they are to encourage AF (anti fatigue) lenses - same as multis but weaker with a little prism - just to get them into lenses as contact lenses will not correct this thus more money in their back pocket.

Carlos 18 Jul 2014, 07:27

South Asia---lots of plus lens and early age occurrence of presbyopia. Hyperopia seems to be more prevalent than in other areas.

SC 18 Jul 2014, 05:33

Interesting posts on variations on prevalence of plus lenses in different countries. I have worked in many different countries and I'm always surprised by the differences and can't work out whether it is social acceptance/fashion (eg the Harry Potter effect) or testing rigour and some combination.

In UK, there is more focus on amblyopia detection in infancy and this means more young children wear plus glasses and will either continue to wear or will stop around 10/11 yo and start again later in life - I don't remember any such testing when I was young

In the Balkans glasses are less socially acceptable - generally fewer people wear glasses and almost no-one wears plus glasses. After all plus glasses for the under 30s are mostly optional as they will have in most cases sufficient accommodation to override any hyperopia

With Eastern Europe immigration to UK, there seems to be a lot of Poles, Lithuanians etc in plus glasses so again it is either more acceptable or better testing that causes this - I see more Poles in plus lenses than I would see if I went to Germany or Netherlands.

But the stand-out country for plus lenses is.... France. If you go in a French supermarket then you'll immediately notice that a fair percentage of the glasses wearers are in plus lenses - primarily the 30 somethings. If you go to Disneyland then again you will see lots of French teenagers who are far-sighted - I would guess that one-third of glasses wearing teenagers were perhaps in plus lenses both male & female.

I guess the most likely cause is parental behaviour. You are more likely to get glasses if you go to an optician (obvious) and you are more likely to go to an optician if your parents wear glasses. I got my eyes tested at school but only for distance - nothing that would bring out hyperopia - and I didn't go again until I was 44

Cactus Jack 17 Jul 2014, 22:53

Priam Question,

There are several factors that affect lens thickness at the outside edges and the calculator is pretty good. A couple of things to remember. Base Out prism mass the inside edge thinner and the outside edge thicker. A good estimate I use is 1 mm per prism diopter at the outside edge for CR-39, but that number is very sensitive to two other factors. Lens Width and inside edge thickness. The inside edge needs to be strong enough to not break easily and 1 mm increase in thickness of the inside edge will result in 1 mm increase at the outside edge. Lens width is a more important factor. In a minus lens, the lens is thinnest at the optical center so edge thickness depends on lens power and the distance from the optical center to the edge, usually about half the lens width. Prism has no optical center and the apex or point of the prism will probably exist outside the inside edge of the lens and the base thickness will depend on the full width of the lens.

I have become convinced that making glasses with significant prism is almost a lost art. The big issue I have had is getting the lens maker or dispenser to adjust the PD for the fact that the eyes are not looking straight ahead and the PD needs to be adjusted using Prentice's Rule. If the PD is not correct, it will cause reduced Visual Acuity.


Prism Question 17 Jul 2014, 21:33

I just got 4th prism prescription in 4 years. I got an increase from 5 base out per eye to 10 base out per eye. I am trying to calculate how thick new lenses might be. I found a lens thickness calculator online but it only works for sphere and cylinder prescription.

I was wondering if -10 sphere would be similar in thickness to 10 base out prism or these two would be unrelated? if not what would be the best way to estimate thickness?

Cactus Jack 16 Jul 2014, 21:17


Many Albinos have severe vision problems because of the lack of a substance in the retina called Visual Purple among other things. Visual Purple is necessary for proper functioning of the retina and very likely vision development. I don't know if visual purple is important for eyeball growth, but there are some hormones that are believed to be produced by the retina that regulate eyeball growth through the early 20s.

I have been of the opinion that there were a much larger than usual distribution of hyperopia for many years. Just as Myopia is very common in Asian populations, Hyperopia seems to be common in the population of England. In both instances, it is likely genetic.

There are other genetic conditions that are common in certain populations. People of northern European (Scandinavian) descent are subject to a condition called Dupuytren's Contracture. My ancestors are from England and Ireland and several years ago, I developed Dupuytren's. Turns out the Vikings invaded England around 800 CE and apparently left lots of calling cards in the form of genes.


astigmaphile 16 Jul 2014, 21:12

I am not surprised at the difference. I have seen remarks on here from other British people that hyperopia is common in Britain. I live in Santa Barbara, Ca, and only remember two kids in high school who wore, strong plus glasses. The rest were myopes. Same goes for the current crop of UCSB students.

Apple77 16 Jul 2014, 19:18

Thanks for the interesting replies. Growing up in the northeast USA, I can think of only one person in my high school (out of 400 students) who I remember wearing plus glasses. He was albino, so perhaps his vision was different for other reasons. I'm sure there may have been a few others who had plus glasses, but it seemed like easily 25% of more of students wore minus glasses.

How could it be that diagnosed, glasses-wearing hyperopes are such a minority in the USA (at least in my experience) but, according to Juicebox, are so common in London? Wouldn't it seem like the difference is the rate of diagnosis rather than the actual rate of hyperopia?

Revolver 16 Jul 2014, 13:44

Juicebox's observations are unique and probably very valid. To add one thing, I doubt the numbers of minus wearers have diminished, in fact have probably increased, but the reason they aren't seen very much is that the proliferation and ease of soft contact lenses have made them the dominant force.

Soundmanpt 16 Jul 2014, 09:37

Crystal Veil

My observations here in the US has been much the same as yours in the Netherlands. Most all of the young ladies I come across that are wearing glasses are wearing minus lenses. But in recent years I have noticed an increase in some young ladies now being farsighted and even some that are wearing bifocals. So maybe "Juicebox" is correct that in years past many of the young ladies that were farsighted never bothered getting glasses. But now with glasses being trendy and much more acceptable they are far more willing to get and wear wear glasses. Also I think the need for being able to see so much small print on I-Phones and the such have made glasses more necessary for many as well. You rarely ever see a young lady without an I-Phone in her hand, so if she is on it that much and has any problem seeing it she will likely keep her glasses on so she isn't putting them on and off so much.

Crystal Veil 16 Jul 2014, 06:10

Apple77, Juicebox,

interesting observation. Over the years, I noticed that there are more young people with long sight in the UK and Ireland than on the continent. In the Netherlands, well over 90% of young ladies in glasses have minus prescriptions. It's difficult to find longsighted models for photo shoots. Perhaps I should make a trip to London and try my chances there.

juicebox 16 Jul 2014, 04:45


I've noticed it too. I'm from London and I see a lot more farsighted people than nearsighted. Only recently though, during my childhood I can only really remember those that needed them for the board, but I guess a lot of people who probably wouldn't have discovered they're farsighted are now doing so due to smartphones etc. Not a bad thing I guess as it means people are being more sensible about getting their eyes checked! Or adhering to advice as a few friends at school were told they were farsighted but refused to get/wear glasses. Though the hipster style glasses are well and truly part of our culture now for both fashion and function, I hardly ever see anyone with significant minus lenses. From my friends' experience I think there is still some insecurity there as they've had glasses most of their life and glasses were still dreaded when I was at school. Whereas my friends who are farsighted only found out at uni by which time glasses were a massive fashion item so they proudly wore them from day one.

Another interesting thing is the number of girls who wear fake glasses at the groups I volunteer with (ages 7-13). So many of them have, on occasion, worn them and the others don't bat an eyelid unless the girl tries to pass them off as real. There's only been one girl who has got glasses while I've been there (a few already had them) and the girls didn't make a fuss apart from to say that she looked really pretty. That would have never happened when I was at school! There would have been a big fuss with everyone wanting to try them on and then holding up various amounts of fingers about 2 feet away to see how bad their eyes were. I'm really happy for this generation as it seems a lot of the stigma associated with glasses has gone away and they are no longer only associated with freaks and geeks, but now with fashion.

Can't speak for the rest of England but that's just what I have observed!

Apple77 15 Jul 2014, 19:51

I'm currently visiting in London, and it seems as if everywhere I turn, I see hype ropes wearing significant plus lenses (especially kids but not exclusively so). I feel as though I rarely see plus lenses in my hometown in the northeastern USA.

Granted, I haven't exactly been keeping any kind of count, and my sample probably isn't representative, so my observations may be a fluke. Has anyone else noticed this and, if so, why might it be? Are various eye conditions diagnosed at different rates in different countries?

Maurice 14 Jul 2014, 20:44

Bob, bifocals are your future. Give it a year or two.

Cactus Jack 14 Jul 2014, 13:26


You might be able to delay the onset of Presbyopia a little, but not by very much.

There are two factors in the progression of Presbyopia. The most notable one is the gradual stiffening of the Crystalline Lenses and there is nothing you can do about that. It WILL happen.

The more subtile, but surprisingly most significant factor will be loss of conditioning in your Ciliary Muscles. The tiny Ciliary Muscles that focus your Crystalline Lenses are the strongest muscles in the body for their size, but wearing the reading glasses, reduced their workload. When your Crystalline Lenses get stiff, it takes a lot of work and energy to focus them. Like any labor saving device, glasses to help with the work to focus to read are very easy to get used to. You can try to exercise your Ciliary Muscles to keep them strong, but it won't do a lot of good in the long run. It is an exercise in futility.

Again, what you are experiencing is normal and millions, if not billions of people experience the same thing as they grow older.

You can fight against the inevitable, but frankly the best solution is to just to do what you have to do, to see comfortably and get on with your life.


Bobby 14 Jul 2014, 06:17

I don't know if or when I might need glasses for distance, but I find that if I wear these readers for a while, I can't do without for close vision. This morning I put them on do do some work on the computer, and even forgot I was wearing them. Took them off when I took a break after more than an hour, and just couldn't focus close. Don't know if I should trying wearing them less to avoid becoming totally dependent so soon, or just less them relax away and lose my close focus. Even typing this, if I lift the glasses I can't read the laptop screen. Certainly I could if I hadn't put them on before I started.

Carlos 10 Jul 2014, 20:49

Hi Bobby, my experience with reading glasses was short-lived. Wore +1.50 readers for about 3 years. Went back to eye doc when I began to have trouble seeing up close again. With that exam, ended up wearing progressives with a +2.00 reading add. After that, it was just easier to wear the glasses full-time.

Cactus Jack 10 Jul 2014, 08:27


Thank you for the information. If you had occasional double vision problems while reading, before you started the Pencil Push-ups and you have not had any double vision problems, lately, it sounds like you have had some improvement.

Sorry to keep asking questions, but I am trying to understand your situation better.

1. May I ask what prompted you to see an Eye Care Professional (ECP)"

2. Did you wear glasses before you got your current prescription?

3. May I ask your occupation?

4. If you are a student, my I ask what you are studying?

5. Do you have any problems reading the small text on a smartphone?

Also, if you would prefer to discuss any of this privately my email address is:


Mark 10 Jul 2014, 04:08

I don't experience double vision whilst reading, before i started the exercises i did sometimes struggled to keep single vision at a close distance. I have not had that since.

I've never experienced double vision at a distance and don't have prisms in my glasses.

The pencil push ups are 2 times daily for 10 minutes, keeping the pencil as close to my eyes while being single for 10 seconds, then a 10 second rest.

The distance of fusion point from my nose is about 4cm right now.

Cactus Jack 09 Jul 2014, 21:18


Could you describe the "Pencil Push Up" and the distances involved when you can not keep the images fused?


Cactus Jack 09 Jul 2014, 21:15


Are you having trouble with double vision when you read?

How about distance?

Do you have any prism in your glasses?

May I ask where you live?


Mark 09 Jul 2014, 15:27

Presently, I wear -0,25 left and 0,25 in the right glass.

My age is 21 years old.

cactus Jack 09 Jul 2014, 15:02


Do you presently wear glasses? May I ask your age and prescription?


Mark 09 Jul 2014, 14:06

I've been diagnosed with convergence insuffiency, ive been told to do pencil push ups each day. I have been doing these exercises for 2,5 months without much relief of my symptoms. I'm at a loss what to do now

Cactus Jack 09 Jul 2014, 12:18


The link to Macrae's story did not post correctly.


Cactus Jack 09 Jul 2014, 12:16


What you are experiencing is normal when you first start experiencing the effects of presbyopia. Presbyopia is going to happen and there is nothing you can do about it. On the bright side, it is likely that you (or anyone else) will ever need more than about a +3.00, except in very rare instances where you need to focus really close.

FYI, the amount of PLUS it takes to focus close depends strictly on the focus distance as figured out by Sir Isaac Newton about 300 years ago. The formula is: Lens Power = 1 meter / Focus Distance. The formula works with any measurement system as long as the numbers are in the same units. 1 meter = 100 cm, 1000 mm, or 39.37 inches.

I think you might like reading a series of very well written posts, that one of our members. Macrae wrote about his experiences when he discovered that he really needed glasses after years of thinking he had "perfect" vision. His situation was slightly different than yours, but it is a good read.

Another of our members, Julian, has collected the posts into a "saga" and you can find it here.http:



Bobby 08 Jul 2014, 06:58

So I have been using the reading glasses with an interesting effect. I really don't need them, unless the print is very small. I can easily pick up a newspaper, magazine, letter etc, and there is not much of a difference with or without them. But if I wear them for a while, and take them off, it is much harder to focus close...some of the smaller print I could easily read at first without the glasses, becomes fuzzy. Feels like the more I wear them the more I need them. Should I just hold them in reserve for print too small to read unaided or use them even if I can read without them?

So far, I have just been using them in the house, I haven't been brave enough to use them out, although I have taken them with me. So far only my wife and sec. have seen me wearing them. Sec says she got her readers when she was 43, wore them often and soon needed them for all reading. Two years later got for distance, and now says she is blind without the glasses...not a place I want to rush to.

What to do?

Cactus Jack 07 Jul 2014, 11:02


It is very likely that your distance vision will clear up, but it will not happen suddenly. The key is to wear your glasses whenever you are awake. The more you wear them the faster your distance vision will clear up, but it could take several weeks. You developed some Latent Hyperopia over years so your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses will not relax over night.

I wold ask you to do two things.

1. Decide on a different nickname so we can recognize you more easily. There are many "guest" members and it is easy to get confused as to which "guest" is posting. Even with a unique Nickname, it is hard to remember every prescription so please be patient with us when you post.

2. Please keep up informed. We are happy to have you join in as ask questions about your vision, Welcome.


guest 07 Jul 2014, 07:40

Following on from my previous post and in reply to CJ .

I have had my glasses for a couple of days and worn them full time .

The thing I notice is that my eyes seem more relaxed and they tend not to get as tired late in the day .

Distance vision is slightly blurred compared to without . I was wondering if this will clear as I wear more or is this a compromise I will have to live with.

SC 07 Jul 2014, 07:05


As CJ says the need for glasses for reading is age-related and caused by a gradual degradation. If you are also hyperopic (far-sighted) then you will ultimately need glasses for distance too (not the same as the prescription for reading).

Whilst not always accurate, the best indicator of this need is the age at which you first "needed" glasses for reading - not the same as when you got them! Typically people who get to 45 will not need distance correction, people who really need help with reading at 42 will almost certainly need them for distance some time later.

So have you been struggling for some time? Ask your assistant when she got glasses for reading to see if the theory pans out.

Cactus Jack 06 Jul 2014, 16:49


Ah yes, Shrinking Arms Syndrome, more accurately know as the onset of Presbyopia. It happens to almost everyone at about your age.

Here is the bad news. Unless you can stretch your arms, you are already dependent on having some close focusing help. The good news is, If you have reasonably good distance vision (apparently the eye doc thought you did), you MAY never really need glasses for distance. However, you may need bifocals, trifocals, or progressives for comfort and convenience. Maybe I can explain, briefly, what has happened.

The eyes work like a very sophisticated digital camera. You have a built in auto-focus mechanism with two parts; the crystalline lenses and the ciliary muscles which are controlled by your brain. The crystalline lenses are pretty strong PLUS when relaxed for distance, but the ciliary muscles can squeeze the crystalline lenses and increase their PLUS power to allow you to focus close.

When you were born, your crystalline lenses had the consistency of gelatin dessert and your had incredible focusing range, called "accommodation". As you grew older your crystalline lenses gradually became stiffer and harder to squeeze, but you did not notice this occurring until recently, when your crystalline lenses became so stiff that you started having trouble focusing close.

If you have good distance vision, the amount of PLUS your crystalline lenses need to supply is a strict mathematical function discovered by Sir Isaac Newton, of gravity fame, about 300 years ago. That relationship is pretty easy to deal with. It is: Lens Power = 1 meter / Focal Distance. The 1 meter can be expressed as 100 cm, 1000 mm or 39.37 inches depending the measurement system you like to use. To give you an example. if you want to focus at 40 cm or 16 inches, typical reading distance, you will need a +2.50 lens. In your case, you can still easily supply +1.25 of that +2.50 internally, with your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses, but you need the additional +1.25 to be supplied externally with glasses. To focus at say 80 cm or 32 inches, you need +1.25 which you can probably still supply without help or you can use the +1.25 glasses to do the work for you.

As you get older, that will change and you will need more external help, probably sooner than you would wish. Just don't be frustrated, there is nothing much you can do about it except get readers with more power. One bright spot in all this, unless you need or like to focus VERY close, you will never need more that about +3.00 in your reading glasses.

The downside of increasing power in your reading glasses is that as they get stronger, distant things will get blurrier and you may get tired of chasing down missing reading glasses or having to take them off the see things in the distance. Bifocals, Trifocals, or progressives with 0.00 (or close to it) in the top part for distance and what ever focusing prescription you need in the reading or intermediate segments. There are other solutions, but hat is enough for now.

Just don't let yourself be worried about what others think. Glasses are just vision tools, like hammers are tools to help you drive nails without hurting your hands. If you have some vanity problems, please let us know. We can probably help.


Bobby 06 Jul 2014, 15:10

My assistant saw me struggling to read a box with small print (I had to hold it arms length to read it) and offered me her glasses. They were amazing. Made everything close clear and dark but distance was a blur. She referred me to her eye doc, and I went in. Short story is he prescribed glasses for reading, which is normal for my age (44). They are for +1.25 each eye. I showed them to my assistant, who said they help her but not enough as her eyeglasses are stronger. She says I should enjoy easier reading and better close vision, but says that I will soon be "hooked" on them and like her I will NEED them to read anything. Within two years of her getting her glasses she needed them for distance too.

Two questions:

Any way to know if or when I will become dependent on these glasses? Will it happen with this prescription or a subsequent prescription (I think she said hers were +2.00)

Any way to know if/when I will need bifocals to help with distance too? This is a new is ok, but a nuisance to have the distance blur.


Puffin 05 Jul 2014, 14:35

I remember during the 80's, a certain librarian at the local city library, big black round frames - weak RX. But none of the rest seemed to wear any. Although, more recently there was my favourite bookshop, where most of the women staff wore glasses.

Teachers - I would not say many of them wore glasses, but there were a couple of interesting ones. Again, mid-80's: I haven't been at school for a while.

As for Secretaries, I haven't worked in a situation where they have been noticeable. But there's still time.

Melyssa 05 Jul 2014, 13:17

That's an interesting group, Carrie. From personal experience I can recall the following:

Librarian: The one at the all-girls college where I earned my A.S. degree wore black drop-temples before switching to contacts in my second year there.

Secretary: About 20 years ago, a young woman wore midsized pink frames, and she had them for such a long time that the name of the frame and the company had faded from it entirely. Currently, a senior citizen secretary has huge brown frames in a plus RX that probably cancels out my RX.

Teachers: I dealt with 17 women and 28 men who wore glasses.

Carrie 05 Jul 2014, 10:05

We've all seen the stereotype images in films and tv shows (and maybe in porn movies)and I was just wondering if schoolteachers, librarians and secretaries are more likely to need glasses than someone in another job?

HighMyopic 27 Jun 2014, 16:16

I have been enjoying wearing my -29 diopter glasses that I got yesterday in the mail.

guest 27 Jun 2014, 03:38

Thanks CJ

I will keep you informed next week

Cactus Jack 26 Jun 2014, 12:34


There is no way to tell if your distance vision will change much after you start wearing glasses. The reason younger people, in particular, experience changes in their distance vision when they start wearing + glasses is called Latent Hyperopia.

What that means is that some people who need + glasses have some of their farsightedness (hyperopia) hidden (latent) and it can take weeks or months for their Latent Hyperopia to be revealed. The reason for this, is that a person with hyperopia can use some or all of their accommodation to correct their hyperopia. Sometimes the person with hyperopia is not even aware that they need vision correction.

All that said, it is likely that it will take you a few weeks to get used to wearing glasses, but it is unlikely that you will need very much change at your age.

Please keep us informed and feel free to ask any other questions you may have.


guest 26 Jun 2014, 09:57

I am 61 and have been prescribed my first distance glasses

as follows R +0.75 L +1.00 -0.25 x 72 add +2

They are due in about a week.

I was wondering what to expect.

At my age I guess I have little or no accommodation left.

The question I need to ask is will I need time for my eyes to adjust for distance vision.

I read here many times that younger hyperopes should wear them full time up to 2 weeks before the distance vision becomes clear.

My doc did not mention anything about an adjustment period.

He said he had corrected me to 20/20 or better.

Any advice appriciated

HighMyopic 24 Jun 2014, 23:13

Does biconcave lenses make the glasses have more cut-in if they have a strong strength?

John S 18 Jun 2014, 20:31


(from the Actors thread)

Please understand it was not my intention to come off hard on you. I am not a doctor either. But I have always been a person that had to know why and how things worked. I have to be exact.

At first I only knew what lenses solved my vision problems. When I started wearing my Dad's reading glasses, I knew a little power made distance clear. But it took more power to make close things clear. Basically, the stronger the plus lens, the closer it focused. I had to know why the other kids could just put their glasses on and see at all distances, but I couldn't. It didn't take long for me to put 2+2 together to realize my automatic focus mechanism didn't work properly. 99% of people would just take the rx, get glasses and that was it. If I would have done that, I would not have gotten the reading rx that I needed. It was my nature to investigate, not take something for granted. I knew the doctor was wrong, so I went to another and got the rx I needed with no problem.

Optics are not that complicated. You want the image to focus on the retina, not behind it, or in front of it. If it is only a refractive error, and there is no accommodation problem, the fix is usually the correct power lens to see clearly at a distance of 20 feet. The accommodation muscles usually take care of the power increase needed to see closer than 20 feet.

I was different, my accommodation muscles were hosed up. That is a better term than the four letter word I would like to use. Most kids that have accommodation problems have symptoms in their single digits. I didn't know until I was about 13. A Pediatric Optometrist sees children on a daily basis that have accommodation problems like I did. The first doctor I went to didn't understand anything other than the hardening of the lens could or would cause close vision problems. He could have referred me to a specialist. Instead, he didn't understand it, so he did not treat it. A heck of a way to practice...

There are many other factors that can cause vision problems other than refractive errors, that is where things can become very complicated.

Cactus Jack 17 Jun 2014, 02:30


We can help with the technical details. It isn't hard. After you order your first pair, you will know what to do.


Bob 17 Jun 2014, 02:02

Thank you for your opinion, CJ, and the link to macrae's collection (@Julian). I am currently thinking about how to proceed further with ordering online.


Cactus Jack 17 Jun 2014, 01:05


Thanks for reminding me. I had forgotten it was there. Sometimes I think I am developing Halfzheimer's, probably on the way to Alzheimer's. Maybe Bob will see your post and look it up if he is interested.


julian 16 Jun 2014, 21:01

Hey Cactus, don't forget the Macrae saga is easy to read on Vision-and-Spex:

Cactus Jack 16 Jun 2014, 19:29


No, I said it could change its plus power, but I DID NOT say how or what the result would be. I don't think there is any way to predict that. Most likely it could change the curvature in some way as the cornea dries out and that could cause some astigmatism or distorted images.


Dude 16 Jun 2014, 12:49

So, dry eye causes myopia?

P.D : I've already made an appointment with my ophthalmologist

Cactus Jack 15 Jun 2014, 21:31


Dry Eye causes severe irritation because the cornea needs moisture and lubrication from tears. The cornea has no blood supply so it has to get oxygen mostly from the air and a little more from tears. If the cornea does not get enough moisture, that change its very powerful plus power and its shape which will affect your perfect vision

The reason it hurts is that the cornea has lots of very sensitive nerves that cause you eyelids to close to protect the eye from foreign substances or objects.

You need to do something about dry eye NOW, before your cornea gets permanently damaged.


Cactus Jack 15 Jun 2014, 21:14


My non-ECP opinion is that presbyopia is creeping up on you sooner than is typical and the extra effort you are having to expend to focus close is triggering an over convergence response. I think your ECP is trying to isolate and resolve some latent hyperopia, if you have any. A complicating factor is that this is making your life miserable because your studies require you to do a lot of reading, Now, not sometime in the future.

Your ECP is trying to do you a favor. Latent Hyperopia can be VERY hard to diagnose and very hard to quantify. You may not actually have any. You may just have hyperopia, early onset of presbyopia, and a very strong interconnection in your brain between your focus control system and your eye positioning system.

The diagnosis and resolution of Latent Hyperopia can take much longer than most people expect and IF Latent Hyperopia is being resolved, you will probably need new glasses every few months until your vision stabilizes. Depending on the policy of your ECP and/or your glasses vendor. It can cost them some money or you some money. If the vendor's policy is no charge changes to your prescription, if needed, for a year. Any changes your ECP prescribes will cost little or nothing, If you have to pay for prescription changes in your glasses. You may need to think hard about ordering glasses from an on line retailer. You can save a bundle and most online retailers supply very high quality glasses at very reasonable prices. Several of us have had excellent experiences with Zenni Optical and you might want to check them out. If you want to order glasses on line, we can help you until you learn how. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Based on your experience with the +1 glasses, I think you need to face the fact that you really need to do something. Admittedly, you can't run around in public wearing two pairs of glasses, but flip-up, clip-ons are a possibility. As are bifocals or progressives if vanity is NOT a factor. Vanity can be as powerful as a fundamental force of nature. If vanity is a factor, we might be able to help with that also, if you tell us. Vanity is a BIG issue with women, and a surprisingly big issue with men also. If vanity is a factor, you might find humor and consolation is a collection of posts by one of our members named Macrae as he courageously dealt with the fact that "his better-than-perfect-vision" was not quite as good as he believed and had led his siblings to believe. The posts can be found by a manual search of the archives or Julian has kindly expended the effort to collect and edit them into an 84KB Word file. The file is too big to post here, but it is available to send. If you would like to read it, let me know where to send it privately at


Dude 15 Jun 2014, 20:53

Do people with dry eye squint a lot, and have eyestrains, even when they have perfect eyesight?

Andrew 15 Jun 2014, 11:50


Your distance Rx has increased by 0.75 diopters in both eyes, so yes, your glasses will probably be a bit thicker, depending on the refractive index of the lenses you chose and the size of the frames. If you did not have flat fronts on your lenses before, you may well do so now.

Your reading prescription is 0.75 diopters weaker than what you are currently wearing. They may end up thicker than your varifocals, simply because they tend to use normal index lenses, or they may not.

Either way, the new glasses may take a bit of getting used to, but you'll be able to enjoy clear vision again.

Bob 15 Jun 2014, 10:49


I tried to decondition from use of the add. for some days and did your second test, pushing a readable sheet towards the limit of readability with +1 correction. It still lies around 60 cm (64 max.). I could imagine that longer wear would allow me to extend that distance somewhat. However, currently want to abstain from using the add. over extended periods as I cannot really use that in public. I am bit surprised that after only two days of using the additional plus and further two days of not using them, my eyes still feel very strained even after very short periods of reading or doing close work. I had thought that everything should pretty much go back to normal (apart from the normal symptoms) after a night. I hope that will be the case soon, and despite the temptation of relief. However, my distance still remains overcorrected.

I likewise redid the near point observation as mentioned in my previous post. I previously reached 18.5cm on one occasion. But doing it again I realized that I had not done it binocularly, which invalidates the previous result. When going below 20ish cm I lose fusion and one eye drifts in. The current binocular nearpoint is around 21cm.

Another measure: My normal reading distance generally lies between 45-50cm.

I am not yet sure what to make out of the test results, given that I have already more plus than necessary. Would you have any ideas regarding this?


Cactus Jack 14 Jun 2014, 17:01


You actually need weaker glasses for reading and close focusing. The +1.50 add reduces your distance prescription my that amount.


Zoe 14 Jun 2014, 15:56

Thanks Andrew. I think I'll get some varifocals and as there's a free pair on offer I'll also get some with a reading prescription. A friend has two pairs one distance and one for reading and told me has to change a lot or take off the distance ones. I think I'd prefer a pair that is good for everything. My prescription says RE -10.25 and LE -9.5. There is -1.25 where it says cyl and 115 and 140 axis. The ADD box has +1.5.

I told the optician how I'd had problems with seeing well after work and he told me to read some different size words close up with my glasses on which I could but then he started to put some other lenses in front of my eyes and it got better. I had to do the big chart and couldn't read the lines he told me to until he changed lenses. After that he told me to read the first chart again and I couldn't read the little print so I guess that's why I have the extra +1.5 bit. He put more lenses in front of my eyes so does it mean I need even stronger lenses for reading than to see far away and my glasses will be thicker than before?

Andrew 13 Jun 2014, 15:57


My prescription is not dissimilar to your old one, and I found the best bet was to go for a main pair of varifocals and then a separate pair of reading glasses, for when reading is what I'm doing. I made it more affordable by going for the slightly-lower index lenses than the ones they initially suggested. I based this on asking how thick the lenses would be, and was told that I would be paying an extra £60 for a reduction of 1 millimetre!

What was your full Rx - it might help with others' suggestions?

Bob 13 Jun 2014, 02:59

Hi CJ,

thank you for posting this extensive description. I got a far better understanding of the physics. Your test description reveals a lot about the physics. I will do the test, but as you mentioned, it is fuzzy well before, suggesting that I am already overcorrected, but also challenging the usefulness of results. In any case, I will try it as soon as I can and measure the blurriness with the current additional correction to get a more exact idea when fuzziness sets in.

Your discussion about presbyopia sparked another thought. Some time ago I realized that I cannot see sharp very close up. I had to install a electronic device with very little head room, which forced me to operate in close distance without the ability to back off for reading. After that I made some measurements with respect to my near point - to some extent measuring the opposite end of accommodation, compared to your test. I had near point fixation distances well beyond 20 cm (I forgot the actual values), which appeared somewhat far, given that I had read that I should be able to get well below 15cm. However, I never really bothered with that fact as my reading distance is usually beyond that, rather at 40-45cm. But it could be of relevance in the context of the discussion. I understand that implies a reduced accommodation ability, but given that the reading distance is about double that distance I am not sure if it is helpful. But you might probably be able make more out of it, given your insights.

I just did the test again (five times), using a pen as the object, measuring distance from eye (or should I measure from correction (glasses position) and guiding pen towards the eye until it becomes fuzzy. The average results range around 20cm, with a the closest measure at around 18.5cm. But I cannot say if it was really clear anymore as I was too concentrated on accommodating just to figure out how far I can push it. This value is certainly not representative and neither comfortable. I am not sure if this trainable (i.e. reduced by training).

Anyway, just wanted to share this with you before I forget it. I will do your suggested test as soon as I find the space, and will check how my near point is tomorrow (given that it was just a one-off series of tests just now).

Thank you!


Cactus Jack 12 Jun 2014, 23:42


Thanks, that will help me analyze your results.

Here is a bit of optical physics to hopefully whet your appetite for more. Sir Isaac Newton most basic optical principle is: Lens Power in Dioptres = 1 meter / Focal Distance. I devised a simple test using that principle to get a pretty good idea of a person's refractive error and what kind of prescription they might need. If a person has significant astigmatism, it will give erroneous data, but that is good to know also.

To do the test, you only need a book or newspaper with small print, something to measure distances up about 1 meter or 3 feet, and low cost reading glasses in the range of +1.00 to +2.00. The idea is to use the + glasses to try to make them myopic by a known among. If they already wear glasses for distance, you ask them to wear the reading glasses over their regular glasses, which should ideally give them a refractive error of 0.00 of close to it. In your case, if you wear your regular glasses and wear some +1.00 reading glasses over them, everything (small text) beyond 1 meter (or 100 cm or 1000 mm) should be increasingly blurry and everything 1 meter or closer should be pretty clear.

The test consists of holding the text close enough to be clear and then slowly moving the text away until it just becomes fuzzy and measure the distance where that happened. Do the test 3 times and average the results. With that number, you can get a pretty good idea what their refractive error is with and without their glasses depending on if they were wearing their glasses. The only thing you have to be careful of is having enough + in the reading glasses to have a reasonable measuring range. Results more than a meter are hard to deal with (the text is so small it is hard to read anyway) or less than about 30 cm are hard to deal with.

You mentioned that with the +1.00 readers over your regular glasses, text started getting blurry at 60 cm. Hmm, 100 cm / 60 cm. =1.66 that means that you may actually have a little more plus sphere in your glasses than you need right now for distance. That would be a pretty good prescription in your regular glasses to try to resolve suspected latent hyperopia. Enough to encourage your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to relax, but not enough for distance to be annoyingly blurry. One thing you need to understand, resolving latent hyperopia is a slow process and you really can hurry it much by wearing too much plus for distance. It gives you vision like you were myopic.

Using the +1.00 glasses over your regular glasses is not going to be particularly harmful or cause dependency. I am pretty sure that you have some slightly early onset Presbyopia. The idea that you don't need reading help until you are 40, is just not true. Presbyopia actually starts in early childhood, but typically does not get to be a problem until your mid to late 30s or early 40s. People with hyperopia (like you) tend to start having problems sooner than people with myopia (they already have built in reading glasses).

You really need to get used to the idea that you are going to become dependent on reading and double vision help, but it probably won't happen too fast. Based on what you have experienced with the +1.00 helping with the double vision and making your close vision obviously more comfortable. I think that will be the thing that will make the decision to easier.

I need to analyze your report and we need to chat some more about how all this stuff works, before taking any action. Actually your resultant +1.66 and 60 mm focus distance is just about right for really comfortable computer use and a nice help for reading.

If you get a chance, measure your preferred reading distance. Ultimately you will need more + to focus close, but not right now. If you calculate the amount of PLUS you need to focus at the typical reading distance of 40 cm, you will come up with +2.50. When you read at 40 cm, the combo is supplying +1.66 and your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses are supplying the remaining +0.84 you need to focus. It is just simple math, the +2.50 has to come from somewhere and your crystalline lenses are getting stiff and the ciliary muscles just aren't strong enough to squeeze the stiff lens enough to get it all.

It is late here and I'll try to continue the discussion over the next few days. Please feel free to continue the discussion with your questions or experience.


Bob 12 Jun 2014, 22:05

Hi CJ,

Forgot to mention that. +1. Only found full dioptre steps.


Cactus Jack 12 Jun 2014, 21:17


What was the power of the glasses you used over your regular glasses?


Soundmanpt 12 Jun 2014, 16:28


I am not surprised at all by the results of your eye exam. Needless to say the best way would be to get varifocals so you have your complete prescription in one pair of glasses, but I can see where money could effect your decision. The suggestion i will make may sound scary to you but if you really consider the risk it probably would be well worth it in how much it would save you. Zenni ( sells progressives (varifocals) and if you start off with a basic pair of glasses which would be about $19.00 which would be single vision with mild to moderate prescription lenses and add on for the high index (thinner) lenses, the AR coating (anti-reflective), and progressive lenses, the total cost would be about $85.00 including shipping. I think that is really a pretty cheap price for the glasses you need. I am sure you will have very little trouble finding glasses that are priced under $20.00 (base) Now let's just say for any reason when you get the glasses your not happy with them. You can return them for a 50% refund.

Three days ago I placed an order for an 80 year old senior that are progressives. Her total price is only $50.85. Her prescription was weak enough that she didn't need the thinner lenses. In the for what its worth area, i have ordered a good number of progressives and so far I have never needed to return any.

Zoe 12 Jun 2014, 14:00

Well I went for my test today and I guess I am officially old now. I have an ADD on my prescription and a bit more strength for distance. I need either varifocals or separate glasses for close work but I couldn't decide which to get. I get the thinned lenses and its lots of money so I need to think about it first. Any advice?

Bob 12 Jun 2014, 00:53

Hi CJ,

sorry for my late response. I could not access ES in comfortable privacy.

To get back to outstanding questions:

I am studying in the area of artificial intelligence/robotics. Your servo analogy is well accessible. Let me share an intuition from my area. We generally differentiate between the idea of offering a comprehensive model (symbolic representation) of the environment, which is usually computationally intense and prone to inaccuracies (such as 'eye positioning errors') but considered 'intelligent' as it allows predictions and reasoning. Complementary to this exist models that minimize the assumptions about their environment, thus ground their actions on sensed environmental feedback, which is similar to your closed loop servo concept.

Coming back to the case at hand: I tried the additional plus lenses, and I must say that it was a very comfortable experience for near vision. However, my distance vision is very limited. With correction I cannot see further than 60cm, which is nice for desktop work, but not useful for anything beyond. This remained stable over the last few days and I could not increase this distance (I believe this is typical means of revealing latent hyperopia). However, I originally wanted to pursue this experiment longer to get better results, but I am slowly getting hooked on using those glasses as it relaxes vision considerably, and in the last two days I had the immediate desire to use them for close work. However, I am in fear of inducing a dependency on additional near correction (given that I don't have the incapacity to focus close with my current correction - at least not yet ;)).

Looking at the DV aspects, the additional correction makes it far harder to have my eyes drift off. In fact they quickly and near automatically snap back into alignment after having them drift (possibly the pattern matching mechanism you described in your earlier post). With my normal correction, the DV positioning represents the state of comfort. With addition the deviation at around 40cm is about 1ish cm, compared to 3.5cm without addition. At 1m the deviation with is 2cm, without 7-8cm (Sample of 1). The latter values might be invalid, given that I could not see sharp at that distance with the additional +. However, if I remove the add after reading/working close for some hours, the deviation is bigger (this morning *without* prior reading or use of add: 3cm) and vision more straining, compared to a day of not wearing the add at all. Again, note the limited number of measurement samples, but I still they can still serve as (inaccurate) indicators.

As always, I thank you very much for your help. Again, technicalities are welcome; the engineer in me has the desire to understand details ;)

Best greetings!


Zoe 10 Jun 2014, 17:46

Thanks for the explanations. I booked myself a check for Thursday so I'll let you know how I get on. I found my last prescription which says January 2010 so pretty old I guess. It says RE -9.5 and LE -8.75 and some other numbers for both too.

Cactus Jack 10 Jun 2014, 12:20


I don't think you are really straining your eyes. Anything is possible, but if I were a gambler, I would bet that MOST of what you are experiencing is temporary Pseudo Myopia. Axial and Pseudo Myopia can add together and make you need more MINUS in your glasses.

Temporary Pseudo Myopia can easily be caused by extended periods of close work. This is particularly true if presbyopia is beginning to rear its head. You may also have a small bit of "residual" (my name) Pseudo Myopia. The residual type very closely resembles Latent Hyperopia in that it can take weeks or months to fully resolve itself AFTER a person with Latent Hyperopia starts wearing PLUS glasses.

You may just need some glasses with LESS minus to reduce your need to use your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to accommodate and focus close.

There are many ways to do that. Computer glasses with less minus for the display and maybe a small bifocal ADD for reading. I'm 76 and I wear trifocals. The intermediate segment is great for the computer, but sometimes I get a crick in my neck if I use that very much. If I have to do a lot of work, I have a pair of clip-on magnifiers that I use to let me focus easily on the display, through the distance part of my glasses.

The most important thing right now, is to get a very through eye exam and explain all your symptoms, but frankly that is not the most important part of the exam. At your age, you need to be checked to detect any other eye problems when they are in their early stages and more easily managed. Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration come immediately to mind.

The eyes are windows into the body and often clues that there are other health problems will show up as tiny changes in the eyes before they are manifest elsewhere. For example, I was advised to have my blood pressure checked during an eye exam. Turns out the ECP was right. It was not elevated much and my regular doctor gave me some tips on how get my blood pressure back to normal with minor dietary changes.

I hope this helps some.


Zoe 10 Jun 2014, 04:59

Thank you for your reply Cactus Jack. When I put my glasses on in the morning now I don't feel my vision is as clear as it should be but it seems to deteriorate during the day. I do quite a bit of close work during the day and feel that I can still see that all ok but by the time I drive home i'm not seeing so well.Am I likely to be straining my eyes even though I can read and see the computer ok?

Cactus Jack 09 Jun 2014, 23:59


Be sure and tell the examiner your symptoms in detail.


Cactus Jack 09 Jun 2014, 23:58


For distance vision, your PD should not change. Progressives and bifocals have a second number listed that is about 3-4 mm less than your distance PD. When your eyes converge to read, your PD is reduced and the second number takes care of that.


Cactus Jack 09 Jun 2014, 23:54


I suspect you may be developing a bit of Pseudo Myopia. It is sometimes a symptom of presbyopia. I know it sounds strange, but what is happening is that your crystalline lenses are begging to get stiff enough that your ciliary muscles are having to strain a bit for you to focus close. When you focus close for a long time, your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses have trouble relaxing back to minimum plus power for distance. When until your crystalline lenses relax fully, your distance vision will be a little blurry.

May I ask how your distance vision is when you first wake up in the morning and put on your glasses?


Zoe 09 Jun 2014, 16:43

Thanks and yeah I guess I do need to get tested anyway. I didn't know if my eyes should get more near sighted at my age. After I focus close looking to distance stays blurry a while longer then at best is not so clear as it was

Soundmanpt 09 Jun 2014, 16:31


I would say your due for an eye exam anyway even if everything was still perfect. I totally understand that somewhere in your mid twenties your eyes stopped getting nearsighted and you weren't needing to get new glasses every year anymore. But even with your vision becoming stable every so often you still may need a very slight increase jsut to sharpen things up depending on how much you strain your eyes on a daily basis. Now your about to enter the age where you may soon, if not ready, may need an add included in your glasses.

At the very least you do need to make an appointment to get your eyes checked in the coming days.

Niko 09 Jun 2014, 13:10


For progressive lenses should it change the PD?


Zoe 09 Jun 2014, 12:47

I'm 42, wear glasses, sometimes contacts. I think my prescription is about -9 but I haven't had a test in 4 years+ Generally I'm ok with close work in the day but my vision seems to get a bit blurry by evening. I've noticed that distance isn't so clear too and wondered if it's anything to worry about if my eyes have got worse as I've had a similar prescription for ages?

Cactus Jack 09 Jun 2014, 10:59


Yes, your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses can correct, depending on your age and other factors, hyperopia, latent hyperopia, or add the necessary PLUS to focus close. However, they do that at the expense of effort on the part of the ciliary muscles. The nerve signals, from the focus control center in you brain, that cause the ciliary muscles to contract and squeeze your crystalline lenses to increase their PLUS power, also stimulate the convergence response in your eye position control center. That causes your medial rectus muscles (the inside muscles attached to your eyeballs) to contract and your lateral rectus muscles (outside muscles attached to your eyeball) to relax and your eyes turn inward to converge.

The muscular control systems in the body are incredibly ingenious from an engineering point of view. The eye positioning system is what an engineer would call and Open Loop Servo System. In an open loop system, the servo controller does not know the exact position of what it is controlling, but has to depend on analyzing the RESULTS of its actions to decide what corrections need to be made. In the case of the eye's positioning system, the RESULTS are analyzed by using the two images from your eyes. For horizontal movements, the brain uses vertical edges of objects to try to match up the images and achieve fusion. If there are no edges, the brain often tries to use repeating images such as you might find on wall paper. If you are looking at a blank wall or something with few visual clues, your eyes can do some strange things if they are not inclined to look straight ahead, naturally.

May I ask your educational background and what you are presently studying?

The reason I ask is that sometimes explanations about what is happening can get a little or a lot technical and I want to provide answers in familiar terms to you. I want to help you understand, not try to dazzle you or anyone else with all the technical terms I know. Anytime you have trouble understanding an explanation, please say so. If you want to contact me privately use


Bob 09 Jun 2014, 10:06

Hi CJ,

thank you very much for your pointer and explanations. I will do that test and will let you know the outcome. Wouldn't my eyes release that presumed additional plus already, given that my glasses are possibly already slightly overcorrected for distance view? Shouldn't that clear up if there was further latent hyperopia. In any case, I will try the test and see how it goes.

My current prescription is 5 months old.

The face shield idea sounds very good, it didn't cross my mind. I will bear that in mind!



Cactus Jack 09 Jun 2014, 01:45


One other thought. I think your need to invest in a full face shield to protect your face and glasses if you decide to paint some more. We have two "big box" chains here called Home Depot and Lowe's that sell all kind of building materials, tools, appliances and safety equipment. I bought one years ago when I was doing a project that involved sawing over my head and high risk of getting sawdust in my eyes, nose, and mouth. I found it in the safety section of the tool department. I don't remember it being very expensive considering the benefits. The shield has earned its keep several times over since then. A full face shield would let you wear your current glasses with maximum comfort and minimum risk.


Cactus Jack 09 Jun 2014, 00:18


I am wondering if you may have more hyperopia or latent hyperopia than has been revealed so far. May I as how long you have had this prescription?

There is a two way interconnection in the brain between the focus control system and the eye positioning control system. When you try to focus to read, the interconnection causes you eyes to converge to keep the close images fused and vice versa. It can cause lots of problems if the interconnection is strong.

I would like to suggest another little test. If you can, get some over-the-counter reading glasses (clip ons if you can find them) with +1.25 or +1.50 power. Try wearing them over your regular glasses while you read. It will look funny and you may get some comments, but the idea is to minimize the amount of accommodation that you have to do to read and see if that makes any difference in the double vision problem while reading. You must wear them OVER your regular glasses so your hyperopia and astigmatism is corrected. The OTC readers just reduce your accommodative stress, but do not eliminate it.

The way accommodation normally works is that your glasses should correct your your distance vision while your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses are fully relaxed. To focus closer than infinity (practically speaking 20 feet or 6 meters), Newton's laws say you need some extra plus power. The amount of plus depends on the distance involved. +1.00 focuses at 1 meter, +2.00 at 1/2 meter and typical reading distance of 40 cm or 16 inches takes +2.50. If you want to focus closer, it take more plus, but it rarely goes over +3.50 unless you like to work on watches or have other vision problems. Your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses (your auto focus mechanism) can easily supply the needed plus, until presbyopia makes the crystalline lens too stiff to do its job or the ciliary muscles get too weak to squeeze the crystalline lens.

I have an idea for another test, but it is a little more involved and would like the results of this one, before doing that one.

May I ask what you are studying?


Bob 08 Jun 2014, 09:36

Hello Cactus Jack,

thank you for responding to my question!

I have already spent quite some time with this issue, so I can answer some points ad hoc.

I am very sure it is over convergence, as I can easily increase the distance between the images. In fact if I get this lack of fusion, it is very relaxing (albeit hardly useful) to maintain double vision. I feel that the symptoms are very similar to my first symptoms which led my ECP to prescribe me 2dpt (total) beginning of last year, and for the increase to now 2.5 BO per eye. Especially when doing my self-made test it is very obvious that my eyes certainly cross further in. I always perform the test with correction, as without it, my eyes are way off (probably mostly caused by the lacking spherical).

However, I don't have constant double vision. It mostly occurs when I read for longer times or am tired. (History: Before getting glasses my flatmate tended to tease me, because one of my eyes took a while to fully open up in the morning, which, in retrospect, was probably as unconscious suppression of double vision. At that time I was not aware of any double vision.) Apart from reading, when I follow presentations or TV over a longer time frame, I can easily let my eye drift off.

Another angle I originally thought about was further hidden hyperopia, but I think I can rule this out. During my last visit my ECP found some hidden sph and gave me an increase of around 0.75dpt. With my current sph. prescription I am very comfortable, but in the distance is rather somewhat too strong than too weak (e.g. in lower lighting conditions).

The cylinder was recently checked and I am pretty sure that it is alright and quite stable in the meantime, given that I don't have the associated symptoms I used to have when an increase was due (the uncorrectable fuzziness if I may say). I am aware of the sensitivity of cyl. axis, which is part of the reason I gave up on contacts anyway as they always move a bit, which I immediately notice. I definitely prefer wearing glasses and do not intend to use contacts, at least not for daily wear. I guess given my recent experience without prisms rule temporary wear out anyway - but I didn't try.

With respect to the 'vanity' aspect: I read on ES that only comparatively high values are noticeable, but when standing in a distance of 2-3m my partner repeatedly complained that I was not focusing on her, despite me having steady eye contact. That left me to think that it is already noticeable, at least on intermediate distance. She is quite short-sighted (~ -8) but does not have any knowledge about optics (not even the optic effect of - and + lenses) and certainly not about prisms, and does not know that I wear some (which I would like to keep that way).

I am living in Australia and am currently student.

I hope I didn't leave out any question. If so, please let me know.

Again, thank you for your help on that matter!


Cactus Jack 08 Jun 2014, 07:54


I think the first thing we need to figure out is whether you have near point over convergence or under convergence. It is not always easy, but you can try this. When you get double vision while reading, try converging (crossing) your eyes just a little bit more. If the separation between the two images increases, you probably need a bit more BO prism to fuse the images. If it decreases, you probably need less BO prism to fuse them.

Once we have an idea of the nature of your double vision while reading, we can work on fixing it. BTW, I know from personal experience what a nuisance double vision can be. I have convergence problems also and wear BO prism. Fortunately, I don't have the nausea problems, but I used to have motion sickness problems when I was much younger.

Uncorrected double vision is miserable and the nausea you experienced is similar to any kind of motion sickness. Typically, motion sickness is caused by differences between what your balance system (semi-circular canals in your ears) is sensing and what your eyes are seeing. You might be able to train yourself out of the nausea problem, but the best solution is to correct the double vision problem.

I think your mild hyperopia and significant astigmatism are complicating the double vision problem. -2.00 cylinder correction does not seem like very much and it would not be if it were + or - sphere. A little bit of astigmatism can go a long way in messing up your vision at all distances and there is nothing you can do about it except wear glasses. You could wear toric contacts, but they have their own problems.

See if you need more or less BO prism when reading and let me know what you discover. Once we know that, we can work on that and other issues.

May I ask where you live and your occupation?


Cactus Jack 07 Jun 2014, 11:34


I think I can offer some suggestions, but I am pretty busy today. The prism test I posted on vision and specs is based on Sir Isaac Newton's definition of a Prism Diopter. I works for any distance distance from the eye to the target as long as you adjust the calibration for the distance from your eyes to the target.

You can certainly experiment, but I think part of your problems may be related to your sphere and cylinder correction. We need to talk about that before you spend any money.

I think I can ease your mind about people noticing your prism correction. 2.5 diopters of BO prism corrects or causes your eyes to turn inward 1.425 angular degrees. Typically, it takes about 10 BO in each eye to be noticeable by someone who has an extend period to study your glasses and eye position and understands vision and optics. It looks a lot different from your side. If significant myopia is involved, the outer edges of the glasses may be noticeably thicker, Mild hyperopia makes prism harder to detect.

More later


Bob 07 Jun 2014, 05:38

Hi guys,

I posted on this board some time ago and just wanted ask you guys for some advice with respect to two issues. Reading through the posts, I find a lot of experience in issues related to vision!

I am mildly hyperopic (+2/+2.5) with astigmatism (-2) and 2.5 prism dpt BO each eye.

Last week I had to do some painting work and wore old glasses (lower sphere and no prisms). That was a nightmare. I saw surprising well with each eye, but the coordination was a nightmare. Apart from the constant slip into double vision I felt I needed to throw up and gave up pretty quickly. That was kind of an awakening, because I hadn't been aware of how much I am depending on the prism correction, and how much my eyes have become used to their slight off-positioning. With the perspective of losing/breaking my current glasses, I think it is only wise to get a spare pair soon.

However, lately I experience double vision again (which is usually a symptom for prism increase), particularly when I am reading, and if appearing I can only suppress it for a short time. Usually I tend to close one eye in order to continue my tasks, which is not a long-term solution. But after that my vision is messed up for the rest of the day and keeping it straight is literally a pain (muscle tension, stomach irritation), so I tend to close it when practicable. I don't have this issue every day, but it increased notably during the past few weeks.

Given that I am quite tight at the moment, I wonder if I could measure the increase myself and order a pair online. I saw the prism measurement test in vision-and-spex, but I felt that for my case (double vision at near), it might be better to measure on shorter distance. I created a horizontal bar using a presentation software and marked increments of 0.5cm along a horizontal line and pretty much followed the idea outlined in the original test. So my test is normed for computer screen from a distance of 1m. Depending on fitness, my results range from 3 to around 10cm deviation, with most values around the 5-6 mark. My plan is to continue this test for some time and to get an average estimate.

The benefits I expect from this is a possibly more accurate measurement than by any ECP - who would generally only measure once, and even if doing multiple appointments, would only have very few samples to arrive at value. Secondly, again, I cannot afford fully-blown prism glasses right now (although I would prefer).

So, what is your thought on this?

1.) Will my glasses with lower prisms be useless as soon as a increase it (or could I keep those as useful spare glasses)?

2.) Measurement: Is the 'average idea' a good approach, or should it rather be the 'max' I measure (e.g. as anticipation of future increases)? Any suggestions or experience are welcome.

Personally I would prefer to keep any increase as small as possible (to avoid noticable crossing of eyes).

3.) Do you guys know a cheap service that allows reglazing for existing glasses? I would prefer to use my old frame as I always have trouble finding glasses that suit, but also want to conceal the change.

Quite a lot of detail, but I hope to give you an accurate picture.

Btw, am in my mid-30s, male, living down under.

If you have any more questions (or if I forgot something essential), please let me know!

My thanks and greetings!

 15 May 2014, 18:45


I've asked her today about her squinting, she told me she haven't notice it, so I think that should be just an habit that she doesn't know did it come from? But her eyesight is well.

Soundmanpt 15 May 2014, 15:16


I get where your coming from and I don't really have a great answer for you. But it appears her uncorrected vision is nearly perfect and her glasses should be of very little use to her. As I said most doctors wouldn't even prescribe glasses for such a prescription. So the fact that she is still squinting even with her glasses on comes as no surprise to me. The doctor's logic about her eyes getting tired is one thing but still +.25 is going to do little to relax or rest her eyes.

She seems to be a good friend so since you seem to notice her squinting there would be no harm to ask her if she can see a a sign in the distance that your able to see with relative ease and see how well she can see that with and without her glasses. If she can see it both ways as well as you can then her eyes are fine and the squinting is something she somehow developed. Now of course if she can't see the sign at all then she needs to see a different doctor, but I find it very hard to believe that even a not so good doctor wouldn't be able to do a simple refraction and get at least pretty close.

Dude 15 May 2014, 10:09

But, if she has always had a good eyesight, why did she get that habit, if she was able to see any distance? And if her prescription is only +.25, why did she noticed a bad eyesight and got glasses?

Soundmanpt 14 May 2014, 21:00


It could be her vision isn't nearly as bad as you think and the squinting is just a habit she may have gotten into. Like you say a prescription of only +.25 in both eyes really shouldn't even make any difference in her vision. Most doctors wouldn't even recommend glasses for such a weak prescription.

Dude 14 May 2014, 19:07

No, I examined it all, it just said +0.25 both eyes and visual acuity 60/61, that's reasonable for her prescription but not for her strong(blink) squinting and frequent eyestrain.

Weirdeyes 14 May 2014, 18:57


She probably has astigmatism. Do you see any other numbers?

Dude 14 May 2014, 18:26

I forgot to tell you she had never wear full-time glasses.

Dude 14 May 2014, 18:22

Hello everybody, I don't really have any serious visual issue, I'm just curious about my cousin's eyesight. She's a 25 years old babysitter that has always had a few visual troubles for near and far vision(she squintsa lot to watch T.V and for reading, she only seemed to be comfortable at intermediate vision)but she had always ignored it. Recently, she decided to get new glasses, I didn't ever know her presciption, but I thought it was strong because of her squinting, but when I saw her prescription card it was only +0.25 both eyes, and her optometrist told her that her eyes were just tired. Is it posible? Can she only have +0.25 by the way she squints?

P.D:She still squints while wearing glasses

Weirdeyes 14 May 2014, 14:23

I might be having my problems because these toric contacts have a lower basecurve than the non-torics I used to wear. They were more comfortable and the person fitting me said they were a better fit. I used to wear no contact lens in my right eye and a +3.25 in my left eye. That felt unbalanced and my left eye had blurry distance vision.

Cactus Jack 14 May 2014, 10:24


You indeed have toric contact lenses. Your earlier post indicated that you had blurry distance vision in your right eye when you were wearing your contacts. There is no way to tell for certain, but I suspect that the contact lens for your right eye is not staying in proper rotational alignment with your astigmatism (the axis number for your cylinder correction). Problems like this are fairly common with toric contact lenses. There is nothing you can do about this type of problem except go back to the ECP who prescribed the contacts and tell him/her the problems you are having. It is possible that the makeup problem is also related to contact fitting problems.


Weirdeyes 13 May 2014, 21:17

I also have some problems seeing very close up with when my right contact lens is in. It makes it harder to apply makeup.

Weirdeyes 13 May 2014, 21:13

I just found my exact glasses prescription.

R: sph +1.75 cyl -0.75 axis 174

L: sph +4.25 cyl -1.25 axis 007

Weirdeyes 13 May 2014, 21:03

The right box says: +1.75 -0.75 180

The left box says: +4.00 -0.75 180

Cactus Jack 13 May 2014, 20:26


Are you certain that you are wearing toric contact lenses? Please look on the box(es) and tell us what they say about Sphere, Cylinder, and Axis.


Weirdeyes 13 May 2014, 19:00

I notice that I have blurry distance vision in my right eye when I wear contacts. I don't have that blurry vision when I wear glasses. My glasses prescription is R +1.75, -0.75 L +4.25, -1.25 and my contact prescription is R +1.75, -0.75 L +4.00, -0.75.

Dave 12 May 2014, 14:00

Andrew -- My prescription is nearly identical to yours and I use them primarily for nighttime driving. Here in California you have to have 20/40 to pass the driving test, and I think I'm right on the line with this requirement. Sometimes I will wear them to watch TV if I want to see the "fine print" really well. It's totally up to you with a minor prescription, but Cactus Jack is right that your brain can get used to the best picture in short order.

Let us know what you end up doing.

SC 12 May 2014, 13:42


I would go and see an eye care professional first - it's like using a wheelchair when you don't need to - if you don't walk around then you'll end up needing the wheelchair.

Maybe you do need some correction - the ECP is there to find that. If your husband was like me then he'll have had problems for some time and was fully aware of what was required. I held on for a good 2 years before my sister-in-law gave me hers to try on and I saw what the difference was. You don't sound as though you are in that position (yet)

Shelby 12 May 2014, 13:12

SC - you might be right. Hubby sometimes wears them to read, and sometimes not. But he says that if he does start to wear them he has to continue because after wearing for 10-15 minutes and taking them off he has lots of trouble focusing close. Seems the more he wears them the more he needs them. Maybe I shouldn't wear them so much.

SC 12 May 2014, 06:49


Your ability to focus close-up is controlled by muscles in the eye. If you wear glasses for reading then over time your muscles will relax because they don't have to work so hard. It is almost certain that you will eventually need glasses for reading, most people 'give in' around 45yo but may have struggled with small print for a year or two.

If you start early (37yo) it is possible that you will become dependent on glasses at an earlier age.

There are also other scenarios, hyperopia is where the muscles used to focus at close distance are also required at long distance due to a mismatch in eye length. In this case people with hyperopia will ultimately need to wear glasses for distance as well as for reading. Typically people with hyperopia will have problems with close focus, or headaches caused by straining, at an earlier age. Your husband is a prime candidate for hyperopia and you could expect his need for glasses at all distances within a few years

John 12 May 2014, 04:51


I didnt have problems with double vision, i got prisms prescribed after getting headaches from reading for long periods.

I was wearing the prism glasses all the time though, maybe that wasnt right?

Cactus Jack 12 May 2014, 00:25


You have a bit of myopia also known as shortsightedness or nearsightedness. You may have a little increase, but at your age it is not likely to be significant. Myopia below the age of 20 generally has a genetic factor. Myopia at your age tends to be caused by your visual environment, but don't construe that as being an absolute.

For now, I urge you to wear your glasses full time for at least two weeks and then make the decision about when to wear them. Please let us know your decision and if you want to learn more about vision and its correction.


Andrew 11 May 2014, 18:13

Thanks for that advice. I am 29 and work in an office and am from England. Is it likely my vision may get worse?

Cactus Jack 11 May 2014, 18:10


It is common for people with low prescriptions like yours to first notice problems at night. The reason for this is that in bright light, your pupils contract and act like the iris in an expensive camera lens. When your pupils contract in bright light, they increase what is called depth of field or range of useful focus, just as increasing the "f" stop on a camera lens. The result is about the same effect as squinting to see more clearly.

Your prescription indicates that you have reasonably good vision at all distances up to about 1 meter or 39 inches. beyond that, things get increasingly blurry. The cylinder (2nd number in your left eye) indicates that you have a bit of astigmatism in that eye. Astigmatism messes up vision at all distances. but -0.25 is not very much. Another thing that affects what you perceive is that vision occurs in the brain and the eyes are merely biological cameras. The brain has incredible image processing power to correct blurry images, IF it knows what something is supposed to look like. However, that takes lots of energy and effort. Your glasses, even with a low prescription, reduce the workload of the visual cortex and if given a chance, your brain will become used to being presented with two high quality images to work with and will let you know that it prefers the high quality images over low quality.

It is normal to be apprehensive about wearing glasses, but honestly, if you wear them full time for about 2 weeks, you will wonder why you were apprehensive. You will have to endure about 2 days of comments, like you would if you decided to get a different haircut or grew or shaved a beard, but after that, the only time other people will notice your glasses will be if you change frame styles. They WILL NOT notice prescription changes.

As we say here, "Bit the bullet" and get it over with. There is nothing to be embarrassed about needing vision correction.

May I ask a few questions?

1. Your age?

2. Your occupation? Student? Educational Level?

3. Where you live? Country?

BTW, welcome to the group. Please feel free to ask more questions if you wish.


Andrew 11 May 2014, 17:19

Hi, it says -0.75 -0.25 86 for my left eye and -1.00 for my right eye. Not too sure what these numbers mean.

Dave 11 May 2014, 15:47

Hey Andrew -- So what prescription were you given? Probably not too much but enough to make a difference.

hoffide 11 May 2014, 05:49

@philipp 27 Apr 2014, 02:42

man bekommt bei apollo oder auch fielmann

ohne probleme Gläser mit 14 Prismen je Glas...

als Gleitsicht mit meinen Werten in Europa leider nicht produzierbar. Wir haben alle Sondergläser produzieren Firmen kontaktiert, geht leider nur bis 12 Prismen in Sonderfällen.

Die Firmen lassen selbst im Ausland schleifen, liefern nur das Material dorthin. In Florida bei"Eyeglass Factory Outlet" werden prima Gläser gefertigt, bestens zufrieden. Werden dann hier bei Fielmann eingeschliffen.

Andrew 11 May 2014, 04:48

Hi I posted a couple of weeks ago, as I was having a bit of trouble with my vision mainly at night.

I went to the opticians and I was given a prescription and was told I should wear them while driving especially at night . I have had my glasses a few days now and I do notice a difference while wearing them at night, there is less of a glare from headlights and traffics lights and other neon signs are a lot clearer.

It does feel strange wearing them and I do feel a but self concious wearing them but I guess this will pass!?

astigmaphile 10 May 2014, 18:51


Thank you for your information. I did not know that optical labs used the degrees of a circle for prism direction. I learned something new today.

Roy 10 May 2014, 15:22

New Prism,

I have 10 base out in each eye plus 3 down right and 2 up left. In my experience eyes do tend to get used to prism and then need more. This is probably why your optician is trying to minimise the prism he gives you. My prism is just enough to eliminate my double vision most of the time but I still see double if I look to the left or right more than around 45 degrees and also if I am very tired.

If you are seeing double all the time with the prism prescribed I think you will need to ask for more.

There is usually the option of surgery but I think it is not always successful and often needs repeating. Personally I would not consider it, as I manage fine with my prisms. I don't know how old you are. I am in my mid sixties and my prism has increased steadily from around 4 (shared) in my early forties to 20 now.

John 10 May 2014, 12:37


doing some searching it seems that optical laboratories use the 360 degree system of specifying prism base direction.

this would mean that 0 degrees right and 180 degrees left both mean base in, if viewed from the front.

i'd really appreciate some help since its a pain in the ass having eye strain all day long

astigmaphile 10 May 2014, 11:12

Zero and 180 sound like cylinder axes to me. Prism is base out, base in, base up or base down.

 10 May 2014, 02:31


this is what my prescription says

right left

Prism : 1.25 Bas 000 Prism : 0.75 Bas 180

Soundmanpt 09 May 2014, 17:58


No, there shouldn't be any downside in getting a pair to try out. Your mainly wanting to see how your eyes react to using a slight prescription for reading or other close things such as sewing. It is up to you as to what prescription you want to try. You already know that your eyes had no problem at all wearing +1.50. But since you feel like your close vision is still quite good it might be better to go with something slightly weaker. By going weaker your distance vision shouldn't be as blurry as with your husband's glasses. And of course I would recommend that just as the doctor told your husband about only wearing them for close vision the same would apply to you as well. But of course sometimes if your reading and also trying to watch a TV show you aren't going to be taking your glasses off every time you look up from reading. So any distant blur should be very limited with the weaker glasses.

Any other questions please feel free to ask.

svensont 09 May 2014, 16:10


Have you got your prescription? There should be the amount of prism (in diopters) and the direction (base, I assume you've got BU and BD).

shelby 09 May 2014, 14:45


I don't get overly tired or feel eyestrain when I read. I can try the otc's, they are cheap enough. Is there any downside to that? I think he said they were +1.50. The dr also advised taking them off when not reading..why? He was told to come back in a year, or earlier if he thinks needed.

I am out of town for a couple of weeks, so will have to wait for the exam, but might get the readers to try before I go.

Any other thoughts?

Thanks again

Soundmanpt 09 May 2014, 13:38


Well your husband is right on track when most start to need reading glasses. For many usually around 40 but it can be earlier or a little later. So with you being 37 your not far off if not already at the point where reading glasses may be a benefit to you as well. My guess is that even if the doctor doesn't actually prescribe you reading glasses he will probably tell you if they are relaxing your eyes you may want to invest in a pair of over the counter readers in maybe a +1.00 (the weakest they sell) I do have a question for you. Do you ever feel like when your reading the newspaper or a book for a while do your eyes start to feel tired? If the answer is yes then you probably do need glasses. But clearly the fact that you were so comfortable wearing them means your eyes didn't object to wearing them. Remember wearing over the counter readers won't harm your eyes.

Oh and your distance vision being blurry with them is very normal with readers. By any chance do you happen to know your husbands prescription? Being his first glasses I would assume they are pretty weak which is also why they were so easy for your eyes to adjust to so quickly and easily.

Of course needles to say your doing the right thing by getting your eyes examined anyway, even more so if it has been a while since you last had them checked.

Be sure and let us know the results of you exam.

New Prism 09 May 2014, 13:29

I just got 4 base out prisms per eye. 8 in total. I had 3 base out per eye before but I did not really wear them. My full prescription is -1.5 sph per eye and -0.25 cyl. Same for both eyes.

I had several questions.

My optometrist told me that it would take more than 20 prisms to get me fully fused but he did not want to increase prisms a lot so he gave me only 4. Why is that?

I am worried because with 4 I still get double vision. Does if mean that I will need more prism or in time I would get used to 4 per eye?

Also I was told that after few months of wearing them I should have a new test to see if my eyes are accepting them well and to get an increase. Is it normal for prism to go up after few months of adjustment?

Also is it possible not to wear this glasses full-time (only for computer and reading) or you have to wear prisms in this strength full time?

I was also reading online that people become dependent on prisms. If I do start wearing them most of the time will I need to wear them permanently?

Finally, I understood that my prism prescription will probably go up in time. What would be some expected prescription I might end up with in the future? Is there any way to slow down this or stop the increase?

Shelby 09 May 2014, 12:56

I have always enjoyed good eyesight, and had exams every 4-5 years with no presenting issues. My hubby was complaining about his close vision and went for an exam. He came home with reading glasses, his first. He noticed an immediate improvement when he reads. When he suggested I try them, I hesitated cause I don't have issues or strain when reading, but he insisted. I tried them on and the first thing I noticed was how blurry everything in the distance was. When I looked at the newspaper the print was a tad better than without them, but they really didn't make much of a difference. He went out for a while and I kept reading the paper. When he came back later the first thing he asked how I like the glasses..I forgot I was wearing them. I immediately took them off and gave them back to him, but noticed that while I could still read easily the print wasn't quite as clear as with them. Now I am wondering if I need an exam. If I can easily read without glasses would they be prescribed anyways? I will schedule one, but am curious to know if my experience with his readers is an indicator. He is 43, I am 37.

john 09 May 2014, 12:44


im not sure what you mean with diopters.

the glasses only contained prisms.

right was 0 degrees and left 180 degrees

svensont 09 May 2014, 12:32

What kind of prism have you added (base in, base out) and how many diopters?

john 09 May 2014, 11:04


Ive worn them for about a year. i'm currently 20 years old.


right 1.25

left 0.75

svensont 09 May 2014, 06:45


What prescription are these glasses and how long have you been wearing them? What is your age?

john 09 May 2014, 04:13


i've been wearing prsim glasses for quite a long time everyday and after a while i started to get headaches and my eyes started to become tired all trough the day. i stopped wearing them but my eyes are still permanently tired.

what have these glasses done to my eyes and how do i fix this problem

peter 04 May 2014, 12:50

cactus jack ,i will order some and let you know how i get on,hope they work

Cactus Jack 04 May 2014, 11:45


The absolute power of your reading segment is:

Right (OD) +8.50/cyl -0.50/axis60

Left (OS) +8.50/cyl -0.50/axis 90

That would be the prescription for single vision reading glasses.

Do you know your PD. It is probably what often looks like a fraction like this 66/63. The first or top number is your distance PD and the second or bottom number is your near PD. The focus distance for a +3.50 lens is about 28.5 cm or a bit over 11 inches.

If you order glasses from Zenni, you really don't need fancy frames or any options other than polycarbonate lenses (maybe) to reduce their thickness. My suggestion is to get the cheapest you can and make sure you like the optics of this approach before getting anything more expensive.


peter 04 May 2014, 11:43

hi cactus jack,if you would help me to order some reading glasses that would be great,also how do i go about having vision therepy,what would they say when i tell them what i have done,peter

peter 04 May 2014, 11:24

hi cactus jack,i hav`nt had surgery,what strength reading glasses will i need,i have a +3.50 add at the moment,thanks for your help,peter

Cactus Jack 04 May 2014, 10:56


Not to but into your conversation with svensont, but perhaps I can offer this for your consideration.

Wearing 10 Prism Diopters Base Out prism has about the same convergence effect as reading at about 14 inches or 35 cm, except your eyes are converged for distance and more converged for reading. You have not ruined your eyes. You have induced a bit of Esophoria by changing the place where your eye positioning muscles like to relax. It is easy to do and as svensont said, you can probably undo it with some vision training. However, you have another problem that will make it a bit harder to reset the relaxation point for your eyes, your significant hyperopia.

There is an interconnection in your brain between the focus control system and the eye positioning system. The act of focusing to read something causes your eyes to try to converge. It is a natural function. People with uncorrected hyperopia have to use their focusing system (accommodation) to provide clear vision at all distances. When you do that, your eyes try to converge, generally more than they need to, to fuse the two images. That is why many, whose eyes try to turn inward, are also hyperopic. The interconnection works both ways. With correction or training the inward turning tendency while trying to accommodate can be overcome, but it is not always easy.

You did not mention if you had an add in your glasses to help you focus to read, but at 55 and with hyperopia, it is difficult to imagine that you don’t. Without your glasses, your eyes have a natural tendency to converge and all you have done by wearing the prism is satisfy that need. One thing you might do, is order a pair of low cost, single vision reading glasses with your reading prescription, but WITHOUT prism, from an online retailer such as Zenni. Try reading with them whenever you can. If you still have double vision when you try to read, consider another pair with only 5 BO in each eye to retrain your eyes to not try to over converge too much.

If you need help ordering single vision reading glasses, please let us know.

Also, do you know if you have ever had eye muscle surgery?


peter 03 May 2014, 15:04

svensont,i am 55,my prescription is left +5.00/cyl -0.50/axis 90,right +5.00/cyl -0.50/axis 60 and now 10 base out prisms each lens

svensont 03 May 2014, 13:42


What is your age and prescription?

I think the best you can do is to visit your eye doctor and tell him everything. Maybe a vision therapy will help you.

