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Soundmanpt 11 Apr 2018, 07:01

Curious Fiance

Reading between the lines I would bet that your nearsighted and mostly wear contacts which is probably why you were ordering your fiance's contacts for him. So i'm sure that you're comparing how your own eyes work with contacts or glasses to his eyes. You're probably able to read pretty well without the need for contacts or glasses. But your distance vision is probably pretty blurry without contacts or glasses. So you're wondering why he needs his contacts or glasses in order to see both closeup as well as distance? Just because his prescription is a plus prescription meaning he is farsighted he needs contacts for close and distance. Also he has rather strong astigmatism correction and astigmatisms effects vision at all distances.

CuriousFiance 11 Apr 2018, 02:04

Can someone explain to me my fiance's prescription, he wears contacts and glasses sometimes. He recently had me order him contacts and it was really hard understanding.

OD Sphere +2.50 Cylinder +3.50 Axis 100

OS Sphere +2.50 Cylinder +3.00 Axis 85

His glasses magnify his eyes a lot and he has trouble seeing close and far, never seen that before.

Neville 24 Mar 2018, 14:07

Lara I hope I can answer your question.

Until I had cataract surgery I was hyperopic +9. Without glasses all was a blur but I could make out vague shapes and colour especially in good light.

The cataract surgery wasn't straightforward and implants were not fitted. Now I have extremely strong lenses and my vision without glasses is so blurred I cannot function at all.

Jamie37 24 Mar 2018, 07:07

So the glasses I ordered from Zenni arrived and actually took the bifocals for a public outing today. I can see what doc said about not being necessary for full time, but Def can tell there will be occasions when I will want to be wearing the add for comfort. So basically depending on what I will be doing will determine what I wear.

The bis I ordered are lined which I understand is not the most cosmetically amazing but like how much I can see through them which I know can be issue in progressives.

Weirdeyes 20 Mar 2018, 09:10

I have 1.00 base in prism for each eye. I sometimes notice pretty bad double vision and I sometimes donít. I remember when I got tested once they said I needed 8 diopters of prism. I assume they meant 4.00 for each eye. Cactus Jack, you mentioned that doing close up work as a myope can sometimes make you cross eyed. Could doing the same thing as a hyperope do the opposite? I do A LOT of close up work and always have. No one knew I was farsighted until I was eleven years old. Even then they only noticed it in my left eye, but I know both eyes are farsighted because I canít really see details up close.

Cactus Jack 19 Mar 2018, 23:01


Oops, the post below was from me.


 19 Mar 2018, 23:00


Yes, it is normal for a person with only a tiny bit of measured strabismus (eye misalignment). A total of 3 prism diopters Base Out is not very much prism. Each eye is turned inward less than 1 angular degree. Unless there are other problems, that should be well within the capture and fusion range of your Eye Position Control System (my name). If you don't notice any double vision without prism correction in your glasses, I would not bother.

If you notice difficulty keeping the two images from your eyes fused into a 3-D image hen that is another story.


spartoo 19 Mar 2018, 22:27

Hello, I had glasses with prism of 1.50 right and left eye, horizontal base outside.

I do not need it and I never wear it.

But I would like to know if this is normal that I see as if there was no prism?

Cactus Jack 18 Mar 2018, 11:30


As Jared said, it is up to you.

R: -0.25 -0.50 101

L: -0.50 -0.50 107

Is not a very strong prescription, but optically a little bit of Myopia goes a short distance, visually.

Your Astigmatism correction is likely the major factor in your visual comfort, but lets look at the first number, which is the Sphere correction.

-0.25 means that everything beyond 4 meters or about 13 feet is increasingly blurry.

-0.50 means that the blurry distance is more than 2 meters or 6.5 feet.

There are lots of things that you are missing without correction.

Astigmatism as indicated by the 2nd and 3rd numbers, which are Cylinder and Axis. Cylinder and Axis ALWAYS go together. Astigmatism is typically caused by uneven curvature of the front surface of your Cornea. It is steeper in one direction than it is in another like a slice from the side of an american football. The difference in curvature causes images to have two different focus distances. It is most noticeable on small print where the lines that make up the letters will focus at one distance and other lines will focus at a different distance, depending on which direction they run. This confuses your Focus Control System (auto-focus system), but there no way your eye can focus at two different distances at the same time, but it tries.

You may think that you have pretty good vision, but you actually don't. Vision actually occurs in the brain, your eyes are merely biological cameras. Your brain has the amazing ability to correct slightly blurry images, IF it know what something is supposed to look like. The problem with that is that it takes a significant amount of effort and energy.