Can you send us a photo of your glasses?

peter 03 May 2014, 13:22

will my need for prisms increace in time

 03 May 2014, 13:20

Yes, your eyes are ruined. Soon they will be crossed so far you will have to tip your head back to see because you will be seeing out of your nose.

peter 03 May 2014, 11:49

i was just wondering what it would be like to wear glasses with prisms ,so i have ruined my eyes and i will always be crosseyed now and have double vision,how can i make them see normal or cant i

 03 May 2014, 10:28

Why not just stick pins in your eyes, to mess them up, Peter? That would be faster.

peter 03 May 2014, 09:19

hi,i wonder if you guys can give me some advice,i bought some glasses with my prescription and added 10 base out prisms in each lens to try out,i have been wearing them for a month now,at first when i took my glasses off i had double vision for a few seconds but now my eyes dont go back to seeing a single image but double all the time,have i done the wrong thing wearing prisms and will my eyes return to normal if i stop wearing them,please help as i am rather worried, peter

HighMyopic 29 Apr 2014, 12:20

Niko, please show all of us, a pic of your -20 glasses from zenni when you get them. I hope to get mine one day, eventually. I am interested to know how mine will look when I order them.

Niko 29 Apr 2014, 09:43

High myopic

I have bezel -20 in 1.56 coming home Zenni

stacy 29 Apr 2014, 00:36

theres a few of us at work that wear glasses and theres one that jokes about people wearing glasses and has just found out needs to wear reading glasses only. i use to hate it when hearing people joking about glasses wearers. im shortsighted -5.00 so i wear them all the time. i am alot younger but they now use the excuse of getting old funny hey

HighMyopic 27 Apr 2014, 15:56

I really want to order some -20 diopter glasses with 19mm thick 1.56 mid index lenses from I want to wear the -20 glasses when out and about with the girl Crissie that I go out with every Monday. I already have a girlfriend. I have -5.50 and -4.50 eyeglasses that I wear regularly.

Clare 27 Apr 2014, 15:50

Andrew - it's a long time ago so a bit hard to remember specifically! I was in a job that meant I did a lot of driving, and long distances so I wore them quite a lot. At night especially it made a big difference I do remember.

Soundmanpt 27 Apr 2014, 11:45


I can only assume that if the your friend Melli's clear glasses and her prescription sunglasses were the exact same prescription but the sunglasses seemed perfect and her regular glasses didn't seem the same eve though you were able to see with them you noticed the prescription much more. It was probably because wearing the sunglasses you probably didn't notice the prescription near as much and were more happy that they blocked the sun so well. Wearing the clear glasses you noticed the prescription much more and you didn't give your eyes enough time to adjust to them. It would seem your vision was clear and sharp with her glasses and things appearing slightly smaller would go away rather quickly. Wearing her older pair of -.50 glasses would enhance you distant vision slightly, much like HD does for viewing a TV. And they wouldn't make things look smaller. So I am sure they were very comfortable to wear that afternoon and evening. Since Melli loaned them to you have you been wearing them on a regular basis? I am in agreement with Melli that you should go and get your eyes examined to see if you need glasses or if you just enjoy the over correction that her glasses provides you. If your hoping to be prescribed glasses I suggest that while the doctor is examining your eyes that you claim to have difficulty seeing at night to drive and chances are very likely he / she will write you a prescription in that same -.50 for glasses. You seem to enjoy wearing Melli's glasses.

Thea 27 Apr 2014, 07:46

Thank you for your answer,

yesterday I met my friend Melli who borrowed me her sunglasses an told her that I suggest that my eyes get worse after wearing her sunglasses.

She also asked me about trying an old pair of her normal glasses. So she gave me a pair with the same prescription lenses as in the sunglasses and I try them on.

It was not the same vision as in the sunglasses, but all was very sharp and tiny.

She remember that she still have her first glasses, about 12 years old and a little bit old-fashioned but with a very mild prescription in. So I tried this pair with -0,5 diopters and it was very fine.

I wear them for the whole afternoon and evening. My sight was very good in them.

My friend borrowed them to me but told me to go to test my eyes.

philipp 27 Apr 2014, 02:42


man bekommt bei apollo oder auch fielmann

ohne probleme Gläser mit 14 Prismen je Glas. Hab

Ich habe insgesamt 32 Prismen in der Brille und

es war bis jetzt kein Problem, außer die sehr sehr

dicken Gläser die man genau anpassen muss

damit sie nicht ständig die Wangen bzw. Wimpern

berühren. Deshalb stehen die Gläser vorne sehr weit


Andrew 26 Apr 2014, 05:10

Thanks Clare, I think I will go and get my eyes checked to see if I would benefit from a pair of glasses. When you first got yours did you just wear them for driving at night?

Melyssa 24 Apr 2014, 07:47


You may be right about the increase, but now it's only 347 pairs. I'm waiting until after the bowling season to add to my collection.

Let's make a deal for the leaves -- $5 a bushel, or 3 for $25.

I can't vouch for the St. Louis area, but up here we have had a cold winter and spring. The weather forecast for my birthday doesn't look to be all that great either.

Soundmanpt 23 Apr 2014, 16:02


That's odd. It must be your eyes. You probably need an increase in those 350 pairs of glasses you own. lol

Actually I live further south of you and I can afford to have leaves on my trees. Send me a check for $25.00 and I will arrange for you to have leaves on your trees too. Shipping takes about 3 weeks and you will have nice leaves.

Melyssa 23 Apr 2014, 15:43

There are leaves on trees? Not north of 40 degrees latitude.

Clare 23 Apr 2014, 15:11

Andrew - that's what drove me to get an eye test over 20 years ago. Turned out the reason was a little bit of myopia which meant I needed glasses to drive. Worth checking out.

Soundmanpt 23 Apr 2014, 11:48


Of course Melyssa is correct that if your vision is better wearing your friends sunglasses then you should consider getting our eyes checked because as I said it could be that your slightly nearsighted and you may need glasses. And really even if you think your vision is okay without her sunglasses you probably still should get your eyes checked if it has been over 2 years since your last eye exam. Vision changes slowly in most cases. One of the more common statements often made by someone getting their first glasses for nearsightedness is that they suddenly can see the actual leaves on trees. So if your able to see the leaves on the tress with the sunglasses but can't without them that maybe an indication that glasses are needed.

Melyssa 23 Apr 2014, 07:26


It's best to go to an eye doctor to get an exam. That way, you will find out exactly what your prescription would be. Each eye can be different, and there is also the matter of astigmatism, which I have had a lot of since getting my first pair of glasses 50 years ago.

Specs4Me 22 Apr 2014, 15:17


If you are noticing a little bit of blur now after wearing your friends glasses, it may be that Soundmanpt is right that you need a little bit of correction. What may have happened and sometimes does is that you found out how clear your vision was with your friends glasses and now, your small need for correction has become noticeable. I may well be that you have needed a small correction but because nearsightedness normally happens slowly one doesn't realize that they are not seeing as sharply as they once did. This is not an unusual occurrence.

I think you have two options, one is to go to an eye doctor and have an exam, the other is to do as Soundmanpt suggested and order yourself a pair of glasses with a prescription of -1.25. This is a fairly weak prescription which is not going to create a problem for you. Wearing your friends glasses part time for a few days is certainly not going to have caused your eyes to need correction.

If I were a betting man I would bet that you needed a small amount of correction before you ever wore her glasses and just didn't realize it.

Soundmanpt 22 Apr 2014, 11:39


Very little chance that wearing your friends prescription sunglasses will do any harm to your eyes. In order for them to have any effect on your eyes you need to wear them completely full time and not just a few hours each day. Your friend's vision isn't that bad so your eyes are able to adjust to them rather easily and allow you to even see distance better with glasses than you see without glasses. Prescription sunglasses are usually used most often for distance rather than seeing close up which could be harder for you focus if you were reading a book with the sunglasses on.

If the sunglasses are that comfortable to your eyes it could be that you maybe slightly nearsighted and need glasses. Otherwise if your liking your vision with the sunglasses you may want to consider asking your friend if you can borrow her regular glasses for a day or two. Then if you like how you see with them you can always go on-line and order glasses for yourself in the same -1.25 prescription.

Many people only find that they need glasses by trying and then borrowing someone elses glasses.

Andrew 22 Apr 2014, 09:01

Hi new to this site, but just seeing anyone could help out.

I have always had pretty good vision, but in the past few weeks I have had issues with my vision at night. I have noticed a kind of halo effect around lights like on car headlights and in signs with neon writing.

Other than this my vision is still pretty good.

Hoerbie 22 Apr 2014, 04:07


as the normal language in this forum is English, I will answer in English, so that others can understand what we are writing, I hope you Germans understand me too.

@Philipp: Looking at your prescription I think, that you are the one who sold prism glasses at the end of last year on Ebay? Then we can contact each other there (if you are the one: I asked you for the full prescription, because of thinking it was near to mine).

@Hoffide: I heard, that Zeiss is able to do more than 12 prism diopters. And there are some smaller lensmakers like Solira, who are specialised in making special lenses. Or maybe you had problems due to the other lens parameters like the sph/cyl values or an add.

Greetings, Hoerbie

Stefan 22 Apr 2014, 03:58

Hoffide, philipp - versucht mal, ob ihr euch bei treffen könnt, da kann man dann 'flüstern'...

Thea 22 Apr 2014, 02:20

My vision get a little bit worse after wearing some prescription sunglasses borrowed from a friend.

Together we spent the easter holidays and I had forget my sunglasses. So I borrowed the spare-pair of a friend, Unfortunately she is a little shortsighted. She said that that pair have a strengh of abaou -1,25 diopters.

I try it and my sight was very good and sharp with them on. So I decided to wear them.

Is it possible to worse my eyesight by wearing them for a few hours per day?

hoffide 21 Apr 2014, 23:14

Hallo philipp,

wer fertigt denn in Deutschland 14 Prismen BO, bei mir ist technisch bei 12 Prismen leider Schluss. Habe dann noch eine 20er Folie zu tragen.

philipp 21 Apr 2014, 20:35

hey hoerbie,

klar.. können ja mail adressen tauschen.. aber hier öffentlich etwas schwierig. hast du eine idee?


philipp 21 Apr 2014, 20:30


The last post was from me.

 21 Apr 2014, 19:35


sph: +2,5

cyl: -0,25

Prism: 14,0 BO / 2,0 BD


sph: +2,0

cyl: -0,25

Prism: 14,0 BO / 2,0 BU

Slit 21 Apr 2014, 02:54

Hi All,

If someone is having a pain in eye (eyeball/eye socket) when looking away while working on computer or when going out of building in to sunny outside, what does it hint?

No trouble focusing near or far noticed. Just the pain...

What can be the case? Any previous experience of anyone you know? Is it a sign of latent hyperopia or un-discovered myopia?

Hoerbie 20 Apr 2014, 14:39


another lover of strong prism from Germany here. I got my first glasses two year ago due to farsightedness and progressives due to beginning presbyopia, and I managed to get 3 prism diopters base out per eye by faking some tests. Now I'm using full time everyday for some month my second glasses with some plus and astigmatism, 7.5 prism diopters base out per eye and an 1.5 add.

I'm really happy with and now dependant on my prescription, without prism I see double, and reading without the add is no longer possible.

I still hope to get stronger prism at the next visit to my optician, and I'm really interested in getting the full add of 2.5 diopters as fast as possible.

Although we are lucky in Germany about many opticians using low prism for comfortable glasses, I now have problems, because the optician doesn't want to give stronger prism without acknowledge of an eye doctor, and both think, that stronger prism are not usable permanently, and I should think about an eye muscle operation.

Due to this I'm interested in buying stronger glasses Online too, but I want more then 10 prism per eye, where the onliners seem to stop.

Although I want stronger glasses, I'm now noticing the disadvantages of stronger prism. I ordered the best Abbe value with 1.5 index (and thickest lenses, about 9mm outside), but I notice the prism distortion and no longer have the best visual acuity. As I'm in the best ages, have a good job, like car driving, outdoor sports etc., I would like to know, how other strong prism wearers live their live.


Maybe, you are willing to help me answering some questions, or maybe we can have a chat or mails in German language?

How do you get through everydays life with 28 prism? Do you still drive a car? What reactions do you get at work, family etc.?

Anyone else's answer is welcome too.

Bye, Hoerbie

Cactus Jack 20 Apr 2014, 09:59




philipp 19 Apr 2014, 22:55


Cactus Jack 18 Apr 2014, 10:20


Also, may I ask your age?


Cactus Jack 18 Apr 2014, 10:19


The making of high prism glasses is almost a lost art. The typical upper limit of most of the lens generating machines is about 10 prism diopters, which would be a total of 20 prism diopters, in your case, Base Out.

These days, higher prism glasses are typically made by what are called Specialty Labs here in the US. Often, it requires several remakes to get them right. There are many factors that are much more critical in prescribing, making, and fitting glasses with prism correction than there is for glasses without prism. These factors are made even more critical by a complex or high prescription. Very few Specialty Labs will work directly with clients.

You are fortunate that you live in Germany where most of the world's best precision optical companies are based, but I suspect they to not work cheaply.

May I ask your complete prescription. It might help us to offer suggestions.


Aubrac 18 Apr 2014, 03:15


Glasses4eyes is an online UK retailer. They are quite cheap and efficient and I have ordered 3 degree base out each eye prism from them.

This is the highest prism on their online form but when I spoke to them they said higher prism correction is available, suggest you give them a try.

philipp 17 Apr 2014, 23:20

I have my first prism glasses bought 4 years ago with 6 prisms base out. 3 in each eye.

I love thick glasses and have tried as much as possible to go to the optician to get more prisms.

now I have my fifth prism glasses with prisms base 28 outside. I wear the glasses full time every day. the lenses are extremely thick.

I would like to know where I eyeglasses with my prisms can order online. at my optician are the glasses too expensive! I come from Germany. thank you

Cactus Jack 16 Apr 2014, 09:25


I believe Zenni will make glasses with up to 5 BO in each eye for a total of 10 diopters of prism. You might check out Eyeglass Factory Outlet in Florida if you want more than 5 BO to find out what they will make.

Be prepared for a possible reduction in Visual Acuity with prisms, particularly with your +5 sphere correction. The sweet spot in the lenses may not be in the place your eyes are looking.

Theoretically, your distance PD needs to be reduced by about 0.3 mm per prism diopter because your eyes will be turned inward a total of 5.7 angular degrees (2.85 degrees each) with 10 total prism diopters of correction and the optical center of your lenses with +5 correction need to be as near as possible to your central axes of vision. This is one of those cases where too many cooks spoil the broth. That PD adjustment needs to only be made once for best results. You might ask if they will adjust the PD according to Prentice's Rule for the prism.


jack 16 Apr 2014, 07:23

hi cactus jack,i live in the uk,i am willing to order world widefor high prisms and up to $150 for them if i can get 10 base out prisms,any suggestions would be great

Cactus Jack 15 Apr 2014, 10:14


Very few online retailers offer glasses with very significant prism. The lenses are very hard to make and require skill, knowledge and experience that is beyond most young lens makers and beyond the capability of the computer controlled lens generators used for high volume lens making. Typically, high prism lenses are made by specialty labs that will not work directly with patients because successful fitting is more of an art than a science and remakes are big money losers. Be prepared to spend a lot of money and have a lot of frustration.

My only suggestion is to shop around, but don't be surprised if 10/10 is about the limit.

May I ask where you live?


jack 15 Apr 2014, 03:45

hi cactus jack,yes i would like to increase the prisms to double figures in time,is there any online shops that do prisms above 10 or more

Cactus Jack 14 Apr 2014, 23:51


As Svensont said, it is very likely that in a few months you may notice some double vision and you may find that you need or want more prism than 5/5 BO. The need for BO prism is easier to induce than myopia because the eyes naturally need to turn inward or converge when you focus on close objects. Which is one of the reasons ECPs are reluctant to prescribe prism and tend to under-prescribe because some consider it to be addictive.


svensont 14 Apr 2014, 18:44


Highly possible you will. Do you wanna?

jack 14 Apr 2014, 18:10

hi cactus jack,no i dont have problems with double vision without my glasses,will i if i wear my glasses with the 5 base out prisms if i wear them full time,like i hope to do

Cactus Jack 14 Apr 2014, 09:56


Do you have any problems with double vision, without your glasses?


jack 14 Apr 2014, 07:11

hi,my prescription is left +5.00/cyl -0.50 axis 90 right +5.00/cyl -0.50/axis 60,i was wondering i have bought some glasses with my prescription and added 5 base out prisms in each lens,if i wear them full time will i become as they say hooked on them as i have a thing for prisms and will i need them full time,how long will it take for my eyes to get hooked on them,thanks

Cactus Jack 12 Apr 2014, 19:34


Myopia is very prevalent in Asia and double digit myopia is very common in China.

The reason I asked about your parents and grandparents is that both myopia and hyperopia have a strong genetic component and it tends to run in families. Environmental factors can also play a role. If you read a lot or do a lot of close work, you might find that reading glasses with reduced sphere correction might help slow increases.


beth 12 Apr 2014, 15:58

parents have no myopia but they never go to the opticians. some of my cousins are short sighted but not as bad as me. when i go to the opticians i always have to wait for new glasses as they only stock up to -4.00 as this covers most people. my left eye -6.25 is the worst i know.

i live in the UK lots of people have myopia problem here. where is the worst places for myopia?

Cactus Jack 12 Apr 2014, 10:56


Myopia and astigmatism have different causes. Both make vision blurry, but in different ways. Naturally, when you have both types of refractive errors they work together to make your vision worse and the higher the refractive error (prescription numbers) the worse your vision will be without correction.

Myopia, which is corrected by the sphere (first number in your prescription), is caused by a mismatch between the total power of your eye's lens system and the length of your eyeball from the back of the crystalline lens to the retina (about 17 mm). The distances involved, when refractive errors are present are very small (about 0.3 mm per diopter of error) and the total power of your eye's lens system is very large (between +50 and +60 diopters). In your case, the lens system has TOO MUCH + for the distance to your retina and you need - lenses to move the focus back to the retina.

There are actually 2 types of myopia. Axial or true myopia causes by eyeball length and Pseudo or false myopia caused by the crystalline lens and ciliary muscles - the auto-focus mechanism in your eye that enables you to focus close for reading. Pseudo myopia is the same phenomenon that causes Latent Hyperopia, just on the other side of 0.00 refractive error. If both types of myopia are present, they add together to give you your total sphere refractive error.

Axial myopia is permanent because once the eyeball grows too long, it can't "ungrow", Pseudo myopia is caused by the inability of the crystalline lenses and ciliary muscles to relax quickly after focusing close. Like Latent Hyperopia, it can be reduced over time - sometimes weeks or months - by wearing less - or more + than you apparently need or by wearing bifocals or using reduced power - glasses for reading. The snag here is that it is often very difficult to tell if part of your myopia is pseudo myopia, even with a dilated exam.

Astigmatism is generally caused by uneven curvature of the front surface of the cornea. Ideally, the cornea is a section of a perfect sphere. When astigmatism is present, the cornea is shaped more like an American Football, where the curvature in one direction is greater than it is in another. The result is that the cornea has more optical power in one direction than it does at 90 degrees to that direction and that causes the images on the retina to focus at two different distances. Astigmatism is corrected by cylinder lenses and the axis number is the angular direction (0 to 180 degrees) of the long axis of the cylinder. By convention. 0 degrees is horizontal and 90 degrees is vertical. The numbers increase in a counter clockwise direction when looking at the patient.

Your prescription indicates that astigmatism is an important, but not the dominant factor in your total refractive error.

You seem concerned that there is a difference between the prescription in your two eyes. That is common, the eyes grow independently and sometimes one eye can require + correction and the other - correction. Vision actually occurs in the brain and when presented with two images, it will choose the clearest image as its primary source of information and use what information it can from the blurrier image to supplement it.

I hope this helps you understand your vision a little better. While it seems like a lot to you, there are lots of people with more myopia than you have. May I ask if either of your parents or any grandparents have myopia? Also, where you live? There is often a very strong genetic component to both myopia and hyperopia.


beth 12 Apr 2014, 03:07

my left eye is worse and i can really notice this when i close my right eye when not wearing glasses. if im not wearing glasses then both eyes is just blur.

is it worse to be short sighted or have astigmatism? i know people that dont have astigmatism and are short sighted im just both

Cactus Jack 12 Apr 2014, 00:33

Brad F.,

I am not 100% sure what did happen, but I am pretty sure about what needs to happen. I need to help you understand what takes place in an eye exam and teach you how to get the best possible exam you can before you consider your next step. There seems to be some difficulty in deciding on the sphere correction you need, but notice that the cylinder is always there. The axis varies, but that is to be expected unless you understand how that part of the exam works and what you need to do to get it as close to right as you can.

An eye exam depends on the skill of the examiner and to a very great extent, the skill of the patient. If you want my help, I need some information about you such as where you live (country and state or province), your occupation, your education, etc. If you would rather not discuss this in public, please feel free to contact me at


Cactus Jack 12 Apr 2014, 00:31

Brad F.,

I am not 100% sure what did happen, but I am pretty sure about what needs to happen. I need to help you understand what takes place in an eye exam and teach you how to get the best possible exam you can before you consider your next step. There seems to be some difficulty in deciding on the sphere correction you need, but notice that the cylinder is always there. The axis varies, but that is to be expected unless you understand how that part of the exam works and what you need to do to get it as close to right as you can.

An eye exam depends on the skill of the examiner and to a very great extent, the skill of the patient. If you want my help, I need some information about you such as where you live (country and state or province), your occupation, your education, etc. If you would rather not discuss this in public, please feel free to contact me at


Brad F 11 Apr 2014, 22:26

Thanks for the reply Cactus Jack. Some very interesting news I just received. On a whim I decided to check out another optometrist since I didnt have a good feeling about the original. So one day later I received a prescription as follows:

OD Plano -0.50 x 025

OS -0.25 -0.50 x 170

What the heck? This prescription is barely a correction but my one eye just shifted a total of 0.75 from the other prescription.

Do you have any idea what just happened? Now I am curious to try another place except that I am sure going through a lot of trouble for what basically amounts to clear glass!

Cactus Jack 11 Apr 2014, 22:04


Your eyes are NOT a mess and your prescription is nothing to get very excited about. At 24 it should be stable or nearly so and as long as your vision can be corrected to 20/20 or 6/6 that is all that really counts.

Admittedly, you can't function very well without your glasses or contacts, but there are millions of people with similar prescriptions that do anything they want to, with correction.

The only thing you probably need to be aware of is that because of your genetic tendency to be myopic, pregnancy may cause your prescription to increase.


beth 11 Apr 2014, 21:22

my eyes are a mess im shortsighted and astigmatism. my prescription -6.25 -1.25 110 -4.50 -1.50 180. how bad is this prescription? or does it not matter? im 24 have to wear both glasses and contacts all the time.

Cactus Jack 11 Apr 2014, 01:09

Brad F.

You really don't have much hyperopia and at 29 you should be able to easily compensate for that and be able to focus close using your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses. You probably have a few years to go before presbyopia starts to become a nuisance.

The thing that is probably causing your the difficulty at night is your astigmatism because it is the dominant factor in your prescription. While it is not a lot, it is enough to cause problems and strain because you have no way to internally correct that. You have to use external corrective lenses.

My suggestion would be to to order some low cost glasses from an on line retailer like Zenni Optical and see if you find them useful. Many of our members have used Zenni and have been pleased with both their quality and price. You have everything you need to order glasses except you PD (Pupillary Distance). That is usually measured by the dispensing optician, but you can easily do it yourself using a ruler marked in mm and a bathroom mirror. Let us know if you are interested and we will help.

There is no good way to relate the lines you can read on an eye chart with prescription numbers In your case, the astigmatism (cylinder) is causing the most blur, In you GF's case, her myopia (sphere) is causing the most blur.

Prescriptions change over time for a lot of reasons. Cylinder and axis changes are primarily because the test is extremely subjective and the results depend on the skill of the patient in judging relative blurriness of two axis angles. There are way to improve the accuracy, but you have to know how to ask the examiner to let you "fine tune" the axis.

May I ask where you live. That can affect our suggestions.


Brad F 10 Apr 2014, 22:22

I just had my eyes checked and it looks like because I have + signs next to my sphere #s I have hyperopia?

OD Sph +0.50 Cyl -0.50 Axis 179

OS Sph +0.25 Cyl -0.75 Axis 177

Reading up on it though it seems like hyperopia is for people who can't see up close. I went to the optometrist because I could tell I wasn't seeing as well from distance as I used to, especially at night. I can see up close just fine. What's up with that? That being said, the optometrist said I had 20/40 vision and with these glasses I was corrected to 20/20. I didn't purchase them yet though the optometrist seemed pretty adamant that I should get them for driving at least.

So I guess I am wondering what this means for me in the future. I am 29 years old.. can I expect these #s to go up soon, or in the distant future? Does that mean I can expect my near sight to get worse? What about my far sight, is that going to keep getting worse too?

On a different note.. I was inspired to get my eyes checked because my girlfriend just got her eyes checked and was prescribed glasses as well (from a different optometrist). I managed to see her prescription a bit, and I noticed it was -1.00 -.50 and -1.25 -.25 or so. That's more along the lines of what I was expecting to get for my own prescription. During a fun little eyesight test my GF's distance vision only seemed a tiny bit worse than mine. (I would guess at worst 1 line of the eye chart worse than mine, or maybe half a line.) Yet her glasses #'s wise are twice as strong! What's up with that?

I was also wondering if I should expect her glasses to get stronger with time too. This is her second pair, she was prescribed -.25 and -.50 (with some minor cyl in there as well but I am not sure how much exactly) glasses about 3-4 years ago when she had her last exam but never wore them. She's 31 years old now, so that seemed out of character too, as everything I've read suggested that myopia stops progressing in your 20s.


Cactus Jack 09 Apr 2014, 10:38


As I have discussed in previous posts, ciliary muscle de-conditioning is a bigger factor in the need for a stronger add or stronger reading glasses, than presbyopia. De-conditioning happens more rapidly, but stiffening of the crystalline lens (presbyopia) cannot be over looked as significant causes of loss of accommodation and increasing accommodative stress as you try to focus. That accommodative stress is probably an important factor in your eyes trying to turn inward.

You are pretty close to the point where your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses can no longer provide much of the additional + power to focus close. At that point, math fundamentally takes over and the amount of add you need or the absolute sphere power of your reading glasses is determined by how much hyperopia you have AND Sir Isaac Newton's formula that relates lens power and your preferred focus distance for reading - usually +2.50 to +3.25. In other words, it is about time to bow to the inevitable, measure the reading distance(s) you prefer, get the needed add or reading glasses, and get on with your life.

About prism. Unfortunately, there is no way to put prism correction in contact lenses. Prism, like cylinder correction, is very sensitive to the angle the prism needs to be to correct the strabismus (general medical term for eye misalignment). Typically, we only talk about Base Out, Base In, Base Up or Base Down, but amounts of horizontal and vertical prism can be combined to provide almost any fixed angle you need to keep images fused. Fundamentally, it has the same effect as axis designation for astigmatism correction.

It is important for contact lenses to float on a film of tears on the cornea. Sometimes contacts even rotate when you blink, which makes toric (contacts with astigmatism correction) hard to fit because the rotation alters the axis angle. The same thing would happen if you tried to put prism in contacts, only that would cause worse visual effects than toric rotation.

If you are interested, I have devised a Simple Prism Test and posted it on the site under Vision / Special lenses for eye conditions > Prisms > Simple Prism Test. Using this test, you may be able to get a pretty good idea of how much prism you actually need to help you keep images fused. Know how much correction you need can really help you make good decision on what to do about it.


Kris 08 Apr 2014, 23:14

Cactus Jack,

Thanks for your response. I'm wondering if this explains some of the eye fatigue I get. My near vision prescription has been bumped up fairly quickly. I've needed the add for about four years and am already at 2.00. I'm wondering if the eye turning in is more of the issue than the presbyopia. I'm reluctant to get prism unless it's really necessary, because I do use contacts occasionally. With lower prism prescriptions is it possible to still use contacts?

I'm trying to decide whether it's worth chatting with my eye doc about this or if I hold off until it is really interfering with things. For now it's tolerable, although my eye does seem to turn in far more than it used to.

Cactus Jack 08 Apr 2014, 15:43


Assuming that you do not need any distance correction, the +1.50 glasses will provide that much of the +2.50 needed to focus at 40 cm or 16 inches which is typical reading distance. The other +1.00 has to be supplied by your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses. The reason you probably need some reading help is that presbyopia is creeping up on you and that while you can still focus to read without help, it is not as easy as it used to be.

Presbyopia is caused by gradual stiffening of the protein that makes up your crystalline lenses. It actually started in childhood, but did not become a problem until now. Your crystalline lenses will continue to get stiffer and harder for your ciliary muscles to focus over the next few years. What will happen much quicker is that your ciliary muscles will get de-conditioned.

For their size, the ciliary muscles are the strongest muscles in the body, but like all muscles they require exercise to stay strong and in condition. Using reading glasses to help you focus close reduces the amount of work your ciliary muscles have to do because, in your case, the +1.50 glasses are doing over half the work required to focus at typical reading distances. They are just about right to allow you to use a computer with the display about 66 cm or 26 inches from your eyes. If you find them useful for the computer, your ciliary muscles don't have any work to do at all to help you focus.

How long will it take for your ciliary muscles to become de-conditioned? It depends on how much you wear the +1.50 glasses and your visual environment. It could be as little as a few weeks or as much as a few months, but it will happen and there is not much you can do about it. You will need stronger reading glasses, but unless you have need to focus on things very close, you will never need more than about +2.75 or +3.00 depending on your preferred reading distance.

If you have no distance refractive error or astigmatism, you may be able to use Over-the-Counter (OTC) reading glasses or better quality reading glasses from an on line retailer such as Zenni.

The clue that you are becoming dependent is that you habitually put on your glasses to focus on any thing close.

The clue that you may need stronger glasses is that you find yourself holding reading material farther away to see clearly.

Long winded, but I hope it helps.


Mark 08 Apr 2014, 14:21

Thanks Julian. For now just presbyopia. Curious to have a "time frame".

Julian 08 Apr 2014, 13:48

Mark: it depends whether your glasses are prescribed for presbyopia or latent hyperopia or, I suppose, a combination of the two. If it's just presbypia distances will go on being blurry; if it's hyperopia they'll clear. Either way, as time goes by you'll need a stronger prescription; and if you are hyperopic bifocals or progressives are somewhere in the future. Enjoy wearing them and seeing better.

Mark 08 Apr 2014, 12:37

Not unexpectedly my trip to the eye dr got me a prescription for readers. I am 36. He said that +1.25 would help but +1.50 would be better. I got them. Although I can read ok without them, they do make print bigger and darker and clearer. The biggest annoyance is everything in the distance is blurry.

A girl at work says they should make reading much more comfortable but as I get used to them and my eyes relax I will become more and more dependent on them. How long does that take? She reads NOTHING without hers now. Is dependency a process of weeks or months. I know everyone is likely different but is there any idea of what to expect if I wear them regularly for close?

Cactus Jack 08 Apr 2014, 07:54


I would say that it is likely that you may find some Base Out prism useful and comfortable at some point. Many people with hyperopia have problems with their eyes trying to turn inward. This is caused by an interconnection in the brain between the focus control and the eye positioning control systems. It is stronger in some people than it is in others and the interconnection works in both directions.

When you try to use your ciliary muscles to focus your crystalline lenses, the interconnection also causes your eyes to turn inward or converge to allow you to keep close objects fused. When your eyes converge to keep close objects fused, your focus control causes your ciliary muscles to squeeze the crystalline lenses and increase their plus power.

This interconnection often rears its head when a young person has hyperopia and the act of internally correcting the hyperopia using the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses triggers the convergence response. Under these conditions, trying to focus close to read just makes the situation worse. Sometimes just wearing plus glasses for distance, sometimes with bifocals, will allow the focus system to relax enough that the convergence response will not over react. Other times muscle surgery is used to help the eyes not cross and break fusion.

Sometimes as we get older and it gets harder to focus the crystalline lenses because of presbyopia, a condition of adult strabismus or fatigue esophoria will cause the eyes to try to turn inward particularly when we are tired. The solution is often either muscle surgery or prisms. Low prism correction is usually a "first" resort because it is relatively easy and inexpensive to make glasses with 5 to 10 prism diopters of correction in each eye. If more correction is required, surgical corrections become more attractive, but have the disadvantages of being difficult to change or reverse and have more risk.


Cactus Jack 08 Apr 2014, 07:22


The spell checker/corrector struck again and I did not immediately notice. The word "reconditioned" near the end of my post should have been "de-conditioned".

Another thought. Presbyopia can be caused by several things. Here are three to consider:

1. The natural age cause is stiffening of the protein of the crystalline lens from its original gelatin dessert consistency to being so stiff that the ciliary muscles just can't squeeze the lens enough to increase its plus power,

2. The ciliary muscles becoming so weak through lack of use that they become unable to squeeze the crystalline lenses that are still very flexible. This can occur inadvertently or intentionally by wearing glasses that help you focus close or by a person who is myopic not wearing glasses. Myopes have built in permanent reading glasses.

3. Focus control problems in the brain or nerves that control the ciliary muscles. In most people, this function is automatic, but you may be able to train your focus control system to not respond to the reading convergence response, but it is hard to do.

I urge you to contact John S as he requested. He may have some ideas about ways to limit your natural focus response or suggest complaints to indicate a need. He may have some professional qualifications that I don't have.

Because of your age, if you go to a new Eye Care Professional wearing bifocals that are comfortable, you may get a question or two about why you are wearing them, but if have a reasonable answer. The ECP will probably just check your near vision and prescribe at least the add you are wearing or maybe a step or two increase. Remember that after a certain point where you have little or no accommodation, add power is strictly related to Sir Isaac Newton's primary optical formula for calculating Focal Distance. In typical situations, that is +2.50 to +3.25 depending on your preferred reading distance and the absolute power of the reading segment is your distance sphere correction and the add power, algebraically summed together.

BTW, many university students wear bifocals to allow quick focus shifts from distance to notes in lectures or for extended hours of study. These are often called "functional bifocals" because they reduce fatigue and help you function.


John S 08 Apr 2014, 00:18


I have some ideas that would probably help you out. Send me an email when you get a chance, js7818 at


Kris 08 Apr 2014, 00:11

I have a question about whether I should expect to need prism or not. I'm mid forties and had an eye that turned in when I was a kid. I wore glasses until I was seven and had eye surgery. It didn't cause problems until I hit my late thirties. At that point I was losing depth perception and havng issues with eye fatigue and I started wearing glasses again. My current prescription is right eye +2.00 -.5, left eye +1.25, add 2.00. My right eye turns in with my glasses off and I notice it turning in, even with glasses on, if I am tired. I sometimes see double, but it isn't usually problematic but seems to happen more than it used to.

Should I expect this to get worse as I age, and am I likely to need prism? My eye doctor has mentioned it but I'm not clear if this is something to expect.

BOBBY 07 Apr 2014, 20:10

Thank you Cactus Jack for the elaborate answer and you are absolutely right.

I already have loads of pairs of glasses with various prescriptions, including minus ones and I can always order more. However, I am doing this for experiencing the actual eye exam first. It is hard to explain, but every once in a while I enjoy is something about having my eyes checked out.

And I live in the UK. Thing is, as you said, I have quite a good accommodation power in my eyes and do not struggle with my vision. That is why I thought that the optometrist might deduce that I don't really need bifocals. Any tips on how I could trick them?

Thank you.

Cactus Jack 07 Apr 2014, 19:48


These days, it is not necessary to pretend that you are becoming presbyopic to get bifocals. It is very easy and inexpensive to order either lined bifocals or progressives from an on line retailer such as Zenni Optical. Essentially, all you need is your complete prescription and your PD (Pupillary Distance). You are entitled to a copy of your prescription, but it probably will not have your PD listed. However, it is easy to measure with a ruler marked in mm and a bathroom mirror. We will tell you how.

Presbyopia actually starts in childhood, but it does not usually become a problem until around the late 30s or early 40s. However, the notion that you do not need reading help until your 40s is a myth. It can actually become a problem at a much earlier age depending on genetics and your visual environment. Presbyopia tends to become a problem at an earlier age for people with hyperopia, such as you have. than for people with myopia.

It is not unusual for younger people to be experiencing problems with close focusing when trying to read the tiny text on smartphones. If you want an official eye exam for bifocals, all you have to do it tell the examiner that you need some help reading the text on your smartphone or tablet, but all you really have to do is just order what you want from Zenni. You don't need a prescription.

You can get an idea of what a reading add is like by getting some low or medium power over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses in the +1.00 to + 1.75 range and wear them over your regular glasses while you use your computer, smartphone, or when you read. When you decide the power you would like, we can help you order bifocals or progressives.

One of the problems with hyperopia is that, unlike myopia, you have the internal ability to correct moderate levels of hyperopia and it is possible that you may have some Latent Hyperopia that the exam did not reveal. It may take a few weeks or even more for your prescription to stabilize and wearing your glasses full time will help. If you get some low power OTC glasses, the clue that you have some uncorrected hyperopia is that distant objects with the OTC glasses over your regular glasses are initially blurry, but clear up over time. That is a pretty good clue that you need some stronger glasses.

One thing you need to be aware of is that for their size, your ciliary muscles (focusing muscles) are the strongest muscles in your body. Wearing reading glasses will reduce their workload. Like all muscles, the ciliary muscles can become reconditioned and you can get to where you have difficulty focusing without the reading glasses or an add in your glasses.

Please let us know what you would like to do and we can help you.

May I ask where you live. That can affect our answers.


Cork 07 Apr 2014, 15:07

Thank you! Will let you know how it works out!

Cactus Jack 07 Apr 2014, 14:22


Any lens maker, including Zenni, can work with either + cylinder or - cylinder. What they do is use the procedure below to change from one cylinder notation to the other.

1. Algebraically add the cylinder to the sphere number (that means pay attention to the signs on the numbers. A + cylinder correction added to a - sphere number will reduce the - sphere value.)

2. Change the sign on the cylinder

3. Add or subtract 90 degrees to the axis number to keep the number between 0 degrees and 180 degrees.

The above procedure is what Val did to make the conversion in his previous post and what a lens maker does when they receive a prescription with + cylinder notation. The resulting glasses will be optically identical.


 07 Apr 2014, 13:39


I think I didn't ask the question correctly.

How do I order the ophthalmologist's script?

Do I use the -6.75 & -5.25 or -5.50/-4.25?

How does Zenni know to change what he wrote?


cactus Jack 07 Apr 2014, 12:21


I think you identified the cause of the significant increase. The cataracts. Many times, cataracts cause the crystalline lenses to swell some, which increases their already high plus power. If a person is hyperopic and normally needs to wear plus glasses for distance, this increase in plus power results in what is often called "second sight". The increase in plus power in the crystalline lens reduces their distance plus prescription and sometimes also improves their ability to read without glasses.

For a person who is myopic, the increased plus in the crystalline lens increases their myopia and results in the need for a stronger minus prescription. I suggest that you order the stronger glasses and consider cataract surgery.

In the past, cataract surgery was so serious that the standard practice was to wait until the cataracts got "ripe". In my opinion what that meant was that the doctor hoped the patient would die before the cataracts got so bad that the alternative was effectively, blindness.

Today, that is all changed. Cataract surgery is the nearest thing to a painless surgical non-event that you can imagine and the implanted Intra-Ocular Lenses (IOLs) can provide almost any final prescription you would like. I had cataract surgery on both eyes about 12 years ago and I have never regretted the decision for a minute.

Within the past month, I drove a friend to his two cataract surgeries (2 to 3 week wait between surgeries) and the whole procedure prep, surgery, and recovery from the mild sedation took an hour and a half. The actual surgeries took about 10 minutes for my surgeries and his. In his case the doctor did not even bandage the eye and he drove himself to the next day follow up with near 20/20 vision without glasses.

If you need cataract surgery, it is best not to wait. The longer you wait, the harder the crystalline lens will get and the harder it is to emulsify and remove.

Was I nervous for my surgery, absolutely for the first one. When I went for my next day follow-up, my first question after the surgeon said it looked great was, "How soon can we do the other eye.?" He said 2 weeks if all continues to go well.

The only problem I have had is that the IOLs are so much more efficient than natural crystalline lenses that sunglasses are almost a necessity on bright days. Driving at night is no longer a problem for me.


BOBBY 07 Apr 2014, 12:04

John S,

Thank you for your reply. I went to check my eyes just for the sake of it. Just like many people on this site, I like glasses and wanted to feel what others felt while getting their eyes tested. It turned out I had a prescription: OD +1.25 and OS: 1.75. I think I have a -.25 cylinder in my right eye as well, but I'm not certain, as it is subjective and different eye exams I had, said different things.

Thing is, I never felt eye strain or experienced headaches, however, I can read slightly easier with my glasses on. Distances become awesome if I wear them for longer periods as well.

Soundmanpt 07 Apr 2014, 10:09


Zenni does not require you to send a prescription slip from your doctor. You have the numbers you need to order your glasses. The only other thing you need to have is your P.D. number. The P.D. number is the distance between the pupils of your eyes. You can get that several ways. You can have a friend do it. You need a ruler that has "millimeters" on it. With you looking straight off in the distance or just as if you were looking right through your friend have your friend measure from the center of one pupil to the center of the other pupil. In most cases it should be between 56 and 63mm.

Have you been into the "Zenni" site yet? When you go in the first thing is to click on womens or mens glasses near the top. Then hit "Refine your Search" then hit on "prescription" this will ask you to pick single vision, progressives, or bifocals. I'm sure you probably know that progressives don't have the line and bifocals has the line.

John S 07 Apr 2014, 09:59


Please post your current rx, and if you are having any problems seeing close or getting headaches.

What symptoms led you to get glasses, and how long have you worn glasses?

BOBBY 07 Apr 2014, 09:19

One thing I forgot to mention in my previous post is that I am only 22 and that may look suspicious tot the doctor.


BOBBY 07 Apr 2014, 09:17

Hi everyone,

Do you know if there are any effective ways to pretend during an eye test that you are presbyopic? I mean, without making the doctor realizing that nothing is wrong. I already am mildly hyperopic, but I was wondering how I could push the doctor towards recommending me bifocals.


Cork 07 Apr 2014, 06:43


If I order from Zenni how do I order the prescription from the ophthalmologist? Does this prescription warrant "high index? Thanks!

Cork 06 Apr 2014, 20:08

Thank you Cactus for your response.

1. 60

2. Chicago

3. Optometrist dilated..ophthalmologist didn't because he was too far away and I didn't want to drive.

4. -3.75 -1.25 30 +2.25

-2.00 -1.50 165

with a "growing" cataract

I was first referred to the ophthalmologist, as being a very good Dr, but was afraid to fill it thinking it was a very big jump (unless I was reading it wrong-I was) so went back to my old Dr.

Cactus Jack 06 Apr 2014, 15:26


Here are some questions:

1. What is your age?

2. Where do you live?

3. Did the ophthalmologist or optometrist dilate your eyes?

4. What was your prescription before these?

The most subjective part of a glasses prescription is the cylinder and axis because it usually depends, more than any other part, on your ability to judge relative blurriness rather than sharpness. It appears that the ophthalmologist reduced your left eye cylinder power and added some of it to the sphere. Sometimes compromises are made with cylinder power, but that is usually to avoid prescribing toric contacts rather than glasses.

Here is something to consider. Order a very low cost pair in each prescription from Zenni Optical and try them both. Zenni has amazingly good quality glasses of as low as US$6.95 with no options, plus shipping.

Cork 06 Apr 2014, 13:30

Thank you Val. That seems like a huge difference (with s time difference of 1 week.) I have no way to compare the prescriptions side by side, so not sure what to do. According to you there is a difference of over -1.00 per eye. What do do?

Hollie 06 Apr 2014, 03:42

I got mine from Glasses Direct Clare, they were about 40 quid. I'd not had any for years either but was advised contacts don't mix with a safari holiday!

Val 04 Apr 2014, 11:20

Cork, the prescription from the ophtalmologist is stronger.

You can write it also like that:

R: -5.5 -1.25 10

L: -4.25 -1 170

So, compared to the one from the optometrist, the sphere is stronger in both eyes. The astigmatism is the same in the right eye and lower in the left eye, both with a slightly different axis.

The important thing is which one gives you the better vision.

And this is up to you.

I would go with the stronger prescription...

Clare 03 Apr 2014, 16:50

I took a look at Zenni but didn't see anything I liked. Initially I liked the look of some cat's eyes but the reviews put me off! Any other good sites anyone can recommend for sunglasses please? (That's assuming we have a summer in England of course!)

Cork 01 Apr 2014, 11:15

I went to an ophthalmologist and got the following prescription:

R: -6.75 +1.25 110

L: -5.25 +1.00 80 +2.50

I wasn't happy with him so went back to my old optometrist who wrote:

-4.25 -1.25 15

-3.00 -1.75 165 +2.50

Is there a difference, and if so how big. Do I need hi index lenses if I order from Zenni? What should I order?


Likelenses 31 Mar 2014, 22:48


If you do order from Zenni,why not bump up your Rx by -.50, or order a cheap pair and do it.

You will be amazed at how you will see with that small amount more. For someone OO you must have a pair of fun glasses.

Soundmanpt 31 Mar 2014, 15:58


If you don't have any sunglasses in your current prescription then I agree that should be at the top of the list. They are almost necessary now that your going to be wearing glasses much more often. And as you say Zenni is a great place to get them from. If it helps any the one I get most orders for is #220431 which is a tortoiseshell frame, it also comes in a black frame and that is #220421. Another one that is newer and I have had an order for and looks nice is #274015 in a brown color. The first two i mentioned is $12.95 plus the $5.00 for the sunglasses tinting. The last one is $15.95 and the same $5.00 for the tinting. By the way if you like your sunglasses to be nice and dark the best tint is the 80% gray tint.

Now of course not knowing your style you may have something much different in mind and they have thousands to choose from, Remember any of the glasses shown can be rx sunglasses.

Clare 31 Mar 2014, 15:22

Soundmanpt, Likelenses - made me smile! And thanks Likelenses for your description, I hope some would agree.

I haven't tried the new disposable lenses yet, not sure I see the point of upping my spend by 33% for no real benefit other than not having to use solutions. I'll stick with these for the time being and carry in with limited social wear.

As for the glasses wardrobe my next propiority is to get some prescription sunglasses which I haven't had for years. I suppose Zenni Optical is the best place to start?

George1968 - thanks for the welcome but I'm not *quite* a member, though I wonder how close I am with about 1 day's CL wear a week! Depends on the social need at the moment I think and then I,out up with the discomfort for the next day. Dumb eh?

Clare 31 Mar 2014, 15:22

Soundmanpt, Likelenses - mad me smile! And thanks Likelenses for your description, I hope some would agree.

I haven't tried the new disposable lenses yet, not sure I see the point of upping my spend by 33% for no real benefit other than not having to use solutions. I'll stick with these for the time being and carry in with limited social wear.

As for the glasses wardrobe my next propiority is to get some prescription sunglasses which I haven't had for years. I suppose Zenni Optical is the best place to start?

George1968 - thanks for the welcome but I'm not *quite* a member, though I wonder how close I am with about 1 day's CL wear a week! Depends on the social need at the moment I think and then I,out up with the discomfort for the next day. Dumb eh?

Likelenses 28 Mar 2014, 22:26

Clare I would not refer to you as bespectacled, but perhaps as the pretty blonde with glasses.

Soundmanpt 28 Mar 2014, 19:39

No name

I sure wish I could argue with you, but your completely right. Pretty bad of me. I hope Clare has as much of a sense of humor as you have.

 28 Mar 2014, 14:39

"bespeckled Clare"? You make her sound like a trout. The word is "bespectacled."

Soundmanpt 28 Mar 2014, 11:59


I was going to give you a few days before checking with you as to how well the new lenses were working. From what you said right off it seemed clear your doctor must feel that your eyes no longer can tolerate contacts very well at all.

Well one way to look at it is what you will be saving on contacts you can now spend on either getting several new pairs of glasses that you like or something else that you want. You made it very clear in your early posts how unhappy you were to be prescribed your first glasses for driving back when you were in your mid 20's. And as your eyes got more nearsighted and you found you needed glasses for more than just driving you quickly went to contacts. For years hardly anyone even knew you wore contacts let alone glasses. But not that your still very happy about wearing glasses you have finally began to except yourself wearing glasses these days, and so has everyone else around you. So now only a very few hasn't seen the "bespeckled Clare"

It's really good that there wasn't any change in your prescription, that means you don't have to buy new glasses which is always a nice saving. But still since it seems your eyes are now stable it could be fun to start at least a small "glasses wardrobe" so you can have different glasses to go with different outfits. Maybe even get a fun pair, like something in bright red to go with your blond hair could be fun. Or the current trend of a "hipster" style could be fun as well. Art least your eyes have stopped changing and your prescription isn't bad at all so your lenses are not thick and would look great in any frame style big or small.

George1968 28 Mar 2014, 07:32


Well welcome to the society of fulltime wearers. It's not so bad. Plus, I am sure the comments you get are very positive.


Clare 27 Mar 2014, 17:42

Likelenses - no, no change in prescription. It wasn't a surprise to me.

George1968 - to be honest I'm not expecting any improvement, looks like this is it. It's just a question of comfort. As an indication I've worn contacts for about 6 hours in total in the last two weeks. Having avoided glasses for 20 years I've overcome my vanity now. Just a few family and distant friends who've not seen the bespectacled me. What I hate most is when people comment"

George1968 24 Mar 2014, 20:41


So, if these new contacts don't work out like your doctor thinks, what are you going to do? It sounds like from your observation that you are not forward to wearing contact lenses that you will be wearing glasses most of the time.

Sorry you didn't the improvement you wanted in terms of your dry eyes.

Likelenses 24 Mar 2014, 18:26


Any change in your prescription?

Clare 24 Mar 2014, 17:27

Soundmanpt - I have some test pairs of those Total 1 dailies that you recommended. I had my CL check up last week and said I don't wear contacts much because I can only get 4 hours' comfortable wear on average, sometimes less. She said if I'm not wearing them much it could be worth trying these, I think she was reluctant to recommend them as they'd be very expensive for someone wearing them all the time. She didn't think they'd make a huge difference as my eyes are still as dry as last year despite my dramatically scaling back my contacts wear which is really disappointing. I'd hoped I'd see some improvement although I'm not surprised, I don't look forward to wearing contacts now but will give the new ones a try.

Clare 09 Mar 2014, 12:50

George 1968 - I think had I not been forced to reduce my contacts wearing time due to discomfort from dry eyes nothing would have changed. In the last 18 months or so the situation has become noticeably worse, its been building I now recognize for a number of years, to the extent where my optician first recommended reducing the number of hours I wear contacts and I then realized that they were actually more comfortable than contacts a lot of the time. I still like to wear contacts, and feel more attractive when I do, but I'm no longer hiding my glasses! Although there are still remote friends and some family members who'd be surprised if I turned up wearing glasses. My Rx topped out at -2.75 and -3, it didn't increase dramatically but I got very used to seeing well with contacts which is why I prefer to wear glasses if not contacts.

Niko 08 Mar 2014, 02:57


I'm nearsighted and astigmatism, I have a correction -2.75 (-1.00 to 90 °).

I wear all the time and for years a significant overcorrection in order to be more myopic. Currently -6.75 (+1.00 at 0 ° and -7.00 (+1.00 to 0 °).

In 2008 my new ophthalmologist to suspect an open angle glaucoma, and since I have to have regular exams and put drops in the eye every day.

I want to know if that little be due to overcorrection I wear for almost 10 years.

George1968 04 Mar 2014, 13:41


You have really come a long way in terms of your relationship to glasses. I remember when you had "pink eye" and couldn't wear your contacts. You were forced to wear your glasses, but did so only when you absolutely had to. Now you go days with them on and are comfortable with them (plus, it sounds as though you have great frames for your blonde hair).

What do you think made the difference?


Clare 03 Mar 2014, 15:12

George1968 - hello, welcome back. How are you?

I'm not expecting to be told no more contacts, more 'be careful' as my eyes haven't been tolerating contacts well for the last 18 months. That's been a revelation for me as there were people I'd known for years who'd only ever seen me wear contacts. In the very early stages it wasn't that evident though as I only limited contacts wear a bit to conform with my optician's instructions. Now though my eyes get agitated sometimes after just 4 hours so it sometimes happens that I go days without wearing contacts and so I've grown more comfortable with glasses - and I mean that literally too, they don't cause any discomfort at all. I'm happy with my frames which are a brown plastic at the front with a tortoiseshell effect on the arms. They've earned me compliments!

I work with lots of sassy, attractive females who wear glasses which is great. It's a style thing maybe in the city but its great for people like me.

George1968 03 Mar 2014, 08:22

Kim, I stabilized at -3.50, but now have a +1.25 add. After a couple of weeks of feeling awkward in glasses, I got over it. If I had to go back in time, I would have worn my glasses a lot earlier.

Kim 03 Mar 2014, 01:45

George1968! I remember your stories about going full-time from around 10 years ago. How is life as a decade-long FT-wearer? And what prescription are you now?

Curious 02 Mar 2014, 03:49

Well she's certainly not camera shy, there are hundreds of pictures of her. The thing I find curious though is that in the few pictures where she has her glasses off she hides her right eye, either with her hair or by use of shadow. It's as though she thinks her deviating eye is more obvious without glasses and she needs to hide it.

Stefan 01 Mar 2014, 14:29

Nadezhda would most like only see out of one eye at a time, her brain 'supressing' the image from the other eye. One eye would be the dominant eye. Her other eye might give her almost as good eyesight as that dominant eye - or it might give her vision that is considerably worse. She would not have a 'conventional' three-dimensional view of the world and might not be very good at catching balls and other 'spatial tasks'. Also, she might (or might not) be self-conscious about having eye contact with other people.

Stefan 01 Mar 2014, 14:23

Curious 01 Mar 2014, 11:35

Curious 01 Mar 2014, 11:33

Does anyone have an idea of how the woman in this link would see? Her right eye is very turned in and slightly upward and in most pictures she seems to be looking at the camera with her left eye. However in a few pictures her right eye seems to be the one aiming at the camera. Would she double? I can't imagine how irritating that would be. I've read that when people have severely crossed eyes the brain picks the image from the dominant eye and zones the other out. Does this mean she can't see with her right eye? She has a strong prescription in both eyes so presumably she has some vision in her right. Or is the prescription just cosmetic to make both lenses match? Would she have any depth perception? What about with her glasses off, would her brain just register the blurred image from her dominant eye and ignore the other? I have to say I find this so fascinating and would love to experience her vision, for a short while anyway.

George1968 26 Feb 2014, 20:26

Clare, it sounds from your post that you are expecting that you are going to come out of it a fulltime glasses wearer. If that happens, are you going to be OK with that. Seems as though you now wear glasses more often than contacts.

BTW, what kind of frames do you have now?

Good luck.


Clare 26 Feb 2014, 17:15

Likelenses - it was a figure of speech more than and expectation - my prescription has generally gone up but stopped a few years ago but I've known people who've had prescriptions go down too.

And - well not really, at my last exam I don't think I managed the top line but wearing contacts of course I can get it all!

And 26 Feb 2014, 10:11


how many different prescriptions have you had ? Has it changed every time you've been tested ? At least you'll be able to see much of the chart unaided, won't you ?

Likelenses 25 Feb 2014, 21:48


You said that at your appointment next month that your prescription could go up or down.

Have you been having any trouble seeing?I am curious as to why you think that it could go down.

Crystal Veil 25 Feb 2014, 15:56

Soundmanpt, yes I have the same feeling about daughter Esther. There is a real interest in glasses in her family. E.g. her brother is shortsighted and he asked my advice when he was looking for a very specific pair of new glasses in the style of the early 1960's. He would have been delighted to pose for me as well but my collection only hosts ladies glasses :). I have not seen Esther since the photo shoot but I did see her mother Miriam and she told me that Esther still wears the glasses when she is in the mood. Great!

Soundmanpt 25 Feb 2014, 15:18

Crystal Veil

I too am looking forward to seeing the mother / daughter photo shoot. I still very well recall the last mother / daughter shoot you did. It sure seemed as if the daughter was very interested in glasses considering she didn't actually need glasses. Unlike all the young people now that seem to enjoy the oversize fake "hipster" style glasses. Her taste in glasses seemed more classic than trendy. So I got the impression that she isn't like those types that is looking at that as a fashion item but more that she enjoy wearing glasses in a more casual style. So it was not at all surprising that she was more than happy to accept your offer for a free pair of Zenni glasses at the end of the shoot. Did you also feel that way as well?

astigmaphile 25 Feb 2014, 12:41

Crystal Veil,

I looked at your photoshoot with Simona last night. It is wonderful. Simona is very beautiful and talented.

Thank you for the info you gave me in your last posting. I am looking forward to seeing the Canadian model and her mother.

Cactus Jack 25 Feb 2014, 10:55

Curious George,

To add to Puffin's explanation, one big difference in how vertical prism and horizontal prism are prescribed is that while it is very rare for a person to need one eye BO and the other eye BI, it is common to split the total vertical prism in a prescription into one eye BU and the other BD unless the total amount of prism is very small and then it will all be in one eye.


Puffin 25 Feb 2014, 07:45

Like horizontal prisms - you get two images, except that they're one above the other instead of side by side.

Curious George 25 Feb 2014, 04:11

Hi all

I have a question. I know and understand when prisms are prescribed. I also know the symptoms for the need for horizontal prims.

But I don't seem to find any indications as to when vertical prisms are prescribed. What are the symptoms there? How can an optician tell that he has to check the client's eyes for a possible need for vertical prisms?

Thank you and best regards,

Curious George

Crystal Veil 25 Feb 2014, 01:55


the model in question is called Marleen. She did two photo shoots for me, both were posted on my first weblog. Her first photo shoot was posted in June, 2010. During the first part of that shoot, Marleen was posing in glasses near her own prescription

[L: -3.00; cyl -2.75 h / R: -1.50; cyl -4.00].

Just click the year 2010 on the opening page and then June on the next page that appears on your screen.

By the way, I am in the process of editing the final portraits of a mother / daughter photo shoot. The daughter is an experienced freelance model from Canada and she has almost perfect eyesight. Her mother had little experience with photo shoots but she may be of more interest to you as she has a prescription with substantial astigmatism (around -3.00, with a "vertical" axis, around 0 or 180). You will clearly notice the difference between her prescription and that of Marleen who has a horizontal axis (around 90). I expect to start posting the new mother / daughter shoot next week.

astigmaphile 24 Feb 2014, 19:34

Crystal Veil,

What model that you have photgraphed has a -4.00 cylinder prescription?

Crystal Veil 24 Feb 2014, 17:39


some people with an astigmatim as yours (-1.75) can use contact lenses without cylinders but it depends on the axis of both cylinders (left and right). I discovered this when preparing for a photo shoot with a model who had -4.00 astigmatism. In her case, the axis of the cylinders was almost identical. Translated into your situation: one contact lens with -6.00 and the other with -7.50 might work fine, depending on the axis of both cylinders. You would get an over correction for one eye and an under correction for the other eye but somehow, the brain puts the pieces of information together and the result can be surprisingly good. Mind you, the model in question did not wear contact lenses, just glasses - but it might work with contacts as well. It does not work if the difference in axis is around 45 degrees. And surprisingly, some glasses did the trick and others did not. So this is not a receipt with guaranteed success, just an approach that might work for you.

Clare 24 Feb 2014, 16:58

It will be a over a month late but I've bitten the bullet and booked my contact lens check up next month. I'm apprehensive as a number of things could happen - my prescription could go up/down, I could be told contact lenses are not good for my eyes, none of which I'll like. So I'm not looking forward to the last weekend in March and, meanwhile, I'll run out of contacts completely so won't have the option of wearing them - they're pretty uncomfortable anyway so it will probably be a good thing in the run up to my appointment. Funny how things work out like that ...

Likelenses 06 Feb 2014, 02:33


And yes,the only solution for your degree of astigmatism would be toric,and most likely rigid gas perm contacts.

Likelenses 06 Feb 2014, 02:30


Most eye doctors want you to wear glasses full if the astigmatism in the better eye is .75 or more.

Astigmatism is not like myopia.A small amount of it affects vision much worse.I would estimate that if you had only your myopia corrected,that your vision would be about 20/200.

DS 05 Feb 2014, 22:45


You might pass the vision test with spherical contact lenses, but you are getting close to the limit. You have to read the 20/40 line in most states.

Go to and enter "OD 0.75 CYL -1.75 X 45" for your query. If you know the axis for your astigmatism, you can fill in the correct value. This will show you an eye chart approximating your vision corrected with "best spherical equivalent".

Everyone else on the road would appreciate full correction, though, either with toric lenses or perhaps wearing a weaker pair of glasses with the astigmatism correction along with the contact lenses.

minus5wholuvsgwgs 05 Feb 2014, 15:50

With that level of astigmatism I certainly would not drive without correction for your short sight and the astigmatism Why not stick to glasses these days with nice frames glasses only add to a ladys beauty personally every girl i have ever dated has worn glasses and all look much lovelier with them

andrea 05 Feb 2014, 15:45

i wear glasses all the time. 24 and bad shortsighted -6.00 and i have astigmatism -1.75. could i wear normal contact lenses or do i need to get toric lenses? would i see good enough without correcting my astigmatism? what is the limet astigmatism for driving?

Stingray 05 Feb 2014, 14:29

I think with the prolific use of Iphones, Ipads, Kindles, lap top computers and the like, a new generation of high myopes has emerged. This generation has little use of distance vision because of dependence on these devices.

Eventually this and subsequent generations will develop high myopia for lack of using distance vision and relying so much on close vision to use these devices. Your thoughts?

Soundmanpt 19 Jan 2014, 20:03

Cactus Jack

Looking back I see that "g" was in here back on Dec 31st and did say he / she was 25 years old.

Cactus Jack 19 Jan 2014, 19:38


Wearing glasses or contacts will not appreciably affect your prescription. Genetics, visual environment, and age are the big factors. However, you may think your vision is worse without your glasses after a while.

Vision actually occurs in the brain and the eyes are merely biological cameras. The brain has amazing image processing powers if it knows what something is supposed to look like, but it takes lots of work and effort to clear up fuzzy images. When you wear glasses or contacts, they do the work necessary so your eyes can deliver sharp, clear images to the brain that require little or no extra processing or effort. Once the brain gets used to working with clear images, it will complain if it has to process blurry ones. As proof that vision occurs in the brain, ever had a dream? The brain produced the images in your dream while your eyes were shut.

About astigmatism. -1.25 is not a very high number, but the determination of the amount of astigmatism and the axis is a very subjective process. The accuracy of the cylinder and particularly the axis depends to a great extent on your skill in judging relative blurriness of two images as the examiner flips a supplemental lens back and forth. It is very hard for an inexperienced person to do.

Astigmatism actually changes very slowly, if at all. Most changes in astigmatism are caused by the inexperience of the patient. There are ways to improve the accuracy which have been described on the Astigmatism thread.

May I ask:

1. Your age

2. Occupation

3. Where you live? (country)


g 19 Jan 2014, 16:45

ive been wearing glasses for two weeks now and eyes feel great. i think my vision is bad but opticians says im just shortsighted which is common. im always going to have to wear glasses/contacts with my prescription -3.25 -3.75 i have -1.25 astigmastism in one eye and wearing glasses will stop it getting worse. is this bad astigmatism?

Julian 15 Jan 2014, 19:11

Hey, ConcernedMama, that's really good news!

Soundmanpt 15 Jan 2014, 15:45

Concerned Mom

That's great to hear! I'm sure you feel relieved.

ConcernedMama 15 Jan 2014, 14:53

Hello all!

I just wanted to share some fantastic news with you all because you've supported me so much through the tough times.

Yesterday we were at Moorfields with both the little ones and NEITHER OF THEM NEEDED AN INCREASE! In fact, they reduced my son's prescription a little as they think this will stop it reducing.

I was so happy - it is the first time since my daughter M got her glasses that she hasn't had to have an increase. She's due for an exam under anaesthetic at the end of March but everybody seemed to breathe a sigh of relief to see that things hadn't progressed.

So - my son is going back in June and M in March - lots of time to enjoy being a family and not worrying about eyes!

Thank you all so much!

CM x

Dave 15 Jan 2014, 13:22

Hi Adam --

My prescription is pretty much like yours and I only use my glasses when I feel a need to like driving at night or watching tv if it's pretty far off and I want to see anything that might be on display at the bottom of the screen. I think my visual acuity puts me just on the edge of legal driving here in California without correction. I know a couple of guys who have even a lesser prescription than mine and they wear their glasses all the time. Frankly, I think it's more of a fashion statement on their part, since they couldn't possibly need correction to go from their gym lockers to the showers with at most a -75! I do believe that a lot of minor myopia today is caused by the visual environment in which we work so taking regular eye breaks from the computer and concentrating on a distant object is a good idea.

BOBBY 13 Jan 2014, 04:10

Cactus Jack,

I understand what you mean. I will just have to decide what I really want to do.


I have never had my pupils dilated. The reason why I had my eyes checked is because I had this urge to try on different lenses and to talk face to face about vision.

svensont 12 Jan 2014, 15:47


What was the reason to make an eye test? Was the eye doctor dilating your eyes?

The more you will wear your glasses, the more difference you will notice. I guess that after few weeks full time you should start having difficulties without glasses (ie tired eyes, maybe headache).

Cactus Jack 12 Jan 2014, 12:32


Latent or hidden hyperopia occurs when you use your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to internally correct your hyperopia. Many people do this for years and the ciliary muscles, in effect, take a "set" without your being aware of it. It can take weeks or months for the ciliary muscles to fully relax AFTER you start wearing glasses full time and your actual hyperopia is fully revealed and corrected.

You are not doing yourself any favors by NOT wearing your glasses for three reasons. One, you are using your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses for focusing on distant objects, which is limiting your accommodation available for close work. Two, you are not using your ciliary muscles over their full range which sometimes leads to early onset of presbyopia. Three, because of the difference in the prescription for your two eyes, your eye muscle control system is having to work harder than it does if your vision is balanced by your glasses, where the same amount of accommodation is required in each eye for focusing close.

If you wear your glasses full time, AND if there is any Latent Hyperopia, it will gradually be revealed by a need for more plus for distance vision. At 21, it is unlikely that you have very much latent hyperopia. A dilated exam would help reveal it, but it usually takes time AND dilated exams to find out the true extent of latent hyperopia.


BOBBY 12 Jan 2014, 12:14

Cactus Jack

Thanks for your fast reply.

Well, I already know I am mildly longsighted (latent hyperopia as I've noticed you guys call it). My left eye is somewhere around +1.75 whereas my right eye is +1.25. I've never had issues seeing anything, but at the eye exam this prescription has sharpened a bit the bottom line of the eye chart. I terms of close work, I've never experienced any blurred vision, eye strain or headaches, but that's probably because I am only 21.

Anyway, when I wear the glasses for longer periods of time, I do notice that my eyes become more relaxed, but as I said, I'm not finding them a necessity for now. More like an entertainment.

What do you guys think of all this?

CactusJ jack 12 Jan 2014, 10:44


You need to get an eye exam to find out for sure. Before you do that, may I ask what kind of problems you are having and your age. Maybe we can tell you what to say to the examiner when you are asked what kind of problems you are having in words that will get the results you hope for.


I will be off line for a few days, but there are others who can help.

BOBBY 12 Jan 2014, 07:29

Hi everyone. I've been looking at this website for a while due to my fascination for glasses and vision, but it's only been recently that I actually found out that I may need glasses.

Adam 12 Jan 2014, 05:58

Hi Dave

All of my brothers and sister wear contact lenses so are full time, and wear glasses when they have no lenses in.

I am getting more used to my glasses, I don't wear them at work but do end up wearing them most evenings. This is due to the fact my eyes feel more relaxed wearing them. The reason I don't wear them at more often is I do t want to become reliant on them, and like the fact I can still get by without them.

Soundmanpt 07 Jan 2014, 13:39


Really what your talking about is not that new, but interesting enough it has been on and off the market several times. It is called Orthokeratology Corneal Reshaping In short "Ortho-K"

I think what your curious about is what the results would be for say someone with perfect vision to wear these lenses over time?

Now for what it's worth the last I recall this process only had results for people with very low prescriptions, so not really for everyone. I knew an optician at a Sears optical and she was trying them herself. She said you first have to wear them a good while before they start to correct your daytime vision. But she said they do work but she did say that one thing she found is that she was amazed at how quick her eyes returned to her real prescription. She said she quickly found out that as soon as she noticed her vision becoming even slightly blurred she was going to need her glasses pretty quickly. Now i don't since i haven't seen her for a good while if her eyes held longer the more she slept in them or not. but at that time she said she was fine without correction for about 7 hours or so, certainly not all day.

Daffy 07 Jan 2014, 06:08

Chich- some time ago I read about some contact lenses one would wear over night. The exact name escapes me now. The contact lens was/is a hard lens and the concept of this lens was to press/shape/mold a myopic eye overnight. In the morning the lens is popped out and the vision would be perfect. Over the course of the day the eyeball would revert back and the wearer wears the lens again overnight. I can't remember if this ever became available or it was a research/trial thing. So I guess what you are referring to is this but you want to induce the myopia. Maybe someone here also read about this.

Daffy 07 Jan 2014, 06:02

Brian- the add came about a year and half ago. I probably didn't need it yet, but I asked for it as I'm in electronics and need to see very up close and my eyes felt tired.

Brian 06 Jan 2014, 19:20

Daffy, Your lucky you stayed stable. I started at 2BI in 2010 and am up to 5BI in each eye now. I have an eye exam next month so I'm hoping it stays steady. How long have you had a bi-focal add? I'm 35 and so far no need for bifocals yet..

Cactus Jack 05 Jan 2014, 14:38


I don't believe it would have much effect. There is some evidence that there are special hormones produced by the retina and affect eyeball growth and genetics plays a very big controlling role in their production. If internal eye pressures had much effect on myopia, people with glaucoma would probably be very myopic.

True, the major cause of myopia is excessive distance from the eye's lens system to the retina. The distances involved are very small and the total optical power of the 4 lenses in the eye's lens system is very strong, between 50 and 60 diopters. Myopia results when the distance is too long by about 0.3 mm per diopter.

In general both myopia and hyperopia are caused by a mismatch between the total optical power of the eye's lens system and the distance to the retina. Myopia is caused by too much PLUS and hyperopia is caused by too little PLUS. Pressing gently on the cornea could temporarily reduce its considerable PLUS power and cause slightly LESS myopia. That is the principle behind the use of special contact lenses to reshape the cornea to reduce myopia.


chich 05 Jan 2014, 11:12

From what I understand, pressing on the eyes causes a slight spike in eye pressure. Technically speaking, the reason for myopia is that the eyeball is too long. Which brings me to my question:

Does anyone think that pushing on them lightly for an extended period of time (say over night) could cause an increase in nearsightedness? like maybe stimulate eye growth in order to compensate for the increase in pressure?

pauld 05 Jan 2014, 07:37

cactus jack,thanks for that

Cactus Jack 05 Jan 2014, 07:03


Base In (BI) prism will correct or cause the eyes to turn outward which is NOT a normal function of the eye's positioning control system. There is never a natural NEED for both eyes to turn outward at the same time, so from a practical point of view, BI glasses primarily CORRECT the situation where the eyes turn outward (DIVERGE) because of muscle imbalance, nerve, control system problems, or congenital malformation problems.

For distance vision, the central axes of vision of both eyes are parallel. To focus closer, the eyes must CONVERGE (plus change focus) or double vision will result. The eye muscle control system is essentially programed to look straight ahead, left, right, up, down and oblique in a coordinated fashion. However, the control system can be re-programed and in effect, strabismus (general term for misalignment of the eyes) can be induced much more easily than inducing myopia. Exophoria (medical term for the eyes turning outward or diverging) is harder to induce than esophoria (medical term for the eyes turning inward, crossing, or converging) because it is not a normal function of the eye's position system, but it is possible. Esophoria IS a normal function when ever you focus close so it is much easier to tolerate or induce.

I don't know your background so I will try to no get too technical. The eye's positioning system is what is called, in engineering terms, an open loop servo system, where the system does not know the ACTUAL position of the eyes, but tries to match the two images together to see 3-D. This is different than a closed loop system, such as is used in precision machining or robotics where the position of the tool is known to a very tiny fraction of an inch or mm.

If you wear glasses with BI or BO prism your eye muscle control system will try to match the images from your eyes so you do not see double, it is just harder with BI prism. The risk is that some people already have an eye position problem, but over time, the control system has been trained to overcome it without the use of prisms. In some ways it is a bit like Latent Hyperopia where wearing plus glasses will allow the ciliary muscles to gradually relax and reveal the true correction needed. The same thing can occur with the eye position system. I believe this is what occurs in some instances, when wearing prism causes "dependence". The need was already there, but masked. I think it is also a cause of adult strabismus, where esophoria or other phorias develop in adulthood, but were not manifest in childhood.

Please remember that I am not an Eye Care Professional, but an amateur in the original French sense. My knowledge and opinions come from self study and desire to understand my own adult strabismus problems with esophoria.


Daffy 05 Jan 2014, 06:13

Brian- I tried 6BI but after I found out I "needed" correction I experimented no further. My Rx is R -6/-.75/21 4 BI & L -6/-.75/2 4BI add +1.75. I'm 37.

pauld 05 Jan 2014, 05:26

helpful,ok,thanks for your help,as i was just wondering if the prisms would affect my eyes

helpful I hope 05 Jan 2014, 05:19

Excuse saying above when the layout of ES means messages come out BELOW


I think I gave my view if you wear them long but others more qualified will no doubt explain better

helpful I hope 05 Jan 2014, 05:15

Hasten to add that each person is individual and if you have a genuine need for either be careful if you are thinking of increasing. The above comments relate to wearing for GOC when the person has a longing for that aspect and is prepared to 'experiment'. I think the advice there would be like I said above with Base IN as there is no toleration

pauld 05 Jan 2014, 05:11

helpful,so if i wear them for goc full time i will need them always when i get used to them

Helpful I hope 05 Jan 2014, 05:07

I think there is a difference in wearing base in prism which can become a real need if wore for long and base out prism which can be tolerated to a certain level without becoming 'hooked'. No expert just what I read here from time to time from contributors who regular help with ?s.

pauld 05 Jan 2014, 05:00

hi,i have been given a pair of glasses with -12 lenses in and with 5 base in prisms,i was wondering if i wear them for goc will the prisms pull my eyes inwards and will it affect my vision when i remove them,thanks

hoffide 05 Jan 2014, 04:00

I have to wear glasses with prisms, is not always fun. Currently there are a total of 24 to 44 prisms, depending on the distance. Here are a few examples:

chich 04 Jan 2014, 22:45

From what I understand, pressing on the eyes causes a slight spike in eye pressure. Technically speaking, the reason for myopia is that the eyeball is too long. Which brings me to my question:

Does anyone think that pushing on them lightly for an extended period of time (say over night) could cause an increase in nearsightedness? like maybe stimulate eye growth in order to compensate for the increase in pressure?

Brian 04 Jan 2014, 22:00

Daffy, Are you still at 4BI or has your prism increased? What is your age and full prescription now? Thanks..

Dave 04 Jan 2014, 13:31

Hi Adam --

How are you getting on with your new glasses? Interesting that you and your siblings are all myopic. Funny how that can work out although your prescription isn't strong at all. A friend of mine and his wife have flawless vision and all of their four children are myopic -- one a -6. I'll bet that your -4 brother and sister are full time, even for reading.



Daffy 04 Jan 2014, 09:07

I experimented with prisms a few years ago. Started with 3BI. To cut the long story short I couldn't wear contacts for 3 months and the only glasses I had was the prismed glasses. I had to wear them because I naturally have -6. After the three months I went back to contacts and could not tolerate the absence of the prism. I went to see the eye doc and he then prescribed me 4BI and a good lecture. So in a way I became dependant on them.

Just beware. They are a thrill at the beginning, but the feeling wears off quickly.

Brian 03 Jan 2014, 19:51

Dan, I'm not an expert by any means on prisms, but prisms essentially move the image as your eye sees them, so no, a base in prism does not act like a plus lenses, it will essential move the image as you see it but not magnify it like a plus lense would. I think ones eyes becomes dependant on them because it gets used to sitting in a certain position as the prism repositions the eye behind the lense. I would think anything more than 3 in each eye would make it tough to go w/o them if you wore them for a while. I'm sure others hear on the board could add more with additional technical insight.

Dan 03 Jan 2014, 19:12

A few questions on prisms...

If you don't need prisms, but wear glasses with them anyway, do you become dependent and if so, how long would it take? Do you need a certain strength of prism to make you dependent?

Does a base in prism just act as more plus? Supposed you had +1.5 glasses with a +1 BI in each eye. Is that similar to just a +2.5 prescription or am I totally wrong here?

Thanks in advance.

Soundmanpt 01 Jan 2014, 17:42


You did nothing wrong. I don't have any idea what your first prescription was or how much you wore your glasses or when you switched to contacts, but it was pretty likely that even though you were at an age where many have their vision become stable that you were going to be needing an increase after your first year with glasses. That is very normal as your eyes become more adjusted to them. So it is possible that you became more dependent on full time correction sooner maybe, but your eyes were going to continue to change even if you tried to wear your glasses less often.

No your prescription is considered in the moderate range even though i'm sure you feel a definate need for them. For what it is worth I doubt that your eyes will change much over the coming years if that makes you feel any better. And now that your being told that you need to stop wearing contacts your glasses should look quite nice and you don't need to pay extra for hi index lenses (thinner). Once your eeys do get stable you may want to make wearing glasses be like a jewelery item and have several different ones that you can wear with different outfits. In other words make it fun and enjoy the complements you get.

g 01 Jan 2014, 15:52

i only started wearing contacts and glasses because i could see clearer. now i cant see without them. i never use to go to the opticians ever and now i wear glasses all the time. is my nearsighted prescription that bad? is there something i could of done to not be dependant on correction? or does nearsighteness catch up with you in the end.

Soundmanpt 31 Dec 2013, 12:52


No! Your vision isn't going to get better by not wearing correction. You may or may not still be able to read close up without your glasses if you choose, but if you were told not to wear contacts I think you will be wearing glasses full time. Of course you are doing no harm to try going without glasses but I doubt you will be able to since your eyes are now so used to seeing regularly all the time with contacts. Your often what is referred to as "dependent" now.

g 31 Dec 2013, 12:44

i found out i was nearsighted 2 years ago. had my eyes tested and got first glasses, i have been wearing contact lenses nearly all of the time and now ive been told to give them a rest by the optician. my glasses are -3.25. when im not wearing glasses or lenses i cant see anymore, i couldnt go a day with not wearing them now. is this because nearsightedness affects you when you get older? im 25 now. if i stopped wearing them all the time could my eyes get better?

Adam 30 Dec 2013, 11:07

Hi, I guess they are fairly low as the highest is my brother and sister who are around -4 but have worn them from around the age of 12.

My other brother started wearing glasses at around the age of 24 and i think is around -1.75 and he his now 32, he got glasses after starting a journalism course which I guess involved a lot of close work.

Dave 30 Dec 2013, 06:22

Hi Adam --

Sounds like myopia runs in your family but still suspect that yours is the pseudo myopia that Cactus Jack was talking about. Are your siblings highly myopic or pretty much low myopes?

Keep us posted and let us know if you begin to wear your new glasses more often. Happy New Year!

Adam 28 Dec 2013, 10:43

I was actually the last person out of my 2 brothers and sister who needed glasses. They all wear contacts more than glasses. I guess with this it was a high chance I would need some, but they all got them at a much younger age than I did.

Cactus jack 27 Dec 2013, 15:16


Making your glasses debut in front of your siblings is the worst depute of all. Siblings are notoriously "hard" cases. If they tried them on, the ones that did not make much of a comment are the ones that discovered that their "perfect" vision was better with the glasses.


Adam 27 Dec 2013, 13:23

Yes that is try I hadn't really noticed it before, I guess I had just got used to the slight blur without glasses.

I'm still not used to them and find it strange seeing my reflection wearing them. I haven't worn them too much as do like still having the choice of wearing them.

Dave 27 Dec 2013, 11:52

Adam --

Well I guess you have discovered that your new glasses will be more useful than just for driving at night. Nevertheless, you've got a pretty minor prescription so how much you wear them is entirely up to you. Let us know how you continue to get on with them and Happy New Year.


Adam 26 Dec 2013, 13:19

Hi hope everyone had a good Christmas!?

I spent it with my family so was a chance to wear my glasses in front of them. I didn't have much choice as we have a small tv at my parents home, and I was struggling to see it with out my glasses. The reaction was ok, a few comments from my brothers and sister, which was to be expected I guess!

Dave 23 Dec 2013, 11:53

Adam --

The same thing happened to my nephew who was told by his eye doctor that his myopia (mild) was a result of too much computer work and that he should look away from the computer screen on a regular basis so that his eyes wouldn't worsen.

At this point I suspect you'll probably wear glasses at least for driving at night but let us know how your experience with them goes. They should make a difference.

Adam 22 Dec 2013, 13:41

Thanks for the information and I have looked at the other site.

I guess it is the same as getting a new haircut, it is just waiting to hear peoples reaction.

I work on a computer all day at the pension company, which I guess why my sight has got worse, as before I started working their my vision had always seemed pretty good.

Adam 22 Dec 2013, 13:41

Thanks for the information and I have looked at the other site.

I guess it is the same as getting a new haircut, it is just waiting to hear peoples reaction.

I work on a computer all day at the pension company, which I guess why my sight has got worse, as before I started working their my vision had always seemed pretty good.

Cactus Jack 22 Dec 2013, 10:30


Your prescription means that your vision is a little fuzzy at all distances because of astigmatism and a lot more fuzzy beyond about 1 meter or 40 inches. I think you will ultimately decide to wear the glasses full time because of the comfort. Part of the fatigue you mentioned is caused by your brain having to work overtime to try correct what you see.

Vision actually occurs in the brain and the eyes are merely biological cameras. One of the reasons people with vision problems think they have perfect vision is that if the brain knows what something is supposed to look like, that is what you will see. By the way, this works even with your eyes closed. Ever had a dream? Your brain is creating those images while you sleep. The problem with the brain having to correct images is that it takes lots of work and energy which does not have to be expended if the eyes are delivering very sharp images.

I think almost everyone on this site had experienced concern about what other people will think about the fact that they are wearing glasses or that they have new glasses. I would urge you to read the very funny series of posts by Macrae and others. It is posted on the Vision and Spex web site under "Fantasy and True Stories about vision/glasses" titled "Macrae's true story". Admittedly, Macrae needed plus glasses rather than minus glasses, but the reason you need glasses does not really affect the psychology involved.

I often urge people, who formerly thought they had perfect vision and have had their world shattered, to "bite the bullet" and wear their glasses full time for two weeks and then make a decision about when to wear them. This will do three things. One, It will let your friends, family, and co-workers get used to your wearing glasses. Two, It will let you get used to wearing them and hopefully get over your apprehension. Three, most importantly, it will let your brain relax and get used to working with high quality images.

I need to warn you about item three. Once your brain gets used to effortlessly processing the high quality images and you quit wearing your glasses full time, your brain will likely complain mightily and you will think your glasses have made your vision suddenly worse when it really has not. If you quit wearing your glasses, you can make your brain resume the extra effort after a few days, because it really did not forget how, it just knows that there is a better way to see "clearly" and glasses are simply tools to make that possible.

I don't think you have mentioned your occupation, but I think I can give you an example, in a different context, of what happens to your brain after it gets used to your glasses doing the work. I am semi-retired and have a small business where I need to fasten parts down with small screws. For years I did it with a hand screwdriver and thought nothing of it. A friend gave me a small hand-held battery powered screwdriver that was amazingly powerful. Initially, I thought it was a toy, but I started using it. I discovered that my wrist was no longer sore after a day of work and I could get much more done (productivity anyone?). Now, even if I have only one screw to drive, I reach for the electric screw driver and dread the day this little marvel has to be replaced. Every time I go to an adult men's toy store (in the US, Home Depot or Lowe's), I browse the tool department to check out the latest offerings in small, powerful, electric screwdrivers. It is now the most essential tool I have.

You use other "tools" for your comfort every day and probably thing noting of it. Ever think of clothes and shoes as tools to keep you warm and the rocks from hurting your feet?

Please let us know how you get on and what you think of Macrae's true story.


Adam 22 Dec 2013, 08:27

I have actually got some glasses yesterday as they were able to be made in an hour, as I was going to be doing a bit of driving over Christmas thought I should get them now and see how much I benefit from them.

I have worn them a bit inside but not in front of others yet, am not used to having them on my face yet! I'm not sure about contacts as I'm not sure if I need correction all of the time, or if I should just wear them for driving at night!?

Cactus Jack 21 Dec 2013, 21:45


I believe you could benefit from vision correction. Glasses would offer the most accurate correction for your myopia (1st number) and your astigmatism (2nd and 3rd numbers). However, your astigmatism is low enough that you could probably have satisfactory correction with sphere only contact lenses.

Have you had any thought about what you would like to do?

Have you made any arrangements for glasses or contact lenses?


Dave 21 Dec 2013, 10:46

Hi Adam

If you decide to get glasses please let us know what you think of them. I suspect you will find they are useful for nighttime driving. Merry Christmas

Adam 19 Dec 2013, 12:37

I had been noticing a slight difficultly with driving at night, a kind of halo effect around lights then not being able to read signs till I was fairly close!!

I had also noticed my eyes feeling a bit strained when I got home after being at work all day.

Thought it would be best to get it checked out.

Cactus Jack 18 Dec 2013, 18:45


The prescription indicates that you are mildly nearsighted (Myopia) with a bit of astigmatism. There are two kinds of Myopia. True or Axial Myopia which is caused by the eyeball growing a little bit too long for the total power of your eye's lens system and False or Pseudo Myopia which is caused by your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses (the auto focus part of your eyes) taking a "set" from too much close work like using a computer or reading a lot. Pseudo Myopia is actually the same phenomenon at Latent Hyperopia, just on the other side of 0.00

A person can have both types of Myopia. If both are present, they add together and it is very difficult to tell which is which on an eye exam because the symptoms and correction is identical for both. The BIG difference is that True Myopia is permanent, but False Myopia can resolve itself over time, under the right conditions. It is unfortunate that you went so long without an eye exam because comparing prescription changes over time can provide a good clue as to what is happening.

Because of your age, I suspect that you have very little, if any, True or Axial Myopia or it would have caused you problems when you got your original driver's license or on a previous eye exam. I suspect that you may have some False or Pseudo Myopia. It is very common when a person does a lot of close work.

You also have some astigmatism as indicated by the 2nd and 3rd numbers in your prescription. Astigmatism is caused by uneven curvature of the front surface of the cornea and is completely unrelated to Myopia. Unfortunately, astigmatism messes up vision at all distances and makes small text harder to read.

I believe you would certainly benefit by wearing vision correction, particularly for distance, but it may also make close work more comfortable by correcting your astigmatism. With out correction, you prescription means that things begin to get fuzzy beyond about 80 cm or 32 inches and text is not as sharp and clear as it should be.

May I ask what prompted you to get an eye exam?


Adam 18 Dec 2013, 15:47

I'm 28 and I did get given a prescription I think it said -0.75 -50 86 and -1.00 -0.25 85.

Cactus Jack 17 Dec 2013, 17:28


We need a little more information to be able to answer your question.

1. Your age?

2. Did you get a prescription after the exam?

#. What does it say?

Without more information, my answer would be it is possible that doing a lot of close work is a factor, but there can be other factors involved also. Most important thing is the sign on the 1st number in the prescription, the Sphere correction.


Adam 17 Dec 2013, 13:39

Hi I had my first eye test in a good few years, and have been told that I would benefit from a pair my distance vision.

I had always had perfect vision until recently when I noticed problems with driving at night. I was wondering if this change in vision might've happened due to my new job of a few years, which involves using a computer most of the day?

Cactus Jack 09 Dec 2013, 21:42


I Received your email and am analyzing it. I will reply in a day or so.


T 09 Dec 2013, 18:30

Cactus Jack,

I sent my email again a minute ago, please check it!

Cactus Jack 07 Dec 2013, 18:12

T, is correct. I have received several email at that address of the last two weeks. The last two were 12/03 and 12/04.

Please try again and confirm here.


REd 07 Dec 2013, 18:02


This video may be of interest and relevant to you. The woman's prescription is similar to yours. Any comment?

You may need to copy and paste this link into your browser

T 07 Dec 2013, 15:04

Cactus Jack,

I wrote an email with some question about prism to some days ago.

Is it your valid address?

Soundmanpt 27 Nov 2013, 13:50

Jersey Girl

Thanks for your update. I was sure that after you started wearing your aunt's glasses when you were staying with her that it wouldn't be much longer until you took them and had her prescription made up for new glasses for yourself. I am surprised since you seemed to even like the fact that they were bifocals that you didn't get that put into your glasses as well. It could be when you found out how expensive bifocals / progressives are that you decided to just continue wearing single vision glasses. Interesting that you also got fitted for contacts, but no surprise that they weren't intense enough for you without wearing your first glasses over them for the sharpness you want. Now I guess I can assume you must have gone on line to order your current glasses since you didn't have any glasses to copy from? You don't seem to happy with the thickness of the lenses though so you must not have gotten hi index lenses for them? Next time you get new glasses since your prescription is getting pretty strong if you want your glasses to not look so thick try getting the thinner lenses.

Just a thought, if you had never come across your ex-boyfriends mother's glasses on your way to a play and tried them on just for out of curiosity and found out that you could see so well with them just how much longer you have gone before you noticed that you were becoming nearsighted? Because even then when you went for your exam you were only prescribed with a weak pair of -.75 glasses which were about -1.00 less than your bfs mother's glasses which you felt you could see much better with and from then on you have always managed to increase from what your real prescription has been. If you hadn't had her glasses to compare to when you would have finally gotten your eyes examined you probably would have been fine with your actual rx and never even had any idea about making your glasses stronger each time. but you have never complained about wearing glasses and i'm sure you must like how you look wearing glasses

REd 27 Nov 2013, 11:39


As always I agree with Cactus Jack that retinal detachment is the largest risk. My boss has twin daughters with prescriptions similar to yours. His advice "If you notice a sudden change of vision get immediate help. Not next week, not tomorrow, not later today, but now". If the retina begins to detach, you may lose vision in one of four directions-up, down, left or right.

You and your parents need a good understanding of your overall vision situation with emphasis on retinal detachment. The 3 of you should make a written list of questions, visit your doctor and insist on answers. Most likely he is not expert for your situation and may refer you to a doctor in the Twin Cities.

Again, I am not an ECP and I absolutely do not wish to alarm you. However it is in the best interest of you and your parents to understand your situation and the symptoms of retinal detachment.

Cactus Jack 26 Nov 2013, 13:08


Sorry I didn't answer your very important question about the rate of increase in your prescription. The reason I did not answer was that I did not think the increase was unusually large for a 15 YO, probably going through puberty, with fairly high myopia. It is not an unusual increase for anyone with even moderate myopia in their mid-teens. As REd said, it will likely slow down quite a bit over the next few years, but that does NOT mean it should be ignored. Lets get a bit technical.

The two prescriptions were 15 months apart. The important numbers are the rate of increase in the Sphere. -1.25 in the Right Eye and -1.50 in the Left Eye in 15 months. The changes in the Cylinder and Axis are relatively unimportant because they have a really different cause than your myopia. Also, they are very subjective numbers that depend on your ability to judge relative blurriness. You could have had another exam the next day, and it is likely that the Cylinder and Axis would be a bit different.

Myopia is generally caused by the eyeball being too long for the total PLUS power of your Cornea, Aqueous Humor, Crystalline Lens, and Vitreous Humor. We typically ignore the Humors, but they contribute a little PLUS also. The Cornea and the Crystalline Lens make the biggest contribution to the approximate +58 diopters in the eye's lens system. The extra length is not very much, only about 0.3 mm per diopter, but a little bit goes a long way in your situation. Your left eye with the -10.00 correction is only about 3.3 mm too long for the considerable PLUS power of your eye's lenses. What makes very high myopia dangerous is the fact that too much eyeball growth strains the attachment of the retina to the back of the eyeball and sometimes it tears loose and that can cause loss of sight. Fortunately, if action is taken quickly to tack it back in place with a laser, sight will be restored.

A couple of points to remember. Glasses or Contact lenses neutralize or cancel out refractive errors. MINUS lenses neutralize TOO MUCH PLUS for people with myopia and PLUS lenses supplement TOO LITTLE PLUS for people with hyperopia. Often, when discussing the optics of the eye, we use what is called the "simplified" eye to teach how the optics work. We consider the eye to be a 25 mm sphere with a +40 lens on the front and the retina at the back.

The math is so easy that you can almost do it in your head. Reality is a little more complex, but not much, but also not hard, once you understand the basics.

If you would like to know more about how all this works, I can offer some suggestions to help you get started learning about it on your own. Even with the above, you know more than probably 99% of the students and 50% of he teachers in your school.


Ellie 26 Nov 2013, 11:08

Cactus Jack and REd,

Thanks again for all your information. I think you accidentally overlooked a question that I had asked, which is, was the increase that I just had in my prescription normal or abnormal? I know that it's normal for kids my age to get stronger glasses, but how much stronger is normal? And what about my prescription in general? Lots of kids in my school are nearsighted, but as far as I know, I have the strongest prescription -- not something to be proud of.

REd 26 Nov 2013, 10:59


First of all, I love your sense of humor about the weather in Fargo.

Not to try to one up Cactus Jack, but I've driven through Fargo and actually landed at the airport. In the bad old days a flight Minneapolis to Winnipeg made stops in Fargo and Grand Forks. Now there are non stops.

Like CJ I am not an ECP; however I believe CJ's advice is sound.

Best wishes to you

Cactus Jack 25 Nov 2013, 23:51


Thank you for your answers. Believe it or not, I have been to Fargo, but never landed there.

About 35-40 years ago, I worked for a company that made automatic pilots for small airplanes. One of our customers was Bellanca Aircraft in Alexandria, MN. We often made test flights to Fargo to test the ability of the autopilot to follow the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the Fargo Airport. We would get down to about 200 feet above the ground and execute what is called a Missed Approach and return to Alexandria, so we never landed. The next nearest ILS was in Minneapolis with lots of traffic.

I was not surprised by your answers about your close focusing habits. You need to understand that I am not an Eye Care Professional (ECP). My background is Electronic Engineering and Computers. I have studied vision and optics to learn more about my own vision problems and some think I am a pretty good explainer. I'm 76 now and live in Houston.

There may not be an Ophthalmologist in Fargo that specializes in Progressive Myopia, I suspect the nearest may be in Minneapolis-St. Paul, but you really ought to try to consult with one for the very best advice on limiting the progression.

I would suggest trying to minimize focusing stress. There are several ways to do that. A simple way to do that is by wearing "reading glasses" when you are doing a lot of close focusing. You may already have some "reading glasses" that will work. These are some of your older glasses with 1.50 to 2.00 LESS sphere correction (e.g. -7.50 to -8.50) with cylinder and axis as close as possible to your current prescription. Another possible solution is to get some +1.50 to +2.00 Over-the-Counter (OTC) readers and wear them over your glasses when you are reading or studying, Wal-Mart sells them. Probably the best solution would be bifocals with a +1.50 to +2.00 ADD in the reading segment, because they are always handy. However, it is likely that your present ECP might be reluctant to fit a 15 YO with bifocals and you might be reluctant to wear them. One thing to consider, because to the number of teen agers that are using smartphone and tablets with very tiny text, more and more teens are experiencing headaches and other problems associated with close focusing and are wearing bifocals to make the displays easier to read. If you got bifocals, you might start a trend.

If you have any more questions or need us to interpret an older prescription, let us know.


Ellie 25 Nov 2013, 21:07

To REd and to Cactus Jack, lots of thanks for writing long answers that explained lots of things to me. Most of my relatives have glasses or contacts. I asked my mom and she said she has -8 glasses and my dad has -5. So I have past both of them. She said 3 of my grandparents are nearsighted and one has reading glasses.

Answers to other questions:

Do I read a lot? Y.

Use cellphone a lot? Y (texting).

Tablet? Y but not as much.

Where do I live? Fargo ND USA. (btw I'm not a farm girl. If you don't know it, Fargo is a city with over 100,000 people and the metro area is over 200,000.) Come visit someday. If you like winter, come from October to May. If you like summer, come on July 18 through July 22, or something like that. Right now it's 12 degrees and snowing.

REd 25 Nov 2013, 11:42


Cactus Jack always provides excellent answers. I will add to his comments.

Firstly it is your right to have a copy of your prescription. Just ask for it.

The first number in a prescription is always sphere. It can be positive or negative and is measured in diopters. Visualize a flat piece of glass. For a positive prescription glass will be added so the middle of the lens will be thicker than the edges. This type of lens helps people who are farsighted (not you).

For a negative prescription (such as yours) glass will be removed (subtracted) so the middle of the lens will be thinner than the edges. In your case (-9 and -10 sphere) the edge of the lens will be much thicker than the middle. For a person with mild myopia (say -1)the edge of the lens will be slightly thicker than the middle.

The 2 paragraphs above does not describe how lens are made; it is only to illustrate.

The next 2 numbers of any prescription pertain to astigmatism. You have a minor/moderate level of astigmatism.

At age 15 you have been or may presently be going through puberty. Often myopia progresses more rapidly during puberty and slows down after puberty and finally stabilizes (stops increasing). While there is no guarantee, it is most likely you will experience this over the next few years.

Sappho 25 Nov 2013, 06:16

Thanks Jersey Girl. I too was wondering how your myopia was progressing. The 1.75s over contacts sounds a good idea to give you really clear vision.

You used to write about a friend who wore your old glasses, are you still passing on?

Cactus Jack 24 Nov 2013, 23:55


You have what is called progressive myopia and it is very good that you have become interested in your vision and want to know more about it. Knowing as much as you can about medical conditions are the key to managing them.

It is normal, for vision to change from being hyperopic or farsighted in early childhood, though the teen years, and into adulthood when it stops. You had an early start on myopia. These changes occur because the head and eye socket grow and ideally the eyeballs grow along with head growth. The growth is affected by several factors, but the most important one is genetics, followed by your visual environment. If a person's eyeballs don't grow enough they wind up being hyperopic or farsighted and need PLUS lenses to enable them to see clearly, particularly close up. If the eyeball grows too much or too fast, they become myopic or nearsighted and need MINUS lenses to allow them to see distant things clearly. I suspect some of your parents, grandparents or aunts or uncles are also myopic or nearsighted an you have inherited the genes that are causing your excessive eyeball growth.

Frankly, there is not much you can do about your genetic make-up, but you may be able to help slow your myopia by control of your visual environment. Before we talk about that, lets talk about what your prescription means by disassembling your new prescription.

OD -9.00 sph -1.50 cyl 10 axis

OS -10.00 sph -1.00 cyl 165 axis

OD = Right Eye, OS = Left Eye (OD and OS are abbreviations for the Latin names.

-9.00 and -10.00 sphere corrects your myopia caused by a mismatch between the total PLUS power of your eye's lens system and the length of your eyeball from the back of the crystalline lens to the retina.

-1.50 and -1.00 cylinder corrects your astigmatism caused by uneven curvature of the front surface of the cornea.

10 and 165 axis is the direction of the long axis of the cylinder. By convention, 0 degrees is horizontal and the numbers increase counter-clockwise (looking at the patient) to 90 degrees vertical and on to 180 degrees, horizontal again. The numbers are always between 0 and 180 degrees.

A PLUS spherical lens is shaped like a slice from the side of a glass ball. A cylindrical lens is shaped like a slice from the side of a glass can. A MINUS spherical lens is shaped like the inside surface of a glass sphere.

Your visual environment is important for normal vision development. It is believed that when you focus close to read, the stress of focusing contributes to the production of a hormone that causes your eyeballs to grow. You are at an age where you do a lot of close work, reading, using a computer, a cell phone or a tablet. You can reduce the amount of focusing stress by wearing an older pair of glasses with less minus when you do close work or wear bifocals in your glasses or wear reading glasses over your regular glasses. Unfortunately, reducing your close focusing stress is NOT guaranteed to slow your myopia, but it can't hurt.

You asked about going blind. That is very unlikely, but people with high myopia are at higher risk of retinal detachment at the sphere prescription increases above -10.00. A high minus prescription does not, by itself, mean that retinal detachment will happen, because other factors may be involved. However, retinal detachment is a very serious event that needs to be addressed immediately. Most of the time, retinal detachment can be repaired using a laser to tack it back into place. Sometimes retinal detachment is caused by a blow to the head even in people without myopia.

I would also suggest seeing an Ophthalmologist who specialized in Progressive Myopia and always follow the instructions of your Eye Care Professionals.

May I ask a few questions?

1. Do you read a lot?

2. Do you use a cell phone or tablet a lot?

3. Where do you live (country and state or province)


Ellie 24 Nov 2013, 19:42

typo alert -- the new prescription is 11/22/13, not 11/22/12.

Ellie 24 Nov 2013, 19:40

I’m a 15 year old girl with pretty crummy eyesight. I got my first glasses in kindergarten and I’m pretty sure they get stronger every time I have an exam. I know they’re pretty strong now. I never saw my prescription until a few days ago. Something happened that made me curious. I had my exam, the dr wrote my new prescription, and my mom and I went to the optical shop we always use. The clerk got out my file. My mom handed him the new prescription, and he looked at the file and said something like “uh-oh, lots more minus.” It sounded bad. I asked what it meant. The optician said, “oh it’s nothing. It’s normal.” I’m not sure I trust him. So, when the file was on the counter with no one guarding it, I opened it and peeked and my old and new prescriptions and, sure enough, the new one was more negative. Since I never saw a prescription before, I’m not sure what to make of it.

The old prescription (8/28/12) said: OD -7.75 sph -1.25 cyl 180 axis OS -8.50 sph -1.00 cyl 175 axis.

The new prescription (11/22/12) said: OD -9.00 sph -1.50 cyl 10 axis OS -10.00 sph -1.00 cyl 165 axis

Can someone tell me what all these numbers mean? Are my eyes as bad as I think? Am I at risk of getting blind? What can I do about it? Thanks guys.

Curt 24 Nov 2013, 13:50

Put the bifocals back in!

Jersey Girl 24 Nov 2013, 11:26


Since you asked, this is my optical update.

At my last exam in late summer 2013, my actual Rx is right eye: -4.25 and left eye: -4.00. At the time I was wearing my aunt's Rx r: -4.75 and l: -4.50. I adjusted so well that I left off her bifocal in the other pairs I made up.

I was refit with new contact lenses of -4.00 and -3.75 powers. With the contacts I found to get the intensity of focus I like I put on old -1.75 glasses with the contacts.

I also ordered new glasses which were -1.75 higher. r: -6.00 and l: -5.75. I love the vision but the lenses now look very thick with the new large frames, so I usually wear the contacts with new larger -1.75 glasses in the same style frame which looks less thick and nicer.

Unfortunately I cannot read closee comfortably without correction now. I can only see about 8 inches from my face now!

Jersey Girl 24 Nov 2013, 11:26


Since you asked, this is my optical update.

At my last exam in late summer 2013, my actual Rx is right eye: -4.25 and left eye: -4.00. At the time I was wearing my aunt's Rx r: -4.75 and l: -4.50. I adjusted so well that I left off her bifocal in the other pairs I made up.

I was refit with new contact lenses of -4.00 and -3.75 powers. With the contacts I found to get the intensity of focus I like I put on old -1.75 glasses with the contacts.

I also ordered new glasses which were -1.75 higher. r: -6.00 and l: -5.75. I love the vision but the lenses now look very thick with the new large frames, so I usually wear the contacts with new larger -1.75 glasses in the same style frame which looks less thick and nicer.

Unfortunately I cannot read closee comfortably without correction now. I can only see about 8 inches from my face now!

minus5wholuvsgwgs 20 Nov 2013, 02:42

Alyssa you are young and self conscious my own gf is much more than you minus15/16.25 and she has had quite a few boy friends most do not mind some of us love glasses

Cactus Jack 19 Nov 2013, 22:15


It is possible that wearing reading glasses COULD, MAYBE affect your girlfriend's prescription, but it depends on several factors.

There are two kinds of myopia. Axial or true myopia, which is caused by a mismatch between the total plus power of the eye's lens system and the length of the eyeball and Pseudo or false myopia, which is similar to latent hyperopia and it caused by the ciliary muscles and crystalline lens. It is possible for a person to have both kinds and they add together for their total myopia. The correction for all forms of myopia is minus lenses to neutralize or cancel out excess plus power,

If your girlfriend's myopia is Axial or true myopia, the reading glasses will have no effect on her overall prescription. However, if part of her prescription is Pseudo or false myopia, it is possible that the reading glasses may help relax her ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses, which will reduce the total plus power of her lens system and it will take less external minus in contacts or glasses to correct her total myopia.

Unfortunately, there is no commonly available test to determine exactly how much Pseudo myopia a person has. A dilated exam MAY offer a hint that some Pseudo myopia is present, but as in Latent Hyperopia, it can take weeks or months for the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to fully relax to their minimum plus power and a persons Axial myopia prescription to be revealed.


And 19 Nov 2013, 16:40

Soundmanpt - yes my gf is in front of a computer all day and wears contacts full-time. I just wondered if now needing readers could alter her minus prescription at all ?

Soundmanpt 19 Nov 2013, 12:35

alussaI'm sure being 17 that 23 does seem very far away. But it is possible that your eyes my at least star to low down even before you reach 20. I'm sure as much as you hate that your eyes continue to get more nearsighted that putting on your new glasses and everything is again nice and clear is better than the blur you were having each time. It seems you eyes are changing at about -1.00 or so every 8 to 10 months.

Nothing you did to cause it and nothing you can do to stop it from happening. Its all about genes.

I can help you understand the numbers if you like? The first numbers in each set are your distance numbers (SPH) and that as you can see is the numbers that are changing the most. They are why your nearsighted. the next numbers are your astigmatisms (CYL) and they don't usually change very much. Thye have an effect on your vision for all distances and aids in your focusing. The last numbers are the axis and really don't have any power to them.

Your mom is right. Contacts are expensive and because you have astigmatisms you need what they call "toric lenses" and they are about 3 times more than regular contacts. But you know your getting close to being able to get a job so maybe when you get a job if you want contacts yo can pay for them yourself.

alyssa 19 Nov 2013, 10:57

23!!! That's to long!!! I don't want to wait so long. I found the numbers in the book my mum keeps about our eye stuff but don't know what they mean!!!! Oct 2013 RE -9.75 -1.75 70 LE -10.25 -1.25 110 Jan 2013 RE -9.00 -1.75 75 LE -9.25 -1.25 110 March 2012 RE -7.75 -1.50 70 LE -7.75 -1.25 100 but i have no idea what that actully means!! Is that enough? My dad has really bad eyes to and my brother has glasses but he is not as blind as me. And yes my glasses are a burden because i hate wearing them and they make my eyes all small which is really unattractive. My mum wont let me have contacts because my glasses are free (cos im so blind lol) and contacts cost to much money. So when do you think they will stop being bad?

varifocals 18 Nov 2013, 16:53


Glasses can actually make people look attractive & not a burden.

Here in Bedford they are all the rage & with a nice hair/ colour frame mix you will be fine.

They experts say the progression will slow down 23/ 25 in most cases depending too on your life style, family genes, that sort of thing.

Puffin 18 Nov 2013, 16:49


In very broad terms, much of the changes are due to genetics, growth, what you do with your eyes (close work, etc) and (alas) a certain amount of chance.

Where you are now and whether you have close family also in a similar situation can help estimate how far and how long changes will go on for.

alyssa 18 Nov 2013, 16:48

Sorry i don't know the exact numbers but my mum writes them all down in a book so i will find them and tell you. I just wanna know if my eyes will stop soon because i dont want them to get any worse. They have been bad since i was about 7 and just keep getting worse.

Cactus Jack 18 Nov 2013, 16:00


They can get really bad, but you did not give us enough information to even speculate. Your most recent prescription and the prior one with approximate dates would be very helpful.


alyssa 18 Nov 2013, 15:30

Hello. How bad can yr eyes get? I feel like my eyes cant get any worse but they still do? When will they stop changing? I'm 17 but my eyes keep get worse and i'm so blind and i hate my glasses.

Soundmanpt 18 Nov 2013, 14:02

Cactus Jack

I am not so far behind you. I am now 65. God bless Medicare. lol

Cactus Kack 18 Nov 2013, 13:52


I think you are right. I have gotten to the point where I don't even try to remember much about previous posts. Needing some reading help crossed my mind which is why I asked for her age, but didn't pursue it.

Maybe my age is catching up with me. 76 now.


Soundmanpt 18 Nov 2013, 13:45


Does you gf do a lot of close work at her job? Do you think if she is prescribed bifocals at her next exam she will stay with bifocal contacts or maybe give in to wearing bifocal (progressive) glasses? I think you would prefer her to wear glasses wouldn't you?

Soundmanpt 18 Nov 2013, 13:42

Cactus Jack

I recall "and" saying that was his gf's contact prescription in past posts. I assume she is having difficulty reading with her contacts and that is why she got the readers.

Kinda sounds like she may be looking at needing bifocals at her next exam.

Cactus Jack 18 Nov 2013, 13:18


You didn't provide enough information to even begin to answer your question.

Age and actual prescription (glasses or contacts)) would be helpful.

If her actual contact lens prescription of -7.50 is correct. Wearing +2.50 glasses with her contact would result in the effect of being myopic and needing -2.50 glasses. If she is bare-eyed with the +2.50 glasses would have the effect of needing -10.00 glasses. All numbers are approximate.

If you don't need glasses and are curious about what it is like to need -7.50 contacts, you can get a pretty good idea by trying on 2 +3.50 OTC readers, one over the other at a store that sells them. If you really want to experience an even better idea, order some inexpensive +8.50 glasses from Zenni or if you want to live it, we can tell you how to do GOC, but you need an eye exam so we can help you get some comfortable contacts and glasses. The +8.50 is the -7.50 corrected for Vertex Distance effects.


And 18 Nov 2013, 03:42

My gf now wears 'over the counter' +2.50 readers - does that mean her minus vision will have changed, either with her -7.5 contacts or bare-eyed ?

Jim 17 Nov 2013, 01:16

Hi Cactus Jack,

thank you very much. I will give it a go. Hope I find enough privacy for such a setup. Will let you know how it goes.

Thanks for your effort!

Cactus Jack 16 Nov 2013, 13:56

Look under Vision Special Lenses for Eye Conditions > Prisms

Will post test for prism there, in a few minutes


Anonymous  16 Nov 2013, 11:45


Try to post the URL.

Sound interesting

Cactus Jack 16 Nov 2013, 11:40


I tried to post a reply to your question that included a test you can do to determine the amount of prism error you have.

Unfortunately, this site rejected my attempt.

Do you have access to the Vision and Spec site?


Cactus Jack 16 Nov 2013, 10:49


Jim 16 Nov 2013, 07:34

Hello everyone,

I wear a very mild prism correction of 2 prisms base out since around a year. Lately I have started to see double, particularly in the morning and evening. I can generally suppress it for a very short time, but in the evening it is becomes quite hard, so I have to cover one eye when I need to concentrate or for watching TV. However, after doing that I have constant double vision for the rest of the evening, with both pictures being further apart than normal (normally overlap by half of TV screen on 3m distance, after covering a third TV would fit in between both pictures).

I think the prisms have increased, but my ECP doesn't want to increase them as he thinks it would only get worse. However, I have trouble concentrating and watching a movie without covering one eye. Is there any way I get measure the extent of deviation myself, or any other ideas on how to go about it?


Andrew 03 Nov 2013, 16:32

And from my own experience: the lower the index, the thicker the lens, but the better the vision as well.

Melyssa 02 Nov 2013, 11:12


Your friend's optometrist was probably not only incorrect, but was trying to steer your friend into purchasing more expensive glasses. This happened once to me back in the 1980s, so I did not deal with that store again.

I have worn what some people consider huge frames for decades, and yes, the lenses are thick, but my peripheral vision has been quite good. It would be more of a problem with wide-side frames, none of which I have. Even now with my -9.00 prescription, there is no "prism effect," or whatever said optometrist/optician wants to call it.

Crystal Veil 02 Nov 2013, 08:09


the term "prism effect" is not quite right. The optician probably meant that -8.00 lenses in a huge frame would create mighty power rings and a less than perfect peripheral view, especially with high index lenses. However, my life partner Nel now wears a giant pair of red glasses and she has no problem with her peripheral view. Her prescription is -11 / -12, much stronger than the -8 of your friend. So I wonder if the optician gave the right advice.

Astra 02 Nov 2013, 00:36

Recently I have come across a friend with

PD 60 Rx: -8.0 both eyes

and her optometrist refused to allow her choosing a frame

The frame :

size 55-18

lens height 60

square shape frame.

The optometrist explain there would be some prism effect which she will not be comfortable. The larger the frame it would be more severe for her.

Why there are such "prism effect" (I am not sure what this term in English)

Soundmanpt 14 Oct 2013, 23:07


One thing you may want to help her with is by giving her some tips. For example you should point out to her that she never wants to use any kind of glass cleaner except what they recommend for her glasses. If she got any type of coating such as AR coating extra care is needed. Also she should never use any tissues, toilet paper or pare towels to clean her lenses with because these things are all by products of wood and they can and will scratch her lenses. One of the best things to use besides the micro cloth they give you when you get your glasses is a baby diaper. You can cut it up into many small pieces and keep the pieces everywhere so the are handy. Many often time use their clothes to clean their glasses and that is only okay if the material is very soft.

Soundmanpt 14 Oct 2013, 22:59


Its nice that she has so much self confidence that she doesn't have any problem wearing glasses. As you know from reading in here sometimes that can be very hard for some to muster up the confidence to wear their glasses for the first time in public.

It probably helps if she has been getting a lot of complements on her glasses look. Getting past those first few days are usually the tough part. Now she should be getting more used to them and they should be even more comfortable for her as well.

I don't think you should tell her that because of her prisms she won't ever be able to wear contacts. That could scare her if she finds that out. Even though she is okay with glasses now she may have in the back of her mind that at some point she may want to get contacts. I guess where she got her glasses from they didn't bother telling her that either.

Carrie 14 Oct 2013, 17:50

The newish girl looks as gorgeous as ever with her glasses on. I think she likes the novelty of getting glasses. She seems ok about wearing them all the time though. The male attention has not dropped. I'm glad to see my male colleagues are not bothered by glasses.

Soundmanpt 12 Oct 2013, 11:17


That's right I forgot you and Gemma were about to get your own place. Your right now that your both under the same roof it will be much harder to keep any kind of small secrets anymore.

I suspected that the newish girl would be getting a call about mid week telling her that her glasses were in. So when she came in wearing them on Wednesday how did she look in glasses? You seemed to find her more than a little attractive even without glasses so is she even more desirable wearing them? I understand that Gemma has nothing to worry about of course. Do you think she was a bit disappointed to be told that she really needs to wear them pretty much full time already? I know she was excited about getting glasses, but that was maybe in part because she thought she would only need them a little bit like for driving and watching TV. At least she seems to be taking the advice given to her and is wearing them full time it would seem. Of course as her eyes are adjusting to them and she can tell the difference when she takes them off it should be easier each day to wear them and not even think about it. Those first days for someone that has never wore glasses there is a lot to get used to. You know it hasn't been all that long since you started wearing glasses and there is that getting used to how they feel on your nose and behind the ears as well as looking through a couple of little windows to see.

Now that she's wearing glasses is her appeal still at a high level with the guys she works around?

Carrie 12 Oct 2013, 10:11

Hi Soundmanpt

It's a bit more difficult to go one Eyescene now that Gemma and me are living together. I don't think she'd like Eyescene. I hate keeping secrets from her as I love her so much but I think it would seriously harm our relationship if she found out.

The newish girl came to work wearing her glasses on Wednesday. She said that when she went to collect her glasses she asked what she should wear them for. She said they said because of the prism she would be better off wearing them most of the time. She is likely to take a few days to get used to the glasses.

She said it was a bit of a shock that she was recommended to wear them most of the time as she was only expecting to need them for driving and watching tv. She has noticed that her sight is better and her head feels clearer with her glasses on. She let me look at her glasses and it was interesting to see things were slightly magnified through the left lens and slightly minified(?) through the right lens and how things stretch and squash as you move the glasses. I tried them on and they made my eyes feel a bit funny. Obviously I wasn't expecting to be able to see much as the prescription is very different to mine, just like she couldn't see when she tried my glasses on last week.

At the end of Wednesday I asked her how she was getting on with her glasses. She said it still felt funny to be wearing them but things were definitely getting even clearer the longer she had her glasses on.

She wore her glasses all the time on Thursday and yesterday. Yesterday she said she already feels that she does need them all the time as she gets slight double vision when she takes them off.

She was also wearing them at work today. She was working I came in with Gemma to do some shopping (I get staff discount). Gemma says it's not fair that I get to work with such good looking women. I do wonder if the managers are deliberately employing women under the age of 30 to encourage more men to shop!

Soundmanpt 11 Oct 2013, 15:05


So i've been watching everyday for an update on the "newish girl" where you work if she got her glasses yet or not? Your last post you thought she was to get them some time this week.

Cactus Jack 09 Oct 2013, 13:28


If your wife's complete prescription is:

R -2.50 Add +1.75

L -2.50 Add +1.75

with no cylinder or axis listed, she has built in reading glasses of +2.50. Glasses correct myopia or short sightedness or nearsightedness by neutralizing a PLUS refractive error by using MINUS lenses for distance. When she takes off her glasses, it would be like having an ADD of +2.50 in bifocals or progressives.

If she had a +2.50 add instead of the +1.75 in either progressives or lined bifocals she might find that better. If she likes having a larger visual field for reading where the entire field is in focus, she might prefer lined bifocals. When she takes off her glasses, her entire visual field is in focus at about 40 cm or 16 inches. Everything beyond that is blurry.


Jackson 09 Oct 2013, 06:13

My wife, aged 55 has worn glasses for many years and more recently progressive lenses. Her script for both eyes is -2.50 + 1.75. She now finds it easier to read and do close up work without glasses She probably wears her glasses less than 50 % of the time. If this continues will she ever need reading glasses ( when not wearing her progressives )? Would she be better of with lined bifocals. Any thoughts would be appreciated

Daisy 09 Oct 2013, 06:07


Soundmanpt 04 Oct 2013, 13:55


I'm sure your probably every bit as excited about her getting glasses as she is, maybe even more. I'm sure that will be the first thing you will be watching to see if she got her glasses each day she comes into work next week.

I'm sure she may have looked really cute with your glasses on but not a surprised that they didn't help her at all. Your prescriptions couldn't be much further apart form each other. When she gets her glasses and you try them, and I know you will, your going to almost think that her glasses don't even have a prescription in them, they will seem that weak. If you notice anything at all wearing her glasses you may be able to notice the effect her astigmatisms make. Her lenses are going to be very thin and her eyes should not appear any different with or without them on. But here eyes should be much more blurry after a few days of wearing them as get more comfortable to her eyes.

Don't expect to see any difference in how her eyes look even after her eyes get adjusted to her glasses. Her eyes should look the same as they do now with or without her glasses. That will only happen if she gets more prisms added. It is very possible that she will need more prism next time.

Carrie 03 Oct 2013, 18:40

lazysiow I'm probably as excited about her getting glasses as she is but I'm keeping it a secret. There's no doubt the boys will still pay her attention. She obviously enjoys the male attention but she isn't a flirt. Another female colleague, the one that used to annoy me by pretending to flirt with me, is a little annoyed that the male attention on her has dropped a lot since the new girl started. Obviously I'm not bothered about getting male attention although I am very flattered when I get it. One male colleague does occasionally ask me if I'm still gay! He really hopes he can tempt me back to men.

Soundmanpt I will certainly use your "white lie" especially if she has trouble adjusting to them at first.

She tried my glasses on today and looked absolutely gorgeous. She couldn't see a thing unless she got quite close to it. Without anyone telling she's worked out I am gay. She said it was the way I was trying not to look at her that gave it away. She said she has absolutely no problem with my sexuality and is very flattered that I fancy her. She said she isn't gay but did have a one night stand with a woman a few months ago just out of curiosity. She quite enjoyed the sex but still didn't fancy the woman and hasn't seen a woman that she does fancy but a couple of the lads at work are very much her taste!

I will now stop trying not to look at her. When she was talking to me I was looking at her eyes but I couldn't tell if she had any trouble with her eyes looking in the same direction at the same time. Am I right in thinking that there would only need to be a tiny difference between the directions each eye pointed to cause problems?

Soundmanpt 03 Oct 2013, 12:39


This newish girl at your work does have a bit of a different prescription. Her SPH numbers (-.25 / +.50) probably would not have even got her a prescription for glasses because it is so weak not to mention that one eye being for distance and the other for close up they would balance each other out. But she does have a decent amount of CYL astigmatisms which may make her feel a like the room is spinning as her eyes work to adjust to her glasses. So if you notice her taking her glasses off quite a bit when she gets them that will likely be the reason. Since you wear glasses you may make a great coach for her. You may need to let her know that is very common for her to feel dizzy and like the room is spinning with her glasses on, but she needs to wear them so her eyes can adjust and then they will be fine.

You said she said she got here eyes examined because he was having trouble seeing in the distance. In her case it is because of her CYL since her SPH is practically nothing. But she just doesn't know it yet but she will notice her close vision will also be better with glasses now too. This much of her prescription is really pretty weak and she would be very able to see quite well without her glasses, but the prisms she needs is going to make her eyes uncomfortable if she takes them off for even a few minutes. And if she tries going without her glasses she may have problems with double vision as well as getting a nasty headache rather quickly. And since they don't make contacts for prism correction she will have to wear glasses from now on.

You said she was excited about getting glasses so I hope she continues to feel that way after she gets them and starts wearing them. Her lenses will still be thin so if she picked out a nice frame her glasses should look really nice on her. If as you say she already very attractive and the guys are hot for her I doubt that her wearing glasses now will change any of that. In your case you will probably be even more turned on by her when she gets them.

But because these will be her first glasses and with the strong possibility that they may make her feel dizzy at first she may be taking them off quite a bit, this is where you need to guide her a little. Remember a little white lie isn't so bad at times like this. You can always tell her that you have a friend and her first glasses she had astigmatisms and she felt dizzy and light headed until her eyes adjusted to her glasses.

lazysiow 03 Oct 2013, 10:53

She has pretty good vision but she's going to end up full time because of the prisms, however you must be excited about that :)

Would be curious if she'll still be as popular with the boys

Carrie 02 Oct 2013, 16:00

A newish girl at work said she had her eyes tested for the first time on Monday. She was quite excited to be prescribed glasses. She'll be getting them next week. She quite happily showed us her prescription. She couldn't remember what the optician said she should wear them for but she presumed for distances as that's what she has trouble with.

Without her knowing I took a photo of her prescription on my phone. R Sph -0.25 Cyl -0.75 Axis 90.0. L Sph +0.50 Cyl -1.00 Axis 81. Below that it says RPrism V-Dist 1.00 Down. LPrism V-Dist 1.00 Up. (I've only written the parts of the prescription that had numbers. There were other headings but they were blank where the numbers would go so I didn't think there was any point putting them here)

I'm really looking forward to seeing her glasses as the prescription looks quite complicated! She is also close to my age, really friendly and quite good looking (a lot of attention from my male colleagues. If I was single I would be very tempted but I'm pretty sure she's not gay/bi anyway. I'm not going to ask.)

Jose 19 Sep 2013, 06:21

Ricardo, how are you getting along with glasses wearing? Still full-time?

Crystal Veil 18 Sep 2013, 18:42

The same thing happened to me during my late forties. A change from L 0 / R -4.00 to L +2.00 / R -2.00 within less than five years. It has remained fairly stable ever since.

SC 18 Sep 2013, 13:52

I have an uncle who always wore weak minus glasses - starting from late teens to early 20s. He needed an add in his 40s and by the time he was 50 the distance had become plus as well.

If you consider that many long sighted people get to their 40s before realising they have self corrected +1.5 until presbyopia prevents it, then it makes sense to me that many myopes may be overcorrected by -1.5 too (psuedo myopia).

Posts on other threads from Aubrac and in the past Phil seem to confirm this. Maybe overcorrection for myopes is a significant issue.

I also worked with someone and his wife had worn minus glasses for 15 yrs and was then told she didn't and never had needed them.

SC 18 Sep 2013, 13:51

I have an uncle who always wore weak minus glasses - starting from late teens to early 20s. He needed an add in his 40s and by the time he was 50 the distance had become plus as well.

If you consider that many long sighted people get to their 40s before realising they have self corrected +1.5 until presbyopia prevents it, then it makes sense to me that many myopes may be overcorrected by -1.5 too (psuedo myopia).

Posts on other threads from Aubrac and in the past Phil seem to confirm this. Maybe overcorrection for myopes is a significant issue.

I also worked with someone and his wife had worn minus glasses for 15 yrs and was then told she didn't and never had needed them.

Cactus Jack 15 Sep 2013, 21:22


You also seemed curious why I said myopes rarely become longsighted. For a true myope of any significant degree to become longsighted their eyeballs would have to get shorter or shrink, which is near impossible. If a large portion of their myopia was Pseudo or False Myopia rather than Axial or True Myopia it is possible. It depends on how much there is of each type.

Pseudo Myopia is identical in cause to Latent Hyperopia. Both are caused by failure of the crystalline lens and ciliary muscles to completely relax. If the crystalline lens does not completely relax to minimum plus power when it should, it causes the effect of extra myopia or in the case of hyperopia, causes partial or complete correction of existing hyperopia and hides it from being detected - usually until presbyopia reveals it.

If a person has low hyperopia (long sightedness) and has developed significant extra plus correction in their crystalline lenses, it is possible that they have gone from being long sighted to being short sighted. They have actually "Induced Myopia" and for all intents and purposes they ARE short sighted. When presbyopia finally rears its head and the crystalline lenses are forced to relax to their minimum + power. The person will become long sighted again.


Cactus Jack 15 Sep 2013, 20:56


There are several things that can affect vision after presbyopia reaches its limit and accommodation is impossible. For this explanation, I am going to ignore Astigmatism because it has a completely different cause and it affects vision at all distances and it does not matter if a person has Hyperopia, Myopia, or Presbyopia. I will assume that Astigmatism is ZERO as are Cylinder and Axis and only consider SPHERE error and correction.

Hyperopia and Myopia are names given to common types of refractive error in the eyes. They actually have the same basic cause. A mismatch between the total optical power of the eye's lens system and the distance from the back of the crystalline lens to the retina. Which of the two a person has depends on which side of a perfect match he is on. A perfect match results in a refractive error of 0.00. If there is a refractive error, glasses or contacts are used to neutralize or cancel out the error by using external lenses with the opposite sign of the actual error.

The lens system in the eye consists of 3 fixed focus (or nearly fixed focus) lenses and 1 variable focus lens. The variable focus lens is the crystalline lens and it is the ONLY lens that is affected by Presbyopia.

The crystalline lens and the ciliary muscles comprise the auto-focus mechanism in your eyes and it is their operation that permits a person to focus closer than the distant vision ideal of 0.00 that enables you to see clearly at very long distances or for our purposes, at or beyond 20 feet or 6 meters.

Presbyopia gradually turns the crystalline lens into a fixed focus lens as the gelatin like material that makes up the lens gradually becomes so stiff with age that the ciliary muscles are not strong enough to increase its plus power to focus close. When that happens, often external plus lenses are required to help you focus. The next question is how much external plus is required. The answer is: "It all depends".

It is always more plus, but it may not be obvious.

If a persons refractive error is 0.00 either naturally or by the use of corrective lenses, the amount of plus to focus at any distance closer tha 20 feet or 6 meters is ALWAYS determined by Sir Isaac Newton's laws of optics. All that is necessary to figure out the power is to divide the distance into either 39.37 inches or 100 cm. Keeping the units of measure the same. For example if you want to focus at a typical 16 inches or 40 cm just do the simple division and you will get or get close to +2.50 diopters. That +2.50 is ALWAYS required and it must come from somewhere or you simply cannot focus at 16 inches or 40 cm. Before presbyopia, the crystalline lenses and ciliary muscles can easily supply the extra +2.50 or even more to focus closer. Depending on how far presbyopia has progressed, some may come from external + lenses and the rest from your crystalline lenses, but the total will need to be +2.50 for 16 in./40 cm.

Now to your specific question. If a person has myopia AND it is less than -2.50, they actually have, in effect, built in + reading glasses. If, for example, their distance prescription was -1.25 and they wore bifocals, the distance part of their glasses would be -1.25 if their ADD was +2.50, the absolute power of the reading segment would be +1.25. Algebraically, (-1.25) + (+2.50) = (+1.25). If they had a distance prescription of -2.50, they could just take off their glasses and read handily at 16 inches or 40 cm. If they has significantly more than -2.50 for their distance prescription (say -5.00) their bifocals would be -5.00 for distance and using algebra again, their reading segment absolute power would be: (-5.00) + (+2.50) = (-2.50). Of course they could take off their glasses to read, but they would have to hold the text at about 8 inches or 20 cm.

Why did I exclude Astigmatism from the explanation. Astigmatism is generally caused by uneven curvature of the front of the cornea. If uncorrected, it messes up vision at ALL distances. It is likely that a person with -2.50 of myopia and more than -0.50 of cylinder would find it uncomfortable to try to read by taking off their glasses and would require correction of the astigmatism for all distances.


Clare 14 Sep 2013, 05:10

Cactus Jack - I was just reading your responses to Lulu's posts and was interested in what you say about myopes rarely becoming longsighted. I had a boss a few years ago who must have worn contacts when I first knew him, later he started wearing glasses which I'd guess were in the -2 range. He also used to have reading glasses so would switch between them (which must have been very annoying!). My friend's father too, now well into his 70s and a glasses-wearing myope ever since I've known him, now had bi-focals with minus at the top and plus at the bottom. I'd always thought that with enough myopia it would be possible to avoid reading glasses. Is that generally true and how much would someone need?

Cactus Jack 13 Sep 2013, 21:10


GreginColo 13 Sep 2013, 19:58

Concerned Mama: glad to hear your son is excited about getting his new glasses; maybe the Spiderman frames is what it takes to cause him to wear them, even with the increase in his Rx. It sounds like it is probably hereditary, given the advanced Rx of his sister. The more you and your husband wear your glasses, as opposed to contacts, at least at home, may help your son to be stay positive about wearing his glasses. Let us know how it goes when he actually gets his new glasses. Best regards.

ConcernedMama 13 Sep 2013, 17:25

Hi Cactus,

Thank you for being so patient and interested. I am so lucky to have found this place.

The appointment was fine. He saw the ophthalmologist he used to see before he was referred and had a full eye test with the drops, so a bit of sitting around. He does need a stronger prescription so they have given him that for the time being and not done anything else although they did say that Moorfelds might want to give him a slightly weaker prescription than he needs.

His new prescription is

OD: -7.25 -1.50x170

OS: -8.00 -1.00x015

And they said to use his current reading glasses for reading and to wait until we have our appointment next month for anything else. This time I sent him to wait outside with my sister whilst I spoke to them about the results and they were quite concerned with the speed his eyes are getting worse so I'm glad he wasn't there really. It's only been 5 months since his last prescription and his left eye has got quite a bit worse.

We've dropped his prescription in to be made up (he gets them free) and will hopefully pick them up on Monday or maybe even tomorrow if they get them done in time. He's quite excited about getting them now as he's getting spiderman frames!

Thank you for your patience,

CM xx

REd 13 Sep 2013, 16:23


OD means right eye (OS = left), then next 3 numbers are sphere, cylinder and axis.

Negative sphere numbers means she is nearsighted or myopic. Both her old and new sphere numbers are rather high myopia and becoming more so. Assuming you have perfect eye you can simulate what she sees without glasses by trying 3-4 pairs of drug store reading glasses over each other whose prescription totals + 8.75 to + 11.00; + to equal her sphere - number. For example 4 pair of + 2.75 readers = +11.00 and would simulate what she sees without her -11.00 lens.

Cylinder and axis numbers refer to amount and orientation of astigmatism. She has a moderate amount of astigmatism. The above simulation does not deal with her astigmatism.

BC = base curve and is a measure of the curve of the front of her lenses. BC of 0.5 is a very minor base curve recommended for strong prescriptions to reduce the slope of the curve on the back of the lens. The sum of front and back curve must equal her sphere prescription. Plano means the lens front is flat; it will reflect some light somewhat like a mirror.

PD = pupillary distance. It is the distance in millimeters between her pupils.

Without glasses she will be able to read if she brings the text close to her eyes. Distant objects will be very blurry.

I hope this helps. Cactus Jack may provide a more in depth explanation.

Ben 13 Sep 2013, 13:43

Hi. I just started college and happily I met a girl I like who wears glasses that seem pretty strong. She just had an exam and got a prescription that is even stronger. I was wondering if someone could explain her prescription and tell me how bad it is.

The old prescription says:

OD -8.75 -1.75 75

OS -9.25 -1.50 110

then it says

BC +0.50

PD 58

The new prescription says:

OD -10.25 -1.50 80

OS -11.00 -1.00 100

then it says

BC plano

PD 58

What is that all about?


Cactus Jack 13 Sep 2013, 12:54


Could you let me know the results of your son's appointment. If possible, his actual refracted prescription and what the local ECP recommended.



Soundmanpt 11 Sep 2013, 01:02


Your friend, if she continues to wear her glasses more and more often and fro longer times will soon find that her eyes will not want to focus as soon as she takes off her glasses. It takes a little time for the eyes to completely adjust to seeing with a prescription, even a rather weak one. but for now i'm sure her eyes are much more comfortable wearing her glasses than they would be if she hadn't gotten them. And she seems fine with the idea of wearing them even away from work. So she no doubt must feel like they look good on her? I'm sure you have told her how nice she looks wearing glasses. That really helps with self confidence for anyone.

Dan 11 Sep 2013, 00:14


My friend wears her glasses all the time at work and also says she wears them some days all the time depending on her mood. She told me that she can still see fine without them but when she takes them off after a while her eyes feel like they have trouble focusing for a bit. I'll be interested to see her progression.


I typically stick with my single vision contacts but when I am wearing glasses and am doing prolonged nearwork I usually take them off. Also, I do slip on a pair of weak reading glasses over my contacts on occasion. My eyes don't seem to have given up accommodation yet but I'm sure it's coming at some point!

Cactus Jack 10 Sep 2013, 04:48


I wish we could have talked a bit before you did the experiment, but no harm done. You need to remember that the experiment is extremely crude and relies on many variables.

I have never before suggested trying it with a 7 year old, but he was willing to cooperate and play the game, which is a really good thing. He needs to get over the fact that he needs a prescription change. You did good from a psychology point of view.

I usually suggest doing each eye individually, 3 times and averaging the distance. If you do both eyes together and there is a big difference in the prescription for each eye, the brain will select the best image and use it for both eyes. Also, the text style can make a difference. If we knew the prescription in his reading glasses, we might have done the experiment with those.

The test is so crude that I primarily use a modified version to find out if a person is simply short sighted or long sighted and needs more plus or more minus. The idea is that I ask them to use Over the Counter (OTC) reading glasses to make them short sighted by a known amount and measure the actual distance where the text in an ordinary book becomes fuzzy. Then I use the formula developed by Sir Isaac Newton and divide the distance into either 100 cm or 39.37 inches to get an approximation of how short sighted the OTC glasses made them. If they had selected +1.50 readers and their actual prescription (refractive error) was 0.00 the test should have just begun to get fuzzy at 66 cm. If the distance was more than 66 cm, they were a bit long sighted, if it was less than 66 cm they were a bit short sighted. by dividing the difference between 66 cm and the distance measured into 100 cm, you can approximate the prescription they need.

In your son’s situation, we know that he probably needs more minus in his glasses, we just don’t know how much more (and frankly still don’t), but if the 63 cm turns out to be pretty accurate 100 cm / 63 cm = 1.58 diopters or about -1.50 more sphere or around -7.50. I suspect that the increase is actually less than that. The results could be skewed if the -6.00 in his prescription is in fact, under correction. Under correction is pretty common for progressive myopia, again in a effort to slow the increase in the same way as using reading glasses with a reduced prescription for close work.

Hopefully, the exam on Friday, will give him just enough increase to let him function in school (read the board from the front row or close to the front row) until Moorfields can see him in October. It might be helpful to find out the distance from the front row or second row to the board.

The important thing is to remember that he is pretty concerned about his vision and if possible, no one involved should make a big deal about the fact that he needs an increase. That is why I suggested the 2nd row rather than the front row if possible, but the important thing is that he be able to read the board without having to try too hard.

Please let know if any of this is not clear or if you want to try any different experiments. It might be an idea to print out a small Snellen chart if we can find one on line that prints out in the correct size.


John 10 Sep 2013, 03:47

Hello Concerned Mama

If I can join in the conversation....

If the text became blurry at 63cm, that would suggest an extra -1.5 needed for the lenses. Obviously, that is very rough measurement and an optician will be much more precise.

So it is possible that he may require some stronger lenses.

I'd put the ball into his court. Give him the option of making his own choice(s).

From where I'm sitting...

(1) get new glasses that make things look clearer and wear them

(2) continue with his current glasses that make somethings clear but not everything

(3) live in a blur without glasses

Can I also mention that the RNIB have various departments that can offer help and advise.

The link above is for Action for Blind People's Actionnaire clubs; they are for children and young people aged 8+.

I hope everything goes well

ConcernedMama 10 Sep 2013, 02:08

Hi CJ,

Thank you again for your patience with us. You are such a star.

We did the 'experiment' - that's how I sold it to him. I said that we were going to do an experiment to see how well his glasses were working. He actually enjoyed it and wore his glasses afterwards until bed time! I told him that it wasn't really an issue at all that he needed new glasses - it's just what happens when your eyeballs grow and he seems less worried about it all. This morning he hasn't put them on yet but I'm hoping that he'll have them on before we leave for school.

I wasn't sure whether I should do the experiment with one eye at a time? I didn't, because I wasn't sure. He was wearing his glasses and I used a page from one of his old books which has fairly big writing. I stuck it to the wall and told him to walk away until it got fuzzy and then measured the distance. It was about 63cm from his head. Can you really work out his prescription from that?! I'm impressed!

I have heard from Moorfields who can't fit him in before his appointment in October but he now has an appointment with the local guy he used to see for Friday morning. Hopefully we can get him some new glasses and he can enjoy being able to see properly again!

Thank you so, so much for your help

CM xx

minus5wholuvsgwgs 09 Sep 2013, 11:58

Concerned Mama I first got glasses at aged 8 found every excuse not to wear them wish though I had worn them a few suggestions bribery, have a word with some school friends parents to get their off spring to compliment him on his specs ,tell him all the best people wear specs etc Good luck to both your children thank goodness for the invention of glasses !!

Cactus Jack 09 Sep 2013, 08:30

Concerned Mama,

With your son's prescription, he probably needs to do the test with his glasses on. Without his glasses things start getting fuzzy at around 16 cm (6.5 inches)or maybe even closer because of his astigmatism. We can do a more accurate test if he is wearing his glasses.

Kids can be pretty brutal and it is likely that there are not many kids in his class that need glasses, yet and his glasses may be about the strongest. Some of his classmates may be making fun about his glasses because they don't understand anything about vision or how it works at that age.

I forgot to ask you if you preferred working with Metric or English measurements. To do the test, you will need a tape measure that is about 2 meters or 6 feet long. If you want, you may be able to print out a Snellen chart online rather than use a book. He can also wear his reading glasses, but I need to know the prescription so I can calculate the distance where they SHOULD become fuzzy and then use the distance where they DO become fuzzy to estimate his increase. If we do the test with his reading glasses the distances will be much less than we would measure with his distance glasses, but more than the 16 cm we would measure without any glasses.

Are you familiar with Sir Isaac Newton's optics formulas?


 09 Sep 2013, 05:40

Cactus Jack,

Thank you so much for your advice. You are spot on as always.

I think you're right - I think that he was scared to have discovered that his sight is worse. I think that all of your reasons are right - the fact that we had talked about slowing it down with the reading glasses probably meant that he thought that it would mean he wouldn't have to get stronger glasses.

Also you're right about his sister. We've had a tricky few months with her vision which is still deteriorating quite fast to the point where she can no longer see the 6/36 line even with over -20 (not sure of her exact prescription, will find it later if you need it?). I think that it scares him - he asked the doctor back in April if he would go blind and they told him that they hoped he wouldn't. Maybe that scared him.

His prescription back at the end of April was

OD: -6.00 -1.25x170

OS: -6.50 -1.00x012

My husband's prescription is about -8.25 and he's worn glasses since he was about 13 or so and mine are -10.25 and I got mine when I was about 11. I do worry that he's only just turned 7 and is already catching up with us.

I think that a lot of his reaction is my fault. I tend to feel really guilty for having passed on my bad eyes to them both and I think that I worry too much about them and therefore he picks up on it.

This morning he refused to wear his glasses and fell over the dog... funny now but at the time it wasn't. He cried and still refused to wear them although he did take them to school.

It's just such a neverending battle at the moment. It seems like he just got the last pair and already needs an increase.

I'd like to do the test, if I can get him to participate!

ConcernedMama xx

Cactus Jack 09 Sep 2013, 00:30

Concerned Mama,

Welcome back. I was wondering just a few days ago how you and your children are doing. Please, never feel like you are crashing in if you have vision questions that you think we can help with. Also, please, you and your husband have nothing to feel guilty about your children's vision so don't waste your energy worrying about that.

I would almost be willing to bet that the problem is that your son is scared about his vision. He got a very nasty surprise last Monday when he returned to school. He could no longer see the board with his current glasses. He probably believed that by using reading glasses his prescription would not increase. Wearing reading glasses MAY slow down the increases, but they will not stop it as long as he is growing.

One problem is that we don't know at this time, how much his his prescription increased, it may actually only be by less than -1.00 diopter which in a growing child really is not very much. To use -1.00 as an example, that would mean that everything beyond 1 meter (39.37 inches) would be increasingly fuzzy. If it is only a -0.50 increase, the place where vision becomes fuzzy is 2 meters or about 7 feet. We also don't know how far the board is from the front row.

The bigger problem is that your son is too young to understand all this and I think it is very important that you not pressure him to wear his glasses. Not wearing his glasses will not damage his eyes or cause or fix any vision problems. The only potential harm might be a very short term set back in school caused by his difficulty in reading the board.

I think part of the problem also, is that your son turns out to be a young male child who has a temper, but he needs to understand that not wearing his glasses or throwing them across the room won't help anything and could make his personal situation (unrelated to his vision), uncomfortable. He has had a shock, but he will get over it. You and your husband need to avoid reacting much to his frustration. If you can, you might try calmly explaining to him that both you and his father have been wearing glasses since you were (ages) and prescription changes when you are young are just one of the things that happen. He needs to let you know if small things like leaves on trees or distant signs start being hard to see or read. All that will happen is that you will make an appointment for an eye exam and he will probably get some new glasses. No big deal.

If he comments about his sister's situation, you need to tell him that everyone is different and while he is short sighted, his vision problems are in no way related to his sister's. He may ask why he was examined by Moorfields, you might comment that you only wanted to make sure that his needing glasses was not related to his sister's vision and Moorfields confirmed that he was just a normal young boy who is short sighted and that it is normal for short sightedness to increase as long as he is growing. He might as well be resigned to prescription changes until he is in his early 20s.

I suspect that the increase is nothing to get excited about and If he will let you do it, I can suggest a very simple test that would give us an idea of how much his prescription needs to be increased. All it takes is a book with slightly larger print than normal and something to measure distance with. A tape measure will probably work fine.

Fundamentally, all you need to do, while he is wearing his glasses, is tell you where the text in the book gets fuzzy as you move it away from him. Once we have that distance we can calculate with simple division how much his prescription has increased. It is not as accurate as an eye exam, but you can do it in a few minutes at no cost or real trouble.

Do you happen to have is current prescription handy? If you want to try the simple test, let me know and I will explain the details.


ConcernedMama 08 Sep 2013, 13:12

Hello everyone,

I really hope you don't mind me crashing in once again to ask for advice. We're really struggling with my children's eyes at the moment and could do with any ideas.

My son is the real problem (for once!) - he's seven and is generally a very sweet natured little boy and very kind to his sister. He's worn glasses for the last four years and they aren't that strong, although probably stonger than the average for his age.

Because his eyes were getting worse a bit quicker than they should, we were sent to Moorfields who already see his sister (who has much worse eyes) and they made his normal prescription stronger and prescribed him a pair to wear for reading that were weaker to see if this would slow it down. Anyway, we're due to return to Moorfields with him in October.

The problem is that last Tuesday (he returned to school on Monday) his teacher cornered me at the end of school to ask if I had got her note - I hadn't. It turned out that she had given him a note to go home with the day before because he couldn't see the board. He claimed that he never got the note and then when his teacher told him she definitely gave it to him, he said he lost it and said that he could see just fine. I mentioned it again that night as he was squinting to see the television (I hadn't noticed that he'd been getting closer and closer - I feel really guilty) and he got really cross and threw his glasses across the room.