If you correct the images optically with glasses or contacts, your brain can devote its efforts to other tasks. However, it takes a while for your brain to realize that when you wear your glasses, it has less work to do. Think of glasses as labor saving tools. That is why we typically suggest wearing your glasses full time for about two weeks before making a decision about when to wear them.

With one exception. That exception is that you should wear your glasses when driving.

If you are apprehensive about what your friends and relatives will say about your wearing glasses, remember that you don't wear vision correction for THEIR benefit. Wearing glasses is no different than a new hair style or some new clothes. The comments or questions only last a day or two and then it is old news. The only time after that that your glasses will get a comment is if you change frame styles. Few people notice prescription changes.

Hope this helps.


Jared 18 Mar 2018, 09:04


Only if you want.

Kevin 18 Mar 2018, 08:45

First time poster here; is a prescription of R: -0.25 -0.50 101 L: -0.50 -0.50 107 warrant full-time wear?

Cactus Jack 17 Mar 2018, 04:37


You can get a pretty good idea of what a very farsighted people see without their glasses by wearing an older pair of your glasses over your current glasses. It won't be exact, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.


Galileo 16 Mar 2018, 21:41

@Lara - I think it is worse for very longsighted people. I have known two cases personally; a woman who was early 60s and Rx of +6. She could not see near or far without her glasses. Could not read a school size clock across a room and could not find her glasses if she had not put them down herself. She could not read a book at any distance.

The other was a woman in her early 20s with a Rx of around +10. She said all she could see without glasses was patches of colour, no detail at all near or far.

Lara 16 Mar 2018, 20:21

What is it like for farsighted people with very high prescriptions, even lenticulars? Is their vision usually blurry both near and far without glasses? Iím nearsighted, around -6.50 left and -8.75 right. I canít see crap far away without my glasses but I can read without them.

Jamie37 10 Mar 2018, 07:16

During the exam, the eye doctor and I discussed the add and bifocals. He recommended with me being in retail and what i do on a daily basis, to not do full time use yet in bifocals.

Which is why he did the rx the way he did. I am getting my main pair in single visions.

However, I will also be going online and getting a pair of bifocals to experiment with.

Curt 09 Mar 2018, 08:28

So, are you going to get the bifocals or not???

Jamie37 08 Mar 2018, 17:57

So the verdict is in after my exam.

My new rx is

OD -6.25 -3.25

OS -6.75 -4.50

and also given optional add of 1.00

Likelenses 06 Mar 2018, 19:26


Considering your current prescription, those symptoms will certainly result in a bifocal prescription.

Jamie37 06 Mar 2018, 18:29

Just did paperwork for upcoming test.

Admitted that been experience eye strain, occasional burning and redness after prolonged close work/use of phone

Lou 06 Mar 2018, 11:24

Hi Jamie37

Thanks very much for the clarification. I'm very sorry, but although I now understand what you are experiencing, I can't offer a reasonable explanation. Hopefully somebody else will be able to.

Best wishes


Jamie37 05 Mar 2018, 15:06

Hey gang,

Thanks for the posts. I will do a quick synopsis of moi

Jamie, 41, male USA

wear -5.75 and -6.50 with roughly -3.5 astig both eyes. Yep highly astigmatic.

I probably hold my reading a bit closer than normal for most people. And, so not the typical arms longer bit.

However, when something is farther out I do notice it has gotten a bit harder to read, probably also in part to my decent rx.

Notice that when do put some 1.25 cheaters in front, that the smaller print on bottles and cans is easier to read at more of arms length distance with the extra help.

Hope this helps!

Thanks for all the great advice so far!

Lou 05 Mar 2018, 06:42

Hi Jamie37

When you say, "Biggest difference is if i have a bottle at arms length in that case the extra help does seem to make a difference.", if you don't mind me asking, are you saying that you need to hold a bottle at arms length to see the small print clearly, or that the extra help makes a difference, if you choose to hold a bottle at arms length?

I ask because I have a small distance prescription for simple hyperopic astigmatism, and I find that my glasses make a greater difference at intermediate and distance than at near.

I'm not sure whether this is because at 44, my glasses are not strong enough for near, therefore I don't really notice the difference they do make, or probably more likely, my astigmatism affects me personally more at intermediate and far distances.

However since you are talking about a reading add rather than a plus prescription for astigmatism, I can't see any reason for reading glasses making a greater difference at intermediate than at near. I therefore presume you are saying that you find reading glasses helpful when you are having to hold bottles with small print at arms length, to see them clearly. If this is the case, then I think that you are quite likely to be prescribed bifocals or progressives.