Since then he's been refusing to wear his glasses at all at home, even though he's pretty blind without them and at school takes them off whenever he can. This weekend has been a nightmare - we've had lots of tantrums and tears whenever we ask him to wear them. Today we've tried not mentioning it at all but that hasn't worked either. His sight isn't really good enough for him to not wear them and I worry that by not doing so, he's going to damage his eyes.

My husband and I have worn glasses a lot over the summer and his sister obviously always wears hers. This weekend we've all been in glasses full time apart from him!

I am waiting to hear back from Moorfields to try to get an earlier appointment as he obviously needs a stronger prescription if he can't see the board even with his glasses (and if they can't see him earlier then we'll ask to see the paediatric ophthalmologist he was seeing locally before) but I am really worried about his behaviour.

Do you have any advice? I am desperate. It doesn't help that I feel awful for not noticing that his vision has got worse over the summer - we've had lots of problems with his sister and I feel terrible for not giving him more attention.

Concerned Mama xxx

Cactus Jack 08 Sep 2013, 11:41


It probably won't continue to "improve". How the eyes work is interesting in itself. Curiously, there are two kinds of short sightedness (myopia is the technical term). True or axial myopia (permanent type) is caused by a mismatch between the total optical power of your eye's lens system and the length of your eyeball from the back of the crystalline lens to the retina. For low myopes, like yourself, the mismatch is pretty small, about 0.6 mm per diopter, but in this case, a little goes a long way. The typical cause is that your eyeballs grew a little more than they should have as your head grew from being an infant to being an adult. For true myopia to decrease, something has to ungrow or shrink and few parts of the body can do that.

The other type of myopia is pseudo or false myopia (temporary or sometimes semi-permanent) which is caused by the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses not fully relaxing back to their minimum plus power for distance. Both types can be present and the effect of some false myopia in addition to true myopia is to make the eyes seem to be more short sighted than they actually are when you are relatively young. False myopia tends to go away as presbyopia becomes more developed, but once it is gone, your prescription will stabilize if it has not already done so.

None of this is dangerous, it is just a part of aging. It is highly doubtful that you will ever become even slightly long sighted. It is very rare for a person to have that much false myopia.


Lulu 08 Sep 2013, 11:09

Cactus Jack

Thank you for your elaborate and interesting answer.

So if I get this right, it would be better for myopes to train these muscles by reading with glasses on? Maybe it doesn't make a difference anymore at my age?

The eye doctor also said it was ideal two years ago, but since my eyes keep improving I was starting to worry. Five or six years ago I was told it was luck, two years later it was "probably the last improvement", two further years I had reached this ideal point, and now passing the -2 border in one eye now almost seemed dangerous. What if this goes on?

Although I must say I don't really notice that much difference in my distance vision. I still feel like I need my glasses most of the time. When I was 18 I had the same correction and didn't need - or want - glasses at all.

Cactus jack 08 Sep 2013, 10:00


Presbyopia is not preventable. It happens to almost everyone and it actually starts in childhood, but for most people it does not become a nuisance until around 40. 40 is not a magic number. Long sighted people (people with hyperopia) often develop presbyopia earlier than 40 and short sighted people (people with myopia) develop it after 40.

Based on your post, it is likely that you already have developed significant presbyopia. True presbyopia is caused by the crystalline lenses in your eyes becoming so stiff that your ciliary muscles can no longer squeeze them to focus close. Your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses are the "autofocus" mechanism in your eyes. When you were very young, your crystalline lenses had the consistency of gelatin dessert. The ciliary muscles could easily change their focusing power to provide amazing accommodation (focusing) range. That is why children can effortlessly focus at very close distances. Over time the accommodation range will decrease as the crystalline lenses become stiff and reading glasses are necessary for some people. People who are short sighted have in effect built in reading glasses and your shortsightedness is almost ideal for reading purposes without external glasses. It is unlikely that your level of shortsightedness will change very much from here on out.

There is also another phenomenon associated with presbyopia and the need for external reading glasses and that is related to the ciliary muscles. These tiny muscles are located inside your eyes and for their size, they are potentially the strongest muscles in your body. This is because they get lots of exercise in people with "normal" vision or in people who are long sighted. However, people who are short sighted and take their glasses off to read or focus close do not exercise their ciliary muscles and they become weak and de-conditioned. That causes, in effect, pseudo or false presbyopia. The effect is the same as having true presbyopia, you have difficulty focusing close when wearing your distance correction. This de-conditioning process can happen very fast when a person with "normal" vision or long sightedness starts using reading glasses, but a short sighted person may not notice it very much because in many cases, the ciliary muscles have been de-conditioned for many years. Even young people who have uncorrected myopia (short sightedness) can experience this false presbyopia when they first start wearing glasses. The may have to "learn" how to focus their eyes and occasionally, they may have to wear reduced power bifocals for a few months to let them read with their new glasses until the learn to use their ciliary muscles. I know of one instance where a short sighted boy avoided wearing glasses until he was 17. When he finally got glasses, his ciliary muscles were so weak that he could not focus to use a computer or read with his glasses on. The solution was trifocals. I don't know if he was ever able to work his way out of wearing them.


Lulu 08 Sep 2013, 08:25

I'm a 36-year-old mother who has been shortsighted for at least 18 years, but as my eyes seem to get better year after year, I as wondering...

What can I do to prevent presbyopia? Two years ago my eye doctor said I needed to 'keep' -2 (at that time I believe I was 2.5, -2) not to need glasses to read. I would indeed hate that! I had grown used to wearing glasses and even started liking it. Five years ago I was around -3.75, now it's just -1.75 and -2.25. Would that mean I will one day need reading glasses? And what can I do to prevent that? Although I like wearing glasses, I also like taking them off to read.

Cactus Jack 02 Sep 2013, 19:34

i have a question,

There is no direct correlation between a prescription of -2.75 and a Snellen fraction of say 20/500 or 20/1000. What the a Snellen fraction means is that the patient can identify letters at 20 feet that a person with "normal" vision can identify at 500 feet or 1000 feet above. Beyond a certain point, usually around 20/200, it just does not make any practical difference.

It is very easy to experience a fairly close approximation of the vision of a person who needs -2.75 diopters of vision correction by trying on a pair of Over-the-Counter (OTC) +2.75 reading glasses, assuming your vision is pretty close to 20/20. Effectively, a person who needs minus glasses for distance is wearing built-in reading glasses. If you can't find +2.75 readers at your local store, +3.00 is a little worse and +2.50 is a little better that needing -2.75 for good distance vision. If you require vision correction, let us know the type correction and the prescription and we can tell you how to simulate -2.75.


i have a question 02 Sep 2013, 15:11


My girlfriend has a prescription of -2.75 in contacts. I'm really curious to know how bad this is. Is it strong or strong ish? Would she be able to cope well without them? What does this roughly mean in the 20/?? scale? how blurry would things be at say 10 feet? Could she facial features etc?


Brian 28 Aug 2013, 20:09

Dan, I don't know how much of an affect the low prism .75 in each eye would have on her vision when she is not wearing them. My 1st prisms were 2 BI in each eye and after about a week I was constantly seeing double when I took them off, but obviously I had a greater need for them than your friend, bc I now have 5 BI prism in each eye.

Soundmanpt 28 Aug 2013, 12:52


I assume your friend must have ordered her glasses about the same time they were prescribe to her which was back in mid July so she has had her glasses and been wearing them for about a month now. So by now she should be pretty used to wearing them and her eyes should be adjusted to them as well. Has she said how her vision is when she doesn't have her glasses on? Her prescription is really very weak but I am curious about the effect the prisms is having on her eyes. I wonder if she tried not wearing her glasses for a day on her computer if her eyes would have trouble with focusing?

Jamie32 28 Aug 2013, 11:11

So Dan,

Sorry if you've mentioned this earlier but how much are you wearing your multifocals or are you trying to get by with your single vision correction?

Dan 28 Aug 2013, 09:12


Sorry for not updating. She did receive her glasses and told me that they do help. She's been wearing them all the time at work (staring at a computer all day). She also has worn them all day a few times when she is out of the office to get used to them.

Dan 28 Aug 2013, 09:12


Sorry for not updating. She did receive her glasses and told me that they do help. She's been wearing them all the time at work (staring at a computer all day). She also has worn them all day a few times when she is out of the office to get used to them.

Brian 27 Aug 2013, 20:54


Did your friend who got a prism correction get her glasses? If so how is she doing with them?

Ricardo 27 Aug 2013, 08:53

Neil- what is exercise? Never heard that word before...hehe

Neil 26 Aug 2013, 19:31


Your wife making you wear glasses you don't actually need (yet) is quite something. Nice of you to oblige. Do you wear them during exercise?

Ricardo 24 Aug 2013, 08:01

So...after 2 weeks of full time wear of my glasses I can now say that I actually like wearing them. Although I will say that I could do without them, I feel like they do what they claim...anti fatigue. I was not wearing them for about half day and noticed a very slight discomfort while reading a magazine. So this got me there an optometric conspiracy? I noticed that they are prescribing multifocals this to combat the contact lens and surgery? If people become dependant on a close add then they will still require glasses for reading if they wear contacts or get surgery.

Also an update on my wife...the day I didn't wear my glasses for half day was also when my wife didn't. We were doing an experiment...we wanted to see if we could get by without glasses now and who would reach for them first. My wife says that she can't see far anymore clearly without them. Even after a few hours she said she still struggled. But when the headache began, she gave in and said she was 'desperate' to put them on.

We talked about vision and asked ourselves if we would prefer short or long wife, because she was short sighted most of her life (although slight) said she preferred being short sighted. I asked why. She said that when she was short sighted she thought it would be better to be long sighted because you only need to wear them to read. But now that we are both in our 40's she says that short sighted is better because if you chose not to wear them, things are blurry but you don't get headaches and the 'desperate' feeling to need to relax your eyes. She says that after about half hour without she gets the urge to really need them.

Puffin 17 Aug 2013, 10:27

well, it all probably started with the invention of writing.

Puffin 17 Aug 2013, 10:27

well, it all probably started with the invention of writing.

Cactus Jack 17 Aug 2013, 10:02

People are constantly using new things to announce as the cause of some problem (often health) to gain publicity. In some instances they have fallen for flawed logic. It is so common that there is even a latin expression for it.

"Post hoc, ergo procter hoc" "After this, therefore because of this"

The good doctor is using his credentials to lend credibility to his flawed logic. It is fairly well know that extensive close focusing when a person is young and the eyes are developing and growing can induce myopia. Smartphones, tablets, and hand held games are just the latest. Before that, it was books and TV.


Melyssa 17 Aug 2013, 09:36

There were iPhones in the 1960s? LOL

Guido 17 Aug 2013, 08:33

iPhone causes myopia.

Jose 16 Aug 2013, 08:59

Hi Ricardo, how is the "glasses wearing" going? Committed to full-time?

Slit 11 Aug 2013, 09:03


It seems your wife is enjoying the concept of glasses wearing. I know a couple of my female friends who really like wearing glasses even though they have 20/20 eye sight and likes to play around with my glasses Lol!

Ricardo 11 Aug 2013, 08:12

Pretty much. I tried not to wear them on Saturday morning while at home but my wife was insisting. Not that I felt my eyes fatigued, I do feel they make close vision comfortable...not better like I can't's kind of hard to describe. More comfortable is probably the best description.

Jose 11 Aug 2013, 07:14

Sorry about the typo. "in your glasses full time?"

Jose 11 Aug 2013, 07:12

Ricardo, are you still I your glasses full-time?

Ricardo 08 Aug 2013, 05:18

I think it's both...she says I look really good in them. Other females at work said the same thing. Guys at work seem to 'ignore' as if I always wore them. I also think its out of a little spite as she wants me to feel what she is I guess. So I'm still wearing them. They seem to work in regards to close stuff as they seem like it makes things easier somehow but they don't magnify much...I guess that's where the word Anti Fatigue means.

My wife is doing very well. She says that she can see clearly at all distances with her glasses. Her only question is that she feels that in the morning she can see far clearly and no strain but the longer she wears them throughout the day she feels she needs then when she removes them to clean them or touch up make up.

Soundmanpt 06 Aug 2013, 16:25


It seems your wife is determined that your going to wear glasses even if you don't really need them yet. So it makes me wonder if she really likes your appearance in glasses or if she out for spite since she how has to wear her glasses full time. But there is a big difference between her need for glasses and yours. Like you said even your doctor seemed to think they weren't necessary to the point where he even said if it were him he wouldn't get glasses. But your a good husband to go along with her and agree to wear your glasses full time. Well they will likely relax your eyes as your eyes get adjusted to them.

By the way, how is your wife doing with wearing her glasses full time? For her i'm sure they make a much bigger difference when she has her glasses off compared to you? Does she feel like her eyes now can see all distances much better than before?

Ricardo 06 Aug 2013, 08:49

Thanks John S. good explanation and link. I guess I'll post a few days to let ya'll know how I'm going.

John S 06 Aug 2013, 08:26


AF is an abbreviation for Anti-Fatigue lenses. Progressive lenses are usually not available in add powers of less than +0.75. The AF lenses depending on the manufacturer, are usually in the range of a +0.6. By your description, you probably have the single vision version of the lens. Some types have also have a light tint and/or prism correction to supposedly make computer use more comfortable.

I really don't think an add of less than +1.00 has much of an real life effect. It could give your accommodation system a little break, which I guess is the idea.

I would be interested in your thoughts of the lenses in a month or so after you get used to wearing them.

I did find a good comparison between some of the lenses.

Ricardo 06 Aug 2013, 07:32

I wore them all evening. Next morning I got up and my wife said "glasses on honey, promise me you'll wear them all day at work". I had to. I still swore they didn't make much difference, but I looked a lot smarter. When I got to work, everyone was commenting on the glasses and the new look. I just went along with it and made it out that I now need glasses. I couldn't believe that after about half hour no one commented any more and it felt like I always wore glasses. I went out as usual with my work mates for lunch. As we walked I noticed that the lenses went dark. Cool. After about half day I felt like my eyes felt easier and I could read easier. I took them off to compare and it still felt like I could do without and there was little change.

When I got home my wife asked me how was it and if I kept my promise. Of course I did. I just said that it felt weird after about 2-3 hrs in that I had something on my face all the time and my instinct was to take them off. I told her that I felt like taking them off every time I bumped into work colleges, but resisted and made it out that my eyes are worse than they really are.

So that's my life wish on my wife ended up also on me even though it was slight deceit. I'm still puzzled to what AF lenses are as I was told they are not multi or bifocals but not standard lenses either.

Ricardo 06 Aug 2013, 07:14 wife pulled a swifty on me...I came home yesterday from work and she told me that we need to go to the store to get some groceries. She drove and parked the car a little further than we normally do. I was puzzled but she said we need to walk. We walked past her optometrists and she turned and said "oh, can we go in here for a sec I need to check something". Didn't think nothing of it. We sat for about a minute waiting for the optometrist. The doc pulled a new pair of glasses from the drawer and said "Ricardo, your glasses are ready"..."WHAT?, I thought I don't need them". He reminded me that he said when I got them checked that I could need a small correction but wouldn't worry about it yet, but my wife insisted privately (without me knowing) that she wanted me to get them filled. I remembered that my wife got me to try different frames and the ones we both liked she went back and bought.

Can anyone explain what "AF lenses" are? I was told I have very mild astigmatism. He also put a +0.25 in them. So the Rx is +0.25/-0.25/175 and +0.25/-0.25/5. It said AF lenses. He explained that the lenses are pre multifocals and will help to adjust when I actually will need them. I was puzzled at this. All the time he was talking I was just looking at my wife and thinking how will I see with them on. He put them on me and it seemed like nothing really changed. He checked my vision with them on. Things looked a bit weird. Distance wasn't as clear. He asked me to read and I could see ok. He told me to look through the bottom and it seemed like it was a little easier to read. I took them off and I could still read. He said that it was ok and that he personally wouldn't have got it filled but my wife insisted. He told me that I could wear them when I wanted but it would be beneficial to wear them as much as possible. I looked at him and my wife jumped in and said "don't worry, he'll be wearing them full time". The optometrist looked at me and said "looks like you've been told". After some adjustments he took them off to clean them and put them in a case. My wife said "no he'll wear them now" with a smile on her face.

When we left the store I could not believe that I'm walking out wearing glasss! My wife gave me the biggest cuddle and said "we can grow old gracefully together. If you love me, you'll wear them full time from now just like I had to, plus you look sexy". What could I say? We went home and all I could do was look in the car mirror and look around dropping them on the nose and comparing with/without. My wife told me "don't worry, you'll get used to them. Distance will improve". Yep...the same lecture.

marcus 02 Aug 2013, 08:17

Thanks CJ.

I have some +1 readers I sometimes use. Trying not to get hooked on them too fast.

Matt 01 Aug 2013, 14:22

Hiya again I managed to arrange an eye exam for yesterday. I told the optician about my difficulties with my night vision, and was given a slight prescription which would help me at night and maybe during the day.

I did mange to find some glasses as well which is harder than you think!! I have been told they should be ready by the weekend for me to pick up.

Cactus Jack 01 Aug 2013, 10:37


There could be a restriction, but maybe not. There is no hard and fast relationship between a vision prescription and the common way of indicating visual acuity as what appears to be a "fraction". A -0.50 Rx typically means visual acuity of about 20/30. That means that at a distance of 20 feet, the smallest line you can read is the line that most people with "normal" visual acuity can read at 30 feet.

I checked on the web for Illinois vision requirements and it appears that Illinois requires at least 20/40 vision for an unrestricted license, but there are other vision requirement that could be a factor. Here is a link that has the vision requirement for all US states.

If your renewal cycle requires vision screening, I would suggest trying to pass the screening test without your glasses, but have them available. Illinois tests each eye individually, which is slightly more difficult than both eyes together. If you can, try to go to the DMV early in the day when you are rested. Do not read while you are waiting and try to avoid anything requiring close focusing the night before such as reading or using the computer. You want your eyes as relaxed as possible.

At your age, presbyopia is a likely factor. Presbyopia does not directly affect your distance vision when you are a little nearsighted, like you are, but it can make your crystalline lenses very slow to relax after focusing close. That can cause Pseudo or false myopia, which has the same visual effect as Axial or true myopia on your distance vision. The difference between the two is Pseudo Myopia will go away when your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses relax fully, but Axial Myopia is a permanent condition. The time it takes for them to fully relax depends on how much presbyopia has affected the stiffness of your crystalline lenses.

Often, with presbyopia, reading glasses can help with Pseudo Myopia, but they can make presbyopia seem to become problematic faster by helping the ciliary muscles become de-conditioned. I suggest trying to get your Drivers License renewed ASAP after a weekend of no reading or other close work, so you have the best chance possible of minimizing Pseudo myopia.

Please let us know how your renewal works out.

Another question, do you use reading glasses?


Marcus 01 Aug 2013, 08:42

I am 42, work in sales, and live in Illinois. My question is how get an idea of if there will be a restriction on my driver's license. Thanks.

Cactus Jack 31 Jul 2013, 18:58


Possibly, but it depends on where you live. A prescription of -0.50 does not seem like much but what it means is at everything beyond 2 meters or 6.5 feet is increasingly blurry. The thing that helps in bright light is that your pupil closes down and acts like the iris in a high end camera lens. Photographers are used to dealing with the iris adjustment and its related "depth of field" which, in other words, is "range of useful focus". In low light conditions, your pupils are wide open and your range of useful focus is very narrow and anything beyond 2 meters is out of focus, at least a little bit. In bright light your range of useful focus may be quite good and even distant signs may be easy to read. At night, not so good. Try wearing your glasses at night, you might be surprised at how many stars there are in the sky if you happen to be somewhere where it is dark enough to see them. The Milky Way is spectacular.

A few things to remember:

1. You don't have to justify wearing glasses to anyone, because they or you think the prescription is too weak.

2. With the exception of driving, you wear glasses for your benefit, not the benefit of anyone else and they are not entitled to anymore explanation than "I like seeing clearly".

Vision occurs in the brain and the brain has the amazing ability to correct a low quality image from your eyes (mere biological cameras), provided it knows what something is supposed to look like. Image correction takes a lot of effort and energy. When you wear your glasses, the image delivered to your brain requires no correction or processing to be useful and it does not take you brain long to decide that it really prefers the high quality images over the low quality images. When (not if) your brain decides it prefers the high quality images, it will quit trying to correct the low quality images and you will suddenly think the glasses have made your vision worse. Not true. If you completely quit wearing your glasses, in a few days or weeks you will have forced your brain to go back to work, but it may not be happy about it and it has ways to make you unhappy too.

Glasses and contacts are simply tools to help you see better. Please don't let vanity keep you from seeing the very best you can. If you are worried about what your friends and associates will say, the best fix for that is to wear them full time for about two weeks and then decide how often you want to wear them.

May I ask your age, occupation, and where you live?

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.


Marcus 31 Jul 2013, 17:11

I was just prescribed -0.50 glasses and the dr says they are optional during the day but I will likely prefer to use them for night driving.

Any idea if I will be able to pass a dmv test without them?


Soundmanpt 28 Jul 2013, 11:13


Probably a good idea and I am sure you will at least be getting glasses for the night driving.

There is no locked in stone time when vision can change, only generalalities

Matt 27 Jul 2013, 15:08

Yes I have had the same problem with car headlights and street lights, so I guess maybe I may need some glasses for at night especially when driving.

I will look into booking an eye exam next week, and I guess I may have to get used to the idea of needing glasses. Is 28 a usual age to start to need glasses, as I always thought it was the late teens early twenties when sight got worse?

Soundmanpt 27 Jul 2013, 12:59


My best friend's wife was prescribed her glasses for just what your complaining about. She had no problem seeing the eye chart, but when she told the doctor about her issues driving at night with car headlights and not being able to see road signs she was prescribed glasses that are -.50 with AR coating (anti-reflective) to cut down on any glare.

So if your the same as her that maybe all you will need, but an eye exam will determine if you may actually need them for distance as well. But I would say if everything else is good then you probably will only need them fro night driving, but if you feel they help with other things that would be up to you.

Matthew 27 Jul 2013, 11:03

Thank you that.

Is it normal for people just to be affected at night, I thought that I would have been having issues during the day as well?

I will look into getting an appointment to get my vision checked. If I am prescribed some when do you think I would need to wear them? As it is currently summer in England I guess not as much as I would in the winter when the nights are longer.

Soundmanpt 27 Jul 2013, 10:44


Trouble seeing at night is most common when your becoming nearsighted. I suggest it's time to book an appointment to get your eyes checked and be sure you tell the doctor about the night issues as well. It could be you have night blindness which means your able to see 20/20 (perfect) during the day but need a very slight prescription at night.

Matt 27 Jul 2013, 09:26

Hi everyone first time poster to this site.

I am 28 years old and have never needed glasses before, as have had my eyes checked on a fairly regular basis although I think my last test is around 3 years ago.

Recently I have noticed slight problems with my vision at night mainly with bright lights having kind of halo's around them and not being as. Lear I I believe they used to be. Could this mean I may need glasses or could there be some other reason for this. My vision in the day time seems fine it is mainly my distance vision at night that I am having slight issues with.

Julian 20 Jul 2013, 01:05

I had exactly the same thing, only once, about 20 years ago.

Andrew 19 Jul 2013, 15:36

My wife was once prescribed 0.5 diopters of prism base up in one eye only; just the once, she has never had it repeated in several years since then.

Dan 19 Jul 2013, 10:05


She hasn't received them yet but should in the next week or so. I'll keep everyone posted if I hear more from her.

Brian 18 Jul 2013, 12:04


That is a pretty low prism correction.. I got base in prism in my glasses for the 1st time on 2010 and they gave me 2BI to start in each eye. Its steadily gone up to 5BI in each eye over the last 3 years. Does she like having the correction in her glasses. They certainly helped me, but I think having a prism more than any other correction really makes you dependant on glasses for one reason or another and hard to go w/o it.

Dan 18 Jul 2013, 09:42

Been talking to a friend of mine who is on a computer all day and she had been getting some eye strain and headaches. She ended up getting an eye appt the other day. I was able to see her prescription as well:

OD 0.00 -0.50 x 93 0.75 IN

OS -0.25 -0.25 x 11 0.75 IN

Never known someone before with prism correction. From what I know of prisms, that seems some of the lowest you could get. I'm sure she'll find they help relieve her discomfort.

Soundmanpt 14 Jul 2013, 10:21


Did your wife seemed surprised when the doctor told her she needs to wear her glasses full time from now on or do you think she may have expected it? I think the only question was if her eyes could tolerate going from her -1.00 glasses to +1.50 for distance? It would have been much easier for her eyes to adjust if she would have only gotten half of her full prescription at first and then after a month or so had the full prescription put in, but glasses are expensive and this way saved money. I assume this doctor must not offer what some places do, if your prescription changes withing 90 days they will replace the lenses at no charge. So she went with her full rx right away. I'm sure at first her distance was very blurry. But her determination allowed her to do as she was told and wear them full time. At her 2 week check up with her glasses on her near vision was fine and she was able to see most of the eye chart except the bottom 2 lines. Then with the relaxing drops she was able to see all the lines on the chart. So her eyes were almost completely adjusted to her glasses for distance as well as close up. Now at this recent check up the only thing to really check was her distance vision with her glasses and she was now able to see all the lines on the chart without a problem and without her glasses her eyes were straining to see it. As the months go by she will find that her distance vision without her glasses will be more blurry. But she seems to have accepted the idea of now being a full time glasses wearer.

Ricardo 14 Jul 2013, 03:25

My wife went in last week to see the optometrist. This would be her third visit. She wanted me to go with her again. While we were waiting she was trying on different frames. She also got me to put a few on. We were trying on glasses together. She found a pair that she said that looked really good on me. I agreed but I don't need glasses. Anyway she didn't find and others she liked for herself. She said that they were all too small and no one wants those anymore.

When we finally went in she had her eyes checked again after a few questions. He then asked her if she was used to wearing glasses full time. She said yes and that she sees perfectly with them on. He also asked about her distance vision without. She said she didn't know because he told her to wear them full time. He then removed the glasses and checked her distance vision. She said she could see ok but it felt her eyes working hard to do so. "Good" was his response, then he told her what I think she didn't want to hear. "You need them full time. If you want you could go without for a little while, but you will feel you need them". My wife responded by saying "I kinda guessed so". After a bit of chit chatter...he said "your" and looked at me. What? He said that my wife made an appointment for me too since its been over 5 years since I had mine checked.

It was a bit surprising but I went on and started the test. He asked me a few questions and commented on my age. He then put the same drops he used on my wife and checked a few things. He then said that my vision was good. Distance was good. I asked him if I needed glasses and he said that my vision was still good. He said I had very mild astigmatism but don't need to be concerned. He told me that he thinks that if a few years time that I would also need glasses. My wife asked if I would see better with the small astigmatism correction. He said yes, but that it would probably be annoying to wear them. He put the lenses in a trial frame for me too see the difference. I said that it was no difference.

We left the store. My wife was saying that its now set in concrete. She will wear them full time. She said she's used to seeing herself in them and can't stop the inevitable age.

Soundmanpt 20 Jun 2013, 10:55

away from home

Great to hear that your mates glasses are working so well for you. You weren't lucky that your glasses got broke, but you were very lucky that his prescription is not too far from yours. I really didn't think the prism was enough to cause you any problem and Cactus Jack even thinks it may be helpful in the long run.

You will probably be wearing his spare pair even longer than the 3 weeks your away simce it will most likely take another week after you go and get your eyes tested to actually get your new glasses. You probably should consider finding one of those places that are doing deals by buying 2 pairs to keep the cost down.

Another option would be to find one pair and get them as your primary glasses and then go on line and get a pair from someplace like Zenni that should only cost about $20.00 or so. But since delivery takes 2 weeks plus depending your location you probably don't want to wait that long for your primary glasses.

away from home 20 Jun 2013, 05:25

I'm wearing his spare glasses that he brought with him. The frames fit me well. They are rectangular wired frames. Its being a few days that I'm wearing his spare glasses and I'm happy that I can see very well with them.

 18 Jun 2013, 08:40

away from home

How well does his glasses fit you and look on you? If your female they are likely a little big on you and a lot of pushing them up your nose. My younger sister likes wearing her bfs glasses for fun but she is constantly having to push them up. She actually looks cute wearing them and I told her when he gets a new pair she should take them and get them fitted since she seems to be able to see okay with them.

Good luck while your away but it sounds like using his glasses your at least able to see okay now.

Apple77 18 Jun 2013, 07:58

away from home,

How does your partner cope while you're wearing his glasses?

away from home 18 Jun 2013, 06:12

Thank you all for your replies. I think that for now I will wear his glasses until I go back home in about 3 weeks. I spent yesterday the whole day with his glasses and it seems that the more I wear it the better my vision is. Once I get home I will just have my eyes checked again and buy a new pair of eyeglasses and a spare one as well

Cactus Jack 17 Jun 2013, 16:32

away form home,

A small amount of Base Out prism will actually help you deal with the additional minus sphere in the glasses and 5 BO only represents less than 3 angular degrees of convergence in each eye which is not very much at all. Much less than the amount of convergence to read at normal distances. There will be a short period of adjustment when you put them on or take them off, but nothing to get excited about.

The thing that could cause you some slight discomfort, but no harm is a difference in cylinder and axis from your normal prescription. If the glasses are not uncomfortable, I do not believe it will cause any long term problems to wear them until you get home and can go back to your regular ECP. Ideally, if you get a new exam you want the ECP to start with YOUR present prescription, not your friend's.

Just hope that these or your friend's glasses don't get broken. That could severely limit your options.


Brian 17 Jun 2013, 16:14

Away from Home, My prism is also 5 in each eye but mine are base in not base out, so the inside of my glasses are thicker because I have exoforia. Our distance prescriptions are similar as well, I'm -6.00 and -5.25 with 5 Base In Prism in each eye.

Dave 17 Jun 2013, 16:14

Frankly, I wouldn't wear prism glasses at all.

Why don't you just bite the bullet and go into a chain optical dispenser with your broken glasses and have them make you another pair and just view it as an unexpected cost of the trip. Why spend a vacation getting headaches from the prisms.

Good luck!

svensont 17 Jun 2013, 15:09

So this is base out prism, used to correct strabismus - esotropia or esophoria. When you read something from close, you naturally cross your eyes.

Probably nothing will happen if you wear them for a week or two, but nobody can guess. You may also get used to them and have problems to not wear them.

away from home 17 Jun 2013, 14:30

His glasses are much thicker on the outer edges, it seems to be double of the size of mine. It few weird glasses like that because some people stare. After wearing them for a while, i took it out and my vision felt weird for a little bit then it went back to what I'm used to see without glasses. I have learned a lesson, but this is the first time something like this happens to me. Once I get back home, I will also get contacts so next time I can take glasses and contacts.

svensont 17 Jun 2013, 12:39

away from home,

Do you have double vision after wearing the glasses?

Are the glasses thicker on the outer or inner edge?

Soundmanpt 17 Jun 2013, 12:30

away from home

With a prescription such as yours you should also carry a spare pair of glasses with you even if they are a previous pair and slightly weaker they would at least get you through without much problem.

Your partners glasses are about one diopter stronger than your own glasses but depending on how long you had your glasses it is possible that you may be in need of some increase anyway. And under the circumstances you don't have much choice. I think your eyes should be able to tolerate the extra strength without much problem and the more you wear them the more your eyes should adjust to them.

The prism in his glasses is not something you want but since it is only at 5 in each eye you should be okay, but that said you should take off your glasses when ever you get a chance to rest your eyes from the glasses. Yes prolonged wearing of prism could have an effect on your eyes but for a few weeks you should be fine wearing them. I would suggest that you make an appointment even now for when you get home to get your eyes examined and so you can get your own glasses ordered as soon as possible.

away from home, 17 Jun 2013, 11:14

I found this website and hopefully someone here will be able to give me some insight. I am on vacation in another country and this morning my partner stepped on top of my glasses by mistake and now i don't have any glasses to wear. My prescription is around - 4.5 with no astigmatism. I am in a different country and i don't really want to spend money on a eye exam and a new pair of glasses. When i go back home I can do all that through my health insurance. My partners also wear glasses and he always carries a spare, his prescription is -5.50 and -5.75. I feel very confortable wearing his glasses which has help but it strains my aways, he says it is because he also has 5 prisms on each lens. So here is the big question, I was always told that wearing someones elses glasses makes your eye weak, Since I already wear glasses i don't mind if my prescription goes up a point or so but what is prism? can my eyes need prism too? Is that bad? I will be out until july. I'm 25 by the way.

thank you

Nichole 08 Jun 2013, 15:39

Ricardo, I was reading the episodes you wrote about your wife's new glasses. I have gone through this as well, though I had straight weak reading glasses before going into progressives. My prescription is a little weaker than your wife's for distance, but stronger in the reading part (mine about +1.00, add +1.50 with a little weaker astigmatism than hers I think.) I'm a couple of years older. For the record I'm not full time, but often when I put them on they stay on and I don't realize it.

I would just say based on her comments about feeling old to her doctor, she is a little off there. This is a common thing to happen, and neither she nor I are old. If she has been willing to go full time with people seeing her already, is it really that bad?

I was thinking about contact lenses myself, but so far haven't really found it necessary or compelling. Based on what her doctor is saying, it looks like contacts would only be a partial solution for her. Might not be worth it.

I don't know how her distance vision will be, but it's possible that she can avoid full time wear for now. Most of all I think you should help her feel more comfortable in her new situation.

Soundmanpt 08 Jun 2013, 10:57


It's been a few weeks since your last post. Are you still seeing the same gentleman that you were hoping to get to wear his glasses more often? Any luck with that since you were going to wear your glasses on upcoming dates in hopes of encouraging him to wear his more. Interesting that your on the shy side and tend to wear contacts instead of your glasses even though you much prefer men wearing glasses.

Ricardo 07 Jun 2013, 23:08

So my wife went to get her progress checkup after 2 weeks of full time wear.she wanted me to go with her as she wanted my support. She wore her glasses practically every waking moment bar shower. That morning she also wore them aa few hours and decided to take them off for a few minutes before we left.

We left to go see the optometrist. While we were waiting to go inside the exam room he walked past and said "great to see you wearing them". My wife looked at me and with her look I knew what she was thinking..."you did say to wear them full time". A few moments later we went in. He asked her how things are and my wife's responses were;

"At first I swear I thought these were wrong. I couldn't see anything far. But after a few days it seemed like they didn't make a difference for distance". I still feel like they don't make a huge difference for distance but I never took them off long enough because you told me wear them." I think he figured out that she was hoping that this full time wear was a short term thing and asked her how she felt wearing glasses. Her responses was "at first I was horrified because I felt old when you gave me the glasses and they seemed wrong prescription. But after a few days I got used to them. Then after a week of wearing them full time I felt that 'old' feeling again because I started to not like feeling and seeing them on my face all the time."

The optometrist then said "ok let's do some tests and we'll see how things are" . She was told to read card with her glasses on and then the chart. She did well except the last two lines on the chart. He told her to take the glasss off and tried the lens machine. Then he put some drops in her eyes and after some time he told her to put the glasses on again and read the chart. She could see everything. He then told her that her glasses are fine but that she will need to wear them for a further 2 weeks full time just like she did and come back.

That's when the questions came. Will I need to wear them full time forever? Will they get worse? Can I wear contacts? Eye surgery? He said that it full time depends on how she goes the next two weeks and month. Yes they will get worse over time but not to worry. She could get contacts but will need readers on top and surgery is an option but will need readers and eventually wear glasses anyway.

Very interesting conversations

juicebox 31 May 2013, 08:22


I'm pretty much the same as you in that respect! though i probably wear contacts a lot more than you, the fact that its me putting them in makes a huge difference. the other day I got something in my eye and my friend offered to get it out, I kept closing my eye whenever he got close so I ran to the bathroom and got the eyelash out myself. I'm sure he wouldn't have hurt me or anything but its just a reflex action haha!

Carrie 30 May 2013, 18:48

Because I have total control over the situation I can just about cope with putting contacts in. I will give up very easily if they don't go in after a couple of tries. I don't use them much anyway.

Soundmanpt 29 May 2013, 15:41


Being that squrmish, I am surprised your able to put in contacts from time to time?

I really understand your reasoning about getting glasses a bit smaller and that look more real.

I saw a young lady not long ago that ordered 4 pairs of glasses from me, one of them was a pair of rx sunglasses. I recently saw her and she was wearing one of the pairs she had gotten from me. When she ordered her glasses I was a little surprised in that they were all about the same style but in different colors. What she got was the bigger style that look very much like Ray Ban Wayfarers, She got a pair in very bright red and a pair in translucent blue as well as a pair of matte black. She told me she loves her glasses but the biggest problem she has is that everyone thinks her glasses are fake because they look so much like what they sell in some of the boutiques these days. Her rx is only -1.75 so they are not thick enough to look real. She is 19 or 2o and I have a feeling when she is ready to order new glasses she will also get some that make her look more her age and not fake.

Actually I like your idea of getting something similar but in a smaller size. I have a feeling though you enjoy going in and trying on different frames at various stores and it looks like you still have several more months to shop around.

Don't forget to have a good look on-line as that is a good way to save much money and get several more pairs as well.

Carrie 29 May 2013, 14:28

I don't swear loudly but loud enough to be heard by the very patient optician! I have a low pain threshold - I nearly passed out the last time I had an injection and I swore quite loudly then. Gemma gets quite cross with and my potty mouth.

I don't know how I would have coped if they had to touch my eyes with something. That sounds horrible. At least you can't see the air coming even though you know it is.

Soundmanpt - I'll get my eyes tested in the Autumn. I am still looking for frames. I quite like the look of tortoiseshell coloured plastic frames. The look pretty on women I've seen wearing them. I'll probably go for some frames that are a little smaller than my black plastic ones. I still like them but they are getting a little battered due to activities I've mentioned before! It's not going to be a drastic change, whatever frames I choose, but noticeable to those who know me. I want a slightly more mature look as I've noticed that frames like mine are getting very popular, with or without prescriptions, with girls several years younger than me. Being petite I have enough trouble looking my age (I'll be 20 in a few months). People are now beginning to associate frames like mine with the younger girls and they think I'm younger than I am, which is very annoying if I'm trying to get served in a pub and I have to show some ID to prove my age.

John S 29 May 2013, 08:02

I agree. The glaucoma test has never bothered me. If I blink, it has to be repeated. It is no big deal.

I have always wondered about the results if the air valve was placed too close to your eye.

Melyssa 29 May 2013, 07:04

The "puff test" has never bothered me. The only thing I have concerning my annual eye exam is not being able to see very well for several hours afterwards, due to the eye drops. But then, all of this is necessary to ensure that my beautiful bespectacled baby browns continue to work, such as it is.

Cactus Jack 28 May 2013, 20:52

The "puff" test, with all its discomforts, is a lot better than the "gold standard" test where a probe actually touches your cornea. While the cornea does not have a blood supply, it does have nerves as evidenced when you touch your cornea with your finger.

To make the "probe" test tolerable, they put a drop of anesthetic in your eye and then do the test, but even with that, the test is much more uncomfortable than the "puff" test where only a puff of air touches your cornea.

Because I have type 2 diabetes, I get retinal exams and glaucoma pressure tests with the probe, twice a year by an ophthalmologist. The puff test is easier, but both are better than the way they used to have to do it where you laid down on an exam table and looked straight up while they placed a tiny scale mechanism on your cornea to read the pressure. Fortunately, the used some anesthetic drops or it would have been almost intolerable.

The mild discomfort of the pressure test is a tiny price to pay for detecting glaucoma early, before it can do any damage.


Soundmanpt 28 May 2013, 19:06


By no means are you alone in your feelings when your getting the "puff" test. It is seldom that people don't react to it the same as you, but maybe without the swearing, It usually always takes several attempts to get it. But as you say it is very important and necessary. Its a natural response when someone is puffing air into your eyes that your going to react even now when you know it is coming.

Glad to hear that your friends dad caught it in time to not cause any damage.

Speaking of that, when are you due to get your eyes tested? I didn't go back and look but it seems it has been more than a year since you got your current glasses? Have you been looking and watching for deals on glasses to save you some money? Remember if you still like your current glasses it shouldn't cost too much to have new lenses fitted into them as long as they are still in good shape.

Carrie 28 May 2013, 18:19

Thankyou Crystal Veil. I love looking at your website.

I may have shocked some people by posting something serious!

I think opticians must get used to people swearing or jumping during the air puff. At my last eye test they just smiled politely and asked me to keep as still as possible. I did apologise for my language afterwards and they just smiled politely again. It is a horrible part of the test but now I will think about what my friend told me when I go for my next test. It's scary to think that not that long ago there was no way of detecting the pressure inside the eye and that the pressure being too high could lead to glaucoma which in turn could lead to partial or even complete sight loss.

Crystal Veil 28 May 2013, 17:23

Carrie, you are absolutely right about this. By the way, I always read your postings so keep them coming!

Carrie 28 May 2013, 15:35

Anyone who has had an eye test probably hated the part where they puff air in to your eyes. I know it's an important part of the whole examination of your eye health but I never really appreciated how much. I was talking to a friend yesterday and she mentioned that her dad had to have a minor eye operation the other day. She said he'd gone for a routine eye test and the air puff revealed that the pressure inside his eyes was a little higher than it should be. He was referred to a hospital department/clinic where a few weeks later he had some sort of laser treatment to his eyes which reduced the pressure. He now has a much lower chance of getting glaucoma. He just has to have eye drops for a few days.

All the treatment was free on the NHS. The only thing he paid for was the eye test. We are so lucky to have the NHS and I don't understand why people moan about it. My friend's dad was very happy with his treatment. He would never have known about the pressure inside his eyes if it hadn't been for the eye test.

Next time I have my eyes tested I will try to sit still for the air puff and try even harder not to swear as each puff hits my eyes as I now realise how important it is.

anna 26 May 2013, 06:09

does vision training really work and is it for people with low prescritions only? most people are nearsighted and its easy just to wear glasses right. ive been wearing glasses 25 years. im nearsighted -7.25 -6.75 i hate waking up and not being able to see have to feel for my glasses. that bad but everyone needs glasses in there life at some stage. am i not going to need reading glasses because im nearsighted?

Cactus Jack 22 May 2013, 23:39


Based on the exam results, it is likely that her prescription has pretty much stabilized. You should not get excited either way because of a 0.25 difference between prescriptions. That small difference can often be the result of a judgment call on her part about the tiny difference in the sharpness of a line of small letters, between two trial lenses.

Refractive error can easily vary that much throughout the day and if she had another exam tomorrow, it might be slightly different. Much of an eye exam results are subjective rather than objective. The reason for this is that the examiner has no way to see exactly what the patient sees and must depend on the answers and descriptions by the patient as to what they are seeing with various power lenses.


Bob 22 May 2013, 14:20

My daughter had her check-up yesterday and I was shocked to hear that her perscription moved slightly for the better. Her new contact perscription is -2.25 in both eyes down from -2.25 L and -2.50 R. Is this unusual? Does this mean her eyes are now stable?

Ricardo 22 May 2013, 09:28

Yes she was asked that it would be easier for her to first get very mild plus with an add but that prescription will last maybe a month or two and then should go for her full rx...but our finances would not support this so she said she chose the full rx to begin with. But her knowledge on rx's and lenses is very limited. She had no idea what the lenses would look like and that it would take time to get used to as opposed to minus lenses where you get instant clarity. She didn't understand why she could not see out of them...nor did I to be honest. At first she said that she thought they made them wrong when the optometrist put them on her face. But when he told her to read she could see perfectly.

I have a question though will her rx increase? How long do you think? This wasn't discussed. I'm sure over time it will but I'm hoping that it doesn't go too much as I never really liked high rx's either way.

Last night she went to bed earlier than I and I saw her glasses on the table. I thought I'd try them on as I never tried plus glasses on before nor did she take them off to show me. As I picked them up I could see that they looked stronger than it seemed on her face. Putting them on I saw that everything was blurry (I have 20/20 vision apparently) in the distance just like she said she experienced. I walked around a bit with them on and thought how the hell can she see anything through these. With her old glasses i could half strain and see ok. I picked up a jar and tried to read it. With a bit of adjusting I could read it ok. So I went for the papers and was reading with them on. It did make the writing bigger and seemed easier to read but was still slightly blurry. So I was wondering, if I wore them long enough, would I be reliant on them? I have no idea.

Aubrac 20 May 2013, 10:28


I think as your wife started with +1.50 she has taken longer to adjust to distance vision. My wife started with +0.75 and worked up to +2.00 and at one stage when there was a jump from +1.00 to +1.75 she didn't like wearing her glasses because distance vision was blurred.

I think at her last eye exam she was told to wear her new varifocals full time or she would not adjust to them and this is what she has done.

It is still only a couple of weeks FT wear for your wife but after a few months I think she will find distance is not clear without glasses and she does need them for this.

By the way I too was a minus fan until my wife got plus glasses and I'm now more a plus fan.

Soundmanpt 19 May 2013, 11:29


You said your wife followed what she was told to when she was prescribed her minus glasses some 20+ years ago as to how and when to wear them, but one thing i'm sure she didn't do as told was to return after a year or at most 2 years to be rechecked.

Great to hear that her vision is now good at all distances with her glasses. You mentioned the only problem she is having is seeing some blur out of the sides of them. That is very normal with progressives and she will soon learn that she will have to turn her head more and not her eyes to see left and right. She says her distant vision is still good with her glasses, but as her eyes continue to adjust she will soon find that her distant vision will be better with her glasses than without. Remember when she first got them her distant vision was a little blurry and now after 2 weeks she can see distances fine with them.

My guess is that when she returns after her 2 weeks are up and the doctor tests her vision with her glasses and finds that she is seeing perfect with them he will likely tell her that she should continue with full time wear.

Ricardo 19 May 2013, 09:34

Aubrac -my wife listens to docs advice to a T. When she was given her rx some 20+ years ago with minus lenses they said TV, driving and Uni to read the board. No matter how much I tried to convince her to wear them more, she refused and said what the optometrist told her. It was only in the last two years she started wearing them more because she was getting headaches because I and others told her that maybe she needs to wear them more. I tried to get her to go to see the optometrist as I knew she needed a new script and was sure she needed an add. But I guess she refesued knowing this as well.

So I know that she will wear her glasses full time for the two weeks she was told to to get her used to the very different lenses. She has to see the optometrist after the two weeks to check progress. She tells me that she sees perfectly now at all distances. She also says she finds it weird looking at the lenses particularly in the mirror. her old glasses made things smaller but clear- could make things out, but now her lenses make things look blurred when looking off to the side. At the beginning she couldn't believe that she'd see clearly through them but is amazed now that she can.

As was mentioned, she says she sees far ok without, but won't go without at all because she was told to wear them. I'm really happy to see her wearing glasses full time. I'm equally happy to talk to her about this change and she's been really talkative about her change. I was never inclined to GWG with plus lenses, but this has really changed my perspective and now found a new passion.

Cactus Jack 18 May 2013, 07:09


Prescription changes cannot be predicted, there are just too many factors involved. The primary factor is genetics, but visual environment also plays a role. If your daughter is in university where she needs to do a lot of reading, that can affect prescription changes.

Based on the fact that her prescription has only increased about -1.25 diopters in 6 to 7 years, it is likely that there will not be much if any change. Maybe 0.25 or 0.50. If it were possible to predict prescriptions, eye exams would be unnecessary.

Even if the change is very small, she might just like to have some new glasses. If you are concerned about cost, you might consider ordering glasses and/or contacts on line. It is not difficult and depending on the frame she likes, can be very inexpensive. Many members, including some Eye Care Professionals have ordered glasses from Zenni Optical and been very pleased with the quality. Glasses with inexpensive frames, simple prescriptions, and no options can be as low as US$7.00 plus shipping. They are so inexpensive that even if you are skeptical, they are worth trying from an optical standpoint. If she likes the optical results, you can order another pair with Anti-Reflective (A/R) coatings, fancier frames and higher index lenses. However, with a very low prescription, higher index (thin) lenses are generally a waste because the lenses won't be very thick anyway. Curiously, the lower cost standard lens materials have the best optical properties, but again with a low prescription, it won't make much difference. An A/R coating is worth considering from Zenni because it is so inexpensive.

Everything you need to order glasses or contacts should be on the prescription provided by the examiner with one exception. The PD (Pupillary Distance) is often measured by the dispensing optician. For an adult it will typically be around 60 mm +/- 4 mm, but it can easily be measured using a mm rule and bathroom mirror or a helper. If you want to try ordering on line, we can help you once you have a prescription from the exam.


Aubrac 18 May 2013, 06:00


My wife went through exactly the same thing. She thought that wearing glasses more would lead to less reliance on them rather than more, and was surprised to find she did then actually come to need them.

She went through a stage of denial, and rarely wore glasses even for driving (which she should do!) but started again wearing full time at work, and since she got varifocals has been full time.

Make sure her glasses fit well and are light, my wife has her varifocal lenses in an old pair of Silhouette rimless frames that are feather light, and have quite large lenses that she finds good for different distances.

The 'age' type comment doesn't help and isn't accurate in any case. Just be supportive and not too pushy with her and she will accept the benefits of FT wear.

Bob 18 May 2013, 05:59

My 21yr old daughter has her 2-year check-up next week. Her contacts are -2.25, -2.50 and her 1st prescription at 13 started at -1.00. What type of increase should we expect? Will it be enough that I'll have to buy her new glasses along w contacts? She wears contacts most of the time and her glasses otherwise. Thanks

Bob 18 May 2013, 05:58

My 21yr old daughter has her 2-year check-up next week. Her contacts are -2.25, -2.50 and her 1st prescription at 13 started at -1.00. What type of increase should we expect? Will it be enough that I'll have to buy her new glasses along w contacts? She wears contacts most of the time and her glasses otherwise. Thanks

SC 18 May 2013, 00:23


The 'having to wear' was shock to me. I found that within a few weeks I would just get a headache if I took them off. It was not about vision - I could still see distance well without.

After a long time - many months - my eyes became fully adjusted and dependent and I can no longer focus at distance and have no chance close up. However, if I take them off I don't usually get headaches and certainly do not wear as much as I did.

So similar to a low myope, driving and tv needs glasses. And because of presbyopia, reading, computer, writing, shopping, and usually eating also does. It may seem like there's not much left in between but I don't usually wear socially (drinking and chatting) or just ambling around

Ricardo 17 May 2013, 08:54

My wife is now officially pissed off...after wearing her new glasses full time for a few days, she says that she is getting sick of wearing them full time, even though she says she likes them. Her explanation is that before she only wore her glasses when she was getting headaches and for distance like TV and driving. Even though she was wearing them more and more, she could take them off when reading and doing close, she cannot focus on anything close without them. She even said that she doesn't like that it takes some time to adjust to clear distance vision even though it seems that this time period is a few minutes now. She said that she took them off for a few minutes at work during lunch and started feeling her eyes straining and started getting a headache...when she then put them on, all was gone.

We went to her parents place last night and her mom noticed the new glasses...she never wore her glasses in front of her parents for some reason...her mom quickly said "ahhh, age caught up with you". That's when my wife was upset about it. Her mom told her that when she fully gets used to them it will be difficult to be without. They spoke more about it and even swapped glasses to try. Her moms are stronger but I got a taste of what my wife may look like with stronger plus glasses in future. She couldn't see anything in the distance but close was ok. Her mom loved her frames and said she wants bigger glasses now too.

So has anyone else moved to full time wear and started not liking the feeling or knowledge that this is it. Do they just get over it? Somehow I feel that my wife may not like the knowledge that she cannot do without them.

Soundmanpt 16 May 2013, 10:55


I'm sure you were caught a little by surprise by him bringing up the subject of glasses, but when he commented about the sharp and vivid vision he gets with wearing glasses and that its like HD. That was the perfect time for you to suggest to him that he should probably be wearing them more often.You should have asked him how long he has been wearing glasses? My guess is not long at all. So I think with with not much more than a gentle push from you, you might get your wish for him to wear them much more.When you do get him to ever put his glasses on be sure to let him know how nice they look on him etc. remember us men like you women like complements too.

And by all means keep your contacts put away for a while and wear your glasses. You might even make a comment at your next date that your glad he is okay with you wearing your glasses because you prefer wearing your glasses since contacts bother your eyes.

Ricardo 16 May 2013, 07:59

Thanks Cactus Jack for your explanation...couldn't have said it any better

Nina 16 May 2013, 03:01

Thank you, Soundmanpt!

Yesterday we had a nice chat about glasses, and (surprise-surprise!) he was the one, who brought it up. He said, he doesn't really need the glasses to see (almost) fine, but he really likes how sharp and vivid everything through them, and he mentioned this HD vision thing, what some of the people at this site also wrote about. He is an architect, so he is kinda addicted to examing even the smallest details on bulidings, etc. So I really don't know, why he doesn't wear them full time.

He doesn't seem shy, you have to know, all Italian men has a lot of self-confidence, even the ugliest ones :) And he is a tall Italian (lot of the Italian men are kinda short), which makes things even worse :) Joking aside, he is not cocky, but he seems comfortable in his own skin with or without his glasses. But for me, he is more characteristic with those black frames.

And I'll wearing mine more often on our dates, he said he found me sexy wearing them. When we first met, I was wearing glasses, but since then I was wearing contacts, because I guess, I am the one, who was shy around him in glasses...

Cactus Jack 14 May 2013, 11:11


No need for prefixes to your questions. A plussie is a general nickname used by OOs (Optical Obsessives) for a person with hyperopia who needs to wear glasses with a + prescription for good distance vision and maybe an ADD for close work. It can be either gender, but it is more commonly used for females. To my knowledge, it has no other hidden meanings.

There are many more people with hyperopia (farsightedness) than is obvious because most people under 40 have the ability to correct or partially correct hyperopia using their eye's auto-focus mechanism (accommodation) without even being aware that they are doing it. The widespread use of tiny text devices (smartphones and tablets) tends to exacerbate and reveal the problem at much earlier ages than before and teenagers with plus glasses and/or bifocals are becoming more common.


Soundmanpt 14 May 2013, 10:40


First off it is always nice to see new people join in and secondly your English is quite good.

Sorry that you have been having such a tough time finding Mr. Right that wears glasses, but it sounds like you may be on to one now. Even though your preference would have been for him to be wearing minus glasses and wearing them full time you seem okay with his glasses being plus with some astigmatism in them. But for you the bigger problem is that he seldom wears them or at least around you. You seem to have a good understanding about various prescriptions and your amused that he can see distance with his glasses, but if your estimate is correct and his rx is only +1.00 or so then it wouldn't be that hard for his eyes to adjust to seeing distance with them plus the fact that he has some astigmatism as you probably know astigmatism effects vision at all distances. My guess is they are his first glasses and he may even be a bit shy about waring them.

If you want him to wear them more I would suggest that you ditch your contacts when your going to be with him and wear your glasses. That should help make him more at ease to wear his. Also don't be afraid to bring it up. Next date at dinner or whatever take off your glasses to clean them and play a little dumb about vision and ask him about his need for glasses. Be sure to point how attractive you thought he looked when he had them on before.

Good luck!

Curious 14 May 2013, 08:33

wtf is a plussie?

Ricardo 14 May 2013, 05:03

SC - yes she *always* took her glasses off to read, send texts, computer etc. she said that she could not read with them on. At the time I told her to go get a new rx but she refused and said that it was fine- all she had to do was take them off. I thought it would be bothersome to do but I guess she didn't want bifocals or multifocals in her 30's. So i wasn't surprised she got an add...what I was surprised was that she became a plussie when I was sure her near or astigmatism was getting worse.

The update is that she now says that she can see far pretty good as long as they are on first thing and does not take them off. She says that she is releaved that the headaches are gone. She drives with them on now and does not tilt her head as she did the first day to read....I guess she's getting used to them. I still can't get quite used to seeing her in plus glasses...they seem stronger than the rx says. I'm used to seeing her in minus lenses and the way that the lenses made things look smaller and clearer when looking at her off to the side a bit. Now I see blur and wonder how can she see through them clearly. Her eyes look bigger and the makeup look different.

One of her friends came over yesterday and all she said was "oh you got new glasses...they look amazing on you...I love the big frames" my wife just commented that she has to wear them full time for at least two weeks. I could not believe that people are so ignorant (is that the right word) about lenses... I don't think she even noticed that there is something different about the lenses...or am I just too obsessed?

Nina 14 May 2013, 04:30

Fisrt of all, I am from Italy, so sorry about my English!

I'm fairly new to this site, but I'm glad I've found it. I clearly have a _thing_ for guys with glasses, but so far I have never had a boyfriend who needs any correction, unfortunately.

But not long ago I met a very interesting guy, who is working at an architecture office. He is smart, tall, not bad looking at all, and have a great sense of style, so he's kinda everything what a girl wants. He had mentioned, maybe our second or third "official" date, that he has glasses, but not a full time wearer. I've never seen him wearing them, so I thought, he must be a little nearsighted. Since I've never seen him driving, and we weren't at the movies or theatre together, but for doing closer tasks he seems quite comfortable bare-eyed.

Yesterday we met for lunch near at his office, and he was wearing glasses, finally! They were a low plus, about +1/+1.5 or something with a little astigmatism. Since I'm nearsighted (-4 both), guys who are wearing minus lenses were always more attracitve for me than plussies, but I may have to change my opinion about this. Secretly I hope I will see him waering them more often, but for now I've just compliemnted him and his frame choice (Black framned Tom Ford).

Still, as a quite nearsighted person, who always have to wear quite powerful minus glasses or CLs if I want to see further than a meter away from my nose, I'm really amused by the fact, that he actually CAN SEE distance through plus lenses. And of course I know the medical facts behind farsightedness, I still find it amusing.

Presby 13 May 2013, 20:56

Julian and Melyssa,

I always wanted glasses in school and remember trying to fail the eyetests to no avail! I thought wearing glasses was so cool and was envious of anyone who had them. But the school vision tests were not good screening. Ultimately, i learned that I had a focusing problem, some hyperopia and, ultimately, presbyopia. So I could read those charts, but I ll say I did probably not see that great. And of course with vision like that I was not much of an athlete so glasses would be quite fitting for me as a nerdy kid.

Julian 13 May 2013, 09:35

Melyssa, and Presby: In general school eye screening will detect myopia pretty efficiently, but hyperopia only if it's so severe that the kid already has difficulty seeing things in the distance and so probably has glasses already. And yet, I did know one small boy who was put into plus glasses after a school eye exam.

Melyssa 13 May 2013, 06:48


I remember those tests in school, which is probably why my parents had me going to a regular eye doctor; hence my needing glasses at about age 8. I was not thrilled about that, nor was I ever happy about wearing glasses until twenty years later when I got my first drop-temples. Tomorrow will be 29 years since I first wore them in my prescription (as opposed to just trying on several pairs).

I do not recall any of my classmates -- elementary school through high school -- being farsighted. Maybe if they had been, they would have read the bottom lines of the eye chart better than the top ones. And if they could not read them at all, they could have gone on to become sports officials. :)

SC 13 May 2013, 04:17


Why did your wife need an ADD? I would have thought the +1.5 would be sufficient. Did she always remove glasses for reading before?

Cactus Jack 12 May 2013, 20:36


With a few simple tests we could get an idea of the sphere correction that you might find comfortable, in lieu of an actual eye exam, if you are interested.

May I ask your age and occupation?


Soundmanpt 12 May 2013, 19:53


If you still have the desire to wear real glasses it is much simpler to just go and check out some of the on line glasses retailers. There are a good many that don't require a real prescription slip. and eyebuydirect are just 2 off the top of my head that doesn't require a prescription slip. It sounds like you may be more comfortable wearing a weak plus rx but that is entirely up to you. But I would suggest not going overboard with something that is too strong for your eyes.

Presby 12 May 2013, 18:26


I always wanted glasses so remember faking tests as a child....Actually, i was mildly hyperopic but did not learn till much later. But with this test it was absolutely obvious that i would not pass this test, unlike the simple eye tests were given in school. I am going to look for an optometrist who does this.. By the way, my score was 71 % so not how that really translates

Melyssa 12 May 2013, 09:26

DYOP -- Do Your Own Prescription.

Never heard of it. And I get dizzy watching those circles rotating 'round and 'round and 'round, and ...

Likelenses 11 May 2013, 23:10

Has anyone had a vision exam with this new method called DYOP?

You can obtain a list of optometrists that now use it,at this web site.

I will try it at my next exam.

Ricardo 10 May 2013, 09:45

Sorry forgot to ID myself earlier...

So we wake up this morning and the first thing my wife does is reached for the glasses before even getting out of bed. She never did this ever! I asked her she's taking this seriously...and she said "of course, the optometrist told me to wear them full time, so I will". She decided to skip the day from work as she could not drive with the glasses on. I asked her what about Monday? She said that if she doesn't get used to them and see clearly far by then she will catch the train.

Her only complaint is that she does not like the multifocal when walking around but they certainly help to see close. Oh and that she feels like an "old fart" tilting her head . She said that she remembers her mother going through the same thing about her age and she should have known.

Cactus Jack 09 May 2013, 13:01


Your complete prescription is important with such things as cylinder and axis. Remember, the eyes are merely biological cameras and all glasses can do is correct some errors in the lens system and the distance from the back of the crystalline lens to the retina. Most people, who have axial or true myopia, have eyeballs that have grown a bit too long by about 0.6 mm per diopter. This elongation of the eyeball can cause stress and deformation of the retina that can sometimes lead to retinal detachment or other retinal problems.

The retina is like the film or the digital image sensor in a camera. If there is something going on with your retina, it may not be possible to correct your vision to 20/20. The important thing here is that you need to find out WHY. If there are developing problems with your retina or other parts of your eyes, you need to see an ophthalmologist who specializes in retinal problems.

I have a few questions:

1. May i ask your age and occupation?

2. Where do you live?

3. Do you have any health problems such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, or Glaucoma.

4. Have you ever had a dilated retinal exam?

5. Can you provide your complete prescription?

With answers to those questions, I may be able to offer better suggestions.


Fred 09 May 2013, 12:27

I had an eyecheck and was told that, even with glasses, my vision would not be 20/20. The eyedoc said that the best he could refract me to was 10/20. He did not identify any problems with the health of my eye. So why can't I have "normal" vision. My rx was -6 and -7.5 with a cylinder.

 09 May 2013, 08:14

Actually, come to think of it...when I first met her, both her mother and father were low and very low myopes with astigmatism. They are both now plus wearers in the +2 and +3 range. I guess I should have been expecting this at some point...but I don't mind...I'm loving it and the fact that they told her to wear them full time. I love her frames and the lenses look thicker since she choose large frames. She said that if she knew that they would look like that she may have chosen a different frame...but she says that she loves the frame as the frames does not get into her visual field...she can't believe how small and obtrusive her previous frames were. As I said...I'm loving it...updates coming.

 09 May 2013, 08:04

I had no idea. I never thought she'd turn into a plussie. I asked her is she sure about the script and lenses and she said that the optometrist suspected an add but thought to put in some drops. As soon as the drops went in she said she could not see close or far but close was bad. She said they tried different lenses and came up with what she could read and see far. But when she picked up the glasses she was surprised herself that the lenses looked different and when she put them on she couldn't see far but close was really good. That's when the optometrist told her she will need to wear them from when she gets home (she drives and was told not to wear them until she got home), and first thing from morning and not to take them off. She said that she's been wearing them for half a day now and when she takes them off she can't read but distance is blurry with them on or off. But apparently that's normal for her case.

I asked her how she felt...she just said "old"... She's 41. She said she preferred the look of her minus lenses. I asked her about the rx and she showed me the script...+1.50 -1.00 97: +1.50 -1.25 80 add +1.00. But she did say that it seems that the headache is better and almost gone. So she's happy about that. All these years I wanted to see her get to about -2 or -3 so she's dependant on them and the reverse happened. Wow.

 09 May 2013, 07:49

I had the most amazing suprize today...first a bit of background. My wife has been a low mope for the last 18 years I've known her. She has been a -1 with also -1 cyl in both eyes. Over the last two years she was wearing her glasses more and more. I was asking her why she was wearing them more often in the hope her eyesight was getting worse. She told me that she was getting headaches. I told her its probably because of the astigmatism. So she wore them more. Over the last 6 months she was practically wearing them full time but constantly complaining about headaches. She thought it was her sinus. Mind you she didn't see an optometrist for the last 10 years. I kept bugging her to go as I wanted her to get possibly stronger glasses. She insisted the script was fine.

Today I get home and there she is wearing new glasses! They are fairly large as that is what is in. I was ecstatic. She didn't tell me she went for an exam or that she was getting new glasses. As I approached her I noticed something different. They were plus glasses! I always preferred minus but something was buzzing and I thought that they looked amazing on her. I asked her about the lenses...she said yes they are new and she can't see far with them on but was told to wear them full time as her eye muscles have been working too hard trying to adjust to lenses that were not right. It will take about a week to fully adjust and relax. They were also multifocal to not strain her close vision.

Cactus Jack 08 May 2013, 19:29


At your age, you would probably notice even a -0.25 sphere increase in each eye, You might consider a -0.50 increase, but I would try the -0.25 first.

You can get amazingly good quality single vision glasses on line from Zenni Optical for under US$10.00 depending on frame style. If i were doing it, I would order the lowest cost glasses I could with inexpensive frames and few or no options for trial. If I liked them, then I would consider ordering another pair that perhaps had more stylish frames and maybe an Anti-Reflective coating.

To order, you need your complete prescription and your Pupillary Distance (PD). If you don't have that, it is easy to measure using a bathroom mirror and a ruler calibrated in mm.

Let us know what you want to do and how we can help.


Rex 08 May 2013, 16:23

So i should just order stronger glasses online rather than getting a retest?How much of an increase is required to notice a change, without being too much?

Cactus jack 08 May 2013, 12:52


You may be a bit under corrected even with the small increase. Low light and fatigue make it worse. At 38, presbyopia may be causing your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to be slow to relax after several hours of computer and close work. Also, some ECPs are trained to under correct. Seems to be more prevalent in the UK than elsewhere. If you have your complete prescription, you might consider ordering some slightly stronger, very inexpensive, glasses on line to see if they help any. We will tell you how to do it, but we need your complete prescription.


Rex 08 May 2013, 12:00

38 working in sales, 2-3hr a day at desk reading or on computer so not that much close work.

Dusk change is most noticeable.

Cactus Jack 08 May 2013, 07:26


It is normal for your vision to vary a bit through the day. There are many factors involved, but there are a few notable ones.

1. Your age. If presbyopia is creeping up on you, your crystalline lenses may be slow to relax back for distance after focusing close for a long period.

2. If you are slightly under corrected, a difference in lighting levels (twilight or night) may make a difference in the clarity of your vision.

3. Sometimes varying visual acuity can be an early symptom of poor blood glucose control - diabetes (high) or hypoglycemia (low). Either one can affect your vision by changing the Index of Refraction (IR) of the aqueous and vitreous humors in your eyes.

The last one is one that really needs to be investigated and if necessary managed, particularly if there seems to be some correlation between meals, carbohydrate intake and vision. Uncontrolled high blood glucose levels can cause retinal damage (among other things) and it is easily managed these days with an array of tools and medications. The fact that I needed to manage my blood glucose was discovered, almost by accident, on a physical exam - I had pancakes with syrup for breakfast about 3 hours before a routine physical and a trace of sugar was discovered in my urine. I was 30 then and I am 75 now so I have been managing Type 2 diabetes for 45 years. With all my other vision problems, at least my retinas show no damage. On a recent eye exam, my VA was correctable to 20/15-1 (meaning I missed 1 letter in the 20/15 line) in each eye individually, without prism. I think both the examiner and I were pleasantly surprised. Now, if I could only get glasses with prism and that kind of VA.

By the way, a blood glucose test involves just a tiny finger prick to get a very small droplet of blood and about 10 seconds to read the number with amazing accuracy. Often, the tests are offered free on health screenings.

There is kind of a rule of thumb in the medical world. If you are overweight and over 40 you probably have the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.

May I ask your age and occupation? Do you do a lot of close focusing?


Rex 08 May 2013, 04:04

Wearing glasses more than contacts but overall wear now is about 8hr per day- not quite fulltime but feels like it. I see that sometimes vision less perfect than other times. No real pattern, maybe worse at night or when tired. Do I just need to be fulltime or do I need another visit to optician. Only few months since change from-1.00 to -1.25?

minus5wholuvsgwgs 08 May 2013, 00:41

At 8 years I was prescribed a very similar prescription I wish I had been told to wear them all the time as of course my eyes got worse and worse eventually I as an adult had to wear them all the time I am now minus 6 and minus 5 with astigmatism correction as well The chances of an 8 year old child stabilising at a very low minus is unlikely

Cactus Jack 07 May 2013, 22:23

very progressive,

First, lets convert the prescription to - cylinder notation for easier understanding.

R -0.75, -0.25 x 002

L -1.00, -0.25 x 002

Then lets evaluate what he sees with out correction. The - sphere would mean that objects would start getting blurry at about 48 inches or 120 cm. The cylinder would mean that small text like you might find in a text book would be a little fuzzy at all distances. He might be able to read what was on the board if written in large text from maybe 10 feet or 3 meters by squinting provided there was good contrast. My opinion would be to suggest full time wear for maximum visual comfort and expanded horizons. About 80 to 90% of all learning is through vision.

It is very likely that he will need increases until his early 20s, the amount will depend pretty much on his genetic makeup. It is impossible to predict what his ultimate prescription will be, but somewhere around -7 or -8 is pretty likely unless there is significant myopia in his parents or grandparents and then it may be higher. Visual environment is also a factor.

It is very likely that he will see just fine up close with his glasses. Young children have very high accommodative range and most can focus close effortlessly even if they wear significant minus in their glasses. Youthful vision and adult vision are not the same, but sometimes bifocals are suggested to try to help slow increases in myopia. Sometimes, under-correction is tried, but evidence seems to indicate that it is counterproductive and may encourage more rapid increases. Unfortunately, there is simply no way to tell. It is like trying to prove a negative. Accurate full correction seems best in the long run.

Putting on glasses to read a board and then taking them off to read a book is a good way to to get them broken or lost. An 8 YO would be better off to put them on, leave them on, and let his eyes function like they are supposed to. It is important that his ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses get the exercise and visual coordination they need for good vision, even if it requires correction, as an adult.

However, the very best thing is to not make a big deal out of wearing or not wearing his glasses. If he likes seeing better with his glasses, he will wear them. Hopefully there are others in his peer group with glasses, but even if he is the first, he soon will have company.


very progressive 07 May 2013, 19:53

Can anyone tell me why an 8 yr old child with the following rx. would be told (the Mom)he MUST wear his glasses fulltime?:

-1.00 + .25 x 92

-1.25 + .25 x 92

Is it because he would more than likely have several increases in his rx in the future and perhaps the Dr wants him to become comfortable with wearing glasses?

I thought that with this rx reading and close work might be blurry.

What kind of a prescription is the child likely to have when he is fully finished with rx changes?(becomes an adult. As I beleive this is a relatively weak rx I would imagine that the child really only needs the glasses for reading a board at school or perhaps going to a movie.

Cactus Jack 06 May 2013, 10:23


It sounds like the color balance may be off on your monitor. If they are available, you might try adjusting the contrast, brightness, and color intensity controls.

The eye is normally a little more sensitive to green than to red so the green may be a little brighter than the red, but not by very much. What you are looking for is the sharpness of the letters against the red and green backgrounds as an indication of which way, more plus or more minus, to correct your vision.

One factor that needs to be mentioned is that this test will not work very well if you have color vision problems. Have you ever had a test for color perception?


lazysiow 06 May 2013, 08:14

Wrong thread Astra but for the sake of consistency I'll repaste what I posted here

useful red/green chart for testing. The colours should be about the same but if you see green better you need stronger plus for reading, and red is for minus

Astra - that means you're farsighted. Plus power is usually added until you can see both clearly. Similarly if overcorrected, the red will be clearer. I've got enough spare pairs where I've got a good collection of low rx "trial lenses" through them now to confirm it works both ways

Astra 01 May 2013, 01:33

Re: lazysiow 30 Apr 2013, 14:27

I don't know why, but I find the red part very difficult to read (VERY DARK BACKGROUND COLOR). My result is highly biased towards the green part.

Cactus jack 23 Apr 2013, 12:17


A fair rule of thumb is 0.6 mm per diopter of refractive error.


Guido 23 Apr 2013, 09:33

Couple ???. First, is there any practical limit to myopia? I know with plus lenses at some point the focus converges, at which point the image would start to invert. Not true of minus lenses as the focal point of the lens is in front of the lens. Secondly, it has been mentioned on this board that axial lengthening of the eyeball is a contributory factor in myopia. Is there any correlation between the amount of axial lengthening and dioptric measurement? In other words, if the anterior chamber of the eye refracts normally, how much lengthening of the eyeball would have to occur to achieve a correction of -5D? I know there must be a formula to calculate, but I don't want to get into the physics of optics, just an approximation.

Specs4Me 21 Apr 2013, 02:00


I would like to offer a suggestion or two for you and your husband relating to wearing contacts versus glasses:

1. Presuming that your husband works I would suggest that he put his lenses in shortly before leaving for work and remove them upon returning home from work and wearing his glasses in the evenings and weekends. If you also work then I would suggest the same wearing schedule for you as well.

2. If you are a stay at home Mom you might consider wearing glasses when you are around the house, especially when the kids are at home and save your contact lenses for special occasions such as social engagements.

These types of wearing schedules would not only have you demonstrating to your children that you don't mind wearing glasses, whether you do or not, and would also give them a very good example for thier own wearing of contacts should they ever be prescribed them by their ECP (Eye Care Professional).

One more thing, the lenses that you described that were given to your daughter are known as "Myodisc" lenses. They are generally prescribed for those who need very high prescriptions. The more or less normal precription as I understand it is at about -20 diopters. One of the reasons for these lenses is that by grinding the correction in a circle smaller than the total lens diameter they are able to make the lenses much thinner and a bit nicer looking. The wearer of this type of lens needs to learn to turn their head side to side rather than their eyes because as you have described the vision when turning the eyes side to side is not good. This is because the optical center of the lens or sweet spot is rather small and the further away from that center point that one gets the less correction they have and hence the worse the vision gets. You can try this with your own glasses, it will not happen as quickly when you shift your eyes to the side but as you get to the outer edge of the lens you will begin to notice a similar worsning of your sight.

Hope this rambling helps and I wish you and your family the very best in taking care of your collective eye sight.

Clare 20 Apr 2013, 16:04

ConcernedMama - I agree with Julian that you will help your children accept glasses by wearing them yourself. I have recently had to accept that I can no longer wear contacts 24/7 and the support of friends and family who wear glasses (rather than contacts) has been hugely helpful. I was once proud that I never wore glasses, now that seems rather trivial and I am pleased to have friends who wear glasses every day. If your children see you, as I did, only wearing contacts it casts a dim view of glasses but if they see you wearing them too it makes them more acceptable to them. Like you I prefer contacts but have found glasses are less of a nightmare than I thought they would be.

ConcernedMama 20 Apr 2013, 15:34

Dear all of you,

Wow - again, I cannot thank you enough. My husband and I have been reading your replies and cannot believe how lucky we are to have found you all. You are so kind to share your knowledge with us.

Let's see if I can answer all of your questions - sorry if I miss some out!

Contact lenses - when we went to Moorfields the other day we were thinking that they might give my son lenses so that he could enjoy sport a bit more. They didn't seem very keen and said that they want to get an idea of how much his eyes are changing before doing so. They are going to see him every six months for now and have said that they will discuss it in a year or so. I know that lenses give better vision - it's why I always have mine in! He's really terrible at sports and feels quite 'clumsy' compared to his friends, but neither of us are good at sports so I don't think it's just down to his eyes! As for my daughter - we originally tried lenses when my daughter was younger (she's 4, will be 5 this summer) but she had quite a lot of problems and would scream and scream whenever we put them in. We tried drops to moisten her eyes but it all became a bit of a drama and we gave up. They have made her some special glasses at Moorfields which are like a small lens in a big lens if that makes sense?! and she can't see well to the sides, so maybe contact lenses would help that? Also how strong can they make contact lenses?

Cactus Jack -

1) My son has been reading for a year or so.

2) He reads all the time! We all do in our family.

3) They asked us this at Moorfields. He does read with his head quite close to the book but when they asked him why he said he could see better. They think this is because he needed a stronger prescription? but also just habit. That is why he has two pairs of glasses, so that he thinks about when he is reading, if that makes sense?

To be honest, I've always thought of my son's eye problems as quite mild. I feel terrible for doing so as they said at the hospital that -6 and -6.50 is quite strong for his age and that it's also quite strong considering that he's only had glasses for three years or so.

Buying online -

Unfortuntely I hadn't read your posts by this morning! We went to the local shopping centre and have a new pair with his normal prescription and will be picking up his old frames with the reading lenses in on Monday. It's not that expensive, but I will definitely come back and ask you next time we have to get some (although here's hoping that's a long long time!). He's very excited about his new frames as they are Lego!

Julian -

I think you have a good point. My husband and I wear contacts every day. We've both agreed that we'll wear our glasses at least three days a week or so - only problem is that I don't actually have a pair in my proper prescription or even know what my prescription is! I know what my contact lens prescription is but think I'll have to phone my optician on Monday and then order some online.

They asked about our sight at my daughter's first appointment and at our son's - they agree that a large part is genetics, and that our daughter's situation is due to her premature birth and genetics. They are going to take blood samples from all four of us to use in a study they're going to do. Hopefully they might find something useful. I guess what is scary is that even my son's eyes will probably end up worse than both of us, and my daughter's are already over twice as bad as mine.

Thank you all so much,


Julian 20 Apr 2013, 06:42

ConccernedMama: I've been checking out your earlier posts on the 'Post your Prescription' thread and I notice that you quoted contact lens values for yourself and your husband. It just occurs to me to wonder whether the children (and particularly your son) ever see you in glasses or if you're always in contacts. It might be reassuring to the lad to know and particularly see that you, as well has himself and his sister, need glasses.

Also, I agree with Cactus Jack and other contributors: you are being thoroughly responsible in monitoring your kids' eyesight.

Cactus Jack 19 Apr 2013, 17:43


Thank you for letting us know how your son's visit went. We simply don't know all the factors in involved in myopia, but visual stress either from under correction or over correction in sphere seems to be a factor in increasing myopia to increase. The ideal appears that exact correction, certainly for distance, minimizes stress because the eye focusing muscles don't try to work so hard, but also for astigmatism (cylinder and axis). The big problem with astigmatism is that there is no way for the eye's focusing muscles (ciliary muscles) to be able to compensate for an out-of-focus condition caused by uncorrected astigmatism. It can only be corrected by external lenses, but unfortunately, the eye's focusing system does not know that and constantly tries to correct the astigmatism blur, causing even more stress.

Hopefully, he will wear the reading glasses for reading. The prescription they gave him for reading has the effect of a +2.00 add in bifocals and the focus distance for that amount of add is 50 cm. or about 19.5 inches. He will have to focus a little bit to read at normal reading distances, which is OK because it will keep his ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses working as they should, just not as hard.

A couple of questions;

1. How is your son doing in the learning to read department?

2. Does it appear that he likes to read?

3. When he reads, can you estimate his preferred distance for doing things close? Note: Please make no comment to him about his reading distance unless suggested by Moorfields or we have discussed it.

Also, your son's prescriptions are simple enough that you might be able to order on-line at significant savings. Please let us know if you want to try some inexpensive glasses for him. Our collective experience with some of the on-line retailers is that the optical quality of the glasses is excellent and even the inexpensive frames are quite durable, but if your son is very physically active, a few pounds more for nearly unbreakable frames and unbreakable lenses (poly-carbonate) may be money well spent.

Soundmanpt has a lot of experience in the frames and lenses department. Perhaps, he could comment.


Dave 19 Apr 2013, 17:36

Hello Concerned Mama --

Glad you're getting some of the world's best visual advice for your two kids.

Contact lenses generally provide better visual acuity in the highest of ranges, and when your children are old enough to wear them, that might be the option to pursue, especially for your daughter. One of the problems created with extremely high minus glasses is a phenomenon known as minimification which means that everything that is seen is seen as smaller than normal. So ... no matter how much her acuity might be corrected, she will have a problem seeing 20/20 since certain things will simply be too "small" to see. Because contact lenses fit right on the eyeball, this phenomenon is significantly reduced if there are no other visual problems.

Keep the group posted.



Specs4Me 19 Apr 2013, 16:27


You should be complimented for having enought concern for your children's eyes that you were brave enough to reach out for help and understanding. Your children are a little unusual when it comes to the severity of their myopia. You and your husband are doing the right think in taking your kids to Moorfield's for as Cactus says they are renound as one of the very best.

Don't ever feel that you are crashing our site, although we may have a bit different view and interest in glasses we are also interested and concerned for those who suffer from unusual sight issues. There are many on this forum that are extremely knowledgeable about vision and issues involved, especially Cactus, who are more than happy to offer help in understanding these complicated medical things. In most cases, knowlege is a most important tool which will help you and others as they work with the eye care professionals to care for their or their loved ones sight.

Please keep us up-to-date as you work with the doctors at Moorfield's, we are truly concerned for your kids and for you as you work through this. And please don't hesitate to post if you should find yourself uncertain about evolfing issues with the kids sight.

ConcernedMama 19 Apr 2013, 14:31

Hi Cactus Jack,

Thank you again for your continuing support - your post made me cry. I can't thank you enough for being so kind and gentle and for boosting my confidence when it comes to the care of my wonderful children's eyes.

Well with much kicking and screaming (well, sulking in the back seat - ah, the joy of 6 year old boys!) I dragged my son up to the hospital with his sister today. It was a good appointment - they seem to be slightly concerned about how his eyes are getting longer quite quickly and that he is getting more nearsighted quite quickly, but for the time being his corrected vision is quite good.

His prescription in November was

OD: -5.25 -1.00 x160 ADD+1.00

OS: -5.50 -0.75 x010 ADD+1.00

And they have changed it to

OD: -6.00 -1.25 x170

OS: -6.50 -1.00 x012

They have also prescribed a pair for reading that are exactly 2 less in the first number, so -4.00 and -4.50. They say that hopefully he'll use them as he may find reading easier with them. We can get them made locally which will be easier than my daughter's glasses which they make for her.

Thank you for suggesting that I talk to him about how his eyes are not like his sister's. My husband and I are both quite nearsighted (although my son's eyes are nearly as bad as my husbands which is quite scary as he didn't start wearing glasses until he started at secondary school) and we explained that it's fine - just a bit annoying sometimes! We reassured him that his vision is fine when corrected (he can still be corrected to 6/6 which is great! His sister has slipped to 6/38 even with yet another prescription increase :o( We are very scared about the future of her vision). And they said this again to him at the hospital. They also told him that if he can't see clearly then he needs to tell us straight away or his eyes will get worse more quickly. Is that really true?!

Anyway, I've gone on and on! So thank you again and I'll come back and update you on my daughter's eyes if you're actually interested - I have a feeling you're probably just putting up with the neurotic mother who occasionally crashes your website!


Cactus Jack 18 Apr 2013, 17:01


Thank you for bringing us up to date on your daughter's and son's vision. I am very glad to hear that your daughter is now under the care of Moorfields. They are one of the best, if not the best in the world.

I apologize for not remembering your son's prescription. I tried to find our earlier conversations, but was unsuccessful. As I recall, he was shortsighted, but did not have the type of problems your daughter was experiencing. Please understand, you are NOT being a cruel mum. You are being a very GOOD mum by trying to give your children the best possible opportunities for a successful, happy and productive life. The best possible vision, just makes that easier.

There are a couple of problems with bifocals for children, One is that bifocals are rare and often other children will make comments about them. At that age, the very last thing you want to be is "different". It is bad enough wearing glasses and bifocals just make it worse. Fortunately, glasses in the early school years are much more common than they were when I was that age. The other thing is that the lenses in children's glasses are small and that makes it hard to get a reasonable sized and comfortable reading segment in the frame with the distance segment. If the people at Moorfields suggest that he continue with trying to reduce focusing stress for reading, you, your son, and they might want to consider some reading glasses for him to use at home. Children often handle things like this better than the parents and professional. Get him "in the loop", explain the problem and the goals in terms he can understand, and ask his opinion. You might be surprised. He is going to have to deal with being shortsighted all his life and the sooner he understands how manage it, the better.

One thing, he may be taking a clue from you about the proper attitude toward being shortsighted. You used the word "horrible" in your post. I would like to suggest that being shortsighted is a medical condition that happens to some people and we don't know precisely why. One thing that complicates his situation is that your daughter's situation may scare him into thinking that his situation is very similar. I suspect that it is pretty ordinary myopia (shortsightedness) that millions of people deal with every day, by wearing vision correction. If you have a chance to read this before his appointment, I would urge you to ask the people at Moorfields to make sure he understands how his situation is very different from his sister's.

Thank you again for letting us know and we look forward to progress reports. I for one am proud of you. Keep up the good work.


ConcernedMama 18 Apr 2013, 15:26

Hi Everyone

I came on here a few months ago to ask for advice on my daughter and son. I got some really helpful replies, especially from someone called Cactus Jack.

Anyway, I just wanted to call back and thank you again. My daughter is under a specialist hospital called Moorfields and my son has his first appointment there tomorrow.

Unfortunately my daughter's sight has continued to get worse and her lenses are even stronger but they have made her some really good glasses with special lenses and are being much more proactive about things.

My son is going tomorrow for the first time - he doesn't want to go as he doesn't like going to the ophthalmologist but we've been waiting for an appointment for a few months and I and his teacher think he needs new lenses so I'm afraid I'm being a cruel mum and taking him! He hasn't been getting on with his bifocals either so we'll see what they say.

Thank you all so much for giving me a better understanding of this horrible shortsightedness and for giving me the confidence to ask my children's doctors questions.


Clare 16 Apr 2013, 14:59

Soundmanpt - sorry, I meant to say that she couldn't wear contacts in the office! I'm interested in why someone couldn't wear contacts in the office so will pick up again with her when I get a chance.

And - for contacts wearers air con blowing in the face is uncomfortable because it dries out contact lenses so I understand why your girlfriend doesn't like it.

Andrew - I now have dry eyes, one particularly worse than the other. How do you cope wearing contacts? I've tried a multitude of things and while I still can wear contacts in the office some of the time, I find that some days its worse than others. My optician said that air con/extended PC use is very unhelpful for contact lens wearers, have you found a way to overcome it? I've tried different eye drops and am now on preservative free. Have changed contacts and solution, all to no avail!

 14 Apr 2013, 01:15

Andrew 11 Apr 2013, 14:17

It's a known problem, and for those who have dry eyes, like me, it's even worse.

And 11 Apr 2013, 07:19

My gf doesn't like the aircon in the car as she she says that makes her eyes feel dry.

Soundmanpt 10 Apr 2013, 17:57


I am confused! Why can't she wear her glasses in the office? Did you mean to say she couldn't wear her contacts in the office?

Clare 10 Apr 2013, 15:47

I was putting in my contacts today when a colleague who I don't know that well but enough to chat to came by. I've only known her wear glasses but she commented about me putting in contacts and I mentioned my unexplained/recent discomfort with contacts and all the things I'd done to try to solve it. I didn't pick up on it at the time but should have as she said she couldn't wear glasses in the office. I presume it may be because of the air con, which my optician said is unhelpful, has anyone any thoughts on that?

Crystal Veil 08 Apr 2013, 15:00

sorry, that last post was from me

 08 Apr 2013, 14:58


thank you for your assessment and for the nice sighting story. I will select slightly stronger glasses (between +3 and +4) and see if the model in question turns up.

Revolver 08 Apr 2013, 13:02

CV, best guess is it's higher. Knew a young lady who'd just gotten glasses for the first time (she'd had them as a small child but refused to wear them and for all intents and purposes these were her first)and at age 21 was OD +3.50 and OS +3.75 but said the doc told her within a year she'd be +4.50 and +4.75 which is what she needed now but he wouldn't prescribe the full boat until she accommodated to these. She said she went through the usual distance problems at first and only wore them for reading, but now two weeks into it she realized that she could see better at all distances and now didn't have to squint and of course had no eyestrain.

As an aside, call this a sighting, I guess, she was a server at a local sports pub and grill, and a part time college student. Tall, willowy blonde with fashionable short hair, and had beautiful dark luminescent blue semi-rimless rectangular frames with medium wide temples. She looked stunnng in them and I told her so, and really meant it.

Crystal Veil 07 Apr 2013, 13:51

Can anyone here help me making an educated guess about the prescription of a long sighted model who so far has not sent her prescription? She sent me this message: "I can see OK without glasses but I do squint. I also have a slight astygmatism in my left eye and it can turn sometimes without me noticing". The model is 20 years of age. My own guess is that her prescription is about +3 or slightly higher. Any clues?

Clare 06 Apr 2013, 14:23

Hi Soundmanpt - the risk of damaging my eyes was something I discussed with my optician. Their view was that "it would take some trying" to do damage but that "some people put up with a lot" (I guess I was in that category). So I think there was little chance I was really at risk, more of ongoing discomfort.

My friend though with the post-op corneal issue is now a rare wearer of contacts. I think that the drying out of the corneas during surgery - which Cactus suggests may have been due to the eyelids not being properly closed for an extended period - has caused sufficient concern to limit contacts wear to the absolute minimum which is a shame as the risks are not that great and contacts are much more liberating than glasses.

Soundmanpt 04 Apr 2013, 16:42


You have indeed come a long way from where you once were in regard to wearing glasses in public. I in no way ever meant that you should just stop wearing contacts, but at the same time I was fearful that your reluctance to wearing glasses would cause you to wear contacts to a point where you could do damage to your eyes. But as you say you now seem to be much more confident about wearing your glasses without a problem and I can understand that there will be times when you would just prefer to wear contacts and not glasses. Now the next thing will be finding other glasses that you like as that seemed to be a big issue for you as well. So probably not a bad idea to check out other styles that fit your style for future consideration.

Clare 04 Apr 2013, 15:55

Having limited tolerance to contacts makes for some pre-planning - if I'm out in the evening I have to decide if I'm prepared to wear glasses for a social event or, if not, like tomorrow, it means I have to wear glasses during the day as I won't be able to do a day in the office plus evening. That's not always convenient as sometimes there are things that I'd rather wear contacts for (eg big meetings, meetings with 'important' people) so although I've come a long way in my confidence wearing glasses I still have a way to go. Progress of sorts I suppose?

James 03 Apr 2013, 11:52

Thankyou both.

Aubrac 03 Apr 2013, 06:27


Just to add a couple more points - the autorefractor should firstly give a good objective indication of the amount of plus required to focus the image on the retina for distance vision.

With minus needs, the person is given progressively stronger lenses until they can read all the letters on the chart easily. However I believe for plus needs, stronger lenses than that indicated by the autorefractor are used, and the strength gradually reduced until all the chart letters are clear.

Unless cyclopegic drops are used, the persons natural instinct is to use the ciliary muscles which can then result in blurred distance vision. A few years ago my wife had a plus increase and would not wear her glasses as they made distance vision worse, but after a year or so she tried wearing them all the time and found distance vision was fine.

Myopia is relatively straightforward to correct but hyperopia brings in many factors that often make it subjective and not so clear cut.

John S 02 Apr 2013, 16:45


You have asked a interesting question.

I think it is an educated guess that works most of the time. In my case, it did not work. I only had one instance where a doctor gave me a stronger rx for distance. She raised my distance by +0.75, and then did not give me enough for reading. She said I would get used to new distance rx. That never happened, and that was 30 years ago.

The way I see it, when a younger person complains about reading, the ECP should determine how much of a reading add can they take. I do not agree with, add just enough to clear up the chart. Give them as much as they can use. The downfall of that is, the person will become dependent sooner on the rx. On the other hand, they came in to get glasses for a reason, so give them enough to relax the accommodation muscles.

If the person can take at least a +2.00 add, they probably don't have a lot a latent hyperopia, and they definitely need a reading add.

If they can only deal with a +1.00 or so, they should get a "wet" exam to determine what their real distance rx is. If they are latent, add a little to the distance rx and try to determine if they still need a reading add.

Most textbooks teach to add as much plus for distance as possible, then use the minimum amount of additional plus for the reading addition. There must be a good reason for it but I have never understood it. Maybe the idea is, the person would wear their reading glasses more often, because of the wide focusing range. I would pose the question, I can give you a low add, but I don't know if that will completely solve your problem (i.e. strain, headaches). You might have to come back to get stronger glasses. I can give you a stronger rx, but you will probably get used to wearing glasses sooner, and that should relieve the strain. By the posts I have read on here for over 10 years, I would say given the choice, the answer would be 50/50.

James 02 Apr 2013, 12:02

I'm a bit of a lurker here and have posted a few times but not often. I am not the same James that posted on this site recently.

I have a question I'm hoping someone may be able to answer. When someone is longsighted, farsighted, hyperopic or what ever you like to call it and they get their eyes tested for distance, how does does the optician get the correct prescription for the patient if some patients find that distances aren't in focus with the + lenses but the optician assures them that they will soon be able to see distances better with glasses than without? It must be rather confusing for some patients who thought they only needed reading glasses.

I know when a shortsighted person looks through their prescription for the first time they can see clearly immediately and when a longsighted person does it everything at reading distance is immediately clear. If someone needs a single vision + prescription for distances/fulltime how long does it take them to adjust or do most see distances clearly straight away like a shortsighted person would?

astigmaphile 28 Mar 2013, 18:45

Latent hyperopia that has become all too obvious?

Stingray 28 Mar 2013, 15:54

Cactus: About 10 years younger than you. Collecting medicare.

Cactus jack 28 Mar 2013, 15:05


What is your age?


Stingray 28 Mar 2013, 10:13

about 3 years ago, I got myself computer glasses with a power of +3.25 in each lens. At the time I could see no further than 18 inches with them on...perfect for computer viewing. Everything beyond 18 inches was blurry. Now 3 years later, when I wear these very same glasses, I can see clearly at least 10 feet away. Why is that? My regular glasses that I wear are R: +2.25 and L:+2.00. Does anyone have any explanation for this?

Aubrac 14 Mar 2013, 13:42


I have read your posts and as others have commented, can only say that your girlfriend has very limited distance vision which makes even reading without correction difficult.

We had a friend with a similar prescription, and the point I really want to make is that she felt very vulnerable , not in control of situations without her glasses/contacts, and regarded it as a weakness to be concealed.

Many people don't care and have a gung-ho attitude, but others maybe similar to your girlfriend, need a very sensitive approach, as her eyesight tremendously impacts her life, and she might be very shy about it.

You could try, at a suitable moment, asking her when she first started wearing glasses, and get her to talk about it. She may feel more confident and start wearing her glasses after contacts but as I said, it does need to be sensitively handled.

Bear in mind that when you both happen to be on the opposite side of even a standard double bed, she will not be able to see the expression on your face.

Cactus Jack 12 Mar 2013, 23:45


A couple of questions and I may have a suggestion depending on your answers.

1. Your age?

2. Occupation?

3. Where do you live?

4. Have you ever had an eye exam?


Asdoo 12 Mar 2013, 20:42


Pinholes do correct the cylinder for me. None of my eyes can quite make it to 20/20. I think it's because I have Lyme's.

Soundmanpt 12 Mar 2013, 20:00


Well you had really very little change from your old glasses prescription to this new prescription. Honestly I think it is up to you if your maybe interested in just changing your glasses more for a change of fashion than for need.

You are correct that your distance vision did actually get very slightly better with you new prescription in your left eye. And your right eye is somewhat of a trade-off. Your distance has changed very slightly as did your cyl (astigmatism). But being that your 40 none of this is surprising at all and in fact it is likely your may find your next exam will also show improvement as well. However don't be at all surprised if you soon find that reading and other close things may soon become harder to do. I think you know what comes next when that happens?

Dan-D 12 Mar 2013, 18:05


Yes I've seen her struggle quite a bit, which is why I knew her eyesight was really bad before seeing her glasses. She holds her phone literally at the end of her nose to read text messages in bed, and even then I think she really struggles to read what they say.

Cactus Jack,

No I don't wear any vision correction.

I've had a look at her glasses again today and the lenses are thicker than the width of my iphone (i'd guess about 1cm), but remarkably light.


cody 12 Mar 2013, 10:34


I just had my regular eye exam and got a new prescription.

L -2.25 -0.75 90

R -1.75 -0.75 90

My old glasses were

L -2.50 -0.75 90

R -1.50 -0.50 90

I think my vision with my old glasses is fine, and wonder should I buy new ones with the new prescription. What would you recommend?

Also, the new prescription is weaker than the old one. Does this mean my eyesight is getting better? I'm 40, and started wearing glasses when I was 20.

astigmaphile 12 Mar 2013, 09:43


Yes, the pinhole does take away the effects of astigmatism, and in my case also presbyopia.

Cactus Jack 12 Mar 2013, 08:37


Missed by a mile or 1.6 Km if you prefer metric. The important number on the CL box is -10.75. You can't exactly reverse the calculations to go from a refracted or glasses prescription to a contact lens prescription, but the glasses sphere prescription is likely between -12 and -13.5. It is possible that the contract lens prescription is a "compromise" that is adjusted for some cylinder correction in the glasses. Often, if a person has some mild astigmatism, which is easily corrected in glasses, the contact lens prescription will be "adjusted" to partially correct the astigmatism and avoid the use of "toric" contact lenses. Toric contact lenses are expensive and hard to fit.

It is very difficult to guess a prescription these days by noting the lens thickness or without some calibrated measurements and knowledge of the lens materials. Because of her high prescription it is very likely that the glasses are made with High Index lenses which reduce the thickness. High Index lenses are typically substantially more expensive than ordinary plastic lenses.

Without glasses or contacts, everything beyond about 4 inches or 10 cm gets blurry fast and the trick of trying 2 pair of +3.50 readers would only simulate about -7. I doubt you could get away with trying on 3 or 4 pair of strong readers.

Do you wear any vision correction?


SC 12 Mar 2013, 07:06


I remember the pin-hole being the decising factor as to whther it could be corrected.

If I look through pinhole then vision is better - I can start to make out licence plates letters @25metres - ie I can tell 'O' or 'D' but not the difference between them or really 'E' & 'F'.

I guess the pinhole takes away the effects of astigmatism - can you confirm - ie can you see through a pinhole without cylinder?

SC 12 Mar 2013, 07:03


How odd that you can be corrected to 20/20 but your brain doesn't use the image!!! I can't seem to be corrected at all - I can usually make out (not see clearly) to about 3rd or 4th line on Snellen chart.

But in every day life, I know my brain is still using the image to build 3D and judge distances.

And 12 Mar 2013, 04:19

Dan D - my gf was exactly the same, she even slept in her lenses to avoid getting her glasses from her bag or struggling bare-eyed. Now we've been together ages she's far more relaxed and takes them out every night and even has the odd evening wearing glasses Her contacts are -7.50 and without them she can't see much clearly unless it's inches from her face. Have you seen your gf struggle when she goes to bed - seeing the clock etc. Does she not keep her glasses to hand ? Even at home my gf has hers in her bag near the bed and an older pair in the bedside drawer.

Dan-D 12 Mar 2013, 04:06

Hi Cactus

I had a look at her contact lens box this morning. They are 8.7 14.0 -10.75

So this is a lot higher than you thought or just a bit?


Cactus Jack 11 Mar 2013, 19:48


If you would like to get an idea of her vision without correction, the next time you are in a store that sells Over-the-Counter (OTC) Reading Glasses, try on two pair of +3.25 or 3.50 reading glasses, one on top of the other, and look across the room.


Cactus Jack 11 Mar 2013, 19:42


It is very hard to estimate a prescription, even with the excellent pictures, because the Refractive Index of the lens material is unknown and it can significantly affect the edge thickness of a minus lens. That said, I would estimate in the -6 to -8 range. It appears that the front surface is almost flat.

If it is -6, that would mean that anything beyond about 6 inches (16 cm) would be increasingly blurry and faces would not be recognizable 6 to 8 feet away (2 to 2 1/2 meters)

The best way would be to get a look at her contact lens box. It will have 3 numbers on it if they are sphere only contacts or 4 or 5 numbers if they are toric contact lenses with cylinder. The most important number is the Sphere or Power. It will be around -6.00 or a bit more. If they are torics they may have a cylinder value and an axis number. There will be two more numbers Base Curve and Diameter. These last two numbers specify the inside curvature and size of the lens. These two numbers determine how the lenses fit her corneas for maximum comfort. From the Sphere, Cylinder, and Axis numbers we can get pretty close to her glasses prescription. The glasses will be a little stronger than the contact lenses in sphere.


Nancy 11 Mar 2013, 19:41

Thanks for the input. I looked at Zenni and found 2 interesting inexpensive frames I might try. The cost is low enough. I guess I can try them privately to see if wearing them will be worthwhile.

Dan-D 11 Mar 2013, 18:42


I've always found glasses quite interesting and really sexy on pretty women. My current gf of 3 months wears contacts all day every day and absolutely won't be seen in glasses (yet). I know she has very bad eyesight without them, but I still haven't seen her in glasses. At night and in the mornings she goes straight into the bathroom and puts her contacts in and the glasses never make an appearance.

This evening she left her glasses in the bathroom so I saw them for the first time. I don't know much about glasses, but they do appear to be very strong. Can anyone hazard a guess at her prescription from these pictures?

I'd like to ask her but she must be quite self conscious about it if she won't wear them after 3 months together.

How badly will she see without them?


antonio-o 11 Mar 2013, 16:21

hi Nancy,

I hope you aren´t shocked because of your eye test ?

you still see quite good even bareeyed as you pointed out yourself, too.

So nothing to worry about too much,

best regards, antonio

antonio-o 11 Mar 2013, 15:33

hi Nancy,

thanks for writing here

You wrote here:

"Would be cool to wear them as an option but I don't think I want to really need them yet."

I think that´s exactly what you got out of your eyetest: You can wear them as an option, but as you stated you still can read bareeyed those streets signs, thus you don´t really need them for everything right now,

they are just an option for you, if you want to drive, to drive in the dark or to watch a movie from behind or so on.

Probably in such cases they can help you a little.

I don´t think they make reading nearby for you more difficult as yours are quite weak ones.

if you like you can discuss with us on lenschat:

best regards,


Soundmanpt 11 Mar 2013, 12:58


The prescription you were given is on the weak side, but I am sure you would find that with glasses your vision would be slightly better than without. An no you certainly don't need them full time but they should make driving a bit better and even better yet at night. Of course you will still be able toy see quite well without them and I think you should be able to pass the drivers vision test without them as well. but As you found out during the test your right eye isn't as good as it should be and your probably using you left eye for distance most of the time now. I think you would find very quickly that glasses will make going to sporting events more enjoyable as well as concerts or anything you need to see distance for. As stated you don't really need them for seeing close up but because of the astigmatisms you have they won't hurt anything if you do keep them on when your reading or doing other close work.

Glasses now are as much about fashion as they are about need, so if your going out shopping you may find wearing your glasses a nice accessory as well as functional.

One thing you can do if your not wanting to spend a lot of money on something your unsure about is to go on line and order your glasses that way.

Try looking at "" and if yu need any help in ordering please let us know.

Specs4Me 11 Mar 2013, 09:05


It is interesting that you can see 3D, apparently your brain has handled the vision in your lazy eye deferently. In my case, the vision in my lazy eye is correctable to 20/20; however, because the image has been surpressed by the brain (brain has chosen to ignore the image except for some periferal recognition of movement) in my case, I don't have any depth perception and therefore since I don't have depth perception I can't see the effects of 3D movies. The world isn't a bunch of flat images for me, but often I have to look closely at things to see that here is shape to them. Don't have any idea how to better explain this, I can only tell you that I often knock things over when reaching for them because I can't tell exactly where they are located and when placing something on a shelf I often hit the edge of the shelf when my intened destination is to sit the item in the middle of the shelf. These are just a couple of examples of how my sight affects my life. I'm grateful for my golf gps range finder, at least with that I have a clue of how far I am from the green and have some idea what club I should hit. Even with that it is not unusual for me to be short or long.

Asdoo 11 Mar 2013, 08:18

Two optometrists thought my left eye was lazy. Turns out they simply didn't correct the astigmatism. My left eye can see about 20/50 without cylinder. It could see 20/30 with -0.50 cylinder and around 20/20 with -1.25 cylinder. I can see 3D movies without glasses, but I get a huge headache. I can't pass any 3D tests without my glasses.

SC 11 Mar 2013, 08:01


It seems not all lazy eyes are the same. My left eye can't be corrected - it is like a camera with 640 pixels rather than 10M pixels - so I can see things that are big but can't pick out the details if they are small - so reading has never really worked

I have never had an Rx for the left eye (just 'balance'), but the best vision I get is around +3 - so for example my bedside clock goes from having no digits - just a bright patch - to having digits that I can read. If I go across the room then they are just too small.

However contrary to your experiences, I do see 3D and can enjoy a 3D movie. Obviously I've no idea whether it is as good as someone with 'normal' sight, but I can see the effects.

The brain is a wonderful at fusing an image - for example if I want to look at 2m, with +1.5 readers (just too strong for that distance with right eye, too weak for left eye) then each eye is blurred but the result of both eyes is perfect

lazysiow 11 Mar 2013, 02:47

Yes it is but dont spend a lot of money on it. I wear a similar rx even though I dont have to and im still amazed at how much more clearer things are especially when the astigmatism is concerned. You have the choice to go with or without though.

Nancy 10 Mar 2013, 23:43

Been busy, and finally had the exam. I "checked" my vision on the way over by reading street and store signs with no problem. First was shown into an exam room, told to stand by the wall and read the chart on the wall with my left eye, which I saw perfectly. When I covered that eye and looked with my right eye, I only got part way down. Quite a shock for me. When I went for the actual exam with the machine with all the lenses, after all the lenses were flipped I was given the following prescription:

OD: -.50 -.50 180

OS: -.25 -.25 020

It was suggested they be used mostly for distance..driving, movies, etc. He said they might make reading more difficult.

Is a prescription like this worth filling? If I could read all of the signs and streets and plates without I really see better? Never worn glasses before so I am a bit apprehensive.

Aubrac 10 Mar 2013, 04:43

Hi all

I went for my checkup (over 2.5 years since last one) and after an extensive examination was told eye health was fine, although pressure in left eye on high borderline. Funny floater in that eye has now nearly gone, it was for a short time nearly solid and did obstruct vision a bit but now is just a vague outline and hardly noticeable.

My -5.00 prescription seems to have changed a little and the optometrist suggested 4.50. I normally wear 2 weekly bi-focal contacts with a +2.00 add but I tried a monthly varifocal -4.50 also with +2.00 add.

Must admit that close up vision is better but miss the crispness of the -5.00 so might go back in a few weeks and have a retest.

Becky 08 Mar 2013, 16:40

Specs4me thank you for writing back.

Yes, I've never seen 3d images since they've never worked for me. I remember trying to watch a film but only saw it out my good eye.

I'm not too sure about depth perception, I don't think I'm too bad but I don't really play any sports or anything.

I always remember having to wear an eye patch over my good eye when I was younger, but the vision in my left eye never improved. I've always just worn my glasses, I can see everything without them on out my good eye but my left eye stays the same with or without glasses. The eye that's crossed is more noticeable without my glasses or when I'm really tired.

Specs4Me 08 Mar 2013, 15:56


I would like to add a little further info on what might be going on for you. Due to your eyes being crossed and one eye having better vision than the other is sounds like your brain surpressed the vision in your left eye and only used the vision in your better eye. This is called amblyopia or lazy eye. I've dealt with this problem all my life, I'll be 67 shortly, and there are several results steming from that.

1. I don't have and never have had 3D vision, watching a 3D movie does not allow me to see the 3D effects. If you can call it that, as I've never seen 3D effects I don't really understand what they are.

2. Near zero depth perception. I have struggled with this all my life. I play golf and it is a huge struggle for me to figure out how far to hit a ball or to tell if the ball is going to make it to the green, etc. I've tried other sports and proved to be louszy at all of them if they required knowing spacial location and travel of a ball was or a basket....

3. When I reach for things I often miss them or knock them over due to not being able to determine their exact location/distance from my hand.

If you seem to have some of these types of problems then you may well have amblyopia as well. I was told that my right eye is positioned such that it looks to the outside, often referred to as "wall-eyed".

You might question your ECP (Eye Care Professional) about this. I'd be curious to hear what the verdict was.

Becky 08 Mar 2013, 11:32

Thank you for your explaination Cactus jack, I appreciate it :)

Cactus Jack 08 Mar 2013, 09:52


I was not very clear in my explanation of why you do not need/have prism correction for your left eye turning inward.

If you had good vision in your left eye and your eyes were crossed, you would see double (two separate images) and most likely you would be unable to fuse the two images into one 3D image. There are several solutions for correcting double vision.

1. Wear prism glasses. The prisms bend the light rays so the two images are close enough together that the brain can fuse the two into one image.

2. Sometimes, if a person is hyperopic (needs plus glasses), but is not corrected, the eyes will use their internal accommodation (focusing ability) to compensate and that effort will cause the eyes to cross. If that is the case, the crossed eyes can be corrected by wearing plus glasses without prism. The plus glasses reduce the focusing effort and that minimizes the tendency of the eyes to cross.

3. Wear an eye patch on one eye so you see only one image. In your situation, it appears that your brain did that for you by deciding to ignore the blurry image from your left eye. If that could be corrected, you would either need to wear prism in your glasses or perhaps have eye muscle surgery to correct the position of your left eye.

Often, when there is little of no vision in one eye and glasses are prescribed to correct vision in the good eye, the same prescription will be used in both lenses to match the appearance of the glasses, even though the lens for the bad eye is actually performing no useful function.

There is one small possible benefit in wearing balanced prism correction in glasses even if only one eye is functional. The prism can partially reduce the appearance of the eyes being crossed, but only by a little bit.


Becky 08 Mar 2013, 03:30

Thank you for your help as well asdoo :)

Asdoo 07 Mar 2013, 18:35


Since you don't have any prism, you should have no problems wearing contact lenses. I have a similar prescription, but since I have more astigmatism I have to get toric lenses. Getting contact lenses should be easier for you because you barely have any astigmatism.

Becky 07 Mar 2013, 10:50

Thank you for your help :)

Cactus Jack 07 Mar 2013, 10:43


It is not possible to put prism correction in contact lenses. However, it is possible that you could wear a +1.25 or +1.50 sphere only contact on your right eye and leave your left eye uncorrected, Given a choice, the brain will always use the best quality image as its primary source of visual information and make little, if any, use of the image from the blurry eye.

I would suspect that you developed Amblyopia when you were young and unfortunately, your brain has decided to pretty much ignore the information from your left eye. In the case of Amblyopia, that decision is made permanently after about 6 or 7 years old.

Even if the blurry image is corrected, we don't know how to cause the brain to start using that corrected image again, though there is one reported case of restored vision in a formerly amblyotic eye after surgical correction of the crossed eye and optical correction of the blurry vision.


becky 07 Mar 2013, 06:36

I was wondering if I could wear contact lenses if I'm cross eyed?

I don't have any prisms in my lenses which I am confused about since people who are cross eyed normally do.

The eye that's crossed (left eye) has hardly any vision in it, like when I close my right eye everything's blurry even with glasses on so I've always just used my right eye. So I don't know if that has anything to do with not having prism lenses?

My prescribtion if it helps is:

Right - sph +1.25

Cyl +0.25

Axis 35

Left - sph +4.00

Cyl +0.25

Axis 5

I'm 17 and have worn glasses all my life.

Thanks to anyone who helps.

Cactus Jack 06 Mar 2013, 22:30

Soundmanpt and Astigmaphile,

Check out Rx Safety Glasses web site for Clip-on Magnifying Products. The link to the specific page is:

While they are not exactly "reading glasses", they are available up to +5.00 and work nicely for almost any occasional close work when clipped on regular glasses. I even use some +1.50 clipped on to my trifocals when I need to do a lot of work on the computer and don't want to get a crick in my neck looking through the intermediate segment for a long period of time.

I have not fully explored the site because i was specifically looking for clip-on magnifiers. They seem to be excellent quality.


astigmaphile 06 Mar 2013, 19:31

Around Santa Barbara, CA the readers are only +3.25-3.50.My +4.00 ones came from my job. The place imported and wholesaled shades and readers. One batch of samples once had a +6.00 pair.

Soundmanpt 06 Mar 2013, 18:28

I stand corrected, but I have not seen them here in anything more than +3.00 or maybe +3.50 but no where close to +6.00.

But I will start looking a bit closer to see if I find any stronger. thanks

John S 06 Mar 2013, 18:19

I disagree.

OTC readers are available to at least +6.00.

He may have enough accommodation to see distance fine, but not have the additional power required for reading. At 35, that is certainly possible.

I know a 16 year old that has a +5 distance rx. He can see distance fine. He only wears them when he has to do close work for a few hours. He can see very close, 6-8 inches without any problem, it just is not comfortable after a long time. I can't figure out how he can do it, it gives me a headache just seeing him do it.

Soundmanpt 06 Mar 2013, 16:11


Well if his glasses are +4.00 then they didn't come from over the counter readers which would mean he had to get an eye exam and was prescribed his glasses. But if you wrong and they are only +3.00 then they may well be over the counter glasses and self prescribed, at any rate it wouldn't hurt to ask your sister what she knows about his vision. She may if they were prescribed or not. Your right in being concerned if it could be a vision issue he is dealing with. But as others have said he could be just a bad driver.

anon 06 Mar 2013, 15:17

thanks so it looks like he is just a bad driver still dont want him driving the kids

Curt 06 Mar 2013, 14:58

anon: It is possible to need strong plus lenses for close work and still have good distance vision. I need +3.5 to read the paper, but my uncorrected distance vision is 20/25, perfectly legal to drive.

anon 06 Mar 2013, 12:30

Just a quick question for anyone went to visit my sister last weekend her boyfriend picked me up from the station the drive back to her house was scary late braking last second lane changes

later on in the day I saw him reading the paper wearing glasses that were at least +4 probably more I asked my sister she said he only needs them for reading my wife wears glasses only +2.5 what she wears full-time she would never drive without them

is it likely he needs glasses to drive or full-time as I don’t want him driving my nieces or my sister around if he cant see he is 35 years old

PS the nieces are from her first husband

antonio 04 Mar 2013, 12:00

Hi Nancy,

please tell us, how your eye exam went

best regards, antonio

Cactus Jack 03 Mar 2013, 23:45


Most floaters are very tiny bits of residue from leaking blood vessels in the eye and the usually appear like black dust motes in the visual field. I think this is more than a floater and I urge you to see an ECP, Monday morning on a priority basis if necessary.

It may be something as simple as a mucus like substance in the tear film. I sometimes wake up with that if I have a cold. If it is something in the tear film, you can easily wash it out with sterile saline eye solution. In a pinch, multi-purpose soft contact rinsing solution can be used or artificial tear solution used liberally as a wash to flush the substance out of the eye. The Ph and ingredients in soft contact rinsing solution are made for rinsing contacts before insertion and the CL normally introduces some solution into the eye when the lens is inserted and it causes no damage and no pain. Often the solution has a lubricant similar to that found in natural tears which contributes to the comfort of freshly inserted con acts.

If the problem is not tear film related, you need to find out exactly what is going on NOW, do not accept an appointment for "later in the week". Tell them that something has suddenly happened to the vision in one of your eyes and insist on being seen by an ECP. If nothing else, a professional can look in your eye with an opthalmoscope in a matter of a minute or less and make a preliminary diagnosis.


still 03 Mar 2013, 18:24

BTW, I can see through mine, although they provide some distortion, and they evolve and disappear over almost the same time span each time, about 20 minutes.

still 03 Mar 2013, 18:21

I have had these several times; my specialist called them "optical migraines". But since yours had effects which persisted, your decision to have this investigated is a good one. Good luck!

Stingray 03 Mar 2013, 17:50

I had the same thing and thought it was eye related, but it turned out to be transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke). You need to get a cat scan, it may turn out to be more serious than you think.

Aubrac 03 Mar 2013, 14:05

I have always had floaters since an early age an they have not really troubled me, but this was something different.

It was not static but moved around like a floater and was was bad enough to actually obscure vision when looking at my PC.

Thankfully it has now almost gone but is still like a shadow which can still still obscure some PC vision but nowhere near as bad as last night and this morning.

I am well overdue for a check up and will try and book into the 20/20 London Centre for one this week..

John S 03 Mar 2013, 12:43

It is definitely a floater, it moves? Maybe CJ can give some advice on that. I have never had a floater.

If it stays still, it could be a retinal detachment. In that case, you need to see a doctor right away. You could lose your vision in that eye if not treated.

Aubrac 03 Mar 2013, 12:35

Don't know quite is happening here but since last night I have a strange lozenge shaped floater in my left eye that obscures vision.

It is big enough to obscure some vision if for example I line it up with my PC screen. Any idea what this could be?

Soundmanpt 27 Feb 2013, 11:21


Well many people have been shocked thinking their vision was perfect and finding out that it isn't as perfect as they thought. At any rate if you can't even recall having your eyes checked then it is way past due. Now this may come as a surprise to you but there is a better than 50% chance that you will be prescribed glasses. Right now I believe that it is about 67% of the population that wears some form of vision correction or has had laser done.

Something you can do if you would like to at least walk pout with a prescription for glasses, doesn't mean you have to get them, just make a point of your reason for getting your eyes checked is because your having some difficulties with night driving. Complain that the street lights seem to ball up and oncoming headlights are a bit blinding. Don't try and cheat on the test though. But what you would be complaining about is something doctors have no way of disproving and they should just write you a very weak prescription for -.50 glasses with AR coating (anti-reflective coating it cuts glare and limits reflections on your glasses) The doctor will tell you that you should find that they will help you with driving at night and some will even tell you that you can wear them anytime you wish.

And don't be surprised that you will actually see better with those glasses. All they are really doing is making your vision with them on 20/15 (better than perfect) compared to normal vision which is 20/20.

Nancy 27 Feb 2013, 08:51

This will be my first exam. A friend who wears glasses all the time about her exam. She told me they first look into your eyes then place the lens thing on your face and have you read the chart comparing clarity through different lenses. I tried her glasses but everything was very blurry and they were very uncomfortable so I took them off right away. I think I see ok without strain but in anticipation have begun to notice glasses people are wearing...lots of neat choices. I am only 22. Would be cool to wear them as an option but I don't think I want to really need them yet.

Soundmanpt 26 Feb 2013, 21:46


Dare I ask when the last time you had your eyes examined? It sounds like it has been many years? First off what is you approximate age? I ask this because it may give an idea as to what if anything you may need. But really there is nothing to fear, just try and relax and in most cases your exam should only last about 30 - 45 minutes. But it is good that your employer is making eye examines mandatory. It sounds lie if you do need glasses they may even be paying for them as well as the vision test.

Your eye examine covers several things that are very important for eye health. They now can even determine if you have heart trouble as well as diabetes.

Please let us know the results after your exam.

Likelenses 26 Feb 2013, 20:32


Generally if you can see the 20/20 line clearly,you will not be looking through any lenses.

If lenses are put before your eyes,chances are you will be prescribed glasses.

Do you think that you are presently seeing properly with each eye?

Would you like to need glasses?

Nancy 26 Feb 2013, 17:45

I have an eye test scheduled for the end of the week because of my work. It will be my first. I looked on line for some info and it seems that after they look in my eyes I will have to read a chart on the wall and then look through some lenses. If I can read the chart ok do I still have to try the different lenses? I think I can see ok now.

lazysiow 24 Feb 2013, 18:53

Yogi, ok our circumstances are different. I have hobbies like shooting and sports where it would be really best if I could still function without glasses but I can see how a prism add isnt a big deal if you're already fulltime anyway, sorry about that.

Anyhow I was wrong, the smallest prism add is 0.1 but again if you're trying to get this yourself, guessing the increment would probably be very frustrating. Definitely start low to see how it goes.

guest 23 Feb 2013, 09:03

To Ellie: are the answers you requested on the wrong thread...hope it helps. Your new glasses are hot lol !!

My rx is same as yours!!! with astig.... had cataracts and partial implants, still -6...scar tissue comes from retinas being stretched over time in double digit myopee's (like us lol)... lots and lots more.

Ellie 10 Feb

Hi guest, I am at -14.50 in my right eye and -12 something in my left. I have some astigmatism as well. What is your prescription? Could you elaborate a little bit about how you got the scar tissue? If you'd like, we might want to consider moving this conversation to a more appropriate thread.


To Ellie....

I have retina's with scar tissue and thickening due to high myopia....they make vision uncorrectable past certain points. Vitrectomy can help, but healing is sporatic as to actual results.

by Ellie 09 Feb

I'm guessing that retinal health and astigmatism likely play roles in affecting visual acuity as well. However, I'm no expert, so I could be wrong.

yogi the bear 23 Feb 2013, 08:08

Yes the wife has seen it or to be exact she saw it turn back out then I looked up at something across the room

I assume by patching you mean covering the good eye yes that worked along with eye exercises when I was 4 or 5 years old but looking online the results for somebody my age with my limited/poor accommodation seen slim to say the least. if you mean covering the bad eye that seems worst than a bit of prism

lazysiow 23 Feb 2013, 03:38

Well I would say try eye patching and trying to fix it first if possible. It does sound like going prism is premature at this point. Has anyone see your eye turning in or does it just feel that way

yogi the bear 23 Feb 2013, 01:55

sorry the plus +1add is on both eyes i made the mistake of copying it down as shown on the prescription

was only going to get prism in a pair for reading so would not be wearing full time maybe an hour a day at best

lazysiow 22 Feb 2013, 22:29

actually. I just noticed, you only have one add. That's probably it, lazy eye is caused by imbalance of the eyes. Maybe the right eye needs an add or just wants to sync closer to the other eye. My eyes are definitely that way. It was only -0.5 worth of astigmatism and yeah, similar issues having to blink to refocus and let it point the right direction etc.

lazysiow 22 Feb 2013, 22:25

We have similar histories but exact prism power is definitely something your eye doctor should figure out for you. 0.5 is the weakest prism power I think but there's usually something causing an eye turn but unless the eyes are pointing that way all the time imo, it's something that should only be used as a last resort. As long as it can still go back to normal, you should try and get it back to normal.

Ive been prescribed prism once before in college for a left eye turn but now it cleared up later since I hardly used that pair. If your eyes get used to the prism then you have no choice but to become dependent and your eyes will stay turned.

Usually it happens for a reason i.e. the prescription is not strong enough, when my eye turned the last time it was from uncorrected astigmatism that another doctor eventually fixed.

yogi the bear 22 Feb 2013, 18:54

Hello hoping someone can advise me for the last few months have been getting ghosting/double vision when reading it starts to happen after about 10 to 15 minutes of reading usually in the evening have worn glasses most of my life had a lazy right eye as a kid was patched/frosted lens

am now 43 moderately near-sighted had bifocals and varifocals for about 15years as I have poor/limited accommodation and have had no recent change to my prescription

after reading for 10 to 15 minutes it feels like my right eye is turning inwards and I have to focus at something across the room to clear it up it happens with or without my glasses both single vision and varifocals but takes longer and seems not so bad with my bifocals

have been to my opticians twice but they can find nothing wrong and I cant replicate it on demand and they say its fatigue

my older sister 47 has had prism in her glasses for over 20 years because of double vision convergence issues base out

was considering ordering some glasses online with some prism

now for the questions

1 was going to order glasses based on my reading prescription as that’s where the trouble is

2 how much prism do I try and is it base out I need if my eye turns in towards my nose

3 do I split it between both eyes or all in the right or maybe 2 in the right 1 in the left

4 was going to order from zennioptical as have always had good value and quality

my prescription if you are interested is

r -2.00 -1.25 95

l -1.75 -1.00 65 add +1.00

not bad compared to most on here but definitely full-time wear with the astigmatism

hope someone has some advice

Hollie 20 Feb 2013, 16:02

Today about 8 hours - I took them out about 4pm as they were irritating me- but thats unusual. I can usually manage 10-12 hrs before wanting to take them out. Another girl at work will switch to her glasses occasionally actually. This is the first time Ive had to switch in the middle of the day for a while. I will be back to specs for the rest of the week I think - eyes are a little tired and sore.

Hollie 20 Feb 2013, 15:56

Today about 8 hours - I took them out about 4pm as they were irritating me- but thats unusual. I can usually manage 10-12 hrs before wanting to take them out. Another girl at work will switch to her glasses occasionally actually. This is the first time Ive had to switch in the middle of the day for a while. I will be back to specs for the rest of the week I think - eyes are a little tired and sore.

Clare 20 Feb 2013, 15:39

Soundmanpt - along with my friend, my mother is becoming very anti-contacts because she thinks (because of the minor issues I've had recently) that contacts are damaging to the eyes. She keeps emailing me cuttings from the media where people have had violent reactions to wearing contacts - and maybe from abusing them as you say. Its hard to know how to respond to people who take against contacts and are convinced now that they are dangerous. I don't think they are if people are careful and take all the precautions that we are advised to.

Clare 20 Feb 2013, 15:34

Hollie - how long can you tolerate contacts when you're in the office? For me it varies - some days I can happily do 8 hours but on others after 6 hours it gets irritating. As I'm in the office for at least 10 hours a day that's a challenge. Nowadays I generally wait to put my contacts in till around 9 and take them out around 5 or 6. I've not come across anyone else having this problem, have you?

Soundmanpt 20 Feb 2013, 09:46


Nice to see you in here after a very long absence. Even though I am sure you quite adapt at removing your glasses and putting on contacts I think you would agree that it probably isn't the most sanatary way to do it. Remember all the things you have touched on your way from work to the tube. Your fingers should always be very clean when your touching your contacts. Seems like a nice invite for bacteria and other germs. Now if you were doing the opposite it would not be as bad. Taking out your contacts and putting on your glasses would of course be okay since your contacts would be going into solution.

Just a suggestion but in the future I suggest that you make the switch from glasses to contacts while at work so you could at least wash your hands first. Eye infections are not that much fun.

And 20 Feb 2013, 02:57

I've seen my gf replace her cl without a mirror but yesterday morning as she was putting them in sitting in front of the mirror she dropped the first one on her leg and couldn't see it to pick it back up. Had I not been there to point it out she would have peobably just opened another !

ehpc 19 Feb 2013, 17:55

Hollie - I am sure you look GREAT :)

Hollie 19 Feb 2013, 17:24

Fairly large brown plastic frame, mixed up with contacts. I like that I can have different looks although having only one pair of specs means they don't go with certain outfits and then I'll only be able to wear contacts rather than have the choice (today I wore glasses as knew I'd be in the office 12 hours+, had to choose clothing that went with them, tomorrow I will wear lenses and obviously everything goes with them!)

ehpc 19 Feb 2013, 17:13

Hollie - And you wear nice big black plastic frames, I seem to recall :) COOL :)

Hollie 19 Feb 2013, 16:52

Ehpc- perhaps it depends on where you work - Im certainly not uptight at all! But in general there are a few uptight types.....

I am pretty well practised at putting contacts in without a mirror now. Perhaps a few people were shooting horrified glances at me for doing it on the tube but I can't see expressions once I've taken my specs off!

ehpc 19 Feb 2013, 14:19

Found the link, Clare. Yes, those are hot glasses :) VERY hot with blonde hair :) Pete

ehpc 19 Feb 2013, 14:15

Clare - where is the link? Red and brown and dark blue plastic are all good for blondes too :) Pete

Clare 19 Feb 2013, 14:14

Hollie - not sure I could do that with my years of experience!

ehpc - I've just posted a link to similar frames to mine but they aren't black!

Soundmanpt - it makes me sorry that people who've worn contacts for years have an experience that turns them against them. The number of people who experience long term damage from contacts must be very small?

ehpc 19 Feb 2013, 07:00

Hollie (continuing) - Thankfully the occasions where I am forced to use the London Underground are extremely rare, but when I do use it, nothing so interesting as seeing a nice GWG change her glasses ever occurs :)

ehpc 19 Feb 2013, 06:53

Clare - What style are your new glasses? Nice big black plastic frames to go with your blonde hair? :)

Hollie - What a dim comment from that guy! I am very glad it is not only scientists who are GWGs :) And whilst I shall doubtless be 'reprimanded' for being 'off-topic', why did you once post that accountancy is an 'uptight' profession? My late accountant was the most hilarious and laid-back Glaswegian it is possible to imagine! Also, why don't I see nice GWGs changing their glasses on the rare occasions I am forced to use the London Underground??? Clearly my timing is amiss................. Pete

Soundmanpt 18 Feb 2013, 20:06


Oh okay I understand. Of course contacts can have a down side and even be harmful but as much as I hate to admit it so can glasses. The biggest issues with contacts in most cases is not as much about the contacts as it is about the person wearing them and how they often abuse their use. From all that you have ever posted here aside from some over wear in the past you have been much better than most. Problems usually come from people that sleep in them on a regular basis or don't clean them as they should etc. But for you I would say you have been in constant touch with your eye care specialist whenever you have had any issues and did what they advised you to do as well. Glasses are not so much harmful to your eyes unless your hit in the face with something and the frame breaks and cuts you. But the normal downsides you have probably already found. The cleaning them because of mysterious smudges and fingerprints that somehow make there way on your lenses and of course the dreaded rain spatters on your lenses and in some cases they can tend to get loose and be annoying by slipping down your nose making you push them back up all the time.

Hollie 18 Feb 2013, 16:16


Only one actually even though I alternate frequently. One guy was asking me about my degree and I told him I'd done science. He said I looked like a scientist and it was 'probably the glasses'. I wore them today, probably will tomorrow but not Wednesday as I have a couple of external meetings and I prefer contacts for those. I did go out for dinner with a friend and put my contacts in on the tube on the way actually!

Clare 18 Feb 2013, 16:09

Soundmanpt - of course he wouldn't say I should give up contacts but he had some nasty issues with contact lenses a few years ago and now has a view that they are a risk to eyesight. I think he thinks that any sort of cornea irritation means that contacts can be a problem and that they shouldn't be worn all the time, or as little as possible! He is pretty anti-contacts now.

Soundmanpt 18 Feb 2013, 14:58


Okay, so why are you interested if this one friend comments as to if you have ditched the contacts for good? Even I would never ask you to do that.

Clare 18 Feb 2013, 14:35

Hollie - if this experience has done me any good, its to make me realise that wearing glasses is okay when you get used to it. I had all the comments at the end of last year and now its a non-event. I'm just waiting for one particular friend to ask if I've ditched the contacts for good. Given that my comfort is variable with contacts - I can get 6-8 hours before they become uncomfortable - I generally only wear them in the office (which of course is more than 8 hours but its a good chunk of the day). Have you had any comments from your new colleagues?

Hollie 17 Feb 2013, 13:22


I'm glad you've got used to wearing glasses. I still switch back and forth, even for work, but have found that this is OK once I feel comfortable wearing glasss in front of certain people. I started a new job recently and wore glasses for the first week, and now I probably wear them a day or two a week. Are you wearing glasses all the time for work?

Soundmanpt 17 Feb 2013, 10:22


If your prescription hasn't changed in several years I would say you have gotten to the stable point and probably won't get anymore increases. Sorry your still having hassles with finding comfortable contacts, but at least you have found that wearing glasses is not at as bad as you once felt it to be. I know you would still prefer if you didn't need glasses or contacts at all but unless your willing to spend lots of money for lasik which may only speed up the need for reading glasses you have no choice. So maybe you should have fun with it and work at getting several pairs of glasses to go with outfits and well change your day to day look a bit. And some nice rx sunglasses as well. And of course still wear your contacts for certain things when you want.

Kentchris 17 Feb 2013, 09:21

At around minus 5 I've worn contact lenses since I became short sighted in my late teens but have started to wear glasses mostly full time since my reading add increased to +2 last October. My all round vision is very good and I must admit it's very easy to just slip on my glasses each morning. I'm very self conscious wearing them though and still gravitate back to my contacts in all social situations. I subconsciously think of myself as a contact lens wearer who occasionally wears glasses when really it should be the other way round.

Clare 16 Feb 2013, 04:48

No change to the prescription for a couple of years so still -3 and -2.75. He did just check my vision with contacts in last week, I suppose to make sure there wasn't another problem lurking.

A couple of months ago one of my friends asked if I'd given up wearing contacts (and I said no I hadn't but it was a fair comment as she'd only seen me with glasses for a bit)but other than that I don't think anyone takes much notice once they get used to the idea.

 15 Feb 2013, 11:43

Soundmanpt, is it really necessary that you explain to everyone what they are saying? I think Clare knows what she meant with her comment, she doesn't need you to explain it and then drool all over. Hell, you are annoying.

Soundmanpt 14 Feb 2013, 19:11


To be described as "blond wearing glasses" should not be taken as any kind of insult. It is just very common if your describing someone to note that if she in fact wearing glasses. I think what your saying is that your not used to being described that way since you have been a contact girl most of the time since you needed full time correction. But I am willing to bet you left off the whole description? My guess is that it would be more like " the attractive or cute blond wearing glasses".

As you say you have come a long way considering it wasn't that long ago that you almost refused to be seen wearing glasses.

Likelenses 14 Feb 2013, 17:44


Is there any change in the prescription of the new glasses?

Clare 14 Feb 2013, 14:19

I've been back for a 3 month check up with my optician after I tried the new lenses. One eye still very dry, though not as bad as at first, the other just dry. The lenses aren't as comfortable as I'd hoped so I now wear glasses a lot. Who knows whether the office environment makes it worse but last night I only wore contacts to go out for the evening and got 4 hours max comfortable wear. Today I didn't bother with them at all.

My new glasses are very comfortable and give me great vision. The bonus is that I'm no longer shy about glasses, as I certainly used to be, but I would be shocked if someone described me as 'blonde, wears glasses ...' guess I still have some way to go till I completely accept being a glasses wearer at least some of the time. One of my also recent glasses wearing friends was bemused by that comment.

Good news - my friend with amoebacantha virus is clear and can wear contacts again, though she admits she's now a little paranoid as she didn't know how she got it in the first place. Hope she'll be fine though.

Rex 03 Feb 2013, 22:06

So new glasses changed to -1.25 and cut back on contacts wear. Don't wear glasses as much as wore contacts ( which was really fulltime), but close to. Hate blur without but think fulltime glasses should be postponed in case prescription increases too much ( and friend thinks prescription is mild!)

Cactus Jack 03 Feb 2013, 15:18


The prescription you posted was -0.75 -0.25 110 and -0.50. Usually, the right eye is listed first and then the left:

Right (OD) -0.75, -0.25 x 110

Left (OS) -0.50

The first number in each eye is the Sphere correction. The minus means that you are a bit nearsighted. The -0.75 means that you can see pretty clearly out to about 1.3 meters or about 4.5 feet, but that is affected some by the small amount of astigmatism as indicated by the cylinder correction of -0.25 at direction of 110 degrees. The problem with astigmatism is that is affects your vision at all distances. The 0.50 sphere in your other eye means that you can see quite well out to about 2 meters or about 6.5 feet. In all instances, your brain will select the best image for what you are doing as the primary source of your vision.

As far as when you should wear glasses, it is pretty much up to you, with one exception. You should wear glasses for driving. I think you will be surprised at how much better your distance vision is with glasses.

Glasses would be optional for working with a computer or reading. If you decide to get glasses, I would suggest wearing them full time for two weeks and then make the decision about when to wear them. Always for driving or distance. You may find that the small cylinder correction in your right eye makes the text easier to read on the display and lets your eyes work together as a team.

You might want to consider ordering glasses online. If you want to try it, let us know and we will help you order. The only other thing you need to order is your Pupillary Distance (PD) but that should be easy for you to measure with a ruler marked in mm and a bathroom mirror. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the price and quality. Check out Zenni Optical. Many of us have ordered from Zenni and been very pleased.


Tommy 03 Feb 2013, 14:43

Hiya, I'm 28 and work on a computer most of the in sales.

I was due an eyetest, as I hadn't had one for a couple of years. It was mainly for check up as I hasn't noticed much difference with my vision, except sometimes at night and lights being a bit blurry.

Cactus Jack 03 Feb 2013, 13:54


It would be helpful if we knew a bit more about you. May I ask a few questions?

1. Your age?

2. Your occupation?

3. Why did you get an eye exam?


Tommy 03 Feb 2013, 12:12

Hi I'm a first time poster here. I had an eyetest this weekend and was given a prescription of -0.75 -0.25 110 and -0.50.

I was told that I could benefit from wearing glasses, but I'm not sure if I really need them. Not sure of anybody could explain the prescription and if I should be wearing glasses.

Cactus Jack 02 Feb 2013, 21:27


That sounds like an interesting idea and I agree with your logic. As they say, the proof would be in trying the idea and see how it works. I would order the lowest cost glasses I could, to try it and then order some better "shooting" glasses once I had refined the prescription. I think +1.25 "add" might not be the ideal prescription for your aiming eye, but it is certainly a place to start. A +1.25 "add" would focus at 80 cm or 31 inches and would not blur targets very much if they were less than 6 meters or 20 feet.

Another possibility would be to consider some shooting glasses with a + add segment at the top of the lens. Often plumbers and electricians who have a need to focus closer while looking through the top of the lens use them. I have seen them made as quadrifocals. However, I suspect they are rather expensive as specialty lenses. I like your idea of trying low cost single vision glasses made to help you aim.


Guido 02 Feb 2013, 18:27

Dear Cactus Jack,

I would like for you to comment on my idea. I am a pistol shooter. Please avoid making this a forum to vent political views. At any rate, one of the tenets of pistol accuracy is the ability to focus on the front sight at arms length. I wear progressive lenses in the -6D range with a 2.5 add. Because of the posture required, that being a certain amount of downward head tilt to acquire a sight picture, I find I cannot focus clearly on the front sight. What I am thinking of doing is having a pair of glasses made with single vision lenses. My dominant eye or sighting eye would be corrected to what would be the intermediate range of a trifocal or basically a -6D plus 1.25 add or roughly a -4.75 lens. My left eye would be corrected to my best distance correction, the -6D. My reasoning is that would let me see the front sight clearly with my sighting eye and still be able to see the target clearly. I would use one of the online optical stores to keep my cost down. Would you please comment on my idea and rationale?

Marcus-UK 01 Feb 2013, 11:57

Hi Cactus Jack,

I actually got a friend to measure my PD for me before ordering the glasses so don't think that's an issue.

I will try the finger thing the next time it happens and let you know.


Cactus Jack 01 Feb 2013, 10:58

Hi Marcus-UK,

I have been wondering about the PD measurement you made. I know you had difficulty reading the mm scale because of your basic Rx. A couple of more questions.

1. Do you have anyone who could help you with the PD measurement?

2. Did you order the glasses from Zenni. If so, did they include their PD measuring device with your glasses.

3. It is often hard to tell with low level double vision problems if your eyes are having trouble converging or are trying to converge too much when you are tired. When you are having trouble with double vision, hold up 1 finger at about your normal reading distance and if you see double, move the finger closer to your face. Dose the apparent distance between the two images get closer together or farther apart as your finger gets closer to your face.

4. When you are doing your extensive reading, measure the distance between your eyes and where you like to hold the book when you read.

5. Try the +1.75 OTC readers over your new reading glasses. That would be like having an ADD of +3.50. The focus distance for +3.50 reading glasses is about 29 cm or 11 inches. If you are reading in bed or like to hold the text you are reading close, you may need a bit more plus to help.

At some point, I think a 2nd professional opinion will be useful, but I think it would be good to gather a bit more information so when you go, you know what to say, to get a really good exam.


Marcus-UK 01 Feb 2013, 09:28

Hi Cactus Jack,

I received a new pair of glasses with the reduced prescription in that you recommended and have been wearing them all the time for reading since I got them (just over a week ago). For the first couple of days they seemed great, but over the last 3 days or so i've been doing a lot of intensive reading as I've been on a course with work. Since then I've been getting the same symptoms as previous (tired eyes, headache etc) and have also noticed that when I get particularly tired I'm really struggling to focus on things (regardless of which glasses I'm wearing) and seem to get a bit of double vision which i have to try and focus really hard to get rid of (doesn't seem to be a problem in the morning only at night or when tired).

Having tried the other glasses and them not really seeming to solve the problem do you have any other suggestion on what I can try? Or is it time to get a second opinion from a different optician?

Cactus Jack 24 Jan 2013, 17:13

cross eyes glasses question,

Actually, you asked 3 questions, but that is OK.

1. If a person's eye are crossed, they will see two images unless:

a. Their eyes are malformed (rare)

b. They close one eye.

c. Their brain ignores one of the images

d. They wear a patch over one eye

e. They wear prism in their glasses. Base Out for eyes turned inward.

2, From the side, prisms look like triangles. the Apex is the point of the triangle and the Base is the wide part opposite to the Apex. Prisms are used to break apart white light into its component colors and also prisms are used to bend light rays. If a person wears Base Out prism for crossed eyes, the Base of the prism in each eye is on the outside edge and often it is noticeably thicker than the inside edge of the lens, near the nose.

3. Maybe. If you put on Base Out prism glasses they will cause your eyes to turn inward or if you are cross eyed, bend the incoming light rays to keep the images fused for you. Your eyes naturally turn inward when you read or focus close, so you may or may not see double. It depends on how much prism is in the glasses and how good your eye positioning system is at keeping the two images fused. If you tried Base In prism, you probably would see double because, unless you have a condition called exophoria, which means that your eyes want to point outward (wall-eyed), it is not a natural function and most people can't make their eyes point outward. Your eye positioning system is just not programmed to let you do it.


Crystal Veil 24 Jan 2013, 16:10


cross eyes glasses quesiton 24 Jan 2013, 15:31

I wonder about cross-eyes and how they see without double? Glasses is supposed to correct, but what are glasses like? I put on cross-eyes glasses, will I see double?

TheBrit 22 Jan 2013, 07:00

Took advice & went back to my doctor & to another for a second opinion.My usual one increased sphere by .25 & .50 with addition of 2 base out. The other was sphere increase of .50 in both & the addition of 5 base out. I took the stronger prescription & now have them... they are a little bit thicker than my previous glasses but vision is exceptional !! No trouble getting used to them. However, I have been advised that the prism may start to creep up over the years..not a problem for me.

Thankyou for the advice & encouragement!!

Aubrac 20 Jan 2013, 03:01


Your wife's prescription is low and I know several people with about the same who only rarely wear their glasses. However as the others have said she will notice the difference especially say in airports or stations reading destination boards.

She could could really benefit with glasses for driving because at dusk, in the dark, and any low-light condition, myopia does seem to increase and might not be safe.

What is the reason that made her get an eye test in the first place? Was she having problems seeing , headaches, etc.

I can also say that with her prescription, by screwing up the eyes and squinting, you can compensate for the myopia but as a lady friend of ours who refused to wear her glasses for a few years found, it can result in a lot more wrinkles!

Soundmanpt 19 Jan 2013, 20:40


Okay I have to first ask you a question. Does your wife drive a car? If she does she does there is no question if she should get glasses or not. She would fail a drivers vision test if she were renewing her license or trying to get one. Her vision is not terrible or anything close but when, not if, she gets glasses she will quickly notice the difference of how much better everything will look. If you don't mind I will do my best to try and explain what her prescription means. The first numbers of each eye is her distance vision, so -1.00 in her right eye and -.75 in her left eye. This alone means she can't see much if any of the lines under the 20/50 line. Now the 2nd numbers of her prescription is called cylinder and that refers to astigmatism. Now her right eye only has a very slight correction for that, but her left eye is slightly more and astigmatism effects your vision for all distances. So her eyes are likely getting tired out rather easy if she does much reading or other close work for any length of time. The last numbers are called axis and they really just refer to how the lenses are placed into her glasses and that can range from 1-180 but it doesn't have any power and a high number doesn't mean anything to her.

What does all this mean? Will I think how much she wears them is up to her how much she likes clear sharp vision. With her glasses she will be able to see all distances clear and sharp, without them she can see but just not as good as she could. But many don't mind a slight blur as opposed to wearing their glasses all the time. The one thing she without any doubt does need them for is driving day or night. If she asks her doctor i'm sure he/she will same the same as I just told you.

One good thing for her is that because of her age her vision likely won't change much over the few years.

I assume form your question she didn't order glasses yet. She really MUST get some if only for driving.

Cactus Jack 19 Jan 2013, 20:14


Lets analyze her prescription first. The first numbers (Sphere correction) mean that anything beyond about 1 meter or 39.37 inches starts getting fuzzy at that distance and gets progressively more blurry, the farther away it is. The second and third numbers (Cylinder and axis) mean that she has some mild astigmatism in addition to being a bit nearsighted. Her mild sphere correction actually helps her read, but that is complicated by the astigmatism. It affects her ability to see small text at all distances more than anything else.

She may be reluctant to order glasses because of the expense when she has been able to get along pretty well, up to now. If she drives, the glasses would be very beneficial and she might find that having sharp vision with glasses is really nice, but you cannot and should not try to encourage her to wear them too much. That often backfires if she thinks you are trying to force her to wear glasses.

One thing she might consider if the cost is a big factor, is ordering some inexpensive glasses from an on line retailer, such as Zenni Optical. It is easy to do and all that is needed in addition to the prescription she has is Pupillary Distance (PD). Many of us here have had excellent experiences with Zenni. Depending on the frame style, glasses in her prescription can be as inexpensive as UD$6.95 plus shipping. The only option that should be considered at this time is an anti-reflective coating for under US$5.00. An AR coating makes the lenses themselves less reflective and more attractive. If she likes having the better vision that glasses offer, she can then order glasses with a more fashionable frame, either from Zenni or from a local Optician. She might even be able to show her sister how to order inexpensive glasses,

If she does get glasses, it is really up to her when she wears them. The only exception would be for driving and I suspect her vision is marginal to legally drive without glasses in most countries.

May I ask where you live?


Rex 19 Jan 2013, 20:13

Kyle, I had a similar presciption in my 30s and got contacts because I appreciated the difference. However my slight recent prescription increase @ -1.25 leaves me close to fulltime contacts (I rarely want to wear glasses).

Kyle 19 Jan 2013, 19:47

My wife got for a prescription for -1.00, -0.25 75, L -0.75, -0.5 110. She feels she didn't need glasses. i think she cant Read some signs. Should she get glasses? if so, howoften should she wear them. She is 35, her sister who is 29 were glasses fulltime.

Soundmanpt 19 Jan 2013, 15:09

Euro Travler

Yeah that handy tool that you refer to Zenni will send one with each pair of glasses that you order. The only problem is by then it is too late to be of any use. However i whould think if you emailed, called or contacted "" and asked they would likely mail on out to you without charge. It really does work as I now have about 15 of them myself. I now offer them to anyone that is ordering glasses from me and they don't have their PD. Very easy to use.

Euro Traveller 19 Jan 2013, 04:01

Cactus, Marcus,

There is a UK based online retailer that offers two ways to measure PD.

They have an online tool which may be found at

It is a little fiddly to use so I would recommend repeating the exercise a few times.

They will also send you a proper little PD ruler complete with eye holes which may be useful if you are seeking help from someone who has never measured PD before or indeed to check your own in the mirror. I have found both tools to be quite useful.

I cannot vouch for them as an optical retailer although I recently purchased a pair of discounted glasses from them in their January sale which have not yet been delivered. Perhaps I will post a review in the appropriate place when they turn up.

Best of luck to you Marcus.

Asdoo 18 Jan 2013, 20:34

Is it normal for my eyes to drift outwards when I'm tired? This mostly happens when I'm reading. It sometimes happens when I'm looking at more distant objects. I also notice that my left eye sometimes drifts outwards when I take my glasses off.

Cactus Jack 18 Jan 2013, 16:38


Do you have anyone who could help you measure your PD?


Cactus Jack 18 Jan 2013, 12:27


I was concerned that you might have a problem with that. I think 59 will probably be OK for reading glasses. We might need to work on the PD before ordering bifocals or progressives. If you decide to try progressives, PD is more important.

I hope you ordered the lease expensive glasses you could for your first "experimental" order.

Please keep me informed.


Marcus-UK 18 Jan 2013, 06:58

Hi Cactus Jack,

Have tried to measure my PD and get it to be 59. Although I was really struggling to do it as whenever I tried to concentrate on it I seemed to get a bit of double vision which made it difficult to read the ruler. Will try ordering some with the prescription you suggested in your post.


Cactus Jack 17 Jan 2013, 12:38


Oops, lost the line numbers somewhere lines 1, 2,& 3. are just above the line that contains 1, 2, & 3,


 17 Jan 2013, 12:36


Lets try this. You may have a little trouble because of your myopia, but you need to do this without your glasses.

It is easy to measure your PD using a ruler marked in mm and a bathroom mirror.

Even if you are myopic, it may not be too difficult, but you will probably have to be close to the mirror to see the mm marks on the ruler.

Looking in the mirror, measure the distance from the center of your nose to the center of the pupil in one eye. When you are close to the mirror your eyes will be somewhat converged, but what you want to happen is for one eye to be looking straight ahead and the other will be turned in to read the mm marks. Make note of the distance.

Measure the distance from the center of your nose to the center of the pupil in the OTHER eye which should now be looking straight ahead.

Add the two measurements together.

Do steps 1, 2, & 3, three times and average the results. It should be around 63 + or - 10 mm depending on the size of your head.

The resulting number is your distance PD. If the eye being measured is looking straight into its image in the mirror, the results will be very close to what a professional would measure.

Your near PD will be about 3 mm less than your distance PD, but only use your near PD for reading glasses or as the "bottom" number for bifocals.

The adjusted prescription for single vision readers with +1.75 would be as follows:

OD (Right Eye) -3.50, -1.50 x 180

OS (Left Eye) -4.00, - 1.25 x 25

I assumed that the Right Eye was listed first. Be sure that is correct.

I want you to try that before considering an add in your regular glasses, I think we want to start with less than +1.75, but I am not locked into that idea.

Please let me know if you have any problems measuring your PD.


Marcus-UK 17 Jan 2013, 12:14

Hi Cactus Jack,

My prescription is about 8 months old or so. I do have a ruler marked in mm.

Jamie32 16 Jan 2013, 18:51

Marcus, Sounds like you are in the same boat that I am. As for me, use my functional bifocals as needed on the computer at home, but otherwise tend to struggle without them

Cactus Jack 16 Jan 2013, 11:56


We can work from the prescription you have. Developing a prescription for the reading glasses involves just a little math. How old is the prescription -about?

Do you have a ruler marked in mm? I can tell you how to measure your PD at your bathroom mirror.

may be a little slow responding. Busy rest of day.


Marcus-UK 16 Jan 2013, 11:35

Hi Cactus Jack and Julian,

Thanks again for your responses.

Do I not need to have an eye test in order to get a prescription for reading glasses/bifocals to be able to buy them online? Also i've looked on my prescription and there isn't a PD on it so I don't know what that is.

As for the double vision I've noticed a little after i've been reading for a long time particularly late at night but it's very fleeting as soon as I blink it disappears so i'd assumed that was just down to tiredness. Not really noticed it when doing anything at a distance.

Cactus jack 16 Jan 2013, 09:19


I agree with Julian, I don't think you need to go to another ECP just yet. I think you might want to consider some very low cost prescription reading glasses. You have almost all the information you need to be able to order some single vision reading glasses or bifocals (almost any type). The only other item you will need to order glasses is your Pupillary Distance (PD). If it is not on your prescription, you can easily measure it yourself with a ruler calibrated in mm and a bathroom mirror.

Before we get into that, I have another question: Have you noticed any, even momentary, double vision either at distance or while reading with only your glasses or with the readers over your glasses?

Please don't read anything into my question, I just need to know if that is a factor I need to consider in my suggestions. Kind of like the iPhone and iPad thing.

I would also like to suggest that you go to the Zenni Optical web site and look at their lowest cost, men's frames. No point right now in getting any thing really fancy. I can't describe what you will see in the UK, but it will probably be similar to what we see in the US. Along the left side of the display there are a number of filters you can select. Click on the lowest cost glasses ($6.95), Single Vision, and Men's to narrow the selection. Right now for reading glasses, you really don't need any of the options. If you want to order some bifocals or progressives, you should probably consider an anti-reflective coating, but we can talk about that later.

Zenni offers some instructions about how to measure your PD. Read them for information, but please don't follow them. I can propose a method you should be able to use by yourself with the bathroom mirror and the ruler. Let me know when you are ready to try. If your PD is listed on your prescription we can use that.

I will provide a reading glasses prescription based on your current prescription with either a +1.50 or +1.75 adjustment when you are ready.


Julian 16 Jan 2013, 06:31

Marcus: don't be in too much of a hurry to get another test; as you say you may get another ECP like the last one. Keep on taking Cactus Jack's advice; and you can always order bifocals or progressives online without getting a new prescription - it seems pretty obvious that's what you need, regardless of the doctrinaire views of some optometrists.

Marcus-UK 16 Jan 2013, 04:16

Hi Cactus Jack,

I went out and bought some +1.75 readers from my local supermarket on Monday (I was going to go for +1.50 but they didn't have those in stock). I've been using those over my glasses for reading pretty much most of the time since I got them and have found that they really help my eyes to feel more comfortable and seem to prevent any headache.

I'm not a huge fan of wearing a 2nd pair over my existing glasses so am guessing that the only option i really have is to go and get another eye test to get an accurate prescription and see if i can get bifocals or varifocals although given my last experience where I was told there was nothing wrong i'm not holding out much hope on that happening.

Neither my parents or my grandparents are myopic.

Soundmanpt 15 Jan 2013, 18:54

Intrigued boyfriend

Let me just echo what LT Lurker and Cactus Jack have said. Your new gf is working way too hard to see by not wearing her glasses. I'm really glad that she at least knows that it would be hopeless for her to try and drive without them. I agree about going to the movies, if she doesn't wear her glasses then she is only going there to listen to what they are saying because even with a big screen it would be much too blurry for her to make out much without her glasses. Anyway next time she wears her glasses either for driving or at the movies or whatever, when she gets where you are going or the movie is over and she starts to take off her glasses you should suggest that she keep them on as she looks really cute wearing them. It should help by showing her acceptance of her wearing glasses. She may feel like you might not approve and doesn't want to scare you off by wearing them.

And if she does start wearing them don't make a big deal about it.

Cactus jack 15 Jan 2013, 16:57

Intrigued boyfriend,

Usually, around -1.50. Her prescription means that thing start getting fuzzy around 40 cm or 16 inches and get progressively blurry beyond that.

You can get an idea of how she sees without her glasses, if you try on a pair of +2.50 over-the-counter readers over your glasses if you wear them or just put them on if you don't.

If you are more than about 6 feet or 2 meters, she probably recognizes you by your voice or color of clothes without realizing how she does it.


LT Lurker 15 Jan 2013, 16:53

Intrigued,Your new girlfriend with that RX would do much better wearing a full time correction. What she sees is not a total blur but detail will be almost impossible to determine.

TV will be unwatchable,movies impossible and recognition of people unlikely from 5 or 6m +.Realistically she needs glasses full time, but she probably lacks confidence with them just now.

Probably an idea to be completely neutral about them if you want her to wear them as being too "keen" may have the reverse effect.

Perhaps take her to the movies to see a subtitled film !

Intrigued boyfriend 15 Jan 2013, 15:44


A girl I've just started going out with does an awful lot of squinting, at most things more than a few feet away from her. She doesn't wear glasses unless she's driving, but I'm starting to think that maybe she should wear them more often. She does own some contact lenses but doesn't like them. Her prescription in contacts is -2.25 and -2.5.

How bad is her eyesight? How blurry would things be? Could she see my face from a few feet away, for example?

I'm sure it differs greatly but what would be an average prescription to start wearing glasses all the time



Astra 14 Jan 2013, 09:00

previous post by me.

 14 Jan 2013, 09:00

Re: Nate 13 Jan 2013, 20:13

I think your description indicate likely you have problems on the chromatic or aberration properties your lenses. your rx is likely be correct.

I think it can be unusual for someone needing reading add only report "minor eyestrain if been doing close all day", the eyestrain for them are consistent and quick, within less than a minute most likely.

If you use hi-index lenses the chromatic aberration can be severe enough to cause eyestrain , and the eyestrain tends to appear slower, like "doing close all day".

Nate 13 Jan 2013, 20:13

Thanks Cactus Jack,

No real issues, occasional minor eyestrain if been doing close all day, but doubt anything worth doing at the moment

Cactus Jack 13 Jan 2013, 12:33


If you are having no problems, you should NOT wear any reading help. It would just help your ciliary muscles get de-conditioned. We are trying to discover the source of Marcus' headaches. Ciliary Muscle fatigue is very common, but there can be other causes related to vision. Right now we are working on the possibility of some Pseudo Myopia and/or early presbyopia revealed by tiny text on tiny screens and really close focusing.

I am not done asking questions or making suggestions. Stay tuned, everyone is different and as you are probably aware I try to help people understand how this stuff works. At some point I will probably suggest seeing a different ECP and he will know what wear to the exam, what to say, and how to get better results from his exam.


Nate 13 Jan 2013, 09:43

Hi Cactus Jack,

I'm a 30 year old guy who has around -5 myopia in both eyes. Found your discussion with Marcus interesting. Haven't really had any issues with my vision but was wondering if I should try doing some reading with reading glasses on top of my glasses? If doing so, would be of any benefit to me.

Cactus Jack 13 Jan 2013, 07:31


Pseudo Myopia is not necessarily, a permanent condition. It can slowly disappear over time, but that may not naturally occur until presbyopia becomes a significant factor. Of your total -5.XX sphere prescription, maybe 20% of that is Pseudo and the rest is Axial.

You might be able to help the Pseudo Myopia disappear, if it really exists, which would be a good thing, because it would reduce your -5.XX sphere a bit.

I would like to suggest that you your eyes are not "damaged". You had no control over the fact that your eyeballs grew a few mm longer than they needed to be for the power of your eye's lens system. Getting some close focusing help with with a bifocal add or reading glasses with a reduced minus sphere correction or using + lenses over your regular glasses (all optically the same) will not "damage" your eyes, BUT they can encourage some ciliary muscle de-conditioning, more about that later.

Usually, eyeball growth is controlled mostly by genetic factors rather than visual environment factors, although they play a role if you are genetically prone to myopia. Are any of your parents or grandparents myopic?

One thing to remember. Glasses are simply optical tools to help you focus at different distances. If it were not for your astigmatism, your eyes would be perfectly suited for focusing clearly on things that were 18 cm or 7 inches away. Watchmaking comes to mind or using a smartphone with a very tiny screen, Of course if you did that with both eyes at the same time, you would have to REALLY converge to fuse the two images and that might cause headaches from another source. Sometimes, life is just not fair. Fortunately, we do have tools to help us function better. You can drive a nail with your bare hands and a rock, but a hammer is more efficient and less painful. You don't HAVE to wear shoes, but they make walking on rocky ground more comfortable. In some ways, glasses are like shoes, they come in different sizes (strengths) because people have different size feet. Some people even wear unstylish steel toed boots, to keep dropped objects from crushing their toes. And some people wear bifocals, in some form, to make it easier to read and focus close. So what!

What the readers over your glasses are doing is REDUCING your sphere minus to help you focus at a more comfortable distance for reading. Assuming your glasses provide accurate distance correction, the +1.25 readers focus at 80 cm or about 31 inches. You actually need a bit more plus to focus closer for reading and your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses provide that, but at the cost of a headache. There can be other causes of the headaches, but it appears right now that accommodative stress is a major factor. How much plus help you need depends on how close you like to read and how much your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses can comfortably contribute. If they contribute nothing, I can tell you exactly how much plus your need to focus at any distance. You can easily do the calculation yourself. Just divide the focus distance into 100 or 39.37 depending on the measurement system, metric or English, you like to use. That +number is the amount of a bifocal add or if you subtract it from your distance sphere prescription, the sphere prescription for some single vision vision reading glasses - copy the cylinder and the axis exactly.

How much plus help do you need right now, I don't know, but you can't really hurt anything, but your headache, by trying stronger OTC readers for a few hours of reading, even every night.

Will you become "dependent" on the plus help, maybe. I can guarantee that someday, a plus add in a bifocal, trifocal, varifocal, or progressive lenses in glasses will be a necessity. The age at which that will happen is also primarily controlled by genetic factors and your visual environment, but there is another factor which I mentioned above, ciliary muscle de-conditioning. The ciliary muscles, for their size, are the hardest working, strongest, muscles in the body. Their job is to squeeze the crystalline lens to increase its plus power to let you see close. For distance, 20 feet or 6 meters for practical purposes, you crystalline lenses should be fully relaxed and at minimum plus power. Any time you look at something closer, the ciliary muscles react almost instantaneously to increase the plus power of the crystalline lenses by just a little or quite a bit to focus at the appropriate distance, Obviously, they get lots of exercise with no conscious effort on your part.

Wearing help to focus close means that the ciliary muscles don't get as much exercise and they can get de-conditioned amazingly fast. As long as your crystalline lenses are very flexible, all you need to do to keep the ciliary muscles conditioned is occasionally focus on something distant to let them relax and focus on something close a few times every 10-15 minutes to make them do a little work. The key thing is comfort. Until presbyopia becomes a factor. sharp vision at all distances is supposed to be effortless and comfortable. If it is not, vision correction in some form should restore the comfort, sometimes increasing the effort, just a little. What I mean by that, using multi-focal lenses in any form, require some small behavioral changes to, in effect, "manually" change the focusing power you are using because the automatic focusing system cannot do it for your any longer. Usually, the learning curve is pretty short and you manually focus without even thinking about it.

The OTC readers are just an experiment. Ultimately i think I will suggest some low cost single vision prescription readers (from Zenni or other online retailers) for when you are going to read for an extended period at home and that you consider trying some low cost progressives with a small add (maybe +1.25) to see if they help reduce fatigue and headaches for everyday wear. Unless you know exactly what to look for, only you will know that you are wearing a form of bifocal. After we figure out what works pretty well without spending much money, you can make a decision about the next step you want to take, if any.

I hope I answered your questions. Feel free to ask if you have more or don't understand any of the above.


Marcus-UK 13 Jan 2013, 03:53

Hi Cactus Jack

Thanks for your response sorry i've not replied sooner has been a busy weekend for me so far.

I spent quite a bit of last night reading and used the readers that I've bought for that and they seemed to make a lot of difference, my eyes didn't seem to get as tired and although I still got a headache it wasn't anywhere near as bad as it used to be.

I do have a couple of questions though if you don't mind.

If it is Pseudo Myopia is it something that is likely to just disappear over time? If it will am I damaging my eyes further by wearing + glasses now?

If it won't get better on its own is the only solution to easing the problems going to be wearing separate glasses for reading? Although they do help i'm not too thrilled about having to keep wearing another pair of glasses on top of my current ones and not sure I like the idea of bifocals either.

Also you mention some stronger strength of readers, how do i know which strength is best for me and if I go for ones that are too strong are my eyes going to become dependant on them?


Soundmanpt 12 Jan 2013, 18:43


Great to hear. I thought you would be happy with them. Not surprised that your glasses make a difference in your vision as well. So seeing the world clear and sharp with your glasses are you going to be wearing them full time?

nora 12 Jan 2013, 16:11

the glasses arrived a few days ago. i must say i am impressed with the quality of them. vision is much better with them. they fit teally well aswell. sthanks for recommending going online for them!

Cactus jack 11 Jan 2013, 21:09


You are new to ES and you may not have seen my previous posts about the suggestions I may offer. I am not an Eye Care Professional. My background is Electrical Engineering and Computers. When it comes to Vision and Optics, I am an Amateur in the original French sense as a person who pursues knowledge for love.

My knowledge of optics comes from my studies of optical physics and solving my own, sometimes uncommon, vision problems when I was not satisfied with the explanations or solutions offered by some Eye Care Professionals.

I have a reputation as a pretty good explainer of technical subjects and I tend to be long winded because I want you to develop understanding of how your vision works, rather than just offer rote information.

If you do not understand any suggestions or explanations I make, please ask questions and I will try to provide a better answer. Remember, I have no way to understand your situation unless you tell me. I only ask questions to help me understand your situation better and never without a reason. For example, I may ask someone where they live so I can limit my suggestions to something that I think will be useful in their environment.

The only thing I ask is that you be honest with me and please give me feed back if the information I provided was useful or more importantly, didn't work well.


Cactus Jack 11 Jan 2013, 16:08


What you experienced with the +1.25 readers is about what I expected. The +1.25s did two things. They did in fact make the text appear a little larger, after all, the are weak magnifying glasses if spaced away from your eyes, but it should not have been any clearer. The main thing they accomplished is that they let your ciliary muscles relax a bit to read. Most people do not realize that you have an autofocus mechanism in your eyes. Your glasses correct your refractive error for distance 20 feet or 6 meters and beyond for out purposes. Once that has been done, your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses are able to increase their already considerable + power to focus closer than what is needed to focus for distance. The additional plus power you need to focus close is stated by a mathematical formula developed by Sir Isaac Newton (of gravity fame). It is Lens Power = 100 cm/distance in cm or Lens Power = 39.37 inches/distance in inches. If you know the lens power and want to find the focus distance it is Focus Distance = 100 cm/Focus Distance or 39.37 inches/focus distance depending on the units of measure you prefer. To focus at a typical reading distance of 40 cm or 16 inches requires +2.50 diopters of focusing power. The +1.25 glasses over your regular glasses in effect to half the work needed to focus to read and your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses supply the rest.

I believe there are two possibilities. Either you are developing some early presbyopia or you have a combination of Axial or true myopia and/ or some Pseudo or false myopia. Both types of myopia have the same effect, you need minus glasses to correct it. Axial or true myopia is caused by a mismatch between the length of your eyeball and the total plus power of your eye's lens system. It is usually caused by excessive growth of the eyeball. Pseudo myopia is caused by failure of the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to relax fully for distance. If part of your myopia is pseudo myopia, that is using up some of your accommodation and it is making it harder for your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to focus close for reading or using all the the fancy gadgets we have these days with tiny screens and tiny text.

The best way to tell if you have some Pseudo Myopia is with a dilated eye exam that hopefully fully relaxes your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses so that all that remains is Axial or True Myopia. However, if you have some Pseudo myopia and it has been there a long time, dilation may not completely do the job in 20-30 minutes. It may take weeks or months of effort for them to fully relax.

Next, we need to talk about possible solutions, but I think you need to get your mind around what we have discovered. You have a clue as to a possible solution. Wearing the +1.25 glasses over your regular glasses effectively reduced your sphere correction by about 1.25 diopters for reading or close focusing. I think you may need a "functional" bifocal add - of some type - in your regular glasses and a pair of prescription reading glasses for use when you want to read a lot. A "functional" bifocal is an add that is not absolutely necessary for you to focus, but it really helps you function with out headaches or excess stress.

Think about that for a day or so and we can talk some more about solutions and I also would like to offer some tips on how to get the best possible astigmatism correction. Astigmatism is a significant factor in how well you see at all distances and the more accurate the correction, the more comfortable your vision will be.

If you want to try an OTC reader of +1.50 or +1.75 that won't hurt anything,


Andrew 11 Jan 2013, 13:54

For anyone else in the UK (it's too late for Marcus), try Poundland for cheap, OTC reading glasses. I even have a pair in the car for when I have to read a map (I don't believe in SstNav).

Marcus-UK 11 Jan 2013, 13:17

Hi Cactus Jack,

I bought a pair of +1.25 reading glasses from Tesco and have worn them for the past couple of hours while reading a book on my Kindle. The text seemed a little bigger and clearer but not overly more clear than with my standard glasses and it felt a little strange with them at first. This did seem to go off after awhile and my eyes felt more relaxed as I was reading and didn't seem to get as tired, although now i've stopped they are feeling a little tired. I don't have a headache however.

Marcus-UK 11 Jan 2013, 08:47

Thanks Cactus Jack, I'm heading to Tesco this afternoon after work so will see if I can pick up some glasses there to try.

Cactus Jack 11 Jan 2013, 08:40


A dilated eye exam is used to fully relax (or attempt to relax - sometimes it isn't easy) your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to get a better idea of your actual refractive error. The crystalline lenses and ciliary muscles are the auto-focus mechanism in your eyes. Sometimes they can make you seem to be more shortsighted (myopic) than you really are with out your being aware of it.

For a dilated exam, the examiner will put some drops in your eye and after about 20 minutes, you pupils will dilate to wide open, lights will be very bright, and you will have trouble focusing to read. After the exam, it will usually take about 6 hours for it to wear off.

Hmmm, maybe the torpedo mentioned before, missed. I would like to suggest a simple, inexpensive experiment if you are willing.

I would like to suggest getting an inexpensive pair of +1.25 or +1.50 over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses that will fit over your regular glasses. Try using those if you have to read your smartphone or iPad. Also, if you are reading a lot. See if it makes any difference, but you probably should not do this experiment if you are actually driving.

It is a myth that presbyopia does not cause a problem until at least 40. And many Eye Care Professionals believe the myth. Presbyopia actually starts in childhood, but because of the huge accommodation range most children have (their crystalline lenses are like gelatin dessert) they can read just inches from their face for hours. Presbyopia gradually makes the crystalline lenses stiffer and harder for the ciliary muscles to focus and at some point, it becomes a nuisance and the focusing effort starts causing headaches.

If the OTC readers seem to help, we can explore better, more practical solutions, but at least we will have a better idea of what is going on.

You should be able to find inexpensive OTC readers at any Tesco or Wal-Mart or similar store. Don't even think about prescription anything right now.


Marcus-UK 11 Jan 2013, 08:10

Cactus Jack,

In case I forget to say it later, Thanks for trying to help on this one. I do spend a lot of time using my smartphone and Ipad throughout the day for checking and responding to emails and things like that even when I'm not working from home. I haven't noticed that i've been having any difficulty with reading the text on my phone but if i'm reading or concentrating on anything for a while it does seem to bring on the headache and make my eyes ache more (again I did explain this to my optician who didn't think it was an issue).

I'm not really sure what a dilated eye exam is so not sure if i've had one or not

Cactus Jack 11 Jan 2013, 07:58


That torpedoed one idea. Many people are experiencing "apparent" early onset of presbyopia because of the small text on smartphone and other portable devices. Even teens. Are you having any trouble reading the text on a smartphone?

Have you ever had a dilated eye exam or had one in the last few years?


Marcus-UK 11 Jan 2013, 07:50

Not that much, most of my work day is spent driving around the UK, I do use a laptop but perhaps not as much as the average person, I work from home one day a week so that tends to be when I use it more. I do a fair bit of reading in my spare time I guess, but again probably no more than average.

Cactus Jack 11 Jan 2013, 07:47


I suspect you do a lot of work using a computer and do a lot of reading. Is that true?


Marcus-UK 11 Jan 2013, 07:35

Hi Cactus Jack,

I'm 31 years old and work as a sales manager. My complete prescription is:

-5.25, -1.50, 180

-5.75, - 1.25, 25

This prescription is about a year old (if that helps any)

Cactus Jack 11 Jan 2013, 07:26


May I ask

1. Your age?

2. You complete prescription?

3. Your occupation?


P.S. I may have other questions

Marcus-UK 11 Jan 2013, 07:10


Not sure if i'm posting this in the right place but I'm after a bit of advice and can't find anything else on the web.

I currently wear glasses for short-sightedness and over the past month or so i've been getting headaches, my eyes have felt very tired at the end of the day and my muscles in my eyelids have been twitching (never really had that before it's a strange sensation) again only really at the end of the day or if i've been concentrating a lot.

Thinking that I may need an update to my prescription I went to the opticians and told her about the problems but was told that my prescription had barely changed and that my eyes were healthy and apparently it can be one of those things that happen and will probably pass.

As it's been over a month since it's been like this and is still not getting any better, anybody got any ideas as to what it could be?



Soundmanpt 09 Jan 2013, 12:09


So just checking to see if your glasses ever came in? By now they should have arrived.

Cactus Jack 09 Jan 2013, 11:40


I don't have enough information to speculate. To me, vision correction, except in rare instances, is a personal choice and there are many obvious factors and more importantly, hidden psychological factors in that choice.

In this case, speculation would be judgmental and I try very hard to avoid judging why another person prefers what they do.

I tend to suggest tried and proven solutions that provide the BEST possible vision. Sometimes, if it is not too expensive, I will personally try a new solution for vision problems. My engineering background usually means that I think in terms of Cost vs. Benefit and appearance is down the list of factors I consider.

I fully understand that appearance can be very high on the list for other people and perhaps, if I was still trying to impress the ladies, it might be a lot higher on my list. At my age, what impresses the ladies is that I can see quite well at night and can drive at night and pick up the tab for an occasional dinner in a nice, but not fancy restaurant. If that takes some trifocals with lines, who cares, hand me the menu so we can eat.


Watcher 09 Jan 2013, 01:28

Thanks CJ. You have taught me so much over the past several years. It feels great to provide you with a little assistance. Of the two suggestions, which one, if any, do you think might satisfy her, and why



Cactus Jack 08 Jan 2013, 09:01

Thanks Watcher,

Good suggestions.


Watcher 08 Jan 2013, 05:20

Hi Cactus

Love your work and have done so for many years.

A couple of possible suggestions for Lenora that I'm sure you can explain to her and help her with implementing if she so chose.

Intermediate glasses - Take her distance script and add in half her add. She might see well enough to read OK and only +1 at distance may be acceptable (plenty of people with a minus 1 script get by without their glasses)

Monovision glasses. determine her dominant eye and try monovision.

Sure, I admit these are both imperfect solutions but she may be able to see reasonably well without bifocals or progressives. I'll leave the rest up to you. At Zenni's prices she might not have too much to lose

Cactus Jack 07 Jan 2013, 16:29


I hope you have been following this conversation with Revolver. The Aspex product looks like it could be the solution you desire for mulit-focal, single vision glasses.

I apologize for not being aware of this apparent break through technology until now. At least now, you know what to ask for when you visit your ECP. It is very unlikely that this technology will be offered on line anytime soon.

If you decide to try them, please keep us informed about your experience and level of satisfaction. Others may be interested. Thanks for the original question and the challenge to find an answer.

Thanks Revolver for bringing this technology to our attention. I would love to try them, but I doubt I could afford them.


Cactus Jack 07 Jan 2013, 16:19


I checked out the Aspex Eyewear site and the technology looks very interesting. Apparently, they have added Women's frames in addition to the Men's, but the selection window does not leap at you. The style selection window is just above the pictures and you can also select either one by clicking on a small Mens Womens label under the Empower.

I suspect there are limited styles because they need a place to put the electronics. The mentioned the temples, but I suspect there is also some around the lenses as well.

I would love to know more about how they work. I can see many applications in addition to eyeglasses. I did not check the prices, but I suspect they are NOT inexpensive.


Cactus jack 07 Jan 2013, 15:59


My email is

I look forward to hearing from you.


Revolver 07 Jan 2013, 12:35

C.J.: my memory is in about the same shape as yours, still very good considering my age (I'm nipping at your heels) and my only problem is retrieval. Sooner or later it comes back, in this case sooner.

The company that holds the patent and is the only outlet for them is Aspex Eyewear from California, and their registered trademark is EMPOWER. You can go to their website which is and a banner that moves from right to left will appear just under the header showing their various products. When EMPOWER slides into view click on it and that will take to right that portion of the website. It doesn't get into the technology of the lenses but merely calls them electronically controlled. I've seen the eyewear in action and it's amazing. They were introduced about 2 years ago and made a huge splash but it's been very quiet lately which is probably why your search didn't turn up much. When introduced they had single vision distance powers from mid-plus to mid-minus and the adds were from +.75 to +3.00. That might have changed, quite frankly I forgot all about them until your post.

The hooker is you have to use one of their frames and at this time they only have approximately 40 all of which are displayed on that page. Unfortunately they're all male but many are unisex enough that they would be attractive on most females.

Revolver 07 Jan 2013, 12:08

C.J.: no, these aren't the True/Super you mentioned. I have seen those in action, met someone who wears them, and they are ugly and cumbersome and only work in plus.

The ones I mention are electronically controlled, am pretty sure they're a liquid crystal design, but will do a little further checking and get back to you.

In the meantime, you've posted your e-mail addy before, if you'd be so kind as to do it again I'd like to have a private conversation with you on a couple of points.

Cactus Jack 06 Jan 2013, 22:39


Thanks. I remember now that I had seen a TV commercial for some glasses by TruFocus(?) that had adjustable focus. A clever design that allowed them to be changed from distance to close by sliding a lever back and forth. It had completely slipped my mind.

I think the ones I saw used a hollow lens of flexible plastic and a clear liquid inside the hollow part. With no pressure on the fluid, the lens was relatively thin for distance, but if you moved a lever or wheel it would apply pressure to the fluid which would make the lens thicker increasing its plus power for close. It was clever and potentially useful, but I thought the frames were not very stylish and I felt like the marketing was bit overdone.

I checked the web and they have changed the name to SuperFocus and the web site is

Are these the glasses you have in mind?

You mentioned glasses with liquid crystal. Liquid Crystal Displays are used in many electronic devices and they are amazingly useful as an electronically controlled "light valve" They make certain types of flat panel displays possible and they are often used in automobile rear view mirrors that dim instantly with a switch or an electronic circuit that detects bright headlights. Liquid Crystals might also be useful in instantly adjustable electronic sunglasses. I had never imagined that they could be used for electronically focused lenses, but it would be a very neat idea if they could and a lot less messy than a leaking fluid focused lens. Do you have any web site where I could find our more about the technical aspects about how the lenses you tried, work?

There were also some hits on a Google search about problems with Superfocus lenses. They have apparently experienced some teething pains, as might be expected with a revolutionary new product.

Thanks again for the "heads up". Maybe we can find a solution for Lenora after all and get her some variable focus glasses she will love.


Revolver 06 Jan 2013, 20:36

Whoops, meant to say that you can change them manually by touching the top of the temple in addition to putting them on auto.

Revolver 06 Jan 2013, 20:35

CJ, you're partially right. With current (and probably future)conventional lenses it's impossible. But, the relatively new liquid crystal lenses that allow you to change the focus from near to far and back with a nod of your head, or put them on auto and do the same with a nod of your head, do exactly that. I've seem them demonstrated, worn them myself, and was flabbergasted that they really do work.

They're in limited rx's now, and the worst part is limited frame choices as they're only made in the company's own production facility but they're working on it. My demo was a year ago, so twitch me early in the fall as I'll be having another demo then and will forget to post if not reminded.

Soundmanpt 06 Jan 2013, 16:25


Yeah it is just over a 2 weeks but something you may find nice is that every now and then, it has happened to me twice in 11 years the orders will get stopped in customs and if it becomes even a few days delay Zenni will quickly replace your order at no cost to you and you will get 2 orders. So you would have 2 pairs of glasses instead of just the one. Not a big deal since it would be the same pair but I guess it doesn't hurt to have 2 pairs.

nora 06 Jan 2013, 15:12

sorry the last post was from me!

 06 Jan 2013, 14:46

hi everyone i am still waiting for the glasses i ordered from zenni optical. im guessing they will arrive early in the week as i placed the irder on the 20th dec and with xmas and new yr orobably has delayed things.

Cactus Jack 06 Jan 2013, 13:46


Unfortunately, it is optically impossible to make single vision glasses that would focus at two different distances. That is why progressives and bifocals exist.

You can, of course get as many pairs of glasses as you wish for focusing at different distances. It is easy. Everything starts with your Distance Glasses prescription.

OD +2.25 cyl -2.00 axis 100

OS +2.00 cyl -0.75 axis 85

To incorporate the ADD of +2.50 (focuses at 40 cm or 16 inches) for Reading Galsses, just add the ADD number to the sphere correction (1st number) for both eyes.

OD +4.75 cyl -2.00 axis 100

OS +4.50 cyl -0.75 axis 85

If you want to order glasses for focusing at other distances, let us know and we will provide the formula for focus distance vs. lens power.

It looks like multi-focall toric contact lenses might not be an option because of the astigmatism, but it is worth a try.

If you want to order several pairs of single vision glasses, you can probably do it inexpensively online.

All this prescription and focusing stuff is governed by the laws of optical physics. Several have put in for changes to the laws because they don't like how they work, but so far nothing has happened. Maybe they did not submit the request to the proper authority.


Lenora 06 Jan 2013, 13:17

I currently wear progressive lenses and I hate them as well as bifocal lenses.

My current prescription is

OD +2.25 cyl -2.00 axis 100

OS +2.00 cyl -.75 axis 85

Add +2.50

I would like to convert this prescription into a single vision prescription. Based on what I have provided, what do you recommend? I want glasses that I can see clearly both near and far. Can it be done? Thank you.

Soundmanpt 06 Jan 2013, 12:29


I understand why you came to the "Vision" thread but, even though you don't probably think so you should have put this on the "Induced Myopia" thread.

Your vision history is interesting. You were not different than most 9 year old's when you were prescribed your first glasses in that you didn't want to be seen wearing glasses. So you did what most do you never wore them and managed quite well without them most of the way through school until you were forced to give in and get glasses when you wanted to start driving at 18. You got your eyes checked and for going through the years where the eyes sometimes can have big jumps your vision only went up by -1.50 in 9 years. Now for some reason you and others get the idea that -2.00 correction is too weak to really need glasses for. You got contacts and then started self prescribing for yourself. Maybe you did need an increase, but maybe not. But you increased your contacts and found that with the new stronger contacts everything was very sharp and crisp and you have been doing this ever since. When in fact you really should have been getting your eyes tested every year to see if an increase was called for or not or maybe a weaker increase than what you were ordering for yourself.

What is happening is after you have been wearing your contacts for a while your eyes are just going back to 20/20. When your over correcting your vision is much better than that. probably better than 20/10, but it will only stay at that for so long. When your vision goes back to 20/20 your eyes feel like your correction then is too weak.

I would suggest that before you again increase that you get your eyes tested to get an accurate prescription from now on.

Cactus Jack 06 Jan 2013, 11:31


Your questions regarding pregnancy effects on myopia are far beyond my pay grade

It sounds like your prescription has been stable for several years. In the prescription department it may be a case of "so far, so good". You still have 4 months to go and all the while, you have all sorts of hormonal process going on as the baby develops. Increases in myopia during pregnancy are not unusual, but I think your genetic make-up is in charge.

Retinal detachment risk does increase when myopia is in the double digits, but there are many other factors involved. Childbirth is an incredibly stressful time for some women with all the pushing and straining. I suggest that you need to discuss your concerns with an Ophthalmologist who specializes in retinal issues and then your Obstetrician regarding birth options.

Both your vision and and the birth of a healthy baby are very important. The experiences of women members who have been through childbirth and have similar questions and issues may be able to offer better quality opinions than mine. However, your situation is unique to you and the experiences of others may not apply.


Shelly 06 Jan 2013, 11:06

My vision story is kinda interesting I think. It all started in 3rd grade or so with me having a chalazion and my mom taking me to the eye doctor. Of course there was a vision screening, which showed some minor myopia. I can't even remember, what my RX was back then, but I would guess around -0.50. However, because of my vanity I never really used them and while school years went by I tried to get by without any correction, creating some really embarassing moments. I think most of my friends knew I was kinda blind, especially when they see me now sporting my glasses.

This went on until I wanted to get my driver's licence at the age of 18, when I finally had to go for another eye test (I always told my parents I could see well and because my grades were very fine they believed me). There I sat, knowing I had no chance of passing this test and telling the optometrist he may as well start with some lenses right from the beginning, but he somehow seemed to want to embarass me, so he told me to try at first. This was futile and I left with my first prescription after 9 years of not having my eyes checked. It read -1.75 and -2.00 with some astigmatism in both eyes and I remember feeling somewhat proud but also disappointed that I only have acquired around 1.5 diopters in all this time, knowing many of my friends had much larger increases during school.

Although I was sort of jealous of them wearing glasses that clearly showed they were needed and I now could have easily joined the club I still was too shy to wear my glasses in public (they were not my style anyway and I wonder why I even bought such semi-rimless glasses). So I went to another optician and asked for contacts, which I wore every day since I got them for about 2 years.

Then I learned for the first time in my life how it is to recognize I need an increase. I blame all the near work at university for that. This time I was kinda shocked I got an RX higher than expected. I thought I would get some -0.50 loaded on my current scrip, but after the eye test my new prescription read -2.75 and -3.00, still with some astigmatism. I was in heaven and hell at the same time. Negative three sounded just so much stronger than what I've had before. However because of my vanity and my little money as student I decided to just order new contacts in my new RX. The old glasses were just for home at the computer and just right for that. However, watching TV was really annoying with these low-power glasses.

And then after 6 months it happened for the first time. When I ordered my next 6 month supply of contacts I just bumped the power to -3.50 and -3.25 with mixed emotions. I somehow thought I could have used some more power at lectures, because I again saw a little blurry in the distance. But somehow maybe I just wanted to think I needed more power. When they came, I loved the crispness of vision I had.

This lovely crispness is to blame I did it again for my next order 6 months later. Then after about 3 months or so in my -4.00 contacts I finally decided I would buy some fine glasses. So after some time of fear and shame showing my -4.25 (couldn't resist) tortoise shell glasses I finally was at the point I could easily sport my glasses showing I really need them and still feeling they fit my style. However, because I am sporty and also having lots of lab work I still like contacts for those tasks.

You can easily guess I ordered them with -4.50 the last time and I think maybe next time or that one after the next it's -5.00 with some nice glasses on top. I am already maybe fantasizing my glasses are a little too weak right now. The crispness of slight over-correction I've grown to love so much is long gone for sure.

I don't really think I have induced myopia, because all increases felt like they were needed anyway, although not as soon as I gave them to my eyes. Maybe I have just catalyzed what was going on anyway. I still have mixed feelings seeing people with stronger glasses than mine. I feel kinda jealous, but am also thankful I can function at least a bit without glasses. However, in about 3 years of studies I have grown more myopic at a much faster pace than in my whole childhood, so I guess I'm the antithesis to the general expectations of myopia progression.

I'm already looking forward to getting those -5.xx glasses. It feels like a target to aim, but I somehow fear I can't stop there. Time will tell if I will become even more short-sighted I guess. A part of me wouldn't hate it.

Kate 06 Jan 2013, 10:41

Cactus Jack,

Thanks for your reply. My prescription is currently L: -10.50 +2.50 x 130, R: -9.00 +2.50 x 110. I'm not sure about the exact numbers from my last few prescriptions but my eyes stopped getting worse when I was 21. I think I was around -8 when I graduated high school.

I'm in my 5th month. Haven't noticed any changes since the pregnancy.

Apparently women who are nearsighted are at risk of retinal detachments when going through with natural birth. I heard this from a friend who is -7 herself.

I'm worried because I know that my high prescription already puts me at an increased risk of detachments without having the pregnancy stuff on top of it.

Cactus Jack 05 Jan 2013, 17:14


It is not unusual for pregnancy to cause an increase in myopia. Apparently, the hormones that are active during the gestational period stimulate the production of growth hormones that affect the eye. I have never heard that the birth itself, is in any way a factor in the increase.

Perhaps a little more information would helpful.

1. What is your current prescription?

2. What was your two most recent prescriptions and when did you get them? My question is to try to ascertain your rate of increase before you became pregnant.

3. How far along are you in the pregnancy.

4. Have you noticed any vision changes since becoming pregnant?

It is possible that at 26 your vision has stabilized to some extent. Genetics are in charge.


Kate 05 Jan 2013, 16:36

Hi guys,

I'm a pregnant 26 year old and I have heard from a friend that if you're nearsighted, you can't have a natural birth as it may further ruin your vision? I'm quite nearsighted (i need to wear my glasses or contacts to find my glasses and contacts!), so does this rule me out?

Soundmanpt 31 Dec 2012, 22:18


There seems to be some confusion. I am not understanding what your asking about whats the longest of keeping the same prescription in your glasses is the way i read your question. And you just got an exam and you needed an increase of -.75 I think your saying only in your cyl of one eye? Your now 26 years old but you didn't say when you had your previous exam so it is hard to say if that is much or not. If it has been several years and that is the only increase I think that is more than reasonable. Being 26 doesn't mean your eyes become automaticly stable and besides if your last exam was when you were 21 you were still very much still in the area of change.

Trent 31 Dec 2012, 19:34


Vicky's case is not unique, I'm in my 50's and my Rx increased -0.5 diopters. A lot depends on when you get your eyes tested. On vacation I found my vision so blurry that I had trouble driving at night. Fearing that I had a problem with my eyes an eye test revealed I simply needed more power. Being away from continuous close work for a few days gave my eyes muscles a chance to relax let the lens return to it's natural state.

Likelenses 31 Dec 2012, 01:03


That is a pretty hefty increase at 26 years of age.

When did you first get glasses,and what was the first prescription?

Your vision with your old glasses was most likely 20/40 ,or less.

Likelenses 31 Dec 2012, 00:59


Most text books on optometry advise that if the Cylinder is .75 or more in the better eye that the glasses should be worn full time.

Since this is where you are at, you would be best to wear them full time.

Cactus Jack 30 Dec 2012, 20:25


Yes it does, but you may have to work with the examiner to derive the benefits of the test.

The test is used to try to confirm that the prescription is not a step (+/- 0.25 diopters) or so off. The way it works is to compare the clarity of the letters or symbols against a green and red background simultaneously. The reason it works is that the various colors of the spectrum actually focus at slightly different distances and require slightly different lens powers to focus perfectly because of their different wave lengths.

White light is made up of all colors of the spectrum. The visible spectrum ranges from violet at the short end followed by Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red at the long end. The ideal test would be a Violet or Blue/Red test, but Black letters or symbols are very hard to see against a Violet or Blue background, so Green/Red is used and it gives satisfactory results.

In your situation, you might explain to the examiner about your inability to see Red and describe what you see as left and right rectangles. If you can see the black letters or symbols against the left and right rectangles, you may be able to judge the difference in sharpness or contrast, but I suspect it may be difficult. Sometimes the examiner can look into your eyes using a retinoscope or opthalmoscope and see the images projected on your retina clearly enough to judge when the prescription is very close.

However, you may have to be the best judge of the clarity and sharpness of the smallest line of letters against a white background and select the lens you like best.

May I ask your prescription?


vicky 30 Dec 2012, 20:22

whats the longest a person has had the same glasses lenses? i just had my eyes tested need new glasses again -6.25 -0.75 170 -6.00 -0.50 165

been told must wear up to date lenses for driving. increase of -0.75 im 26

Soundmanpt 30 Dec 2012, 13:21


Looking back I see you ordered your glasses on the Dec 20th o I would say you will get them by Jan 4th. often times they will send you an email letting you know they have shipped and then you know they should arrive in few days.

When they arrive if they feel like they need any adjusting to fit your face better you can take them to any optical shop and they will gladly fit them for you at no charge. But to be honest having ordered many hundreds of glasses from Zenni I have had to do very little in fitting them when they arrive.

I'm sure you will keep us up to date when they arrive?

Soundmanpt 30 Dec 2012, 13:08


I hope you returned to where you got your eyes examined for glasses at most recently? Most places if you come back within a couple of months will only charge the difference between what they charge for a glasses exam and what they charge for a contact exam and fitting.

Once you have gotten contacts and they are comfortable and working well for you, you may want to check out when you need to reorder more contacts. they are less expensive than many others including 1-800-contacts. and they have the very same brands that your doctor will be trialing you with.

nora 30 Dec 2012, 12:53

Hi I just thought I would write up an update on the glasses I have ordered from zenni optical. I logged in to my account and it went from saying order processing to order complete, I am guessing I will get them just after the new year now. I went for a contact lens assessment today in the hope to go for monthly contacts so that I can wear them most days however got told that my eyes are dry and that she would only try me on daily disposbables, I booked the appointment hoping to go away with them today, but it turned out they mucked up the appointment-thinking I was already a contact lens wearer, and didnt arrange for anyone to show me how to put thme in and out so have to go back again next week, bit disappointing really as i clearly said I would like to try contact lenses!

James 30 Dec 2012, 08:58


I'm seriously colour-blind (Red mainly but it also makes all blue colours looks blue so i avoid things like purple, mauve etc)

When the optician asks about the red and green rectangles with the black circles, I can only see a grey-green-rectangle and a nother rectangle that looks "very dark grey"

Does the point of this part of the eye test work for me?

R 30 Dec 2012, 03:58

Thanks very much for the advice cactus jack. Picked up my glasses yesterday and everything is so much clearer than with my old - 1 prescription. One of the first things I noticed was some writing on the desk of my opticians office was noticeably clearer with them on. Had them for just under 24 hours. Not quite wearing them for time but wearing them lots.

Cactus Jack 27 Dec 2012, 13:19


Not really odd or unusual. It depends on the time interval between the two prescriptions. The primary difference is the astigmatism as indicated by the 2nd and 3rd numbers in the prescription. Typically, astigmatism develops and changes very slowly. With a low, sphere only prescription, glasses wear is often somewhat optional except when you need to see clearly beyond 1 meter in the case of a -1.00 prescription, such as when driving. Unfortunately, astigmatism affects vision at all distances and is particularly annoying without correction when you need to read small text. The "proof of the pudding" in this case is your visual comfort when wearing your glasses. Try them full time for a few days and then decide if you need to wear them for more than just distance.

BTW, determining the cylinder and axis is a very subjective process and its accuracy depends very much on your skills at detecting relative degrees of blurriness between two lens options. I suggest that you look an some posts on the Astigmatism thread for some tips on getting the most accurate prescription when astigmatism is involved.


R 27 Dec 2012, 11:57

Hi, just had a very odd change of prescription. From - 1 in both eyes to - 0.75, - 0.75 x 90. And - 0.75, - 0.75 x 80. So far I have only used glasses for distance. What do you recommend from now on?

TheBrit 27 Dec 2012, 04:02

Thankyou CJ for your detailed info...Yes my eyes turn in slightly. I also forgot to mention that I tried a friends glasses with a similar prescription to mine with BO 5 or so. Although they were not correct they improved my situation quite a bit, & they did'nt seem so difficult to use.

I will contact my eye Dr next week to schedule a control & thereafter I hope Prism lenses??? will keep you updated

Cactus Jack 26 Dec 2012, 09:21


I forgot to ask if you could tell if your double vision was being caused by your eyes trying to turn inward or outward. For now, I will assume that your eyes are trying to turn inward.

It is not unusual for people with hyperopia or long sightedness to have some problems with double vision. The cause is a very strong interconnection in your brain between the eye muscle control system and the focus control system which controls the ciliary muscles for focusing close.

A younger person, who has a distance prescription of 0.00 and has not developed significant presbyopia, has the internal ability to focus close for reading or other close activities by using their ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to add whatever plus is needed to focus close. When focusing close, it is also necessary for the eyes to converge or turn inward to AVOID seeing double. The interconnection mentioned above automatically provides the focus/convergence response to keep close images focused and fused.

Without correction, when a person with hyperopia tries to add internal plus to focus clearly for distance, the focus/convergence interconnection causes the eye muscles to converge and double vision results. If you tried to read without correction or an add, the convergence response would be even greater. When you add presbyopia where there is little or no remaining ability to add plus internally, the problem gets even worse because no matter how hard you try to focus, you simply cannot and often that effort causes more convergence.

To some extent, the focus/convergence response is a “learned” response and sometimes with conscious effort, you can overcome the convergence response, but it depends on the strength of the connection.

Sometimes, double vision is caused by muscle imbalance. Each eye is equipped with 3 pairs of muscles that control eye movement left-right, up-down, and obliquely. They are designed to work in opposition. If one muscle of the pair is stronger than the other, it will tend to pull the eye in the direction of the stronger muscle. Other times, double vision is caused by problems in the muscle control system in the brain or problems with the nerves that go from the brain to the muscles. The programming of the control system is very interesting, you can move your eyes in tandem left, right, up or down. You can move your eyes inward individually to converge, but most people cannot cause their eyes to diverge (turn outward) voluntarily.

In the case of muscle imbalance where the inside muscles are stronger than the outside muscles, you can expend effort and energy to overcome the tendency to converge, but after a while, the outside muscles will get tired and the inside muscles will win. Divergence can occur if the imbalance is caused by the outside muscle being the stronger.

The “easy” solution for double vision where the eyes tend to converge is Base Out (BO) prism in each eye. If they tend to diverge, Base In (BI) prism is used. Base Up or Base Down prism are used for imbalance of the vertical control muscles and a combination is used for the oblique muscles. However, prism can be very complex and it can be difficult to find an Eye Care Professional (ECP) who is willing to help with it.

An Ophthalmologist who specialized in double vision problems is called a Pediatric Ophthalmologist. The name notwithstanding, they also treat adults.

Did you discover the simple test I described for measuring the prism number using “calibrated” an adding machine paper strip? That simple test will give you an idea of the magnitude of the problem.

I hope the explanation above is helpful, but I only addressed one situation requiring prism correction. If that does not fit your situation or if it was not clear, please let me know.

I really think you need to find another ECP who is not reluctant to help you with prism correction. It is probable that muscle surgery may be recommended. It seems to work OK with young children, but my experience and others, as adults, have not been pleased with the long term outcomes.


TheBrit 26 Dec 2012, 01:09

Thankyou CJ,Clare,&Helpful for your replies & supportive advice.

I am 68 & my prescription is as follows

RO: +2.75 /+0.50 / 10°

LO/ +2.25 /+0.75 /170°


I read the various articles you gave the link to & most people said the clarity of vision was excellent,but prism lenses just took a little more time to adjust too. Regarding lenses thickness created by prisms..this really is not a problem to me. Look forward to your advice.

helpful 24 Dec 2012, 10:38

The Brit

I can only speak of my experience over a good number of years something like 10/12 years. Started vertical prisms that is up and down not the Base Out or In type and have gone fron 2 to 3.5 each eye in that time wearing a plus prescription. The average person has no idea I have them. Eye problems is what your optican is suppose to correct so what if not prism is she proposing to do. Doing nothing is not the answer and talk about becoming dependant etc is exactly what you have with glasses. Why not if it is the answer. Rather than suffering more discomfort get them!!! I think you should change your optican you have had trouble lomg enough. She does not get the headaches strain etc.

In fairness base Out & In may change more but your problem will not go away - it is just as likely to get worse doing nothing

Cactus Jack 24 Dec 2012, 09:00


I have written many posts about the pros and cons of prism correction both here and at Unfortunately, I need to be off line for a few days. I will try to help you understand your double vision when I return on the 26th or 27th.

Could you provide the following information, please.

1. Your age

2. Your complete prescription


Clare 24 Dec 2012, 08:02

TheBrit - I don't have prism in my prescription and can only offer what I've read. Do you wear glasses fulltime? If you do and you still have trouble when tired then prism would no doubt be of benefit. If you already wear glasses fulltime then I can't see why prism would be a disadvantage, if you don't currently wear fulltime then I've heard that once you have it you really do become dependent. Maybe that's why your optician is against them.

TheBrit 24 Dec 2012, 07:29

I have worn glasses for many years.My prescription is plus but I have problems with double vision without glasses & also when tired with glasses on. Sometime ago my previous optician said prism lenses could help me. Now with the situation a little worse, I asked my current optician about prism lenses. She is against them, & said once you have them its difficult to go back to normal lenses. Any suggestions on my situation would be appreciated please

aviator -oo- 24 Dec 2012, 03:25

I am in the UK, and my last few Zenni orders have arrived exactly 7 days after placing the order, which I think is fantastic considering that they are coming from China. Zenni are the best value on-line supplier of RX glasses I know of, unless someone can tell me otherwise. Their prices make it possible to order rx glasses at no more than the cost of sunglasses, and accumulate a 'wardrobe' of different frames for different moods, occasions or looks.

Soundmanpt 23 Dec 2012, 18:26


Astigmaphile is about right. They are very good about delivering in 2 weeks and often times sooner. May I ask what part of the world are yo in? I think someone in the UK said that it can sometimes take a day or 2 longer.

Judging by your description of yourself your glasses should look very nice on you.

Do you think you will have any trouble getting used to wearing them? Or maybe I should ask if you kinda nervous about wearing glasses around your friends and family for the first time?

Most everyone that has ever gotten glasses has had to go through the same thing and they all said the fear was much worse than it turned out to be. Of course the first times your seen wearing glasses some will make comments but most all will be complements.

You will be amazzed at how clear and sharp everything will look to you from the first minute you put them on.

astigmaphile 23 Dec 2012, 17:42

I have two pairs of glasses from Zenni and both arrived in about ten days. I am in California, USA

nora 23 Dec 2012, 17:33

Hi thank you cactus jack and soundmanpt for your advice about the new glasses. How quick are zenni usually at getting glasses .ade and sent out. I too am looking forward to sereing what i loook like in the rayban stlyle glasses. I have a choppy pixie hairstyle with brown hair and slightly olive skin.

Cactus Jack 23 Dec 2012, 11:07


Wood fibers are surprisingly abrasive. Cotton fibers are much softer and dampened lens cloth is even better. You have the ability to heal and your skin is being constantly worn away and replaced as a natural process. Plastic lenses, anti-scratch coatings, and anti-reflective coatings have no such ability. Given time and enough cleanings, the surfaces of glasses and the various coatings can get microscopic scratches. Even water can wear away stone, but it takes a long time.


Carrie 23 Dec 2012, 09:29

I don't think that's a stupid question. I was actually thinking the same thing.

Emiphowzern 23 Dec 2012, 08:44

Stupid question, but why is it considered appropriate to use something "made from wood" to blow my sensitive nose when I have a severe cold, or to wipe the feces from my soft, gentle anus, but inappropriate to use those same materials on such condensed, lab toughened materials like eyeglass lenses? That makes no sense! Surely you must agree that our asses and noses are much more sensitive but these materials pose no problems whatsoever to them! Are you sure you aren't referring to the coatings, not the lenses themselves?

Cactus Jack 21 Dec 2012, 10:23


Soundmanpt has been giving you some excellent advice and it sounds like you are going to save some significant money ordering glasses online. If you are concerned about the accuracy of your PD measurement, I would like to offer a slightly different technique that can help you confirm your PD.

Again, using the bathroom mirror and a mm ruler, measure the distance from the center of your nose to the center of each pupil, individually. Then, add the two numbers together for the actual PD. Do this three times and average the PDs for the final number. Sometimes, this is a little easier, when measuring your own PD, than measuring the total distance between the pupils with one measurement. Either technique will work fine and I suspect there will be very little difference between your results, but it may ease your concerns - sort of a second opinion.


Soundmanpt 21 Dec 2012, 01:03


Oh and I would say 60 is a probably about right for your PD. It is generally somewhere between 58 and 62 for most ladies. Again even if it off a tiny bit it shouldn't make any difference.

Soundmanpt 21 Dec 2012, 01:00


John S. is correct about taking special care when you clean your glasses and using water is a good idea or even better is to stop at most stores and purchase a small bottle of lens cleaner. Your glasses will come with a nice micro cleaner to clean your lenses. I don't however agree with him about getting just regular CR-39 lenses without a coating. If you have ever seen pictures of friends that wear glasses and instead of being able to see their eyes you see 2 white spots that is what happens without AR coating. Also it will eleminate glare for you as well. One thing to remember is that you never want to use anything that is made from wood to clean your glasses (and that is for any glasses with or without AR coating) products such as paper towels, and tissue are never to be used to clean your lenses. Something I have suggested numerous times in here that works very well is a cloth new baby diaper which can be cut into many small pieces and is much cheaper than buying a micro cloth.

Your more than welcome for the help and I am sure you will love your glasses when they arrive. That bigger Ray-Ban style is very popular with many young ladies these days and you should not hesitate in wearing them when you get them.

John S 20 Dec 2012, 19:08


AR shows more fingerprints than a non-coated lens. They also scratch much easier. You should never wipe the lenses with a cleaning cloth without dipping them in water first. You can also wash them under tap water.

If there is any dirt, it can put scratches on the lenses when you clean them.

There is something to be said for good old CR-39 lenses.

nora 20 Dec 2012, 18:01

hi soundmanpt, thank you very much for your post, it is great having someone on here that knows so much. I have gone for it and ordered 2 frames from them, 1- rayban type style in brown as im thinking if im going to wear them a lot i want to make a fashion statement with them and i got a slightly tamer less conscipious deep red rectangualr metal frame in case i chicken out on wearing the rayban esque frames! I am very suprised at how cheap it is! if i got those 2 frames from whre I had my eyes tested, it would set me back at least £150 if not more! I measured my pd and i think it turned out to be 60, i hope it is right, In the end I went for the premium AR -oeleophobic as I rationalised that because im not used to wearing glasses, i think it will drive me up the wall if i see finger print marks! i have gone for standard shipping so they should arrive within 7-14 days,

Soundmanpt 19 Dec 2012, 19:31


There is only one thing that you didn't ask about and I will do my best to help you with this as well. Without seeing your face shape or size I can only assume your average size. If people tell you that you have a large face then you may need to take that into consideration. I can tell you that most everyone i have ever ordered glasses for wears glasses that are not wider than around 131 millimeters across the face. Meaning when you pick something out, click on it as if your placing an order, it will then show you all the sizes of that frame. It will show the height of the lenses, the width of the lenses the width of the bridge (across the nose, the temples length (arms) and the most important one is the overall width or from out side edge to outside edge. I think you should probably look for glasses that are between 128 and 131 millimeters. Of course just be very careful with filling in the blanks when your entering your prescription. But I can tell you i have had many of my friends order their own glasses without any help from me.

Just being curious, which one or ones have you picked out that you like? What is the number?

Soundmanpt 19 Dec 2012, 19:21


Sure I think I can help you with doing that. First off yes I think most optical shops will provide you with your PD measurement, but just in case they don't it is very easy to get it yourself. If you need to do it yourself simply find a ruler that has millimeters on it. Now looking directly ahead and into a decent size bathroom mirror measure from the center of your pupil ( the small dark circle in the middle of your eye) on the left to the center of your right pupil. Because your prescription isn't that strong even if your slightly off it won't be a problem. The other option or maybe even as a second check is to have someone else measure for you.

One thing I do suggest is that there is an option for AR coatings (anti-reflective) and I really think this is very useful to most everyone. They offer 3 different versions and I am sure they are all good but for the last 10 years that I have been ordering from them I only get the one that is $4.95 and everyone that I place orders for likes it quite well.

The last thing you asked about is which lenses do you want to ask for. That is simple you of course will click on for single vision lenses and then where it offers the long menu of options you want the 2 nd one down the 1.56 lens which there is no additional charge for. Your lenses will not be thick at all so no need for any of the hi index options.

I will continue

nora 19 Dec 2012, 15:23

Soundmanpt, I have just had a look at the website you recommended, very impressed with the prices and the frames seem ok, I am considering ordering a pair,

I have a few questions

Can I request the optician to write down my Pupillary distance on my pescription if I take it in to them?

what type of lens do i need, there is standard, mid and high index.

nora 19 Dec 2012, 15:22

Soundmanpt, I have just had a look at the website you recommended, very impressed with the prices and the frames seem ok, I am considering ordering a pair,

I have a few questions

Can I request the optician to write down my Pupillary distance on my pescription if I take it in to them?

what type of lens do i need, there is standard, mid and high index.

Soundmanpt 18 Dec 2012, 18:16

Oops! I just noticed you posted your left eye first which is okay only reverse what i said about your prescription.

Soundmanpt 18 Dec 2012, 18:15


Thanks for posting your prescription in the correct form. When you take your astigmatism into consideration your eyes are close to seeing the same. Your right eye with cyl comes out more like -1.25 and of course your left is a -1.50. You definatly need to get glasses for driving. By all legal standards you would be considered unsafe to drive a car. If you first now taking the driving test you would fail due to poor vision. So I understand that at this time of the year money is short due to Christmas, but as soon as you can afford it do make it a top thing to do and get your glasses ordered. I have to tell you your doctor is correct that you may, and should quickly find that you will need your glasses for much more than driving. You are at least on the borderline of needing them full time even though i'm sure you feel differently. I think you will be amazed at how much better you can see with your glasses when you get them.

Not sure if this will help you very much but I can tell you that Cactus Jack, and others besides myself highly recommend getting glasses on line as they are much, much cheaper that way and the quality is very good as well as the styles. Look at"" and see for yourself. But you have the main thing you need and that is your prescription. By the way you can get your glasses for as little as $6.95 up to around $40.00. They are international and ship everywhere.

nora 18 Dec 2012, 16:07

it is my first prescription as the last time I went for an eyetest was when I was aboout 12 -so many many years ago!

the prescription comes out like this

Left- -1.00 SPH, CYL -.50 AXIS 45

Right -1.50 SPH, CYL -.25 AXIS 34

Yes you are right I did panic and was worried that my answers were somehow incorrect and that I wasnt listening to her properly, but in the end I said what i saw rather than getting stressed out over it

I didnt have time to choose glasses, tthe reccomendation was that I definitely get them for driving and she said you might find you like to wear them more often.

so i will return there and have a look at frames when I have more time available, its lookng like it will be after chrstmas now though

Soundmanpt 18 Dec 2012, 15:47


it appears you have all the numbers that are your prescription but they seem pretty random? Could you maybe put them as they appear on your script sheet? It seems like fom the numbers given you are nearsighted (short) with a small amount of cyl or astigmatism as well. Is this your first ever glasses that your getting? Cactus Jack did an excellent job of describing what the green and red means. I would say simply put it is like fine tuning a radio. I'm sure your doctor was able to get a rather close prescription for your eyes but with these questions he can fine tune and make it even a little sharper for you. Too many people panic when asked those questions instead of just relaxing and saying what comes natural when asked which looks better. And it isn't wrong to say they look the same to you.

Did you pick a frame/ When do you get your glasses? Are you excited about getting them or a bit scared?

nora 18 Dec 2012, 15:13

hi cactus jack- the test you described happened at the end there was a set of circles half on red background and half on green background,. but the other test they did, was when they were flipping lenses in that machine that had a red/green tint around the lenses whilst looking at a cluster of dots on a white background,

also the optician was saying well done, when i chose certain colours,do other opticians do this -give you praise as i didnt really think i was doing anyything right as she kept pressing me for an answer! , at one point i could make my mind up at some point and just said do i have to make a choice as she kept going red/or green, then she siad ohh you must tell me if they are equally clear, it was all quite confusing,

Cactus Jack 18 Dec 2012, 13:53


It sounds like you had a very through eye exam. The red/green test is used to double check your prescription. The final part of an eye exam is very subjective, that is when you have to tell the examiner what you see because they have no way of telling exactly how clear your vision really is.

The red/green test takes advantage of some of the properties of light to check the accuracy of the lens combination in the machine. Lenses bend light rays and the initial parts of the exam are done using white light and black letters. White light contains all colors of the spectrum. Red light is at one end of the spectrum and Blue or Violet is at the other end. Green is toward the Blue end of the spectrum. However, Black letters are hard to see against a Blue or Violet background, but Green works well, so that is the color that is used. Lenses bend or focus light by slightly different amounts depending on the color. The Red/GReen test allows you to make an easy comparison of the focus of the Black letters or symbols against two different background colors. When you tell the examiner which color that is the clearest, they know that the lens power in the machine is too weak or too strong and can adjust it accordingly. When both are equally clear, the prescription is just right..

By the way, the machine is called a Phropter and it is designed to replace several hundred individual lenses in a trial lens set and what is called a trial lens frame. Using the Phropter is much more efficient for the examiner than dealing with individual lenses.

Hope this helps.


antonio-o 17 Dec 2012, 14:34

hi Nora,

I´m not an expert on eyetests, but I guess

that green red test is to determine whether the lenses you have in the end of the test in front of your eyes are exactly what you see best with or still need to be a bit stronger or weaker.

If you like you can discuss with me and others on lenschat


best regards, antonio-o

nora 17 Dec 2012, 14:02

I have recently had an eyetest, I thought that my eyesight was ok, I explained that it only seems to be at night time where I struggle to see clearly, I ended up with a -1.00 and -1.50 with some other numbers, like 34 and 45 -.50 and -.25 prescroption I was prety shocked when she removed them as I saw the screen with the letters on as pretty fuzzy. I had that big machine over my eyes with 2 lenses for me to look through and the optician kept flipping the lesnes in the machine, at one point when she was flipping the lenes, she was asking me whether the red or the green lens was making a cluster of dots clearer, the lenses had a tint of colour around the outside edge of them. Does anyone know what that test was all about as it kept going on for ages and at points I really couldnt tell the difference between them!

Cactus Jack 15 Dec 2012, 08:51


Good to hear that it was nothing serious. One of the reasons I reacted as strongly as I did was that it was apparent that you were new to wearing contact lenses and possibly were not aware of what could wrong. Often the symptoms of minor irritation and a serious issue are almost the same. While your cornea does not have a blood supply, it does have nerves and unexplained pain needs to be investigated.

Did they make any changes, other than the slight change in your prescription, or offer any suggestions regarding wearing time or ways to minimize the irritation you mentioned previously?

One thing I forgot to mention if you decide to occasionally give your eyes a rest and wear your glasses, perhaps on the weekends. The perfect excuse, if anyone make a comment about your glasses, is that you are giving your eyes a rest from your contacts or that you are having some minor problems with your contacts. That usually ends all discussions.

If you ever decide that you would like to order high quality, low cost glasses on line, we will be happy to teach you how. It is really easy and even people in the optical business do it for their personal glasses. All you need is your complete glasses prescription and your pupilary distance (PD). Your PD is probably not on your written prescription, but you can measure it easily with a mm rule and a bathroom mirror. You can also order brand name contacts on line. All you need is the information on the box. Brand, power, base curve, and diameter.


Rex 15 Dec 2012, 05:27

Got checked- no damage but prescription increased by -0.25 in each eye!

Got eyetest originally as faces, signs and PowerPoint presentations were getting hard to make out

Cactus Jack 15 Dec 2012, 04:34


Given time, your brain will relearn how to deal with the blurry images and you will think that what you are seeing is good vision again. However, the problem will be that you have experienced good distance vision and it will be difficult for your brain to not remember what it is like to work with high quality images from your eyes.

The brain is very good at creating images even when no image is present. Ever had a dream? Ever heard of a hallucination? (Hopefully you have not had many of those.) You brain can create images even with your eyes closed.

Some things to understand. Contacts or glasses really did not make your vision worse, even though right now you think it did. A prescription of -1.00 means that everything beyond 1 meter (39.37 inches) is increasingly blurry without correction. In a familiar environment, you can probably function quite well without correction, unless you need to drive.

With only -1.00 of refractive error, you probably could have improved the clarity of images by squinting, without even thinking about it. Maybe enough to read a menu board, bus number or train number in bright light with large letters. In bright light, your iris closes down, which has the same effect on focus as a high f stop on a professional camera or looking through a button hole. This is called the pin hole effect - try it with a button, in a well lit area. If you are not wearing your contacts and don't want to be seen in glasses, consider carrying a large coat button with several holes. If you can't read a menu board or recognize a customer, just hold up the button and look through the holes. No one will notice that, like they would if you were squinting or wearing glasses and your secret will be safe. In dim light, your iris opens up and you probably can't recognize a familiar face across the street without lots of effort.

I was serious about seeing your Eye Care Professional. You may need to try a different brand or type of contacts - one "size" of contacts does not fit all. Your eyes are telling you that something is wrong and you need to find out exactly what it is. The solution may be as simple as occasional drops of lubricating artificial tears. Part of your fees included teaching you how to care for your CLs and followup visits to make sure the CLs fit properly over time and in your environment. If your ECP does not seem interested in your problem, find one that is interested, without delay.

The cornea DOES NOT have a blood supply. It must depend on tears to keep it lubricated and moist. The cornea gets it oxygen from the air. Modern soft contacts do allow moisture and oxygen to get through them, but they need to fit correctly (the base curve number) to allow tears to circulate under them. Contacts should actually move around some as you blink and float on a thin tear film. Some people do not produce enough tears to keep CLs properly moist and lubricated.

If you develop corneal ulcers from improper fitting, wear, or care, you will rue the day you ever heard of contact lenses. I am not trying to scare you. millions of people wear contacts, all day, every day, without problems. You can be one of them, but there is much more to wearing contacts than just putting them in and forgetting them.

Could I ask you a question? Why did you get an eye exam and glasses/contacts a few months ago?


Rex 15 Dec 2012, 00:09

Oh and just -1.00 contacts

Rex 15 Dec 2012, 00:07

Live in London. Work in sales, mixed close work and out and about. Been working very late.

Eyes settled down out of contacts quickly but without glasses can't focus on tv or read signs that I could see few months ago.

Will this improve in time, or do I just need to accept and wear glasses much more? I do enjoy correction I have had with contacts, but feel that fulltime contacts have speeded up dependency as concerned.

Cactus Jack 14 Dec 2012, 23:16


Vision correction is NEVER a mistake. You probably have been wearing your contacts too much and if you live in the northern hemisphere, winter and low humidity are not helping. Your eyes need a rest.

The reason you think the contacts have made your vision worse is really pretty simple. Vision occurs in the brain and the eyes are merely biological cameras. The brain is amazingly clever at correcting blurry images IF it knows what something is supposed to look like. However, it takes a lot of work and effort. When you wear vision correction, your eyes are providing clear, sharp images to your brain that require little or no extra work and your brain quickly gets used to that happy situation. Be thankful that so far, your brain is just not trying to correct the images. Often, the brain will rebel at having to go back to work with splitting headaches.

You need to stop the vanity crap. Glasses and contacts are simply tools to correct your vision, nothing more. In many ways, they are similar to other tools you may find useful. You don't HAVE to wear shoes, but they are much more comfortable than going barefoot on a rocky path.

If you are worried about what other people will think about your wearing glasses, it really is none of their concern. You wear glasses for your benefit, not for theirs. Also, they notice a person struggling to read menu boards etc. more than they notice a person's glasses. Comments last a day or two maybe, but then only when you change frames.

May I as where you live, your age and your prescription?

Also, you should probably see your Eye Care Professional IMMEDIATELY (today if possible, but no later than tomorrow) about the eye irritation. There could be other things going on that could permanently damage your corneas to where you would have no choice but to wear glasses. Corneal damage is very slow to heal. Better safe than sorry.


Rex 14 Dec 2012, 21:51

Thought I had mild myopia?! Have worn contacts most days for less than 2 months and stopped yesterday as had sore eyes but now can't even see large tv ads! Feel eyes have got so much worse! And embaressed to wear glasses as no one except girlfriend has seen them! Have contacts been a mistake? Only had eyetest few months ago- should I get another one or just try wearing glasses more?

Likelenses 05 Dec 2012, 23:41


OK, so we both are single, both are OO,and both wear glasses.

Let's go out on a date,and you wear glasses.I do all the time.

It may be fun to go somewhere visually demanding.Perhaps the back row of a sporting event,or a movie.I would have to squint,do you think you would also?

Later on we could swap glasses for a bit,but neither of us would be able to see much,Have you ever had a pair of minus nine on?

Melyssa 05 Dec 2012, 06:38


Whether you wear glasses or contacts, you will be much better off than going bare-eyed. Contacts have never been an option for me, and I wore my glasses at my wedding because (A) I've worn them since about age 8, (2) everyone knows I wear glasses, and (Third) being that it was the happiest day of my life, I wanted to see everything clearly -- especially the happy (and in some cases, relieved -- LOL) looks on the guests and especially my husband. He and I each wore glasses the entire time, even for the photographs.

Soundmanpt 04 Dec 2012, 17:11


I kinda thought you didn't plan on wearing your glasses for the wedding and certainly no one can argue that. Looks like contacts are the answer for you then. You certainly want to be able to see everything that's going on around you clearly and without your glasses or contacts that won't happen. But I do suggest leaving enough time so that you get used to putting them in and taking them out and so your eyes aren't red at first.

It's easy to tell your not to crazy about wearing glasses so contacts may well be the perfect answer for you. I think that is a much better idea than trying to do the on and off thing with your glasses. At least you will be getting the full time correction you really need.

Loren 04 Dec 2012, 15:03

Thanks all. Wearing glasses for the wedding is not an option so I think I will have to arrange to trial some contact lenses. I'm not too squeamish so hopefully will find them OK to get on with. The opticians is close to where I work so can pop in.

Loren 04 Dec 2012, 15:02

Thanks all. Wearing glasses for the wedding is not an option so I think I will have to arrange to trial some contact lenses. I'm not too squeamish so hopefully will find them OK to get on with. The opticians is close to where I work so can pop in.

Soundmanpt 04 Dec 2012, 10:27


I'm sorry as you must think we are ganging up and picking on you. And you have been very honest in your feelings about wearing your glasses, or not.

You commented that you don't want to become dependent on your glasses because you can still see well enough to do lots of everyday tasks and that is very true, i'm sure you can. If your wanting to read or do other close things you should be able to do that without your glasses if you choose to or if cooking in your kitchen you should be fine as well. You said you don't want to have to wear them when socializing, this is more tricky, much like what happened when you gave your talk. You need your glasses if walking around the room so you can make out the faces of others at the gathering without squinting. But once your seated at a table with friends if you prefer to take off your glasses that should work okay for you as well.

First off congratulations on getting married next year. I'm sure you will be a beautiful bride with or without your glasses. Something you may want to take a look at is a website, I thinks called "Brides with Glasses" or something like that. Besides many pictures of brides wearing glasses comments below may be helpful from ones that got married and ones that were to get married yet. Very much like the sitiuation you have. You know if you were getting married tomorrow you would not be able to see clearly. One possible solution would be to wear your glasses for what you can't see and take them off for some of the pictures. that way you will have pictures both ways. Or of course get contacts only be sure to get them a month or 2 before the wedding so you get used to them.

I can tell you now you won't be able to get by without squinting if your not wearing your glasses. It is a natural reaction if you go to look at something away from you, you will automaticly squint. Just like your boss caught you doing at the talk.

varifocals 04 Dec 2012, 05:54


I know I have told this story before on this topic but dont go bare eyed on your wedding day it can be a disaster.

There is no problem anyway with nice glasses.

friend of mine, a long time glasses wearer was nagged by her mother not to wear her glasses on her wedding day, so she did not.

Her husband wore glasses too anyway.

It was when she got into the car, looked out & saw the blur, panic set in.

All the wedding pictures showed her squinting badly.

Her husband was livid as he married her as she was.

Only one picture survives a close up of her face showing her brown, almond shaped myopic eyes.

So dont do it.

We married in glasses, no problem.

Enjoy the day & see clearly.

Julian 04 Dec 2012, 05:04

OK Loren, go back and say you want to try contact lenses sos that you can get married without glasses. Other wise don't kid yourself, you won't get by without squinting on the big day.

Loren 04 Dec 2012, 02:30

I'm also getting married next year and a little concerned I won't be able to see everything clearly. I wasn't offered contact lenses at my last eye test, I had been hoping I'd be able to wear them to see clearly without glasses for the day. I hope that by only wearing glasses part time I'll be able to get by OK without squinting on the wedding day!

Likelenses 04 Dec 2012, 01:33


Here is a Snellen chart.

Likelenses 04 Dec 2012, 01:30


Your vision without glasses would be about 20/200,which means that you would not be able to see the top line on a standard Snellen eye test chart.

Loren 04 Dec 2012, 01:24

You're right. I don't want to become dependent on them as I can do a lot of everyday tasks without them. I appreciate that they make everything so much clearer, but what I really want is the ability to be able to take them off and not feel too annoyed by the blur. Call me vain, but don't want to wear them socialising!

Likelenses 04 Dec 2012, 01:23


With out your glasses on ,you are putting your -1.50 ( -.50 )eye under a terrible strain. This is perhaps why there is astigmatism in that eye.

Your prescription is what is knonn as an unbalanced prescription.

Your eyes would really benefit from full time wear for both distance,and near.

Full time wear should prevent the -1.50 eye from getting worse.

Back in the 1950's thru the 70's most doctors would suggest full time wear for any minus prescription.After all it is to correct defective distance vision.Back then ,we did not see people need strong glasses as often as we do today.

Some people believe that full time wear right from the beginning prevents myopia from advancing to high prescription levels,especially with unbalanced prescriptions like yours.

Soundmanpt 03 Dec 2012, 17:39


How and when you choose to wear your glasses is really up to you, but for some reason you have this idea that your glasses are not at a strength that justifies wearing them full time. No of course there not strong, but they are not that weak either. Weak is say -.50, -.75 -1.00. But your best eye is -1.50 with astigmatism which really makes it more like -1.75.

I'm sure you can get by without them around the house and the reason is simple, your not needing to see more than a few feet or so across a room. But even for doing that your vision isn't good enough to see the time on the clock across the room. Watching TV will also mean much squinting as well. And just because your boss wears her glasses full time doesn't automaticly mean her glasses are stronger then yours. She just may find that its much better to see clearly than to be squinting constantly. Really I think the by your own admissions as to how well you could see wearing your glasses and how without them all the things you can't make at your office. Your just struggling with not wanting to become somewhat dependent on your glasses.

Loren 03 Dec 2012, 16:56


They were no comments at all really. A couple of people looked at me twic so must have realised something different. I have just taken them off and things seem about as blurry as before, although realised I can't see the clock on the other side of the room properly. It was so much nicer to be able to see clearly across our open plan office, and for once I could see whether my boss was on the phone when I aproached her office without squinting- certainly made it easier! I had a meeting with her today and noticed I felt self conscious looking her in the eye. Not sure why. She wearsglasses too, stronger than mine obviously, so did feel a fraud. Think I can do the on-off thing better now I have overcome the hurdle of wearing them all day. Tomorrow I plan not to wear them and see when it is I really need them so I can figure out my wearing habits!!

SC 03 Dec 2012, 14:56


I'm presbyopic and far-sighted. The face recongnition problem rings a bell for me. I found that when I realised I was getting a problem with distance, I had no issues with text (ie signs/boards). It was as if my eyes/brain knew it was text and out of focus so applied a bit more plus to make it readable.

Faces don't have the same set of defined features so my eyes/brain make no attempt to add the same plus - as a consequence faces are a real problem without glasses

Soundmanpt 03 Dec 2012, 14:48


It seems like you have already passed the hard things. You wore them in front of many people when you gave your talk and even before you gave your talk you said. Like your boss pointed out not sure why after wearing them for all that time that you put them on the top of your head. I think your boss was making it clear that she thinks you need to be wearing glasses all the time. Now today so far you have kept your glasses on and you admittedly are enjoying the clarity that they give you. Now i hope you continue to wear them the rest of the day including if your going out this evening and don't take them off until your ready for bed. So it would seem now that most everyone has or is getting somewhat used to seeing you wearing glasses. Is there still someone or some group that hasn't seen you wearing glasses that you need to show them off in front of? Nothing to be self conscience about now. You must be noticing that now after you have worn them a while that when you do take them off how much blurrier everything is? That is because your eyes are getting more adjusted to your glasses and they are relaxing more. You will be amazed at how after only a few days of wearing your glasses full time you won't even think about anymore.

Clare 03 Dec 2012, 13:55

Loren - the self consciousness fades sooner than you'd think. I've been wearing glasses fulltime for 3 weeks now and as far as my colleagues are concerned, that's not anything worthy of comment now. The last thing I wanted was to have to wear glasses so to say I was dreading it would be a fair assessment. Now they are used to it no-one notices and I now feel pretty confident although I plan to go back to contacts after this week.

Loren 03 Dec 2012, 13:41


Thanks - it seems I don't know anyone with a similar prescription! I've worn my glasses all day at work today to see what it would be like to wear them full time. The clarity is amazing but I've felt a little self-conscious. Not sure its going to be a permanent thing yet!

Clare 03 Dec 2012, 00:02

Loren. - a couple of examples for you:

A few years ago I worked with some who said her prescription was -2, she always came in to work wearing her glasses, would take them off at her desk and then put them on to either go elsewhere in the building or go outside at lunchtime.

A friend's husband and I got our first glasses around the same time, not long after he started to wear his glasses full time because he said his prescription was -1.75.

Soundmanpt 02 Dec 2012, 17:09


It sounds like your friend did like so many others do. For some reason some people that the over the counter reading glasses are a cure all for any vision problem they may have. That said in this case it is very hard to say since she is certainly in the age group where she may need additional help in seeing close. But it seems she also has a need for help with distance as well. Anything said in here by anyone could only be a guess. Now if by chance you can get a good look at the prescription she was given that would no doubt answer your question.

Wondering 02 Dec 2012, 16:17

A lady friend of mine recently started wearing reading glasses. She is 41. When I saw her the other day, she said she had difficulty seeing distance details. When I asked what she meant she said she can see distance ok, just not face details. She said she had and exam and was prescribed glasses but didn't get it filled yet. Any way to know if she is nearsighted or farsighted? I wonder if she will show up one day with plus or minus lenses, or even bifocals!

Andrew 02 Dec 2012, 15:08

The other interesting aspect to Astra's link is that you should be able to work out CL prescriptions from glasses prescriptions by setting the Fitted Vertx distance to zero.

Loren 02 Dec 2012, 14:48

My prescription is -1.50 -0.50 and -2.25. Obvious because its a weak prescription and secondly, because I manage fine around the house, at my desk etc. There is no need for me to wear glasses all the time at home or at work. I find the difficulty is being outside, but who puts their glasses on in their lunch hour buying a sandwich or wandering round the shops having not worn them at work all morning?! Because thats what I feel my eyes are telling me at the moment, but I wondered what other people with a similar prescription did. Everyone I know with glasses either wears them just for close work or all the time.

Julian 02 Dec 2012, 13:51

Loren: 'Obviously I don't need glasses all the time at my prescription'

What's obvious about it? For one thing (correct me if I'm wrong) you don't seem to have told us what your prescription is; for another if you can't read menu or departure boards I'd say it's obvious you DO need your glasses all the time. Think about it.

Loren 02 Dec 2012, 11:17

Thanks Cactus. I feel pretty uncomfortable wearing them (only had them for 18 months) and had actually lost my first pair and I managed without for several weeks. I must admit though that large rooms are a challenge. I can manage without them at work mostly. What is becoming annoying is that I can't read menu boards, train departure times etc without getting closer or squinting. Obviously I don't need glasses all the time at my prescription, so do most people just end up taking them on and off a lot? At the moment Im in the camp of getting closer/squinting but its not always possible!

Cactus Jack 02 Dec 2012, 09:18


I'm very glad that the talk went well and that you found your glasses helpful. I am often amazed how we think that people will notice our glasses, but will not notice that we are squinting to see a menu board or recognize a familiar face across the room. Struggling to see is VERY noticeable, even for people don't know you. I suspect that if your glasses had not been very handy, your boss would have said nothing, but would have wondered why you were not wearing them. Most bosses, if they are smart enough to be a boss, are naturally interested in efficiency and productivity. Expending effort to try to see is very inefficient and counter-productive, particularly when the tools to see clearly and effortlessly are on your forehead. Maybe, it was a subtile hint that it is OK to wear your glasses at work. People who recognize problems and take action to solve them are often considered for promotion. People who live with obvious problems and do nothing about them are usually not.


Loren 02 Dec 2012, 04:31

The talk went well. It was an afternoon event so I was at my desk most of the morning. The talk was mid way through the event and I wore my glasses all the way through as there were other speakers and slides etc. It felt good, as you said Cactus Jack, to see everybody's facial expressions. Afterwards there were drinks and by this point, I'd put my glasses on top of my head. I was stood with my boss, who suddenly said, oh look, Jim is over there. I must have squinted to see where she was pointing, because she said, 'looks like you need to put those glasses back on'. She has seen me wearing them a handful of times but never consistently so was probably surprised I'd worn them to speak. She knows I'm short sighted as I have not been able to read things in the distance a few times when I've been with her (drinks menu in starbucks last week for one!) but has never really commented that I should put glasses on before. Perhaps it is more noticeable than I realise.

Clare 02 Dec 2012, 00:55

Like lenses - right now I would. Recently I've worn them to all sorts of events I'd never have thought I would

And yes, if someone actually liked me to wear them, I'd be happy to.

Likelenses 01 Dec 2012, 23:15


Interesting ,at 100 mm, I would need 40.63

Astra 01 Dec 2012, 06:55

Using this tool we can find what rx we would need if they are placed on other distances.

for example 100 mm away, I would need -9.62 (close to -10.0)

Likelenses 30 Nov 2012, 21:36


Being a single gal,

1.Would you wear glasses out on a date?

2.Would you wear glasses on a date, if the guy also wore glasses,and ask you to wear yours?( could be kind of exciting since you are a OO )

Soundmanpt 30 Nov 2012, 10:31


You were kind of the poster girl for the "not wanting to be seen wearing glasses in public" for many years. But I have to say in the last year are so you have come a long way. Like you say, it seems its the fear of what others will say or think that is so scary for many. But it helped that you found a frame that you really liked, and that helps, and once you eventually wore your glasses out in public it turned out like you just said. the normal first time comments but it never hurts when complements are also thrown in. You didn't mention that but I am sure you had many nice comments as well as the surprise of them seeing you wearing glasses many for the first time even. Now being over that hump your much more comfortable now when you have to or even want to wear your glasses out. Nothing wrong with your first preference being contacts, but on days where they may be uncomfortable on your eyes you don't dread wearing your glasses anymore.

jr40b 30 Nov 2012, 10:29


Go see the movie "April Love" with Pat Boone from the 50's and you will know what "foxy librarian look" is. From a male that is a big compliment.

Clare 30 Nov 2012, 02:50

Having worn glasses for over a week due to contact lens issues I'd just like to reinforce what Cactus and others always say on here, which is that people may comment initially but they soon accept someone who starts wearing glasses. I had a couple of days a month ago when I wore glasses, several people made the usual comments - you're wearing glasses/I like your glasses/why are you wearing glasses - but after I answered their questions it was over. This time when I turned up in the office wearing glasses there was only a surprised comment from a close friend that I was wearing glasses and another from a colleague who described them as 'the foxy librarian look' (I'm still not sure what that means!).

So from someone who's been a dedicated contacts wearer for a number years, I'd say that people get over it really quickly. I've proved to myself that it really is less of an issue that I thought it would be - I've been to meetings, social events, a business event and interacted with most of the people I see during the day who never even knew I wore glasses.

Cactus Jack 29 Nov 2012, 02:41


I have been giving talks to audiences for so long and wearing glasses for so long, that most people would wonder who is that stranger giving this talk, we expected Cactus - particularly if they were not wearing their glasses.

The point I want to make, is that I really need to see my audience clearly so I can tell how they are reacting to what I am saying. The facial expressions can give you instant feedback and that makes the delivery more personal for everyone.

I don't know what kind of talk or what kind of audience, but I have found that being able to look anyone in the eye, not just the front row, is very important. If I may suggest, just put on your glasses Friday morning, first thing, and decide that they are no different than an attractive item of jewelry that goes with your outfit. Then, when the time comes, walk confidently to the podium and focus (pun intended) on enjoying your audience and yourself. The audience is there to HEAR what you have to say, not inspect what you are wearing - unless it is a fashion show, then I don't know what I am talking about.

Best wishes for a wonderful day on Friday. Decide it is going to be wonderful when you go to bed Thursday evening. Please tell us how it went.


Loren 29 Nov 2012, 00:53


I wouldn't drive without them, I don't feel safe. I was more commenting that vision doesn't get tested on renewal, as Andrew mentioned.

I did wear them to watch TV yesterday evening. It was nice to be able to it clearly, I must admit. Am doing a talk on friday to a large room of people where there will be questions afterwards. I think I'm going to have to wear them there as I want to be able to see the audience properly! The new frames are nicer than my old ones so here's hoping I can pluck up the courage to put them on.

Soundmanpt 28 Nov 2012, 17:25


Your in the UK and I can't say how they do things there but as I have stated several times, if you were told by your eye doctor that you need to wear correction when driving even though it isn't posted on your license it may be used against you if God forbid your involved in a serious accident. A background check of your medical records it would show up.

That said noting your prescription you would be very foolish not to wear your glasses when you drive, if not for you then certainly for others that you would be putting at risk. Aside from that it matters little to me if you never wear your glasses.

It is crazy that every country including the one I live in doesn't make a vision test necessary every 4 years and for those that are over 65 every two years. Driving with poor vision is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alchol.

Loren 28 Nov 2012, 15:56


When I first got glasses about 18 months ago, I was told not to drive until I'd got them as it would invalidate my insurance having had an eye test where I had not passed the driving standard vision test. Having lost my old glasses, I've received my new ones today. I hadn't driven in the time I didn't have a pair but it isn't on my licence so unless my vision got checked, I'm not sure who would know I was supposed to wear them.

Andrew 27 Nov 2012, 14:18


No, you don't. You need to be able to see clearly at 65 feet, but how you do it is not recorded in the UK. I passed my driving test using contact lenses, and as far as I am aware, my licence remains valid until I turn 70, when I have to undergo a medical in order to renew it. I presume a sight test is part of that.

Specs4Me 27 Nov 2012, 14:09

Just in case you are wondering, the ROT uses an "A" on their DL for "Restricted to driving with correction."

Melyssa 27 Nov 2012, 13:45

Yo Revolver,

This chick DOESN'T get out of bed in the morning without first putting on her beautiful drop-temples or cat's-eyes, whichever is on the nightstand. Then she kisses her husband and thinks to herself, "Is today still a work day?" :)

Soundmanpt 27 Nov 2012, 12:32


You didn't say it but I have to assume your license has that "B" as a restriction? Now that you know exactly what it means will you wear your glasses when you drive no matter if it day or night? I really think as your eyes get more adjusted to wearing them you will soon realize that your vision is much better when you have them on. If you feel that you can see well enough without them for other things that is certainly your option to not wear them.

Thanks for the information about the letter used in your state. it is really very strange why they don't make that something that is universal as well as manditory vision checks every few years. It is quite scary as to how many may be out there driving with poor vision.

Revolver 27 Nov 2012, 10:41

Hmmm, my license should have something on it to the effect of "hey, fatfingers, learn your keyboard so you don't send messages twice". Sorry 'bout that.

Revolver 27 Nov 2012, 10:39

Melyssa: the */1 on your license is PA code for "this chick's soooooo nearsighted she shouldn't be allowed to get out of bed in the morning without her glasses".

LOL, I hope....

Revolver 27 Nov 2012, 10:34

Melyssa: the */1 on your license is PA code for "this chick is sooooooo nearsighted she shouldn't even get out of bed in the morning without her glasses on".

LOL, I hope.....

Melyssa 27 Nov 2012, 06:38

On my PA license, which long ago had "L" in the restricted area, it now shows "*/1". I guess PennDORK has their system of codes that make little sense to regular people.

Jeanne 26 Nov 2012, 21:29

On the Illinois license the restriction for corrective lenses is "B"

Soundmanpt 26 Nov 2012, 18:49


Yes you should get get your glasses and as I also told Jeanne your vision is not nearly as good as it should be to be driving day or night without glasses anymore. Your prescription seems to be nearly the same as hers and you may have read that she didn't come close to passing the vision test and was finally told to put her glasses on.

No you don't need to go in and tell anyone that you have been prescribed glasses, but I am not sure where you reside and what the driving rules may be there. If you have to renew your drivers license at some point and they give a vision check you will no doubt not be able to pass without wearing your glasses either. But even if it never appears on your license for your own safety as well as others you really need to wear your glasses anytime your driving from now on.

I think you will be very surprised at how much clearer and sharper everything will look when you put on your glasses. You are really at a point where many would wear their glasses full time, but aside from driving that is up to you how much you wear them. But driving should not be an option.

Let us know when you get your glasses how they feel and how they help your vision.

natala 26 Nov 2012, 18:24

i was given a prescription to get glasses 3 weeks ago and still havent got any. -1.50 -0.25 125.0 -1.50 -0.25 110.0 at night is very hard to see when driving so i am going to get the glasses. do i need to let the dvla know for my licence?

Soundmanpt 26 Nov 2012, 10:43


When you failed the vision test at the DMV and the person testing you had you put your glasses on to pass it. She was telling you that you must be wearing your glasses, or contacts, from that point on when you drive not just at night. You asked what would happen if you got pulled over and you weren't wearing your glasses, well the cop would of course ask you for your drivers license and his next question would likely be asking if your wearing contacts? Now if you wonder why he / she might ask that is because there is a place on your drivers license that says "restrictions" you now have a letter either under it or next to it in Missouri it is an "A" that letter means you are restricted to wearing correction at all times while driving. Now you could take a chance and lie and say your wearing contacts but quite often they will have you remove one. The penality for driving without correction is not cheap and it will be listed as "careless and reckless driving" When you were tested to renew your license they weren't testing you for night driving, they ere testing you for driving safely period. Actually I wish they would also test for night vision as well because there are a good number that can see perfect but struggle at night and even wear correction for driving at night. But your past that point. At -1.50 you really can't see well enough even during the daylight to drive as safe as you should even if you still feel you can. there is little doubt that you can see much better with your glasses than without them. There are many that would wear their glasses full time with that same prescription, but that is up to you except when your driving.

By the way please reply about what the letter is in your state for being restricted. I would think maybe it might be "A" as well.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news because it sounds like your not crazy about wearing glasses yet?

Jeanne 25 Nov 2012, 16:59

I was told that it was recommended that I wear glasses when I drove but had only done so at night. I thought I'd be able to pass the exam bc I knew you didn't need 20/20 vision to pass. What would happen if I didn't wear any correction while driving and got pulled over? Would the cop notice or care? I doubt it. I still feel safe driving in daylight w/o correction, probably not at night though.

 25 Nov 2012, 16:39

I have been thinking for quite some time now that I may have hyperopia, I get hedaches sometimes, and sometimes my eyes will blurr out involuntarily, I have read that I am probably accomodating my eyes as i am 25. I have always been nterested in wearing glasses and havea laways been able to fool the optician into getting a - prescription, my recent one is -1.50 and i do see clearly after a while,

is tehre any way that i can really get the hyperopia tested, i hard that if they put in those drops , it shows it up, if i did have true hhyperopia, would my eyeseight from near and far go really blurry as the drops work? also how do i go about convinving an optician to put these drops in without actually asking- can you put those drops in?!!!

Soundmanpt 25 Nov 2012, 11:49

uk girl

Very glad to hear that you acted quickly and didn't do like so many tend to do and put off getting their eyes checked even when they know they need vision correction. You weren't too far off from what you guessed you may need as a prescription based on your friends glasses. It is very common for the eyes to enjoy some over correction. After your eyes have adjusted to your own glasses, your friends glasses will seem even better if you try them. Your friend will find your glasses too weak of course.

Thirty to 40 minutes is about the time needed to give a good eye examine. But considering it has been about 9 or 10 years since you got your last exam and glasses your vision didn't get very bad at all. Also at 26 your eyes shouldn't change much in the coming years. Did the doctor suggest that you return in a year to get your eyes checked? For some reason the doctors in the UK seem to under prescribe, so you may need a very slight increase in the next year or so and then probably nothing more.

Since it seems your new job requires you to do a lot of driving and you will be wearing your glasses for that do you plan on just wearing them all the time? You haven't worn glasses since you were 17 or 18 and because your prescription was very weak probably not very often then. Are you having any fears of facing your friends and family wearing glasses? If you read in here there are many that have a difficult time allowing themselves to be seen wearing glasses.

You have only had them about one day but continue to let us know the reactions you get from others and how your finding seeing without blur is for you.

Something you may want to invest in before long is a nice pair of prescription sunglasses as they would be nice driving on sunny days.

Soundmanpt 24 Nov 2012, 19:22


I'm sorry I somehow over looked your post from the other day. I happen to be in your neighboring state of Missouri. Here we have to renew every 6 years on or before your birthday. Sorry that you now have the restriction that you must wear correction to drive, but at least it was good that you went and got glasses before you went to renew your license as you now know you couldn't see well enough to pass the vision test. That would have meant a lot of rushing around to book an eye exam, order your glasses, and maybe wait several more days for your glasses to be made. Of course you would have had the option to go to Lenscrafters as they are about the only ones now that will make your glasses the same day, but there is a price to pay for the convience as well.

Just curious, when you got your glasses didn't they tell you that you needed to wear them for driving? And be honest were you wearing them before you went to renew your license? I know of several that got glasses for the first time and tried to pass the vision test so they wouldn't be restricted to wearing their glasses even if they were wearing them anyway. Worse though is that I also know of several that are required to wear correction and don't.

uk girl 24 Nov 2012, 13:31

thank you cactus jack for taking the time to write the below post, I did say that my main concern was driving at night time and explained I had been driving but will make sure i get glasses- I went to an opticians where they make glasses up in 1 hour. It was quite a lengthly test, forgot how long eyetests take- think I was in there for a good 30 mins if not longer. The optician was very kind and explained as long as from now on I wear glasses for driving theres no problem.

the prescription i got is-

left -1.25 and right -1.75 with no astigmatism.

I am in fact relieved that i have got them now, and happy to see clearly again-its been several years!

Cactus Jack 23 Nov 2012, 17:12

uk girl,

An eye exam is not a confessional, so don't confess. The examiner can only work with what you tell him/her about what you see. There is no way to "fail" an eye exam. There will be no grade, just a prescription to ideally give you perfect vision. A few tips to remember.

1. Eye Care Professionals in some regions seem to under correct. The UK is one of them. You might mention that you are starting a new job that involves a lot of driving and you want to see as clearly as possible particularly when it is dark (which happens early this time of year in the UK.

2. Don't strain to see clearly, let the lenses do their work, that is what they are for.

3. Some people really like to see very clearly with sharp contrast and vivid colors. That is the way you are supposed to see. You should not be embarrassed about wanting to see the way you are supposed to.

4. Except in the case of driving, you do not wear vision correction to benefit other people. You wear vision correction for YOUR benefit - period. Other people's opinions are of no consequence.

We wish you the best and look forward to hearing the results.


uk girl 23 Nov 2012, 15:06

guys, i have booked in for a test tomorrow morning, and i fully intend to get glasses, i am afraid to say i have been driving without correction

Carrie 23 Nov 2012, 13:01

uk girl - Please read this BBC News report about someone who has been jailed for "causing death by dangerous driving". He was driving even though his optician told him not to

Soundmanpt 21 Nov 2012, 17:54

uk girl

If your new job is going to involve any driving and you think your vision needs correction of between -1.50 and -2.00 then you really do need to get new glasses even before you start that job. Honestly if you don't you would be considered reckless and impaired just because of your vision. Not only will you soon find that your glasses will aid you with driving but I think you may find that you need them for much more than driving. Were you surprised at how clear everything was when you tried your friends glasses on? That's how you should be able to see all the time.

Jeanne 21 Nov 2012, 17:48

I live in Illinois and we are required to renew our driver's license every four years with a vision test. I went this afternoon to renew my license and had to take the eye test. I recently got glasses with a -1.50 prescription with a bit of astigmatism in each eye. I tried the exam w/o my glasses but was 0 for the first 5 letters and the woman started laughing and said "you need to put those glasses hanging on your shirt on your face". So I guess, like it or not I'll be wearing my glasses often.

Clare 21 Nov 2012, 15:13

uk girl - as I'm here in the UK I can fill in from my experience. There is no formal mechanism where an optician, on finding someone needs correction to drive safely, has to notify the DVLA (for outside the UK that's the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency who issue licences), I imagine they hope/expect that people will take their recommendation for safety purposes - although there are doubtless some who choose not to. Also, if you already have a licence you won't need to declare that you need correction for driving until you change your licence, either if you move/change your name etc. I got my driving licence at 17, got glasses in my early 20s but didn't need to 'fess up till I moved house several years later. Of course, if you get stopped by the police and have to show your licence (or take it to the police station, I never carry mine) and it says you need glasses and you're not wearing them, that's a problem. If there's nothing on your licence it may not be an issue unless defective vision appeared to be the cause of an accident. That said, I can't believe that people who can't see very well would choose to drive like that.

uk girl 21 Nov 2012, 12:50

yes I have got my driving licencse, as I got that when I was 17, i didnt wear glasses then as I had a -.75 in one eye and -.25 in the other eye prescription and was able to pass- but hindsight thinking probably only just about, I am now 26 and think my eyesight has gone downhill, the reason I havent done anything about it is becuase i passed my test when i was 18 havent needed to drive until now as got a new job which requires regular driving,

of course, when i go to the opticians, I will be honest and say i drive and accept their recommendation for wearing glasses, i just thought that they would try and say no you cant drive until you have picked up your glasses. lets hope i dont get in a car accident and my eyesight is brought into question. I will explain that I was prescribed glasses when i was 17 but obviously these arent appropriate now.

What do you think they will say to me in the test when I tell them that I am driving daily, I have a feeling that my eye test will come out with over -1.50, as I tried my friends glasses on today at work and she said her prescription is -2.00 and i actually saw really clearly through them.

Melyssa 21 Nov 2012, 10:08

And here in Penciltucky, I had to take the eye test when I first went for my learner's permit at age 16, and I already wore glasses full-time at that point. Obviously when I return to PennDORK every 4 years for my updated photo (wearing a different frame each time, of course), the bodies there know that I wear glasses.

very progressive 21 Nov 2012, 09:23

I have lived in both NJ and Pa and in both states we (and still do) must renew our driver's licenses every four years. The renewal process at the DMV only involves having a new picture taken, being asked about organ donation and registering to vote.

I've always thought that it is a very poor practice to not re-evaluate a driver's vision periodically! Hiring staff to perform the test would also be creating jobs! All Good!

Soundmanpt 21 Nov 2012, 08:37

very progressive

I am in the St Louis area just about 40 miles west of the city. I am surprised that there are in states that don't require a vision check at the time of a renewal which here it is every 6 years. Now of course it is just a very quick check done at the DMV right at the counter where you pay for your new license and they take your picture.

I know New York must have requirements much like it is here because Emily the moderator of "Lenschat" had to renew her license and knew her vision was not good enough to pass and had to get new glasses before she went.

Maybe some other can weigh in on what the requirements are in their state or country.

very progressive 21 Nov 2012, 07:36

Hi Soundmanpt,

What part of the US are you in? I live in the East and have lived in a couple of different states and have only had my vision tested when I received my license at age 18. I'm now 51 and have not had it checked by the DMV since. I don't know of any area here in the east that ever requires you have your vision tested after initially receiving your license. A little scary!

Soundmanpt 20 Nov 2012, 18:47

uk girl

Sorry I just re read your post and found i answered your question a bit wrong in some ways. I see that what your saying is that you have your drivers license but your vision has changed since you got it and now your fear is that it may be even worse than 20/40 which most countries require yo to be at to drive without correction. Your thinking that somehow the doctor will turn you in that your eyesight is less than the required standard. And the answer is the same as I stated in my other post, no they won't turn you in, but they would likely recommend that you wear your glasses for driving from now on.

Now that being said again I don't know about the laws in the UK but I can tell you about something that happened here in the states. Someone had passed the vision test for driving, but during the next couple of years her vision changed and she was told by her doctor that she needs to wear her glasses when driving. But since she still had several years to go before she would have to take the vision test to renew her license her license did not show a restriction. Not long after that she was involved in a car crash and someone in the other car was badly injured. They found out that she had been prescribed to wear glasses from her doctor and wasn't wearing them when the accident happened. It cost her her license and much money as a result. This was not anyone I knew but was in the newspaper. Point is once a doctor prescribes glasses even if it isn't on your license you could be in trouble not wearing them. So beware!

Soundmanpt 20 Nov 2012, 18:31

uk girl

I am in the states and from what I understand the UK is a bit different that it is here. From what I have been told your vision is only tested when you go for your first drivers license and you are not required to ever take another vision test? Here in the US you are tested every 6 years when you renew your license. I just had to renew my license in July and I was happy to pass it without any problem and I am good until July of 2018. I assume your going for your first drivers license? My suggestion since your not sure if your eyesight is good enough to pass would be to get your eyes tested first. And no the doctor won't turn you in as needing glasses in regards to driving. But the problem is if you go for the drivers test and can't see well enough to pass the test it will of course mean you will then have to go get your eyes tested, get glasses and then return to take the test again to drive. All this will take time. When you go for your eye test most doctors can tell you if you can see well enough to pass the vision test without glasses or not. And even if he/she says you will need your glasses to pass there is no harm in trying without them and then if you can't pass put your glasses on and just know your required to wear them when you drive. But if your that close to being on the borderline you probably should wear them anyway when you drive as you will be able to see even better.

Good luck!

Let us know the results of your eye test as well as how you do on the drivers test.

varifocals 20 Nov 2012, 17:33

I think there should be more checks on drivers especially at night.

I know a -13 lady who passed her test years ago & has poor night vision & should not be behind the wheel of her car.

This is as dangerous as driving, using a mobile phone.

The DVLA should tighten up.

Cactus Jack 20 Nov 2012, 16:12


DId you get a prescription as a result of your eye test?


uk girl 20 Nov 2012, 15:44

hi can an optician report you to the DVLA if you say that you are driving and the eyetest shows that you need correction to drive safely? i am booking in for an eyetest and think my eyesight is borderline 20/40,

snowball 20 Nov 2012, 14:35

hello I have been having a browse on this site and loooks like there are lots of knowledgeable people on here re vision. I have recently had an eyetest-first one in many many years, I have been reading up abit about eyetests, but can someone explain to me how they test for and treat the astigmatism during the eyetest

I beleive that part of my eyetest was identfying my astigmatism, they kept me looking at a cluster of dots and flipping a lens and asking me to decide which is clearer, I found that part of the test really hard to do.

Soundmanpt 19 Nov 2012, 15:49


Yeah "glasses direct" is also a good company but they are slightly more expensive. But your right about being about to try them on first is a nice feature. Prescription sunglasses are a great idea as well. Just don't hold off too long in making a decision as you really should be wearing glasses with your new prescription.

Loren 19 Nov 2012, 15:36

Thanks Soundmanpt. I was thinking of ordering some trial frames from 'glasses direct' here in the uk. You can select a few pairs to try on at home. I think something plain and simple, to go with any outfit. But doesn't matter too much to just wear in the car. May get a pair of prescription sunglasses too as I've struggled a little this summer when driving, even over the past month or so as the sun is very low in the sky and shines directly into your eyes.

Soundmanpt 19 Nov 2012, 15:08


Have you considered ordering glasses n line? That way you could get several pairs and they would be what you call "cheap" actually "very cheap" But don't let that influence you as the glasses really are quite nice. I have many optician friends even getting glasses from there. My favorite is "" and no I only wish I got a commission from them for my promoting them so much. In fact I just received an email today from them telling me they are having a special sale of buy one and get a second pair for half price. Remember they offer glasses as cheap as $6.99 not including the AR coating, which I do highly recommend. That coating is only $4.95 by the way. The best way to know if they will fit your face right is to go to a store and try on frames until you find something that is a prefect fit and measure across the face of the frame from the outside left to the outside right in millimeters and then when you find something on line you like compare the size so that it is close. For example if you find a pair and they are 130 millimeters then you want to find something close like 128 - 132 millimeters.

Getting glasses online would allow you to match your glasses to various outfits you wear. I have several young ladies that have done this and they enjoy being able to coordinate their wardrobe with their glasses. One young lady actually has 8 pairs of glasses and the total cost was only $125.00. But to be honest since your hoping to be able to get by with only wearing them for driving maybe only get 2 at first. You can always go back and order more later if you choose to go that direction.

Loren 19 Nov 2012, 13:29

Clare, I think that defintely makes it worse, that I am taking them on and off a lot. Makes me more self conscious than just leaving them on maybe- which is why I considered contacts. I haven't been back to the opticians since the test as I just didn't really like any of the frames enough. So am currently without glasses, which has been slightly interesting. Trying to get myself out of the unattractive squinting habit I seem to have developed, and just moving closer to things.

I think I am just going to see how I do without glasses for a bit, then might get a cheapish pair for driving.

Clare 18 Nov 2012, 04:02

Loren - this is exactly the reason I got contacts when my pescription got to about -2. Never having been a fan of glasses and, like you feeling even more self-conscious putting them on and off all the time, it seemed the perfect solution, and it was! Since getting them very few people saw me wearing glasses until very recently.

Loren 17 Nov 2012, 02:41

I was thinking about contacts for situations where I feel silly putting my glasses on, e.g. trying to find the correct bus in a line of them or in the supermarket. Most of the time at work I can manage fine at my desk without them until I need to find someone/read a presentation. I was trying to find the number of a desk on another floor the other day and couldn't read them, and I can't imagine, having not worn glasses all day, putting them on to find someone then taking them off again to speak to them. Would be interesting to see how people manage the part time thing at my prescription and if its a lot of taking on and off or just accepting there are things you can't see properly and need to get closer for.

Soundmanpt 13 Nov 2012, 20:33


Well first off I am very sure they would have your prescription in contacts and I can't say why they didn't ask you this time if you were interested except that since you got glasses before they may have just thought that you preferred to stay with glasses. Like the others have stated if you really want contacts I am sure they would be more than happy to fit you with them. Like "Myofan" said the slight astigmatism you have shouldn't be a problem. The doctor would just increase your power from -1.50 t -1.75 to compensate for the astigmatism correction. The added power generally works well and you should see fine that way. Now as for when you need to wear them etc. that is totally up to you. Personally I think you would find being able to clearly all the time better than seeing everything in a blur. You do realize that if you get contacts and wear them as most people do, morning till night generally, that is the same if not worse than wearing your glasses full time as even wearing your glasses full time you certainly would be able to take them off for reading if you wished. but I doubt that you would ever take the time to remove your contacts to read something? The only thing you don't have the option is if your driving you really must wear correction, other than that it is up to you.

myofan 13 Nov 2012, 14:39

Could it be because there are fewer choices for contacts that can deal with astigmatism, so they might be more expensive? Certainly there's the option of correcting the astigmatism by increasing the sphere by half the astigmatism amount, but maybe the doctor doesn't want to get into this with the patient. Who knows?

Clare 13 Nov 2012, 14:32

Loren - I think contacts start below -1 so they certainly exist for your prescription. I'm surprised that they weren't keen to sell them to you as I've read they're quite a nice earner for opticians practices if they can get you on a monthly deal! I'd suggest you go and ask and see what they say. I had contacts from -2.25.

Loren 13 Nov 2012, 12:32

Some of you may remember me posting here earlier in the year. At the time I had wondered whether to get some contact lenses but decided against it. A couple of weeks ago I broke my glasses and decided to get some new ones. As I had an eye test last around 18 months ago, I decided a sensible option would be to get another before purchasing glasses. It seems at the time I read the prescription in one of my eyes wrongly. I had posted here before my prescription of -1.50 and -2.75. It was actually only -2.25 in the right eye. The new prescription is virtually the same, except with an extra number: left eye -1.50 -0.50 x 100 and right eye -2.25. I haven't bought any new glasses yet (partly because there were no frames in the shop I liked). Last time they mentioned contact lenses but there was no mention of the possibility of getting them this time (even when I mentioned I hate wearing glasses). Is my prescription too weak for them and thats why they didn't ask if I'd like to try them? As I rarely drive any more due to a change in my role at work, I'm tempted to get a very basic pair for driving and live with the blurry distance vision the rest of the time! Anyone with a similar prescriptio that they rarely wear think that'll be ok?

Cactus Jack 11 Nov 2012, 11:15


There is really no such thing as a "bad" Rx. They can be low or high and plus or minus. In your case, your Rx is a low minus with a little bit of astigmatism. Your Rx is low enough that glasses or contacts are optional for many activities where you don't need to see distant things very clearly. Being a little nearsighted, as you are, actually makes reading or using the computer a little bit easier WITHOUT glasses or contacts, except for the astigmatism. Your astigmatism is not very much, but it tends to affect vision at ALL distances if not corrected. One very good thing about your Rx and your age. Your Rx is unlikely to change very much from here on.

There is one small consideration in deciding to wear or not wear your glasses or contacts. It is very tempting to not wear a low minus Rx, such as yours, when reading or using the computer. However, by not wearing your glasses for close work, you are not exercising your ciliary muscles very much and not keeping them strong. The ciliary muscles are the focusing muscles in your eyes. The day will come, as it does for almost everyone, when presbyopia will become a problem. Typically, it becomes a problem around 40, but if your ciliary muscles are weak, it can become a problem sooner. When presbyopia becomes a problem, you will need some focusing help from bifocals or trifocals, depending on the kind of things you need or like to do.

If you decide to get glasses, the decision about when to wear them is really yours. Others can make suggestions, but that is all they are, suggestions. In your situation, wearing glasses is not much different than wearing shoes. Shoe sizes are not good or bad, you (usually) get the size that fits your feet and are comfortable. Your decision to wear or not to wear depends on the situation. If you are at a sandy beach, it is comfortable and fun to go barefooted. If you are walking on a rocky path, thick soled shoes are very nice. If you go to a party, you may want some shoes that go nicely with whatever you are wearing and comfort may be a secondary consideration.

Like shoes, you may want more than one pair of glasses AND some contact lenses. Your Rx is a very ordinary and common one. As Soundmanpt said, It is easy and really inexpensive to get high quality glasses online in a wide variety of high fashion frames. All you need is your Rx, which you have, and your PD (Pupillary Distance), which you probably don't have. However, that is not really a problem. You can easily measure your PD with a ruler marked in mm and a bathroom mirror. We'll teach you how or many online optical retailers have instructions on their sites.

If you haven't done so, I would urge you to visit some optical retailers sites to get an idea of their offerings and prices. Many of us have found Zenni Optical to be a good place to start. They offer many different frames, high quality lenses, and very reasonable prices. Think of the fashion possibilities. Again, if you want to try ordering some glasses on line, we can help.


Soundmanpt 11 Nov 2012, 10:55


I assume that when you were examined you must have considered getting contacts instead of getting glasses. Your doctor was telling you correctly, your eyes may still change a slight bit more after they get used to wearing glasses. After your eyes get adjusted to seeing with correction and settle down a little then he / she will be happy to fit you with contacts. Most doctors will only charge you for a fitting fee if you come back in within 3 - 6 months. But he / she will still re exam you with contacts to be sure you are able to see perfect with them. If your eyes have changed even slightly he / she will give you the proper prescription that will provide great vision. Like Julian said unlike glasses that you can simply just put on or take off as needed contacts are generally put in in the morning and not removed until evening when most will then need to wear their glasses until they go to bed. Wearing contacts at your prescription will almost certainly make you feel more dependent on needing either your glasses or contacts full time. But even with only getting glasses you may find you really will enjoy how well you can see with them that you won't be too interested in taking them off very much. I think if you had asked your doctor what they recommended they likely would have suggested wearing your glasses full time except maybe for close work which would be up to you, but even that you may soon not bother taking them off to do. Your eyes are not bad, there are certainly many people with far worse vision than you, but your eyes do need help in seeing clearly. You mentioned driving, I am sure your night vision is not very good and if nothing else for your safety and others once you get your glasses you should never consider ever driving again without your glasses on, day or night, not even down the block. Just a tip, when picking out your glasses be sure to pay the extra money for the AR coating (anti-reflective coating, it is very nice to have and will cut down on reflections and glare) which is very much worth the extra cost. Pick out a nice frame that you feel like you can rock and go for it.

Julian 11 Nov 2012, 09:14

Natala: if you get contacts you'll be stuck with something much more like full time wear - it isn't as easy to take them out as it is to take your glasses off so you will get much more used to having correction, which is to say much more dependent. No harm in that in my opinion - just warning you!

natala 11 Nov 2012, 02:18

optician said for me to get glasses for now. then come back for a contact lens test to wear all the time. is my shortsighted bad? i was thinking just to wear the glasses at night when driving because is bad when seeing on coming car lights. if i wear glasses or contacts all the time i will feel blind without them?

Dan 10 Nov 2012, 10:55


I wear glasses most of the time with a prescription of -1.25. I just like the clarity I get. You should at least wear them to drive! I am 23. I'm sure you'll be amazed at how well you can see.

Soundmanpt 10 Nov 2012, 09:41


For sometime your vision has slowly been changing. If you had just went to bed one night with perfect vision and woke up with your current vision you would have noticed the change very quickly and wondered what happened to your eyes? But one thing you can be certain of is with correction either with glasses or with contacts you will notice the improvement immediately. Like Cactus Jack said it is up to you how much you choose to wear correction but after you have your glasses on for even a few hours you will soon find you won't like how your vision is without them anymore. I'm quite sure you find things in the distance to be blurry now but as your eyes adjust to your glasses the blur without correction will seem much worse.

If it is the cost of getting glasses that could be a factor. there are quite a few on line retailers that offer glasses for as little as $12.00 and that even includes the AR coating (anti-reflective or no glare) There are many in here that can offer advice for you if you choose to go that way.

But if your questioning if you really need glasses the answer is "yes"

Cactus Jack 10 Nov 2012, 00:36


Most people with your prescription (Rx) would wear correction, glasses or contact lenses, at least part time, but more probably full time for the best vision. Technically, what your Rx means is that everything beyond 66 cm or 26 inches is increasingly blurry.

Vision actually occurs in the brain and the eyes are merely biological cameras. The brain has amazing image processing power and if it knows what something is supposed to look like, it can create a pretty good picture out of poor quality information. Your brain can even create some pretty good pictures even with no input from the eyes at all. It does that when you dream.

The problem with letting the brain process blurry images into what appear to be clear ones is that it takes a lot of energy and processing effort by your brain. If you start wearing vision correction, the images delivered to your brain will require little or no processing and your brain will quickly decide that it really likes not having to do much work on the better images and will simply quit doing it. You will initially perceive this situation as your glasses have made your vision without your glasses, worse. That is really not true.

The main thing glasses will do is expand your world and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and pleasant it is to be able to see clearly with no effort.

Expect a few comments when you get your glasses, but that will go away in a few days. Also expect your friends to want to try them on. Some may say that you must be blind - they just don't understand the basics of optics. Others may get very quiet and be reluctant to return your glasses - you need to refer them to your optician.

Please let us know what you decide.


natala 10 Nov 2012, 00:06

ive had my eyes tested and ive been told my eyes are not as good as they could be and to get glasses. -1.50 -0.25 125.0 -1.50 -0.25 110.0 im 26 and never felt needed glasses but when had the lenses on in the opticians it felt alot better but when taking the lenses off was strange at first but ok without. not sure what to do

Dave 09 Nov 2012, 11:15

Hi Adam -- Let us know how you like your new glasses.

Clare 08 Nov 2012, 14:56

I've been back for my two month check up. Good news, the dry patch in the centre of my cornea has gone so the eye health issue has gone away. After a very thorough exam I said that, even though I'd been very good in reducing time with contacts, my contacts are often very uncomfortable. The optician prescribed a night time gel, a day time gel for when not wearing contacts, and recommended eye drops for when wearing contacts. We discussed lenses - silicon hydrogel dailies have too high a water content so would absorb the precious moisture in my dry eyes so the silicon hydrogel monthlies which I currently wear still seem the best - I'd hoped for a change in lens for better comfort.

When I went to this new optician two months ago he said that my work environment was unhelpful (air con, PC, pollution), so I thought he might say I should leave the contacts out for a week (a month which was suggested to me by a friend who's a long-time contacts wearer) but he just prescribed the gels. All this week my contacts have been pretty uncomfortable and my eyes have got dry enough that my vision has been intermittently blurry.

I suppose that eye care practitioners will be the last to recommend people stop or pause wearing contacts because that's what the contacts wearers want least?

Adam  08 Nov 2012, 09:48

Sorry the left eye was -1.25

Adam 08 Nov 2012, 09:33

My new prescription is -1.00 -0.50 and -1.00.

John S 08 Nov 2012, 09:24


What is your rx now?

Adam 08 Nov 2012, 07:10

I had my eye exam today, and as I thought my vision had got worse than when I had my last test.

I had already chosen some frames that I liked the look off, and they had a 2-1 offer on, so i chose another pair. The second pair are a more bolder frame, but guess it will be good to have the choice of frames.

I will now have to build up the courage to wear my glasses in front of people, as won't be able not wear them in public like my last pair!!

Cactus Jack 06 Nov 2012, 18:42


I am glad your friend is seeking qualified medical help for the corneal damage.

If the staff in the OR expected the procedure to be very quick, possible since they told her that she would be out for only a half hour, corneal protection may not have been high on the pre-operative prep list. If the procedure typically took a half hour, but in her case, took substantially longer, they must have encountered an unexpected, possibly life threatening, situation. If that happened, corneal protection probably never entered anyone's mind.

I had an anesthesiologist friend, since passed away, who said his job was to get the patient to the brink of death, hold them there for the procedure, and then wake them up. Serious business from any viewpoint. He commented one time that putting them to sleep was the easy part, the patients always worried about being put to sleep and they should have worried about being awakened after the procedure.

I sincerely hope your friend has a good and complete recovery, but I think it will not be quick. Because they have no blood supply, corneal damage from any cause is serious and slow healing.


Clare 06 Nov 2012, 15:19

Cactus - yes she's seeing an eye doctor as the impact on her corneas appears to be quite dramatic. It seems that they could have been less than careful in prepping her for the operation rather than her view that the drugs were responsible.

Cactus Jack 05 Nov 2012, 16:29


Depends on the humidity in the OR, but the normal tear film is very thin so it would evaporate pretty quickly without either refreshment by blinking or protection by the eyes being closed. I don't know for sure, but I suspect capillary action combined with normal tear production would cause a tear film to migrate between the cornea and closed eyelid when asleep and keep the cornea lubricated. Also, REM sleep, which probably does not occur under anesthesia, would tend to lubricate and moisten the cornea.

Your friend can probably find out what agents were used for general anesthesia and research their side effects. I hope that she has seen an ophthalmologist about the condition of her corneas. The problem may be exacerbated by tear production problems that might be helped by stimulating tear production. Restasis Rx eyedrops come to mind.

Clare 05 Nov 2012, 13:48

Cactus - that's an interesting thought as she's convinced its whatever they gave her to put her under. She said that the operation was only due to take half an hour or so but that she was out for over two. How long would it take to do such dramatic damage to the cornea do you think?

Cactus Jack 05 Nov 2012, 13:40


The front surface of the glasses is called the Base Curve. The actual Rx in the glasses is the difference between the Base Curve of the front surface and the curve of the back surface. As a minus Rx increases, often it is desirable to reduce the Base Curve of the front surface to minimize the curvature of the back surface. When the Rx gets to around -9.00 the Base Curve is often 0.00 (flat) to keep the back curve from being too steep. Sometimes, if the Rx gets into the higher double digits, the front surface may even need to be slightly concave.


J 05 Nov 2012, 12:40


Yeah they are flat on the front. What does that mean?


Cactus Jack 05 Nov 2012, 00:17


This is far from any expertise I have, but I don't the it was the anesthesia itself, but perhaps the procedure of preparation for the anesthesia. If her eyes were not completely closed, it is possible that her corneas dried out in the low humidity of the OR.

I seem ot recall that some years ago, one of our members posted that he was having severe dry eye problems with what appeared to be normal tearing action. It turned out that his eyes were not completely shut when he was sleeping and because there was no blinking action his corneas were partially exposed to the air and they were drying out.

I don't recall how that problem was solved.

It may take a bit of detective work to find the source of your friend's problem.


Clare 04 Nov 2012, 23:02

Has anyone ever heard about anaesthetic damaging the cornea? A colleague said that her corneas were effectively dried out as a result of an operation that involved general anaesthetic.

Likelenses 04 Nov 2012, 20:34


It was hard to tell from the photos,but are the lenses perfectly flat on the front surfaces,or do they have a bit if curvature?

J 04 Nov 2012, 10:32


Eyesight finally came up in a conversation today when she was cleaning her glasses and I asked her what she could see without them. I asked her what he prescription was these days and she said that she couldn't remember exactly but she think it's either -9.25 or -9.75 in her worst eye which is her right one. I asked if her if she had astigmatism too and she said she did but had no idea how much.

So, some pretty good guesses guys.


Likelenses 04 Nov 2012, 00:58


I am inclined to differ with the other opinions.

In the one photo, the view through the lense shows a fair amount of distortion of the surface that the glasses are resting on.This to me indicates a fairly large astigmatism correction,which could also account for the massive outer edge thickness.Also visible in one of the photos is a minification of the left earpiece.That minification is not huge,but not small either.

My opinion is that the front surfaces of the lenses are not totally flat.

Summing it all up,My guess would be -6.50 with -2.50 cylinder.

Without that prescription,her vision would indeed be very poor.

Have you ask her what the prescription actually is.

You are a lucky guy to have such a bespectacled girl on your arm.

Soundmanpt 03 Nov 2012, 09:29


I'm in agreement with Cactus Jack. As he well stated much depends on the material used in the lenses. But Like he said because of the flatness of the fronts of the lenses they are at least -9.00. the frame or in this case the lens size has an effect on things as well. The bigger the lens the thicker it will be on the edges. But it is also tricky to estimate because as you said she was -5.00 6 years ago when she was 19 or 20. Vision often times begins to not change as much in ones early 20's. But with increase say at an average of -.75 per year (of course that could vary) that would make her around -9.00. But if her increase have been more around -1.00 that could put her at -11.00.

Cactus Jack 03 Nov 2012, 09:03


It worked that time, but it took two tries.

I would guess around -10, but it is a SWAG. It is very difficult to estimate an Rx these days because of the variety of different lens materials that are available. Lens edge thickness is related to the Rx, Index of Refraction (IR), and lens size. IR can range from:

Normal index - 1.48 to 1.54 (CR-39 is around 1.49)

Mid-index - 1.54 to 1.60

High-index - 1.60 to 1.74

Very high index - 1.76 or more

CR-39 has some of the best optical properties of all plastic lenses and is the least expensive. CR-39 lenses are generally the thickest. There is no way to tell what lens materials were used for the pictured glasses.

One weak clue that the glasses are -9 or more is the front surface of the lens appears to be flat or nearly so. One factor that can directly affect lens thickness is the minimum thickness at the optical center of the lens. Some countries have minimum strength requirements (the US is one) and that results in about 3 mm minimum for CR-39. Stronger materials, e.g. Polycarbonate, don't have to be as thick.

Sorry I can't be more helpful. Perhaps Soundmanpt or one of our ECPs, who have more experience with actual lens making and fitting than I do, can offer an estimate.

Check out for a lens thickness calculator that lists things that affect lens thickness.


J 03 Nov 2012, 05:53

Hmm. It isn't se to private. Works for me fine even when not logged in.

Cactus Jack 02 Nov 2012, 21:15


Private Album.

Password required.


J 02 Nov 2012, 20:27


I've just recently got back with an ex girlfriend after years. I've known her since we were kids and she started wearing glasses in the first year of high school (11 or 12 yrs old). I'd say she was about -5 when we split up around 6 years ago when we were 19/20. She never really wore glasses and always wore contacts whenever she left the house. She hated the way she looked in glasses despite being incredibly pretty with and without them.

Anyway, these days she only wears glasses and doesn't wear or even own any contact lenses at all. She gave in to glasses about a year ago.

Can anyone guess at what the prescription is in her glasses now? She has really really bad eyes these days.

Here's some pics of them....


Cactus Jack 29 Oct 2012, 14:50


At your age and with your low myopia, an Rx increase because of Axial Myopia is very unlikely. Development of Axial Myopia is pretty much governed by genetic and visual environment factors while you growing.

Often, in adulthood, changes in myopia are more likely to be caused by Pseudo Myopia. Pseudo Myopia is caused by the ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses not fully relaxing for distance vision. If you wear contact lenses or glasses that have more minus than you actually need, your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses can compensate by adding a bit of extra plus to neutralize it. Over time, the muscles can get so used to adding the extra plus that they have trouble relaxing. Also, as you get older, you begin to develop presbyopia and that makes the crystalline lenses slower to relax. The result is that it is very easy for you to be prescribed more minus than you actually need on your next exam because your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses have not had time to fully relax between when you took off your glasses or contacts and your vision was checked.

Pseudo Myopia has the same optical effect as Axial Myopia and is sometimes very hard to detect. One way, if you have low myopia is to not wear your glasses or contacts for several days before the exam and avoid reading before the exam. Another way is to request a dilated or wet exam where drops are used to try to force your ciliary muscles to relax, but in some instances that may not give the crystalline lenses enough time to fully relax.

You may have read about Latent Hyperopia on the Hyperopia threads. That phenomenon is actually the same as Pseudo Myopia the only difference is if the individual has Myopia or Hyperopia. People who have Hyperopia can learn to use their ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses to correct most or all of their Hyperopia and over time the ciliary muscles get used to maintaining that correction. The often think they have perfect vision, but time usually catches up with them and they are surprised at how long it and how many Rx changes are necessary until their true Rx is revealed. It can take months and 3 or 4 Rx increases in the plus direction.

I hope this helps a little in understanding what is going on. In general, you are worrying unnecessarily about Rx increases, just try to not inadvertently wear minus overcorrection which can induce Pseudo Myopia.

May I ask your occupation and where you live?


Julian 29 Oct 2012, 05:44

Rex: the other thing to bear in mind is that if you wear contacts continuously (and let's face it, there's no other practical way) your eyes will get used to the correction and be less willing to strain to see without it. I don't think that's the same thing as pseudo-myopia, but the effect is much the same: you get dependent. Of course the same thing can happen if you wear glasses full time, but the difference is that it's easy to take your glasses off whenever you like or need to. As Cactus says, you are getting close to the likely age for feeling the effects of presbyopia, and if you went for contacts you could end up having to wear readers on top of them, which would be ridiculous. Seems to me your best bet is to stick with glasses, put them on when you need to and take them off when you feel like it!

Rex 29 Oct 2012, 01:00


Are you suggesting that axial myopia would be unlikely but pseudo myopia might occur if I wear contacts frequently? Either way the outcome may be a stronger prescription and the need to wear glasses more, maybe even fulltime?

Adam 28 Oct 2012, 09:20

Hi I thought I would give you an update.

I haven't been for my eyetest yet, it is a week on Thursday, was the only time I could do due to work.

I have been wearing my current glasses while at home and I do feel like my eyes are more relaxed with them, still not a fan of the frames.

I have been looking on the Internet for some frame ideas, and think I have found a pair I like. Will have to find somewhere that sells them so I can try them on, to see if I still have the same option of them.

Owlish 26 Oct 2012, 06:32

Hi INTJ, I'm a little surprised that your myopia continues to progress in your mid-thirties. Generally, it should stabilise soon. Your retinas seem to be in good condition. That's great! It's probably wise to avoid sports and other activities in which your head might be heavily jarred, but other than that, just don't worry. A friend of mine had retinal detachment in one eye at -22. Her other eye is -18 and still fine at age 50.

I have mobile floaters and I'm only about -2.00 or so. As I understand it, the vitreous humor has separated a little from the retina and the little bits of junk float around in the liquid which fills the space between. Bothersome at times but, in most cases, not a serious problem.

About your observation of floaters in focus through the microscope I can shed no light. Maybe CJ's excellent mind can grapple with this and come up with a good answer.

INTJ 26 Oct 2012, 00:08

Hi, I'm in my mid-30's, currently -14.5 and -13.25. My eyes get a little worse every year - last year I was -13.5/-11.75, year before that was -13.0/-10.75. That's been the trend as long as I can remember. Going back to 2000 I was -8.0/-7.25.

I've had some kind of computerized scans (fundus photography?) the last two years. It looks like there were no changes, and retinal thickness is above average.

What are the potential issues that may be indicated by continuing myopia progression?

Also I have an unrelated observation: Using a microscope at low to medium magnifications I can only see blurred floater shadows. At 1000X I can very sharply resolve the floaters. To the point where it looks much better than the target organisms (4 to 18 microns). Can anyone provide an explanation?

Cactus Jack 24 Oct 2012, 13:16


Everyone is different and you cannot assume that one persons visual experiences apply to your situation.

There are two types of myopia, Axial (true) and Pseudo (false). Both can exist independently or together and both have the same optical effects on your vision. They both make you nearsighted. The difference is that, except in rare instances, Axial (true) myopia changes slowly and is pretty much permanent. Pseudo (false) myopia can change day to day or over a longer period depending on your visual environment. The point is that it is generally NOT permanent, though sometimes it takes so long to go away that you think it is permanent. Presbyopia plays a role in how slowly it changes.

You can very easily induce some Pseudo Myopia accidentally or intentionally and I would urge you to read some of the discussions on the Inducing Myopia thread for detailed explanations of how this occurs. Also, you might read discussions about Latent Hyperopia. Pseudo Myopia and Latent Hyperopia are actually the same thing, only on different sides of a true Rx of 0.00. Pseudo Myopia makes you MORE myopic than you really are and Latent Hyperopia makes you LESS hyperopic than you really are. I know this sounds strange, but the reason is that the total optical power of your eye's lens system is more than +40 diopters and MYOPIA is caused by having TOO MUCH power for the length of your eyeball so you need a MINUS lens to correct it and HYPEROPIA is caused by TOO LITTLE power for the length of your eyeball and you need a PLUS lens to correct it. Except in rare instances, the amount of external MINUS or PLUS required is very small compared to the total power of the eye's lens system.


Rex 23 Oct 2012, 22:12

Prescription is -1.25 +0.5 x, so some astigmatism. Noticed that a regular poster Holly who is a bit older with only slightly higher starting prescription has had several jumps in short time so wondered was this likely?

Cactus Jack 23 Oct 2012, 18:17


At 38, with your mild myopia, it is highly unlikely that your myopia will increase very much, no matter what you do. What is more likely is presbyopia will begin to manifest itself before long. One of the clues that presbyopia is near at hand will be that you find it more comfortable to read or use the computer without your glasses. An Rx of -1.25 or -1.00 without astigmatism (cylinder and axis correction) is very much like wearing built in +1.25 or +1.00 reading glasses all the time.

-1.25 means that anything more than about 80 cm or 31 inches away is increasingly blurry. Depending on your needs you may be able to function quite well without glasses or contacts, unless you need to drive.


Rex 23 Oct 2012, 16:23

Looking through past posts thought that full time wear might progress myopia especially if contacts worn fulltime before someone might consider wearing glasses fulltime?

varifocals 23 Oct 2012, 11:43

Dont see why.

Better to wear than to strain your eyes & get worse later on as I did.

Rex 23 Oct 2012, 11:24

Got -1.25 glasses, which I don't really want to start wearing more but offered -1.00 contacts. I am 38- Will this cause a deterioration in eyes in wear all the time?

Soundmanpt 18 Oct 2012, 18:06


There are many factors to be considered. First off provided your estimate is correct and her glasses are indeed around -3.00, she may have a little better accommodation abilities than you have. She maybe can tolerate the blur better than you can. She could have recently gotten an increase in her glasses and she isn't used to wearing them full time yet. And of course vanity also can be a big factor.

benn 18 Oct 2012, 15:07

My granmother who was about a -3 used to say she put on her glasses to look but took them off to see.

Danny 18 Oct 2012, 14:57


It could be:

vanity, astigmatism, being used to living in a blur (if you only wear -3 part of the time)

If they are -3 she'll be able to focus to 33cm so reading will be no problem.

Clare 18 Oct 2012, 13:38

I was at a business seminar this afternoon and someone came to sit in the row in front of me. I didn't take much notice and later noticed she had put on a pair of rimless glasses that looked fair-moderate strength. I'm not really sure how strong mine look but I'd have guessed they were at least as strong. I can't get how people can wander around, needing distance vision, around -3 without correction - I wonder how she found her way to the large auditorium without them! Its been said here before but I'm coming to think there are people who have better, or worse, uncorrected VA than average but I don't really understand why.

Cactus can you shed any light on the reasons why somone of -3 can do better without glasses than, for example, me? (Although wearing contacts makes you more dependent on them according to a friend of mine so maybe I'm the exception!)

ehpc 17 Oct 2012, 18:01

Ah authoritarian Democrat. The two always go together! However, it is you and I who have kept the 'big frames' flag flying over the years, and now we are vindicated......................:)

Melyssa 17 Oct 2012, 10:43

Not at all. I just tell them how to fix it on the rare occasions when I feel like it. :)

myofan 17 Oct 2012, 09:43

Ah, but how often do you have to rewrite their code?

Melyssa 17 Oct 2012, 06:53

Underlings, insubordinates, slaves, call them what you will, as long as they do as they are told! :)

Stefan 17 Oct 2012, 06:14

Ah - Melyssa has 'underlings'! That is wonderful and quite as it should be!


Melyssa 16 Oct 2012, 15:21


Dave's suggestion makes lots of sense. As a programmer, I see enough of my PC all day, but I make sure to get up and take a walk around, look out the window by my cube, go to my underlings' areas to see how they are doing, etc.

Adam 16 Oct 2012, 14:25

I did have my first prescription before I started my current job, which involved working on the computer the majority of the day.

So this could be playing a part in way my vision seems to be worse than before I started the job, as I did start just before my last eyetest.

Dave 16 Oct 2012, 09:59

Adam -- My nephew just received a prescription just like your old one and was told that he should look away from the computer to a distant object every 30 or so minutes to prevent any increases. His optometrist said that my nephew's minimal myopia was due to too much near work. You might want to try it if you are working in front of a computer screen during your work day.

OttO 14 Oct 2012, 16:38

The documentary "Going Blind" is currently making the rounds of PBS stations in the U.S. Here's a couple of links.

Adam 14 Oct 2012, 14:41

Thanks for your response Clare. I don't think I had any astigmatism as those were the only numbers written on my prescription card.

Yes I have noticed my vision seems a bit worse I am having more difficulty with my night vision and reading text on a TV, I can still make it out but it doesn't seem as clear as it used to be. I guess this means I probably will be needing an increase, and will have to get used to the fact I will need to wear my glasses.

I will be trying to book a test as soon as possible, luckily I don't need to drive that often so I can manage for a bit longer. Yes I will have to take longer making sure I get some frames I suit and like, as I'm sure if I need them I will have to be wearing them out in public!!

Clare 14 Oct 2012, 11:50

Hi Adam and welcome. Firstly, you are not alone in being reluctant to wearing glasses. My first prescription was around -1 and like you I didn't wear them that much except for driving as I had been instructed to. I didn't find my eyes got tired during the day but felt they made a huge difference to driving at night. Do you have any astigmatism in your prescription? If you do that may explain why your eyes feel tired. If you are noticing that your vision seems to be worse now without glasses, or your glasses don't give you crystal clear vision, its likely you will get an increase - as happens to most of us. I'd recommend going for a test as soon as possible because when you drive its important to know that your vision is as clear as possible. And, if you get a stronger prescription and find you need them more, just make sure that this time you buy a pair of frames that you feel confident in! Good luck.

Adam 14 Oct 2012, 09:08

Hello everyone, first time poster to this site.

Im 27 and had an eye exam 2 years ago and was given a very small prescription of -0.75 and -0.50, I did get some glasses but never really wore them. This was because when I first got them I didn't want to known as a glasses wearer, and I also didn't notice to much of a difference with my vison when I was wearing them I also didn't really like the frames as I rushed into buying them.

I have now had a letter from my optician saying I am due for a another test. Recently I have noticed my night vision hadn't been to great and I also find that my eyes feel tired after I have been at work all day. Since my last vision test I have started a new job which basically involves working at a computer all day, could this play a role in my vision?

I have been wearing my current glasses a bit, but not in public as I really don't think they suit me.

I am pretty sure I may get a stronger prescription at my next eye test (which I am yet to book). I guess this means I will have to take a bit of time finding to correct frames, as it maybe time to come out as a glasses wearer as I will probably notice a difference if I do need stronger glasses.

Josh 14 Oct 2012, 02:06

I am looking for some help. I have quite a complicated prescription. My previous optician has shut down (a victim of the economy, no doubt), so ended up going somewhere else. However, I didn't have a copy correction in my previous glasses. I remembered it was both vertical and horizontal, but couldn't remember what. By the time she had put the sphere and cyl lenses in the trial frame she was struggling with the prism.

Anyway, in the end she prescribed me:

Right: -4.00, -4.00, 1, 3BO, 2BD, +1.75

Left: -4.00, -4.50, 173, +1.75

I collected the glasses a few days ago and, despite desperately trying hard to get used to them, they just don't feel quite right. At first, I wondered if it was due to a change in varifocal lenses, but now I am beginning to wonder if the prism correction is out.

If I cover my right eye, then move to cover my left eye, there seems to be a notable upward jump of the image. I am wondering if the prescription should be BD in left/BU in right?

I don't really want to go and make a nuisance of myself at a new opticians, so I'd appreciate any advice.

Clare 02 Oct 2012, 15:44

Thanks Soundmanot but I've not yet left home so nothing to do with sunshine, autumn's arrived and the rain is here in England! Just a continuation of the same issue I'm afraid.

Soundmanpt 02 Oct 2012, 15:17


That sounds like a very good option as your prescription hasn't changed all that much in the past few years they should be very close to your current prescription. And for being on the beach I think almost any style will pass for that. It actually sounds like you may be needing them if your left eye gave you trouble after only an hour in the sun. Hope you have a great time and enjoy yourself.

Clare 02 Oct 2012, 14:23

Souncmanpt - thanks very much for all your suggestions and offers of help. Today I found a pair of prescription sunglasses that I think I got free with regular glasses when I was in India a few years ago. Because they were free they are not what I'd call stylish but I am taking them on holiday with me just in case! I'd only been out wearing contacts an hour today before my left eye became uncomfortable so if that happens next week it would be nice to have an option.

It's a funny thing but the issues I'm currently having have made me realise that wearing glasses is less of an issue than I've thought over recent years. I think having friends who only wore contacts and perhaps thinking I should try to avoid wearing glasses has become irrelevant now that contacts issues have surfaced.

And - yes, my prescription is not so bad that I couldn't go without for a while and certainly would if I was only sunbathing.

Soundmanpt 02 Oct 2012, 10:41


Also something else you may consider is purchasing a sunglasses clip that goes on your glasses. Some stores sell some that fit very well on your frame. They of course are not very expensive either. It may be at least a good option

to keep from wearing your contacts too long.

It's probably a good thing that since your eyes are finding it more and more difficult to tolerate contacts for too many hours anymore that you have found that you really can wear glasses and feel confident. Maybe you should give second thoughts about wearing your glasses at work since the air conditioning is having an effect on wearing contacts. Now that everyone knows you wear glasses full time they must know you wear contacts all other times. So its not like when hardly anyone knew you needed correction to see.

If you decide on ordering some rx sunglasses on line and you have any questions please ask.

And 02 Oct 2012, 04:39

Clare, is going without correction not an option if you are sunbathing or sitting around the pool, then you can still wear your non-prescription sunglasses. Thankfully for my gf she hasn't had any contact issues because I've never known her wear her glasses more than an hour around the house

Clare 02 Oct 2012, 01:06

Thanks Soundmanpt, I'll certainly take a look. I used to have some Rx sunglasses but it was many years ago before I wore contacts full time, since then I've only had regular sunglasses. It dawned on me too late when I was talking to my friend with the ameobacantha infection (after 2 months with no contacts she's been told she can't wear them for another 2) and she said she'd got some for her holiday. Happily for me I can still wear contacts and I'm being very good this week! I'm out to lunch with a friend today so will wear them then and take them out when I get home.

I was out for the evening with a good friend last week and got to the point that I needed to take the contacts out. When I came back with glasses he looked very directly at me and said that he really liked my glasses. He'd seen them once before recently so I suppose he was either trying to make me feel good or reconsidering 'my look' with, compared to without, glasses. I was wearing them last weekend when out shopping with a friend who also has eye issues so it's a very common thing in my circle of friend right now!

Soundmanpt 01 Oct 2012, 16:42


This is a bit too late to do any good for you for this weekend but since you are actually starting to wear glasses more often you really should invest a small amount in some rx sunglasses. If you haven't looked into "" then you really should take a peek. Any of the glasses you see can be made into rx sunglasses. The total price for an attractive pair would be between $6.95 and $25.00. They are international so shipping to you would not be a problem. But sadly shipping from when you place your order takes 2 weeks so not much help this weekend.

Good to hear that after all these years you have finally accepted the idea of wearing glasses at least as an option, something you never wanted to consider before. I know it helps that you finally found a frame style that suited you and it seems others have told you that as well. I think many in here as well as the average guy would tell you that you can be just as hot and sexy wearing glasses as you are with contacts.

That being said I know you are hoping to get back to being able to wear your contacts and I hope it won't be too long before you can.

Clare 01 Oct 2012, 13:29

Amy - its easier than I'd thought to get used to yourself in glasses. Having been told to cut back on the amount I wear contacts weekends and evenings I've been trying very hard not to wear contacts if I don't need to. In the last three weeks I've worn glasses in the office - a first in this job - and at the weekend if I have nothing special on and have found it much easier than I thought I would. To wear glasses. I've found that once you accept yourself with glasses, it's easier to face other people. Before if I'd been wearing my glasses at home I'd have taken them off if someone knocked at the door, now I go out shopping without any self consciousness.

I'm not at work this week and laying off the contacts but am off for a sunshine holiday on Saturday and as I have no prescription sunglasses will have no option but to wear contacts in the daytime, I'd rather not do any more damage from the sun!

Soundmanpt 23 Sep 2012, 12:00


Thanks for the update. Well it seems you have conquered all the issues you were so worried about when you got your glasses. Your feelings and fears were not much different then anyone has gone through when they got their first glasses. The fear is much worse than the reactions you get. So it would seem the last thing is just becoming more used to seeing yourself in glasses which you are getting more used to as well. Now that most everyone has seen you wearing glasses and you have to be more comfortable wearing them when you need them.

I know you said you were going to keep them on and see how your eyes felt after working all day wearing them. After the first couple of days you said you did notice that your eyes didn't feel as tired at the end of the day which I was pretty sure you would quickly find out. So even though your really not wanting to wear your glasses full time which is fine as long as you don't mind a little blur in the distance, have you decided to continue wearing them at work?

Amy 22 Sep 2012, 23:04

Hi everyone has been a few weeks since I last posted, so thought I would give you am update.

I have started to get used to seeing myself in glasses, but still not completely used to it. I do find that my vision is better with glasses, but I still don't wear them full time, only when I feel I need to wear them. I think this is because I still find it strange having glasses on my face. I am definitly more confident about wearing them than when I first got them.

I think my major problem with needing glasses was people's reaction to me having them, and now they have seen me in them it's not do bad.

Soundmanpt 22 Sep 2012, 21:32


You most likely will need some increase by the time a year is up but your vision now should still be very sharp. You only got your new glasses a short time ago with a decent increase then. Actually reading at normal distance Gemma is the one that I would have thought might have a very slight disadvantage because she just got pretty fair increase in her glasses. Being nearsighted can often times make reading at a normal distance a bit of a challenge and even more so if she is still adjusting to her glasses. You though should have been able to read anything to the smallest words perfect without a problem.

And as for your distance challenge to each other Gemma should have had no trouble seeing perfect with her new strong glasses. Now had you also just gotten your glasses at the same time as she got hers you would have probably lost that one. Like you know for you it takes a little time for your eyes to adjust to the new prescription for seeing distances.

I guess you two are proof that opposites do attract.

By the way each time when you have gone to pickup your glasses after they have fitted them do they hand you a small card with many lines of type on it in various sizes of type? Generally bigger nearer the top and gets very small near the bottom. If so were you able to read all the lines okay with your glasses?

Carrie 21 Sep 2012, 17:02

Gemma's distance vision with her new glasses is the same as mine with my glasses on! We used a calendar at my house and we could both see the dates ok. Annoyingly, at reading distance, she can also see some very tiny writing on the calendar that is still readable for me but far from clear. It looks like I might need an increase next year.

Clare 20 Sep 2012, 13:32

Soundmanpt - I'm not going to tolerate discomfort but have been thinking that my optician only said to minimise wear during evenings and weekends, from that I presumed it was not too bad a situation - as you know I have a friend who was told not to wear them at all so when I compare my situation with hers I presume it to be minor. For me the issue is discomfort, I'm not sure if it is due to dryness or the pinguecula on my eye. That eye is the most uncomfortable and is the one she said has the dry patch on the cornea but the sensation I get is more of something in my eye rather than a dryness. Obviously if this keeps on I will have to call them.

Likelenses - the 'dry' eye is the one without astigmatism and I don't think my vision is changing as I can easily read and I presume I'd have difficulty if I had astigmatism in it of any noticeable degree? I have -0.50 in the other eye.

Is it strange she said that only one eye has a dry patch, do most people have it in both eyes like my friend?

Likelenses 20 Sep 2012, 00:09


Opps, sorry that I omitted my username in that post to you.

It sounds as though your left contact ,and the dry patch,are causing you increased astigmatism. That is why I asked if your left contact has a cylinder correction in it.

Soundmanpt 19 Sep 2012, 21:31

Clare just be real careful about trying to hard to wear your contacts. I know your not thrilled with the idea of wearing your glasses much but you really should be cautious until your eye problem has been resolved. I can safely say the more you wear your contacts the longer it will take for your eyes to heal properly. What your describing as to how your eyes are reacting to your contacts it would not be wise to force yourself into wearing them. I don't think you need me to tell you that if this keeps up your doctor will take away your contacts all together and that could be for weeks, months or forever.

Clare 19 Sep 2012, 13:58

I have worn glasses for the past two days - on Monday my contacts made my eyes very sore despite putting in eye drops (although I'm maybe not doing that frequently enough). Although I took them out in the evening on Tuesday my left eye was quite red and there was no prospect of wearing a contact lens in that eye, today I expected it to be better but this morning it felt dry, though not sore, so I decided it would be silly to try the contacts. Tomorrow, I'm hoping I can - even if I only put them in when I get to the office. I've not been overwhelmed by colleagues commenting, though they've certainly been curious!

No name poster - thank you for that advice. I don't get either symptom without my contacts so can only presume if that is a symptom of dry eyes its exacerbated by contacts.

 18 Sep 2012, 23:34


If that pinching sensation,and fluctuating near vision continues in that left eye ,contact your doctor.

I know of someone that had a similar situation,and now has a huge astigmatic cylinder correction in her glasses for that eye,and is unable to ever wear contacts again.

Is your left eye the one that already has a cylinder correction,and is it in your contact,or only in your glasses?

Soundmanpt 18 Sep 2012, 19:10


If you ever decide that it would be nice to have a different pair of glasses to change into i might be able to help you with the fitting problem. Of course if you are going into an optical store it is easy because you can try them on. But the downside is the price of course. The solution is try getting your glasses on line. Much cheaper and still great quality. But yes the problem is the fitting right thing. Well here is the best way to get the right fit. Simply take your current glasses and find a ruler that shows both inches as well as millimeters. Take off your glasses and measure the face (front) of your glasses from the outside left to the outside right and now you can order glasses in the same size or even slightly bigger or smaller if you like how they look. You cna compare the on line glasses to yours for lens height. lens width, temple (arm) length and the bridge (across the nose) if like. But the overall width is the real important thing. I always suggest Zenni as I have been ordering glasses from there for our vision group as well as others for about 9 years now and they have been great. By the way now would be a great time to order glasses from them as I just got an email from them advertising that they are offering a 2 for 1 deal all for a week. They don't do this often so now would be a great time to order a couple. The glasses range from $6.95 up to around $35.00 not including the $4.95 for AR coating.

The site is ""

If you need any help let me know and i will be glad to advises you. it is reall very easy to do and it will save you many dollars.

Melyssa 18 Sep 2012, 12:00


Besides my liking to wear different glasses, the main reason why I have so many pairs to go with my outfits is because my prescription hasn't changed for 20 years, and that I can use half-readers in conjunction with my regular glasses when reading in poor light or trying to see the "fine print" in anything. Tomorrow I will be picking up my new black cat's-eyes with white polka dots, which will go with one of my sundresses -- naturally, just as the warm weather is leaving the area.

Before I started my eyewear collection, having just one pair in whatever my RX was at the time, I always carried the previous pair in my purse, just in case, but fortunately I never had to use any of them. Of course, in the past number of years, some glasses have broken but I was able to choose one of the extras I was carrying then.

philip 18 Sep 2012, 06:33

Hollie, Although I'm a real fan of black plastic frames too, I think that rimless glasses look stunning with an evening dress.

Juicebox 18 Sep 2012, 04:54


Its weird, I'd never even think to just take something off someone, especially if I thought they needed them. Even if I was under the influence of alcohol. I'd be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt if they didn't realise they were rx and just thought they were the ones from Topshop or wherever people get them from. But with some of the freshers around at the moment, I wouldn't put it past them as there have been some pretty stretched efforts to impress their new friends.


Glad I'm doing something right as my glasses are black plastic :)

o-o ma ))(( love ! 18 Sep 2012, 01:27

When you are not sure how to match your glasses frame with your outfit, I like this advice :

Colours can be great but black is very special :) - ehpc 10 Jul 2009, 14:42

It is personal preference, but black outfit with black plastic frame is my favorite !

enjoy your experience behind ))(( , things are little distorted :) :)) but this distortion makes you unique, stylish and stunning !! You can surprise your friends when they first see you wearing them , just tell them you can't wear contact lenses. They will be impressed by the thick lenses that you wear on your face !

))(( are very glamorous, for sure will go with any glam makeup.

Astra "o-o ma ))(( love !"

Hollie 17 Sep 2012, 16:51


I love the way you have so many pairs to match with outfits! I used to have 2 pairs but back to one now. Am reluctant to buy more than one pair as my rx seems to still be changing slightly. I do like the way I can look really different without glasses though, it feels like there is one 'work me' and another different look for outside work!

I'm going to attempt to keep my specs on during my morning workout tomorrow. Am sure I just need to get used to it.

Melyssa 17 Sep 2012, 13:29

To sum up everything said since yesterday around this time, this is how it is for me:

1. I cannot wear contact lenses, so that decision of glasses vs. contacts is an easy one.

2. I don't smoke, drink, or chew, so one will never find me in a club or a saloon.

3. With dozens of pairs of glasses, I try to match the colors of the frames with my outfits whenever possible.

4. When I exercise, I wear a strap to hold my glasses in place -- and a headband if necessary to keep the perspiration away from my glasses.

5. I have a big head (thanks, Mom & Dad), so I must wear large frames.

6. As for jewelry, my wedding ring, engagement ring, earrings, and a wristwatch are all I need -- and a large necklace for fancy affairs.

Clare 17 Sep 2012, 13:29

It struck me today just how many of my colleagues wear glasses, especially when one I've known for years turned up with large RayBans with a moderate prescription. I'd never even known she wore contacts, although maybe not surprising as she works in another country so we don't see each other often. It made me think how it would go down in my small team if I do have to wear glasses to work in the coming days/weeks - our boss is a middle aged man, with glasses, who would probably comment as he likes to talk to the females about clothes/shopping and all the other things we talk about, and I have three other colleagues with glasses only one of whom knows I even wear contacts, they'd probably make a comment too.

I think they'd be mostly interested in the style - yesterday my friend now with glasses even pushed my hair to one side to look at the arms as she said "who's are they", she's very brand conscious!

ehpc 17 Sep 2012, 07:13

Hollie - glasses look just SO GREAT on a woman in formal dress :) Glad you've got some bigger frames :) Your posts are great - a real 'career woman' GWG :) And GWG at work pretty much all the time :) Mega :) Pete

Hollie 17 Sep 2012, 06:20

Ah Puffin, I actually think bold glasses and bold jewellry are too much together- its either one or the other!

Hollie 17 Sep 2012, 01:03

My current glasses are very 'work-y' and wouldn't go with anything delicate. I only really like plastic frames (and believe me, its taken me a while to get there!!) and I accept they don't go with every outfit. I like the freedom contacts bring, not seeing a frame around your vision. I've always been irritated by the way I have to move my head in glasses, e.g. to see the keyboard when typing at my laptop. Also hate wearing glasses when exercising as they slip down and steam up. I do wear them when I go to the gym before work but as I've said previously, its difficult as I end up taking them off and my uncorrected vision is not great, if people start talking to me I'd struggle to recognise them!

Juicebox- I remember a friend of mine getting their glasses pulled off in a club at uni, he got them back but is pretty odd I guess!

Juicebox 16 Sep 2012, 18:56

If that girl did have more than one pair of glasses and matched them to her outfit, I'm jealous! I'm so picky when it come to choosing that I just have the one pair. I'd try buying online but I have a kinda small face and it's hard to find glasses that fit! :(

And 16 Sep 2012, 18:03

Blimey Hollie I'm guessing you weren't bare-eyed long in the gym. My gf has a -7.50 prescription and will go to the loo and shower bare-eyed but that's it. She too prefers contacts and wears them every day.

lentifan 16 Sep 2012, 18:01

OK, that could be another reason. I hadn't thought of people deliberately messing around with someone else's glasses, especially if they knew you were dependent on them. I suppose people do stupid things when stoned.

If you're stoned yourself, you could easily lose your contact lenses, I'd have thought, unless their continuous wear ones.

I was on a train recently, sitting opposite two young ladies who were clearly going for a night on the town. One of them was very attractive and wearing red framed glasses which, while clearly necessary (I'd guess about -10d)were clearly obviously part of her outfit as her clothes and jewellery matched. Whether she chose all her clothes to go with her red glasses or had different coloured frames to go with different outfits I couldn't say, but had I been about 30 years younger she would have attracted me.

Juicebox 16 Sep 2012, 17:46

Whilst I am willing to admit vanity does play a role, going out with glasses on is a sure way to get them lost, stolen or broken. Us university goers are not known for our sobriety (I guess I'm a bit of an oddball as i drink nowhere near as much as most) and accidents do happen. Also, people seem to think its alright to take things off your face and my case it would be a rather pricey mistake to wear mine out!

Juicebox 16 Sep 2012, 17:46

Whilst I am willing to admit vanity does play a role, going out with glasses on is a sure way to get them lost, stolen or broken. Us university goers are not known for our sobriety (I guess I'm a bit of an oddball as i drink nowhere near as much as most) and accidents do happen. Also, people seem to think its alright to take things off your face and my case it would be a rather pricey mistake to wear mine out!

Puffin 16 Sep 2012, 17:21

Glasses can work for women's formal dress, for instance you can wear them with some bold jewellry, the glasses are just another sparkly thing on/near your head.

Hollie 16 Sep 2012, 16:29

Yes I think thats it - friends vs work colleagues. I rarely wear glasses in front of my friends. Perhaps I should bite the bullet and wear for drinks after work too? Am now wondering whether colleagues think I'm odd for wearing CLs for work drinks after specs all day.

I think generally my glasses don't go with my 'going out' look which is glam, lots of make up etc. Specs can look odd with formal dress for a woman I think- not so much for men.

Clare 16 Sep 2012, 15:23

I think it was mostly comments like "oh, you're wearing glasses" but as she's been wearing them now for two months I'm sure there aren't many comments. I think initially she wanted to reply "yes, glasses, but not through choice!" I think she's okay with it now. I think she has a great advantage that she's cracked it now and can revert to wearing them without too much comment.

I think if I do wear glasses at work I probably wouldn't make the switch to contacts for work socials. I think if people are used to seeing you with glasses then they expect you wear glasses socially. But if you turn up wearing glasses and people don't expect it, as i may on friday, then it can be more embarrassing for everyone!

lentifan 16 Sep 2012, 15:23

I am curious as to why ladies, who can happily wear their glasses all day at work, want to wear contact lenses when out socially. OK, I can think of two reasons: glasses can, I suppose, get a bit misted up when 'clubbing' in a hot night-spot, and singles might want to look their best when mixing socially. However, as most ladies look prettier in a well chosen pair of glasses, I think they would in many cases do better to leave the contacts out.

But ladies who are happily in a relationaship - why do they feel the need to wear contacts to 'drinks', for instance?

Hollie 16 Sep 2012, 15:11

Yes thats right. I think you work in finance too? What kind of reactions has your colleague had? I would say completely acceptable to wear specs at work. I think almost 75% of my team are short sighted, some only wear glasses part time though. We're quite evenly split between contacts and glasses wearers. It does mean there are a fair few discussions on eyesight, prescription etc. My boss, who is around -3.5, adopts the same approach as me, specs in office, CLs socially, although for work socials she generally wears glasses. Funny that I don't really as everyone at work knows I wear them! I am going for drinks with colleagues on thursday, you can bet I'll nip to the loos and put my lenses in before- not really thought about the fact it probably would make no difference if I didn't!

Clare 16 Sep 2012, 14:50

Hollie - I think I'm right in thinking you work in professional services? I used to about 7 years ago, which was also when I had conjuncitivitis and had a month when I had to wear glasses. I think its the sort of environment where it is very acceptable to wear glasses as they add to the professional look. Its also acceptable in my field too and I have some stylish and attractive female colleagues who have no issues with glasses. When my friend was talking about the reaction she'd had at work to her wearing glasses, I said that I've been told I look "intelligent" with glasses and that can't be a bad look!

Hollie 16 Sep 2012, 14:39

I had a similar dilemma when I started to wear CLs less. Used to take them out when I got home, but not always practical! I have dinner with friends tomorrow night, drinks tues and thurs night and run on weds- all activities I do not want to wear specs for! Not wearing specs for work would give me 16 hour days in contacts, which I just can't hack anymore. I'm even considering stopping wearing my CLs to client meetings. Think it might help me be taken more seriously. I'm conscious as a fashionably dressed woman in a fairly uptight profession this might not always be the case!

Clare 16 Sep 2012, 14:17

I did the sensible thing today and decided I'd wear my glasses to go out to lunch. I've now worn them all weekend and am pretty comfortable about it. When I explained to my friend who's currently also wearing glasses that I need to minimise evenings/weekends wear of contact lenses she asked if I was planning to wear them at work. I said I didn't know but its something I have already thought about as not wearing much at the weekend may not always be convenient so I may need to do some balancing during the week. For example, I'm already out two evenings in the week and am not sure if I should just go the extended wearing hours or not - the optician did say that if I do a long day/evening then I should leave out contacts on the following day.

Cactus Jack 16 Sep 2012, 08:41


I think so, but when it comes to spelling and grammar I am really far from my areas of expertise. I would have said "spelled", but I knew I had heard the word "spelt" used as a past tense for "spell", maybe from my grandparents. Also, I knew I had seen the word in a specialty food market. Out of curiosity, I looked it up in the Dictionary on my computer and discovered that "spelt" was absolutely correct usage in your post and I thought I would help the anonymous poster with his/her English. I know English is not an easy language to learn and I usually try to help and encourage people who are trying to learn English, if I can. However, I am anything but an expert. I could probably be in a room full of Gerunds and would not know if they were hostile or would bite.


Hollie 16 Sep 2012, 02:21

Completely off topic, CJ, but do Americans tend to use spelled rather than spelt?

Cactus Jack 15 Sep 2012, 16:40

Spelt is a past and past participle of the word spell. It is primarily used by the British. Spelt (noun) is also a kind of wheat, but not in this context.


 15 Sep 2012, 15:38

i try to understand English, please forgive, but what is a spelt?

Soundmanpt 15 Sep 2012, 10:56


My fault, you are correct I should pay closer attention on the various spellings. I will now.

Hollie 15 Sep 2012, 10:26

I think the other one is spelt Holly rather than Hollie

Soundmanpt 15 Sep 2012, 09:44

Things are getting confusing??? There are now 2 "Hollie's" inhere. One that has been here on and off for quite a few years just posted and she has a the rx of -6.75 -1.00 / -5.75 -1.00 and then we also have a slightly newer "Hollie" and she is -2.50 / -2.00. It would be helpful if one or both of you could add something to your titles so there won't be any confusion.

Revolver 15 Sep 2012, 08:46


Look at it this way, if you wear your glasses when you go out with your friend who still has to wear hers, you've started a 2-person support group....maybe it will catch on!

Eye Doc 15 Sep 2012, 07:18

All these "wear them more or less" postings are silly when you realize that glasses don't heal anything, and wearing them more or less often won't change the end result of your vision in the slightest bit!

Feel free to wear your glasses only when you want to see better.

o-o ma ))(( love ! 14 Sep 2012, 22:20

Hollie 14 Sep 2012, 16:18

reading with glasses the text would appear much sharper ! I guess you would like the sharpness of your vision sooo much .

o-o ma ))(( love ! 14 Sep 2012, 22:16

Hollie 14 Sep 2012, 11:05

I guess you can see it up cloooose ! like 10 cm away

GreginColo 14 Sep 2012, 20:54

Cactus Jack; I enjoy reading your posts; they are always so thoughtful and insightful.

Cactus Jack 14 Sep 2012, 18:37


What you have described is similar to a person that wears a slightly stronger minus Rx than is needed for 20/20 vision. Everything seems more crisp and colors seem more vibrant. Often, slight minus over correction results in 20/15 vision.

It is possible that your Rx has decreased slightly or seems to have done so. There are actually two kinds of myopia. Axial or true myopia is caused by a mismatch between the length of your eyeball and the total power of your eye's lens system where the the eyeball is too long. Generally, that type of myopia does not decrease, but only increases if the eyeball grows longer. The other type myopia is called pseudo or false myopia. This type is usually related to the the ciliary muscles and crystalline lens in the eye, which is part of your eye's auto-focus system. Sometimes, for several reasons, the crystalline lens does not fully relax after focusing close and the symptoms of needing stronger minus glasses appear. If you get stronger glasses and the crystalline lens finally relaxes, you will be slightly over corrected.

Another thing that can happen is what is called "Second Sight" where their Rx decreases to the point where they don't need glasses. Sometimes this occurs when a person starts developing cataracts, which changes the transparent protein that makes up the crystalline lens.

If you have not had an eye exam in a while, you might want to consider one. Ask the examiner if he/she sees any evidence of a developing cataract or any eye diseases. If it is just need a mild Rx change and your like your existing Rx, I would not get new glasses. One of the side benefits of an eye exam is that the eyes are windows into the body and many lurking health problems are discovered during an eye exam long before they manifest themselves otherwise. Many health problems can be stopped in their tracks and reversed if detected early.


Hollie 14 Sep 2012, 16:18

My most recent rx is -6.75 -1 and -5.75 -1. To be honest virtually everything is a blur without them! Don't even really read without them anymore, they're on when I get out of bed and then all day. Gone are the days I took them on and off all the time!

Clare 14 Sep 2012, 15:15

Hollie - I'm surprised you feel safe on a treadmill when you can't see the display! We have mirrors facing the treadmills and I'm more than happy not to be able to see myself clearly ;)

I am nearly through week one of my new regime, although it lapsed a bit tonight as I went out for a drink after work.

Tomorrow I will definitely be wearing glasses but I haven't decided whether I will wear them when I go out with friends on Sunday. One of them is the friend who has a serious cornea problem and hasn't been able to wear contacts for 2 months. If I do wear glasses it would probably be a surprise to her even though we both shared our contacts issues when her problem was diagnosed.

Hollie 14 Sep 2012, 11:05

I discovered yesterday I couldn't see the display on the treadmill bare-eyed (no surprise I guess at my prescription) which was irritating. Also not a hope of recognising anyone else in the gym without them!

Ernie 14 Sep 2012, 09:13

30 and no changes of that kind.

Cactus jack 14 Sep 2012, 08:58


May I ask your age and if there have been any recent changes in your health or environment?


Ernie 14 Sep 2012, 08:49

I got new glasses (-2.5 with slight astigmatism in both eyes) about 7 months ago and now I feel like my eyes are changing possibly. It seems my right eye wonders a bit from time to time and all of sudden my vision seems more vibrant with them than they used to. I am definitely more than used to the new prescription at this point. Any ideas on what is occurring?

Clare 14 Sep 2012, 06:18

Hollie - I don't do well with glasses in the gym and, like you, have taken them off when they get annoying! It doesn't matter if I'm on the equipment after all but it's nice to be able to see what's going on properly!

o-o ma ))(( love ! 13 Sep 2012, 21:56

Hollie 13 Sep 2012, 15:20

when the frame slides down you can push it up nose !! instead of taking off.

Soundmanpt 13 Sep 2012, 16:05


I was thinking the same thing. Even if she calls and her doctor isn't available at the moment. They would still have to look up Clare's file anyway so they would tell her that they would need to call her back later anyway. But it is clear the less she wears her contacts the better off she will be. Even though I am sure she is more attractive than she thinks she is when she is wearing her glasses she is still determined to wear contacts.

Hollie 13 Sep 2012, 15:20

Clare- I do the exact opposite to you with the CL routine! Put mine in as I'm leaving work for the past 4 days for a gig/run/cinema trip/dance class! Do you wear glasses in the gym? I went this morning and ended up taking them off whilst on the treadmill as they just kept slipping down my nose.

Perhaps you should call and ask how much of a break you should be taking from them?

Clare 13 Sep 2012, 09:22

Hollie - doing okay but have only taken them out as I leave the office for the last three evenings. I've not done much socially, only been to the gym, so it doesn't feel that different. At the weekend I'm out with friends on one day do I will have to decide whether I wear contacts or not.

My eyes feel very relaxed with my glasses but I'm not sure exactly what she meant by 'minimise wear at the weekend'! I realise now I should have asked if its okay to wear one day out of the two or if there a certain number of hours. I'm using the drops and think that the fluctuating near vision in my left eye is better though I can sometimes still feel a pinching sensation in that eye which is the drier one.

Hollie 13 Sep 2012, 00:17


I can't find a link, but slim brown plastic frame, slightly larger frame size than the chanels I had previously. I haven't been advised to discontinue permanently but have had a couple of instances of being told not to wear for a month or to wear specs more than lenses. As I said, I'm quite used to wearing glasses for work now. I would still rather wear contacts but there are definite advantages in terms of comfort after a day in the air conditioned office. I notice when I have meetings and wear lenses in the office that my eyes always feel a little sore at the end of the day.

How are you doing with wearing lenses slightly less as advised?

Clare 12 Sep 2012, 14:04

Hi Hollie - yes I did, and am very glad now! I found the same pair on the internet on this website - what I really liked about them was the contrast colour on the arms.

They're also really comfortable. What are yours? You said earlier that in the past you'd been advised to discontinue wearing your contacts, what was the reason?

Melyssa 12 Sep 2012, 06:32


Gemma had the exact same prescription to start out with as I did, although I am not sure which eye was -1.75 and which eye was -1.50 for me. I was not keen on wearing those brown at the top, clear at the bottom cat's-eyes, but I had to in order to see the blackboard at school or to watch TV and movies. Of course, now I have a pair similar to that one, and I enjoy wearing it, just like all the others. Amazing what 48 years can do. :)

Carrie 12 Sep 2012, 06:30

Clare - she didn't want to wear her glasses because she was shy and didn't want the attention that someone gets when they wear glasses for the first time. She was also scared of the bullies.

Dan - her increase is similar to the strength of her first glasses. I didn't think it was that big a jump, although it is a bigger jump than she got from her first prescription to her current one. It has been just under 2 years since her last eye test and she got her current glasses. She had her very first eye test and got her first glasses 2 years before that.

She hadn't noticed much of a change as when she gets the bus the same people get on when she does so she doesn't even bother checking the bus number. When she drives it's only in the local area that she knows very well and doesn't need road signs. She had noticed that a temporary notice about some roadworks was difficult to read and that was when she first thought that she might need new glasses. Struggling to read the lower lines of the eyechart in the Dr's room (when she went to see him about her tiredness) was what made her decide to get her eyes tested sooner.

Hollie 11 Sep 2012, 16:55


I gather from some of the comments you got new frames? What style did you get? I got some new ones a couple of months ago, larger lenses than my previous ones and thinner arms but still brown plastic.

Dan 11 Sep 2012, 14:57


A -1.25 and -1.5 jump is fairly significant. How long had it been since her last appointment and do you know how many years ago it was when she first got glasses?

Clare 11 Sep 2012, 13:29

Carrie - I think its not unusual for people around -1.50 not to wear them very much. I didn't and I remember being surprised when an optician told me I should wear them more, including just walking down the road which I considered quite unnecessary! I didn't do as he said (of course) and it was only when I got to around -2.25 that I switched to contacts.

Lucas 11 Sep 2012, 12:02

Hey carrie, what kind of glasses did she pick out?

Lucas 11 Sep 2012, 12:02

Hey carrie, what kind of glasses did she pick out?

Carrie 11 Sep 2012, 09:39

Gemma found her all prescriptions. She had filed them and she must have knocked the tag/label thing off when she filed the copy of her new prescription (she is very organised!) For the glasses she has at the moment it says "Left -2.25" and "Right -2.50". I was correct about her new prescription being "Left -3.50" and "Right -4.00". Her first prescription says "Left -1.50" and "Right -1.75" (the same as mine is now except it's - not +!). I asked her how she managed hardly wearing her first glasses. She said she just managed. She didn't realise how bad her eyesight was until she got glasses but would only wear them when she couldn't see something by squinting. She didn't really want glasses but knew she had to get them. She also knew she would be teased and bullied for having them which is why she hardly wore them. She now thinks she probably would have been better off wearing her first glasses full time. She knows she should have worn them a lot more than she did. She said she probably would have eventually began wearing her current glasses full time and I gave her the courage and confidence to do it sooner.

She is looking forward to getting her new glasses (should be Wednesday or Thursday) so she can see better. She remembers how sharp and clear the eye chart was when she was looking through the test lenses - she could read every letter on the bottom line - and how everything went fuzzy when the optician moved the lenses away. She couldn't read the bottom few lines with her glasses on.

Clare 10 Sep 2012, 15:13

Rayray - thanks, I will. I'm not sure if this is a minor or potentially significant issue but I want to be able to wear contacts for many years to come, so will be more responsible about contacts and get used to wearing glasses more. My eyes will certainly welcome the comfort and, had I not had this diagnosis I'd probably have carried on putting up with it. Funny how things work out.

Rayray 10 Sep 2012, 14:16

Hi Clare - do follow the advice - I do the same thing as Hollie as if you wear glasses for work it limits the amount of time your in contacts. I find they are more important for sport and leisure activities. This change was forced upon me following a corneal ulcer which caused by an eye infection caught from a swimming pool over 5 years ago. I think now it could have been that amoeba thing discussed recently. Luckily my eyes made a full recovery but it limited my ability to wear contacts for a long time. I now work in heavy industry and the dust problem are even worse for cls than the aircon problems of an office environment. Having to wear safety glasses anyway it makes no difference if they a rx or not.

Clare 10 Sep 2012, 14:11

Thanks Cactus, really value your experience and sound advice.

Cactus Jack 10 Sep 2012, 14:10


Everyone is different and your situation is likely different from others. I think it is likely that we may have over reacted a bit, but in this situation, it is better to err on the side of caution.

The main thing is to be aware of what is going on and pay attention to what your eyes are telling you. If the contacts get uncomfortable or even noticeable, it is time to take action.

Also remember that high moisture contacts cannot produce tears, they just make excellent use of the tears that are there. One trick I have used to reduce irritation on removal, if I have let my eyes get a bit too dry, is to put a few drops of artificial tears in my eyes and using my finger move the contact around on my cornea until it moves effortlessly and comfortably, then remove it.


Clare 10 Sep 2012, 14:01

Hollie - I'm sure that you look very professional with glasses. My friend who's been prevented from wearing contacts for 2 months now due to extreme dry eye insisted that we let her take off her glasses for a photo because she's convinced she looks better without them. She looked fine, just we're not used to seeing her with glasses - although of course we're getting used to it. Guess we'll always have these hang ups!

Clare 10 Sep 2012, 13:54

Thanks everyone for the comments and advice. I realise that only my optician really knows the situation but its helpful to hear other people's experiences too. I'm not going to take any risks and have been using the eye drops today and took out my contacts as soon as I got home, which was a 13 hour period, I may move to taking them out sooner and will carry glasses as you suggest Soundmanpt.

Its surprising to me that there is any dryness as I'm using O2 Optix Aqua so they should be a good lubricating lens and the optician said that she thinks they're one of the best. She said the dry patch is in the middle of my cornea, I don't know if that's significant at all? I went there just expecting her to upgrade my contacts to a newer more technologically advanced brand, I didn't expect her to say that there were any other issues.

I've also been guilty of tolerating my contacts even when they're uncomfortable, I guess that's a habit I have to stop now. Because my eyes have been uncomfortable in the last month or so I've worn glasses much more than ever before and am getting used to it. Cactus, I know that I'm not an allergic person so this must relate to inadequate tears or just my eyes becoming sensitive due to the environment, it sounds from what Hollie and r say that its quite common - although I don't know anyone who's had the same reaction and, as you know, many of my friends wear contacts.

Soundmanpt 10 Sep 2012, 13:24


If your eyes are not producing enough moisture that is something that won't get better. But like Cactus Jack said the best advice you can get is from your eye doctor as she is the one seeing into your eyes first hand. It doesn't sound like it has reached a serious point or she would have told you not wear your contacts at all, but she is making it clear that you do have something that she needs to keep a close watch on to see how limiting your contact wear will help. Now to be honest if she doesn't see enough improvement when you go back in November then she may tell you to stop wearing contacts and wear your glasses. My personal thought is that even though the air conditioning is not helping you, your eyes may have slowed down on tear production as well. Put those two things together and it is causing the problem. One thing you should do is from now on no matter what time of day it is if your eyes start to bother you you should remove your contacts right away and put on your glasses. If you don't already keep your glasses in your bag, you should start having them with you so you can quickly change if need be.

Hollie 10 Sep 2012, 08:15


I had a couple of periods of dry sore eyes and being advised to limit/suspend wearing CLs for a while. Partly what prompted me to switch to specs for work when just in the office. I find I can tolerate lenses evenings and weekends with no trouble at all now. I decided I'd rather wear lenses outside work and be comfortable rather than trying to wear them all the time and having sore eyes. It did pain me to do so from a vanity point of view, however.....

philip 10 Sep 2012, 06:48

Clare, please don't take any risks. My father lost his sight in one eye from corneal ulceration. Why not take the opportunity to "come out" in those lovely frames you have. After a day or so your being a gwg will be "yesterday's news".

Clare 10 Sep 2012, 05:05

Listening to you all has made me more concerned now than I thought I had

reason to be. I assumed that  my condition isn't a big deal as she only

said to  'minimise' wear weekends/evenings. She didn't give me any

indication that it could become serious if I didn't do that. I suppose I'm

lucky that this is a wake up call for me, I have a friend who was diagnosed

with eyes so dry that her corneas looked pitted, she was banned from

wearing contacts completely till they recover, she had no symptoms at all.

Cactus Jack 10 Sep 2012, 01:17


You should follow the suggestions by your ECP with diligence. She is looking at the specific problem and we can only offer generalities. One thing I would suggest is that you do not ignore or minimize any suggestion from your ECP related to the dry patch (e.g. the eye drops) that she makes. If anything, you should perhaps try to do a bit better than she suggested. Do not stop dealing with the problem until it has absolutely, positively gone away. The potential consequences are serious corneal damage.

If the underlying problem is inadequate tear production, you may have to deal with that for a long time to come. Often, it is age or genetics related, but allergies and occasionally infections can also contribute to the problem.

In the US, there are some non-Rx "supplements" that can help in mild cases. I don't know what might be available in the UK, but I believe Bausch and Lonb offers something along that line and there is a company here in the US, Biosyntrix if I remember right that offers something by mail, that might be helpful. I have also seen ads for prescription Restasis that is helpful for some people.


Likelenses 10 Sep 2012, 01:03


Best to limit your time in contacts.

Dry patches can lead to misshaped corneas,which then produces high amounts of astigmatism.You surely do not want that,as high toric contacts then would be required.If that happened your doctor would most likely not even give them to you,but instead prescribe glasses with the high cylinder.

Clare 10 Sep 2012, 00:08

Soundmanpt - thanks for responding. Yes she did suggest using eye drops during the day, I have some but have not used them regularly so will start doing that today.

A couple of things I forgot to ask were - am I going to have to cut down the length of time I wear contacts from now on even when the dry patch disappears, and whether its quite common for this to happen. I presume its not too bad in my case.

Soundmanpt 09 Sep 2012, 17:45


Sorry I am first now able to get back to you, but Cactus Jack provided you with a very good response as to the "dry patch on your cornea". Basically it just means that you have dry eyes and your eyes aren't providing enough tears and that isn't isn't a good thing if you wear contacts. As he stated some things that might help is various products such as "Tear Natural" which is artificial tears which moistens the eyes. Did your doctor recommend using drops more often during the day? But really the best advice is of course to limit how much you wear your contacts which it sounds like your trying to do. It's probably a good thing that you found a pair of glasses that you actually like, a little, so that you don't mind nearly as much when you have to wear glasses.

r 09 Sep 2012, 16:40

Hollie's approach is basically the approach I have taken. Part of it is due to the fact that my desk at work is basically right under a vent, which blows dry air in my general direction.

Clare 09 Sep 2012, 15:00

Hi Hollie - no I'm not planning any change to my work routine but will take out my contacts in the evening, maybe when I leave work, otherwise its a 14 hour day with contacts which I've been told is not acceptable! I've worn glasses since my appointment yesterday but will wear contacts again tomorrow.

Crystal Veil 09 Sep 2012, 12:38


there is no need for Gemma to worry about lens thickness at -3.50 / -4.00. You may expect so see some faint power rings emerging but that's all.

Hollie 09 Sep 2012, 06:08

I have found the best wearing schedule for CLs for me personally is to wear specs in the office most of the time (exceptions being client meetings where I feel more confident in CLs) and contacts for sports/socialising/weekends. If I'm not doing anything that involves seeing friends or going out etc on a weekend day, I'd probably wear glasses then too. Are you planning to wear specs for work now? You will find people comment for a very short period of time and then only when you change frames (if they notice!). I was on the way to a meeting with a partner the other day and after about half an hour he suddenly said to me 'you're not wearing your glasses'. He must have seen me lots of times without them so was a little confused at the surprise! Most people don't comment that I switch so much. I explained I was wearing contacts and he said he'd always found them a faff but his wife was never seen without hers. Interestingly they have two myopic teenagers, both of whom have been wearing specs the times I have met them and in photos so his wife has clearly not passed her attitude onto her daughter! He was interested in the fact I wore them for meetings and not in the office normally, in his words, like I am a 'different person' in front of clients.

Carrie 09 Sep 2012, 03:57

Gemma got her eyes tested the other day and was given a stronger prescription. I can't remember it exactly but I'm fairly sure it is -3.50 in one eye and -4.00 in the other. She knew her vision had got worse. Her prescription was around -2.50, but she couldn't remember exactly. She said her right eye was slightly worse than the left.

Her new glasses will be ready next week. She's now worried that the lenses are going to be thick. I told her that they shouldn't be very thick as her prescription is only a little bit stronger but obviously they will have to be a little thicker than they are now. (Was I right in saying her prescription has only gone up a little? I just said it to reassure her.)

Clare 09 Sep 2012, 03:47

Cactus Jack - thank you very much. It surprised me when she said the dryness was on my cornea as I presumed it would be on the white part of the eye. I am going to do as she suggests and will go back in early November to see if its improved, which she expects it will.

Cactus Jack 09 Sep 2012, 00:53


Your corneas do not have a blood supply so they depend on tears to provide moisture and the air for a good oxygen supply to the cells in the cornea. If the cornea does not get enough moisture and oxygen it can cause ulcers to form with possible permanent damage. Part of proper fitting of CL (correct Base Curve and Diameter) is to assure that the contacts are floating on a tear film between the cornea and the CL. Also, the contact need to move around as you blink to "pump" tears under the contacts. Try to blink more.

The dry patch your ECP mentioned is probably an area on the surface of your corneas that is not getting enough tears to keep it properly lubricated, moisturized, and oxygenated. Please follow your ECP's instructions regarding wear. Your environment is not the best for CLs, but with understanding and proper actions you can prevent permanent damage and still enjoy wearing contacts.

You might also consider using lubricating artificial tears several times a day or you may need to look into supplements that promote increased tear production or if that is not effective, Rx medications that promote increased tear production.


Clare 08 Sep 2012, 17:32

I went for a contacts check up today. I booked it because my eyes were feeling uncomfortable during and at the end of the day and I wanted to make sure there was no real problem. It turned out I have a dry patch on my cornea - Cactus Jack/Soundmanpt, please can you explain please what this means? Also my working environment - air con, PC screens, London pollution - are apparently bad for contacts wearers. My prescription and lenses are good but the recommendation was to minimise contacts for evenings and weekends and go back in two months to see if there's an improvement in comfort, which means people will be seeing more of me in glasses. She didn't exactly scare me but she made me think when she said if I over stress my eyes for a day by wearing them for a long time that's fine if I can tolerate it, and I should compensate by wearing glasses the following day, but if I keep over-wearing that my eyes will suffer in the long run. As I want to be able to wear contacts for a long time to come that would be a big issue for me!

Cactus jack 06 Sep 2012, 07:38


I am beginning to think that you may be experiencing problems with early onset of presbyopia. The idea that presbyopia doesn't cause problems until around 40 is just not true. It often happens sooner than that in people who have low to moderate hyperopia. You could also have a bit more than the +0.75 of hyperopia. It is called latent hyperopia and it can be hard to detect.

I think you need to go back to your Eye Care Professional and tell them what you are experiencing. If you would like to do a low cost experiment, you could try getting some +1.25 or +1.50 readers and try wearing them over your regular glasses when you need to use the computer or do any other close work. Admittedly, it will seem and look funny, but it might help isolate the cause of your visual fatigue. You need to wear them over your regular glasses so the cylinder correction for your astigmatism will be there. Astigmatism causes problems at all distances and uncorrected or incorrectly corrected astigmatism can cause fatigue problems in itself because, unlike hyperopia, you have no internal means to correct it, but your eyes will try to and it is very tiring.


Avery 05 Sep 2012, 20:08

Cactus jack, I am 35 years old and live in the states. I actually had a prescription previously for slight astigmatism, but struggled on my lap top or reading text at a distance for presentations and such. I got my regular once every two year exam and decided to try wearing my glasses all the time as my eye doctor told me glasses for astigmatism wouldn't help late in the day after your eyes are already tired. My glasses have helped but my eyes just feel worn out. I think there isnt any issues with the prescription as my vision is much clearer with my glasses. When I previously had my other prescription of +50, -.50 sometimes I'd adjust quickly and other days I wouldn't. I figured I never fully adjusted to them. I know my current prescription isn't that strong at +.75, -.50, but it was enough to be annoying without glasses. Maybe I am still at the point it's not worth using correction. Appreciate any thoughts.

Cactus Jack 05 Sep 2012, 19:00


That just does not sound right to me. Could you tell us a bit more about yourself. Your age, where you live, your occupation, and your symptoms that prompted you to get an eye exam would be very helpful.


Avery 05 Sep 2012, 17:29

Just an update that eyes feel even more worn out after day 3 of wearing glasses. Hope that it starts getting better versus getting worse. I have heard it can take up to two weeks to get used to new glasses. I hope that is not the case.

Amy 05 Sep 2012, 15:00

That does all make sense, but I am finding it hard to get used to having to need glasses. I do wear them when I have to, but at the ment I don't feel like wearing them fulltime.

As I don't need them to see clearly all the time I prefer having the option. Maybe there will be a day I will need to or want to wear them the majority of the time.

Soundmanpt 05 Sep 2012, 12:37


Like I have said your doing very good with wearing your glasses. you have pretty much exposed yourself to everyone that you know so they all now know you wear glasses and you have done very well with trying to get used to wearing them. It seems lie your eyes are adjusting to them quite well the more you wear them. You should now be getting to where you even forget your wearing them. I think your finding that even though your computer is not at a real distance keeping your glasses on at work is making your eyes feel more comfortable. There is little doubt that without your glasses your straining your eyes looking at your computer and that will only tend to make your vision get worse. And the more you wear them the more you will get used to seeing yourself in the mirror wearing them.

Cactus Jack 04 Sep 2012, 20:13

Thanks Soundmanpt. I may have some theoretical and a little practical knowledge from dealing with my own problems, but you have years of practical experience that I will never have. I think it is great when we can combine our talents to assist others in understanding the "mysteries" of vision - which really are not all that mysterious.


Thanks for your kind remarks. I think you are right about optometrists and other ECPs. They have the knowledge and tools for vision correction, but often, they are limited in time to help the patients fully understand their vision problems and what they can expect from having their vision corrected.

I think the biggest problem is helping people understand that the eyes are merely biological cameras that sometimes need a little help to deliver high quality images to the brain.


Soundmanpt  04 Sep 2012, 19:42

I think we all have learned from Cactus Jack. I have been around optics in one way or another for some 43 years and his knowledge is beyond me.

Specs4Me 04 Sep 2012, 19:28

Right on CJ. Some folks don't appreciate the fact that you have a wealth of knowledge that would be unusual even in the optometric field. By that I mean that you understand how and why things work, the optometric professionals don't necessrily understand the optics as you do and I'm not sure that they need to. They understand how to use the optics to improve the vision of their petients.

Personally, I thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge with us. I have learned a great deal from your posts.

Cactus Jack 04 Sep 2012, 19:09

One more comment. The only smoke involved was that which we occasionally, inadvertently let out of the chips, resistors, and microprocessors we were using. Most people are not aware that all this electronic stuff works by virtue of the smoke inside. It must. If you let the smoke out, it usually stinks pretty badly and the thing stops working so smoke was generally not a good thing.


Cactus Jack 04 Sep 2012, 18:58

It is! You ought to try inventing or developing a device, process or procedure that revolutionizes how something is done and makes people more productive and their lives easier. Of course, that takes brain power, education and training with a dose of courage, creativity and imagination thrown in for good measure. The discovery of a visual phenomenon, that none of us knew existed, helped foster a deeper interest in vision and how it worked for me and was just one of the exciting discoveries we made along the way.

The adventure of discovery is powerful stuff and It is better than any artificial mood enhancer or destroyer. It has the advantages of not only being free, you can get paid while you enjoy it. Also, it lasts a long time and there is no hangover.

As an unexpected bonus, you may find your customers wanting you to solve other problems for them - with checkbook in hand.

Things that were revolutionary 20 years ago are common now and the things that are revolutionary now will be commonplace in much less than 20 years. My only regret at being nearly 75 is that I likely won't be around to participate in the adventure.


Avery 04 Sep 2012, 17:25

I just got my glasses for +.75 sphere and-.50 cylinder and have worn them for two full days. While my vision is really clear with them, my eyes feel really tired from them. I want to take them off for a break, but don't want to delay the adjustment process. How long should it take to get used to them? I don't think the prescription is super strong, but enough to make a significant difference. I am excited to see text more clearly on computer and at a difference, but don't like the worn out feeling. Is this normal? I have never worn glasses full time before.

 04 Sep 2012, 16:41

Cactus Jack, sounds like I'd love to have whatever hallucinogen you're all smoking in your office. must really be some awesome stuff!

Lucas 04 Sep 2012, 13:31

Hey congrats Amy! What do you not wear your glasses for right now?

Amy 04 Sep 2012, 13:14

Hi everyone, I have now been wearing my glasses the majority of the time including at work. I do feel that my eyes have become accustomed to them, I still haven't got used to seeing my reflection in them.

I don't think I will be carrying on wearing them all of the time yet despite noticing a difference with them, I guess this may happen in time once I have got used to wearing them and how I look on them.

Cactus Jack 04 Sep 2012, 10:58


Minification is actually caused by vertex distance effects. Vertex Distance is the distance from the front surface of your cornea and the back surface of your glasses or corrective lenses. The higher the Rx and the greater the distance, the greater the effect. The minification effects with your Rx is very small. Vision actually occurs in the brain. I suspect what you are "seeing" are the effects of your brain learning to process (or not have to process) the improved images it is receiving when you wear your glasses.

The brain has amazing power to correct blurry or distorted images IF it knows what something is supposed to look like. The brain even has the power to produce images without any visual input at all. For example, dreams and hallucinations.

You didn't mention your age or how long you have been wearing the glasses. Essentially, what is going on is normal and in a few days or weeks of full time wear, it will seem to go away. Intermittent wear just prolongs the learning or unlearning (programing) process in your brain.

I can relate two experiences with not seeing things as they really are. I got glasses when I was 14 and for several days corners of rooms at the ceiling did not look like they were built correctly where everything met at 90 degrees or right angles. Much later, my company was an early adopter of flat screen CRT computer monitors. For a day or two, everyone complained that the screens looked concave when they were actually flat. We had become accustomed to using CRT monitors that had faceplates that curved outward (to help resist air pressure against the internal vacuum), but our brains had leaned to perceive them as flat. Then when we got the true flat screen monitors, our brains interpreted what we saw as concave. After a few days, both the flat screen monitors looked flat and curiously, spherical faceplates also looked flat. The capabilities of the brain are amazing, but don't always believe what you see.


Soundmanpt 04 Sep 2012, 10:48


Like you say your glasses are on the weaker side,but i'm sure after you have worn them a while and take them off you notice a difference. Because they are on the weak side you shouldn't notice any minification when you put them on. But if any of your friends have perfect vision and they try them on they may notice it. It is much easier to for someone wearing over correction to notice minification. What happening in the morning is because you eyes aren't adjusted to wearing glasses. While your sleeping your eyes are just going back to how they have been used to seeing for so long. That will go away after you have worn them a while. All is very normal

Josh 04 Sep 2012, 09:24

I recently got my first glasses, which are -0.75 -.25 160 and -.75 -.50 200. I know they are not strong, and they are most helpful for night driving. In the morning sometimes I see worse with them! I thought with a minus lens there would be a bit of "minification", but find when I put them on things seem to be bigger and closer. Why is this. Is it normal? Thanks

Cactus Jack 03 Sep 2012, 13:19


There is a relationship between what a person can read on a Snellen Chart used for vision screening and a final Rx, but it is a very loose one, even in the low Snellen fractions. The Snellen fraction is not a true mathematical fraction. It simply means, in your case that you can read a specified height letter at 20 feet that a person with "normal" vision can read at 200 feet. It says nothing about how fuzzy the big "E" was, if you could actually read it, or simply that you knew what the top letter was even if it was a blob.

Your final Rx was the optical correction you needed to read the 20/20 line on the chart. Even the 20/20 line on the Snellen Chart is not "perfect" visual acuity it is the average visual acuity of a large sample of the population made many years ago, when the chart was developed. "Perfect" vision (whatever that means) is actually in the 20/15 to 20/10 range, but very few people in the population have vision that is that good. Absolute visual acuity is in some ways similar to the megapixel specification in a digital camera. Your retina has a finite number of Rods and Cones that determine your best possible VA and the actual number you have, the number of nerve fibers in your optic nerve, and the number of neurons in your visual cortex is probably controlled by genetics.

To some extent, even your final Rx is subjective. Vision actually occurs in the brain, the eyes are merely biological cameras. The examiner (human or machine) can evaluate the sharpness of the image on your retina, but neither one can tell how well you SEE it. Some people like very sharp and vivid vision. Others like a softer slightly fuzzy images. The examiner can only react to what you tell him/her.

For the lines on the chart near 20/20, there is an approximate 0.25 difference in the sphere correction needed to improve VA by one line. For example if your Rx is -2.00 for 20/20, -1.75 might give you 20/25 and -2.25 might give you 20/15, but there are many other factors that can affect VA beside sphere correction. Uncorrected astigmatism can affect VA at all distances very significantly.

As a screening tool to determine if an eye exam is justified, the standard Snellen Chart is fine, but it is not definitive. Your question was based on your experience with myopia. A person with UNCORRECTED hyperopia might also have 20/200 vision and need a + Rx to correct it.

Remember that hyperopia can be deceptive regarding that amount of external optical correction needed. If a person has not developed presbyopia, it is possible that they have the internal ability to correct significant hyperopia by using their ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses.

People with myopia REQUIRE external correction.

I hope this is helpful. If you want to know more about how all this works, I suggest some reading on Optics, Optical Physics, and Sir Isaac Newton's basic discoveries about the principles and formulas he developed around 1700.


Soundmanpt 03 Sep 2012, 10:08


I am not by any means a doctor but maybe I can give you a somewhat simple answer. First off you didn't mention either you your ages and that does have a role on the answer. My guess is she may be younger? But even though you both are at 20/200 she may not need as much correction to be able to see 20/20. Because her accommodation may be better than yours.

If Cactus Jack is reading this I know he will have a better and maybe more technical answer for you.

Max 03 Sep 2012, 05:52

Seems there are lots of very well informed people on here so I wondered if anyone can explain why there is apparently no link between someone's visual acuity and their prescription? I just can't understand how that can be the case!

I always though that someone with the same visual acuity would have the same sort of prescription. For example, my colleague and I both tested at 20/200 - I get a -2.25 but she gets just -1.75.

Are there any good sites that you know where someone call learn more?

Carrie 02 Sep 2012, 18:56


Gemma does mind wearing glasses. She would much rather have perfect vision. She has come to accept her vision isn't too good and she needs her glasses all the time. She knows that now she's older she won't get bullied for wearing glasses (sadly though we do get unpleasant comments for being lesbian. We try to ignore it and not let it show it bothers us but it does hurt) Gemma certainly doesn't mind me wearing glasses, especially if I do a sexy secretary or teacher on her!

My friend only flirted with me because she knew I was bi/lesbian and we were good friends. She had nothing against Gemma but fancied me and wanted me. It was a close thing as she did have a talent for getting the men she wanted even if they weren't single! It's funny I didn't fancy her when I first realised I was into women, she was just one of my closest friends, but my tastes changed and I do find her very attractive and I am also jealous of her athletic body (but then she's always been into sports whereas I have to force myself to go to the gym occasionally to try and stop me bulging over the top of my jeans!). I'd still fancy her without her glasses. Gemma has changed both our lives. If I hadn't met her at that party I would probably still be unconsciously denying I was attracted to women and my friend probably wouldn't have come out and wouldn't have met the woman she seems very happy with now. She would probably still be with the arse of a boyfriend she dumped before flirting with me. Amazing how one quiet and shy girl in her late teens has made 2 other girls in their late teens very happy all because she found the courage to kiss me at a Christmas party. I wasn't unhappy in my relationship with my boyfriend but looking back I think it was slowly coming to an end. I just ended much sooner and rather tactlessly. I'm very happy that my ex got over it and has a gorgeous girlfriend and has completely forgiven me (which reminds me, I haven't seen them for a while and we did agree to all meet up again sometime).

My manager has worn her glasses occasionally but she's mostly in contacts. She doesn't know I'm attracted to her. I don't know if I should tell her or not. My colleague (and good friend) has kept her promise and hasn't told anyone I fancy the manager. Gemma knows - she said the first time she saw the manager she thought I'd fancy her. She's not Gemma's type but she does agree she has a very nice face.

Amy 02 Sep 2012, 16:29

I'm that once I get accustomed to wearing glasses I might look into getting a variety of frames to wear.

At the moment it was hard enough to seen in the frames I have at the moment, so if this does happen it will be if I ever need to wear them fulltime. Also perhaps when people are used to seeing me in glasses.

Crystal Veil 02 Sep 2012, 14:57


Lucas is right. I often notice that the first pair of glasses is a cautious choice. Ladies who have a vast experience with glasses often develop a style of their own. Of course, this also has to do with what fashion dictates. Many young models who pose for me are surprised how many vintage frame styles actually suit their faces. A trip to memory lane for their photographer and a source of inspiration for the models.

Lucas 02 Sep 2012, 14:49

That ws probably due to you not being used to see yourself in glasses.

Amy 02 Sep 2012, 14:48

Yes I guess that may happen, but I found it hard to find 1 pair that I thought looked okay on me!!

Lucas 02 Sep 2012, 14:08

Thats understandable, but once your used to seeing it as a part of you or something you need, you'll be more open to trying out different styles, especially if you dont waer them all day. I find it easier in that situation to change pairs often. Its become a very stylish accessory. Im sure, if you havent already, heard a lot of guys mention sexy secretary or librarian. Trust me, its a compliment, a way to tell them theyre very attracted to you in your glasses

Amy 02 Sep 2012, 13:20

Sorry that post was from me to Lucas

Lucas 02 Sep 2012, 13:20

At the moment I don't really see glasses as a fashion accessory, but can understand how people can. Maybe once I have got used to them or feel I need to wear them more often, I might see them as an accessory and buy some more frames.

Lucas 02 Sep 2012, 13:08

Just see it as another fashion accessory. I have never understood why people have 20 bags but only one pair of glasses. You can find a bunch of cheap pairs (usually just the price of shipping with the promo codes) on coastal contacts (clearlycontacts in canada). Plus, most men enjoy the confidence it takes for a woman to wear glasses, its a very sexy thing to see a woman own up to them.

Amy 02 Sep 2012, 11:36

Lucas: I don't think I would go to full time wear, not unless it came a stage when I couldn't see with out them.

I am still not that keen on having to wear glasses, but understand their is not much I can do about it so I will have get used to wearing them when have too.

Lucas 02 Sep 2012, 11:02

Would you mind wearing them full time Amy?

Lucas 02 Sep 2012, 11:02

Would you mind wearing them full time Amy?

Amy 02 Sep 2012, 10:39

Yea you are correct they are a dark full frame, they are fairly bold for a first pair, but they did seem the ones that suited me the best'

I'm sure I will begin to not notice the frame in time, I think it is just because it is obviously something I haven't had to deal with before. It is an issue as well that I now have to turn my head riser to the side, after being used to just moving my eyes, but as my vision isn't so bad I can still see if Move my eyes. I have noticed that when I take my glasses off it does take longer for my eyes to adjust, this probably my eyes getting used to seeing with glasses.

Some of my friends did say that glasses did suit me, but that it would take a bit of getting used seeing me in them. A friend who wears contacts most of the time tried them on, and did say that they didn't make too much difference to her vision.

I will try to keep my glasses on at work for a few days, to see if it does stop the straying I feel in the evening.

Soundmanpt 02 Sep 2012, 10:14


Sorry, so you did mean the frame in front of your eyes? Yes you didn't say what your glasses look like, but I assume they may be a darkish frame and a full plastic frame? Some can get that type of frame as their first glasses and never notice the frame and others it is a distraction. I know you were having a difficult time picking out something that you thought you would like. But sometimes for a first time wearer a semi-rimless or rimless frame is a good choice as there is no frame to distract. But the more you get used to wearing them the more you will find that distraction will go away. Wearing glasses means you have to turn your head when your looking at something off to the left or right and not try looking out of the corner of your eye.

Well I bet your glad now that nearly everyone has seen you wearing glasses. The fear was much worse than the result wasn't it? I'm sure you must have been shaking when you walked up wearing glasses at the birthday party. But after a few comments not much was made about it. Then you met up with friends the same evening and kept your glasses on. You didn't say but aside from some friendly teasing did you get some nice complements on how they looked? Did your friends that tried them make any comments about how well you can see with them etc?

It sounds like you wore your glasses the whole 2 days while you were at your parents? That's the best way to get used to them. It seems your eyes have adjusted to them. I still think if you haven't you should keep them on at work as I think you will find they do help keep your eyes from getting tired with so much computer work. But if your sitting at home reading a book then you don't need your glasses.

By the way you are doing very good about letting the world know you wear glasses.

Soundmanpt 02 Sep 2012, 09:40


When Gemma started wearing her glasses full time i'm sure it wasn't long before she found her eyes didn't like being without them anymore. Now with her likely needing an increase it probably is even harder for her to go without them. But like I said she needed to be wearing them anyway so your encouragement was a good thing. It doesn't seem she minds wearing her glasses now. As you said she only didn't wear them much because she was afraid of being bullied. It doesn't hurt that you wear your glasses full time either.

Funny I was thinking just what you said about your college friend. If you both had come out at the same time about your interest in women you and her may be together today. You said she is quite attractive and since you fancy women wearing glasses and she now wears glasses full time she may have been perfect. You both even wear nearly the same prescription, but then again Gemma wears minus glasses and you plus so maybe it is better since opposites do attract.

Has your manager worn her glasses recently or is she back to contacts?

Carrie 02 Sep 2012, 05:45


No, she can't see very well without her glasses now. She used to be able to get around without them but she really struggles to do that now.

I was very surprised she became interested in women. She showed no sign of it during the time we were at college together until a few months ago when she started flirting with me. She is still very interested in men and just happens to be just as interested in women. She told me that she realised she found both sexes attractive in her final year at school but I was the first woman she flirted with. If I hadn't had such a strong relationship with Gemma she would have probably got me. My interest in men is very low compared to her. I would say she is definitely bisexual whereas I would actually class myself as lesbian now. I don't hate men, I just don't really fancy them any more now.

I do hope that customer does wear her glasses in the shop again. I do see quite a few very fanciable women coming in to the shop but there's only been 3 that I really liked. The best one is Gemma, my girlfriend (of course!). The other 2 are my manager and the hot customer.

Amy 02 Sep 2012, 03:43

No it is more the frame that I find abit distracting at the moment, I guess it is because vision is only through the a smaller part than I am used to. This is probably something that you get used to after wearing them more often.

I finally came out to my family and friends as a glasses wearer yesterday. We had a family get together where the majority oft family where there, for a relatives birthday. I turned up wearing my glasses which did take some doing, I kept on being tempted to hide them in my bag. My mum was quite shocked that I needed them, being the only one out of my brothers and sisters to need them. I think it will take her a while, same as me to get used to them. My brothers and sister all joked about them, as siblings would. I was conscious of wearing them, but I guess it had to be done at some point. I couldn't hide them forever.

Later on in the evening I meet up with some of my old friends wearing my glasses, again there was some mickey taking! Some of them tried them on, to see what they looked like in them.

I have stayed over at my parents so I might keep them on all day again as well. I have noticed that my vision seems worse without them, but as you say it is my eyes adjusting to them.

Soundmanpt 01 Sep 2012, 19:15


I'm sure you or her have any idea what the prescription was on her first glasses so no idea how much she should have been wearing them, but her second pair was certainly where she should have been wearing them full time from the day she got them. So you were correct in encouraging her to wear them all the time. I'm sure she now realizes that she can't really see very well without them.

Good to hear your college friend has found someone to be happy with. Were you somewhat surprised to find she was interested in women and not men? It's funny how things can sometimes work out.

Your customers probably picked up on how friendly you are and since she probably thought she might be needing glasses and the fact that she liked the style of glasses you were wearing she kinda bonded with you. It will be interesting to see if she will be wearing her glasses when she comes in again?

Carrie 01 Sep 2012, 15:46

Soundmanpt. That is very sweet of you. I think it's a pretty name too.

Yes her current glasses are her second ever. She got her first ones when she was still at school but she was too scared and shy to wear them much in case she got bullied - she was already bullied for being gay. She only wore them when she really couldn't see what she was looking at. Even when she got her current glasses (not long before we met), that had a stronger prescription, she was too shy to wear them much. I helped give her the confidence boost she needed to wear them all the time. This wasn't because I wanted her to but because she actually needed to.

My friend from college is all loved up with the slightly dykey but quite sexy woman she met earlier this year. Only seen her a couple of times and she is happier than I've seen her for ages and very much in love. I don't know much more and I don't want to pry.

I haven't seen the hot couple in the shop since last time when she showed me her glasses. I don't know why they they are being so friendly with me, I don't even know them except as customers.

Soundmanpt 01 Sep 2012, 13:02


Your girlfriend has a very pretty name, i'm sure she is as attractive as her name. Yeah you are correct that she could have been too far away or even too close. From what you describe she is a bit on the shy side so it would not be like her to ask the doctor where she needed to be to test her eyes? I'm sure he would have told her where she needed to be and what line she should be able to see with her glasses on. Your more out going and I think you wouldn't have any problem asking if it had been you? But really it doesn't matter much anyway since she is planning on going in the week or so anyway. By the way you mentioned her old pair of glasses and that she wasn't able to find them, is her current glasses just her second pair? And yes by all means only give your opinion when Gemma asks you what you think of a certain frame she is trying on. This may take her more time to find just the right frame since before she was only getting glasses that she was only going to wear when she needed them and not full time, now that she wears glasses full time picking the right one will be far more important to her.

Anything new with your friend from college that was getting to know the lesbian world? Has she found a partner or is she still just looking?

And has the young couple that the girl had only gotten her glasses about a week before and she was wearing them to get used to them been in since?

Carrie 01 Sep 2012, 12:25

I think it's about time I gave my girlfriend's name. It's Gemma.

Gemma said she was just looking at the eyechart on the wall as the Dr was looking at her medical records on his computer. He didn't test her vision. So she could well have been too far from the chart.

She said she would like to get another rimless pair but she would like to get something a bit bolder. It seems I have given her a big confidence boost since we've been together. She's never going to be as outgoing as me so she'd never get any big bold frames like mine. I won't pressure her into getting any frame she's not totally happy with. I will point out to her that just because I like doesn't it mean she should get it.

Gemma's current rimless pair do look very pretty on her. It will be very interesting to see her in a different style.

I suggested putting her old glasses on over her current ones to see if she could see clearer but she can't find her old ones.

Soundmanpt 01 Sep 2012, 00:24


Was her doctor testing her eyes or was she just checking out an eye chart in the doctor's office on her own? If he/she was testing her then it was likely from toe proper distance, but if she was just sitting in a chair while waiting on the doctor then it could be at the wrong distance. Most of the time if they have an eye chart they also have a mark on the floor at the proper distance. But even if she isn't due her regular eye exam until later on she is doing the proper thing if she feels her eyes have changed. I think most people that wear glasses or contacts can tell for themselves when its time to get their eyes checked. You had only been wearing glasses just slightly over a year and you could tell that you weren't seeing as you should with your glasses on.

I know your looking forward to helping her pick out new glasses. Are you thinking she should get something like what she is currently wearing as you have gotten used to those glasses on her or something way different?

Carrie 31 Aug 2012, 20:51

My Sleepy Baby (my girlfriend) went to the Dr and was relieved to be told she is not ill. The tiredness is likely to be due to the end of puberty. It affects everyone in a different way and she'll be ok in a few months or sooner.

She told me that she's going to try to get her eyes tested next week as she struggled to read the lower part of the eye chart in the Drs room with her glasses on and couldn't read any of it with her glasses off. It's possible she was sitting further from the chart than she would be if she was at the opticians but she is still pretty sure her eyes have got worse. If she gets a new prescription she wants me to go glasses shopping with her next week. Obviously I'm more than happy to help.

Soundmanpt 30 Aug 2012, 17:53


Again that is a question that has many answers for it. Many things come can come into play. For example much depends on how one uses their eyes. If they recently was hired to a job where that involves much close work or computer work that could effect vision. But as a general rule that is already past the years, 11 or 12, and the closer one gets to 20 usually slows down. That is the years where the most change seems to occur. Being 18 doesn't give as much time for change anymore. Again though this is not a hard and fast rule.

Soundmanpt 30 Aug 2012, 17:43


I think that your co worker probably was one that when she got glasses just assumed she was supposed to wear them all the time. now more than anything she has just gotten comfortable with them and of course she can see better with them than without them so why take them off and see things even a little out of focus? And of course if she had to she could get by without them even though if you would ask her she might say she couldn't because her eyes are now accustomed to seeing with them. Whereas you have always tried to avoid wearing not only your glasses but even your contacts as little as possible. Your now at a prescription level where you can't really go without correction as much as you would like to but I am sure being without in the friendly confines of your own home and not needing to see much as for as distance goes still works well for you. And i'm sure you know that even in your home your vision is still best when your wearing correction. But I think you will agree that being outside is a whole different thing and you feel much more comfortable now wearing correction then? Remember everyone has different comfort levels and your friend with the -1.25 prescription just doesn't feel lie she can see well enough without her glasses so she wears them full time even though her prescription is less than half of what yours is.

And 30 Aug 2012, 17:19

Lucas - my gf got her first glasses at around that age. Don't know what age her prescription stabalised but she's had -7.50 contacts since I've known her.

Lucas 30 Aug 2012, 15:30

Would you expect somebody's eyes to change much if they got their first prescription at 18?

Clare 30 Aug 2012, 14:21

Soundmanpt - I think its interesting how people use their glasses. I can't relate to the colleague at work with the -1.25 prescription as I barely wore mine at that prescription but can to a close friend who's around same Rx as me and no astigmatism to speak of. She takes them off to read but immediately puts them back on again like someone with a much higher prescription would. I'm happy to wander around the house without mine but when I've stayed with them she puts hers on as soon as she gets up.

Soundmanpt 29 Aug 2012, 13:35


I think you meant "lenses" in front of your eyes not frames? But depending on the frame sometimes the frame does come into your sight line and it can take a little getting used to. But like you say, the more you wear them, the more you will get used to them.

The fact that your eyes feel more comfortable in the evening after you put your glasses on is why i am suggesting that you wear your glasses at work. You straining your eyes while your at work and wearing your glasses will reduce the strain and stress on your eyes. remember wearing your glasses will not make your eyes worse. It may seem like that after you have worn them for a while and you take them off and you really notice the difference without them but that is just because your eyes got relaxed while you were wearing them. Before you got your glasses everything you were seeing in the distance you were straining to see, such as driving. I'm sure you can really can tell the difference now when your driving with them? Working on the computer will always be a strain but wearing your glasses will certainly help. Unlike the pre-teens and teens that get glasses and their vision changes at sometimes a fast rate until they reach their mid 20's, it is different for someone that gets their first glasses when they are in their mid 20's. Your eyes likely will change slightly by your next exam but not much and that is just due to your eyes adjusting to your glasses. Then hardly any after that if at all.

So has anyone else that you know seen you wearing glasses since you were at work wearing them?

Lucas had a pretty good idea if your really having trouble working up the nerve to be seen by your family. But that should be a last resort, I think as good as you have been doing you will be brave and just pop in wearing your glasses and be done with it.

minus5wholuvsgwgs 29 Aug 2012, 00:25

I have so much sympathy for those who are shy about coming out as a glasses wearer I first had them at 8 years old for blackboard and TV Tried to wear them as little as possible but caught out at 12 a teacher obviously saw me squinting I do remeber a schooll holiday when I wore them all the time for 2 weeks Once I started to drive I had to wear them but still some colleagues and friends had not But it got to thirty something and I said lets go for it and I wore them all the time in fact nobody commented !!!!

Lucas 28 Aug 2012, 17:28

Amy, maybe a quick way for you to announce you got glasses to your friends and family would be to simply say it on facebook and post a picture of yourself with them. That would avoid having to go through showing everyone at at time.

Amy 28 Aug 2012, 16:14

I wore them for most of the morning, but I'm still getting used to wearing them and struggling with having frames in front of my eyes. I guess this will change once i get used to them.

As I haven't been at my job that long it wasn't too much of an ordeal, I think wearing them in front of people who know, and know that I have always had good vision is more daunting.

I do notice when i put them on especially in the evening my eyes do feel much more relaxed and less strained, I hadn't really noticed this before I had them.

Do you think my vision will get much worse if i am continuing to work at a computer all day, or should it hopefully stay fairly stable in your experience?

Soundmanpt 28 Aug 2012, 15:51


You are doing very good. I told you it wouldn't be nearly as bad as you were thinking. But I am sure you were still a little nervous as you walked in wearing them. So now you have taken 2 steps, first by wearing them when you were out and about over the weekend and now an even bigger one of wearing them into work. So really you only have a few more steps until everyone will know you wear glasses. Family may be a bit scary but remember they are the people that love you no matter what. So the fact that you need glasses won't change how they feel about you. My guess is if you have sisters they will be dying to try them on. Others will just tell you how nice they look and some may even question you as to what you need them for and how much you need to wear them etc. But all in all it will go very nicely.

You didn't say how long you wore them while at work but I still think you should try wearing them for several days at work to see if your eyes don't feel more relaxed by the end of the day. Getting glasses after your 25 and with no other family member wearing glasses the biggest reason is probably due to the type of work you do and being on a computer most of the day will cause (short) nearsightedness. At any rate it won't hurt your eyes to try it.

Soundmanpt 28 Aug 2012, 15:28


In the case of your co-worker with the -1.25 / -1.50 prescription it is more likely when she got her glasses she just started wearing them all the time and even though her vision without her glasses is not bad at all her eyes are now used to only seeing through a prescription. If she was to leave them off for a couple of days her eyes would refocus and she wouldn't miss them near as much. I have a friend that wears -1.25 glasses and she sounds like your friend she never takes them off. But she also admitted she likes wearing glasses so that makes a difference also. But her claim about not being able to see the ends of her arms outstretched clearly is not believable unless she hasn't had her glasses changed for some time. She should be able to see perfect without her glasses up to around 5 or 6 feet and maybe further.

Back when your prescription was at around that same area had you been wearing your glasses full time you would have found it much harder for your eyes to tolerate going without them