All the best


Likelenses 05 Mar 2018, 00:11


At 41 it is highly likely that you will wind up in bifocals.

You did not say what your present prescription is, and if you are male, or female.

Jamie37 02 Mar 2018, 13:26

Hi Soundman,

Thanks for responding. I guess I am more curious as to how is it decided it's time for bifocals. As said, i can still read okay through my single visions although did notice a little difference when i put a 1.00 reader in front in terms of comfort and ease of reading although can still read the computer screen comfortably either way.

Biggest difference is if i have a bottle at arms length in that case the extra help does seem to make a difference


Soundmanpt 02 Mar 2018, 08:50


Since you seem concerned about being prescribed with your first bifocals does that you meant that you currently already wear glasses for distance? If so do you wear them full time or just as needed? I ask that because really if you already wear glasses for distance the change to bifocals shouldn't be too bad for you. Instead of getting bifocals with the line you should go with progressives because their isn't a noticeable line across your lenses. So your glasses will only look like single vision glasses. Of course your eyes will notice the difference if you in fact are prescribed with bifocals. It does take a bit of adjusting to at first. Mostly you will need to be extremely careful going up and down steps. If you're a woman and wear heels even more so because the steps are going to appear to be at a much closer distance than they really are. At 41 and since you sometimes use "cheaters" I think there is a pretty good chance that you're going to be prescribed bifocals. you know their coming at some point anyway.

Jamie37 01 Mar 2018, 11:37

For those of you who have been around this site for a while, you know that I am eyescene's best at liking bifocals on others but never wearing them myself.

Well, just turned 41 and booked an appointment for next Thursday at 4PM. Honestly, not sure what the outcome will be this time. As, I can read okay although not sure if that's me being in denial. Do have some cheaters after last exam, but rarely ever use them

ric 20 Feb 2018, 10:01

To Meredith: i wear scleral contacts, but i have soft contacts for spare or summer. As the Biofinity toric XR, just go here up to -10, got the Byofinity multifocal toric, that are avaiable up to -20 in myopia and up to -5.75 in astigmatism.

ric 20 Feb 2018, 09:34

Meredith: then you can go for toric disposables with your correct prescription for myopia and astigmatism. Nowadays can choose some brands.

ric 20 Feb 2018, 09:34

Meredith: then you can go for toric disposables with your correct prescription for myopia and astigmatism. Nowadays can choose some brands.

ric 20 Feb 2018, 09:08

When first started wearing contact lenses, i did not wear astigmatic prescription. Years before, i tried soft toric lenses that were the early version of Bauch & Lomb toric. They never feel comfortable and ended wearing soft lenses without astigmatism correction for years. When astigmatism was sightly high and compensating it with more myopia correction was not enough, turned back to toric lenses in disposable kind.

NNVisitor 19 Feb 2018, 22:21


I've never worn soft contact lenses. With gas permeable lenses at first one would feel them on their eyes. As wearing time gets built up day by day after wearing them at least 9.5 hours a day I feel them when I put them in. Then after a little while I barely notice them except for the vision I get with them. If dust or an eyelash gets under the lens then they can be painful and will have to be removed. That does not happen often but if you live in a dusty climate it may be different for you.

My prescription was -10 both eyes with astigmatism R -1.75 L-2.50 for glasses. The contact lens fitter would do the CL conversion. After many years my glasses prescription went down to -9.50 for both eyes and the astigmatism was about the same. Over the years I built up wearing time so sometimes I wore the lenses as much as 16 hours a day only wearing my glasses early morning and late evening. Gas permeable lenses such as the Boston Lens do correct sphere and astigmatism.

 19 Feb 2018, 16:54

Meredith, that's perfectly possible. You can wear glasses with only astigmatism correction over your contacts so you're fully corrected.

Meredith 19 Feb 2018, 16:05

Another question I'm hoping to get advice on:

I'm currently wearing -13.50 contacts, sphere only. My glasses prescription is -16 with some astigmatism in each eye. Would it be possible to get glasses to wear over my sphere only contacts to correct the astigmatism part of my prescription? I understand that -13.50 rx in contacts is pretty close to the -16 rx for glasses, but I'm experiencing blur since my astigmatism isn't corrected in my contacts.

Just exploring my options between glasses over contacts and contacts with the full rx.

Thank you!

Meredith 19 Feb 2018, 16:02


I looked up the Boston brand you mentioned and they seem more affordable than the Hydrasoft ones I had found. Is your prescription like mine? Also, have you worn soft lenses in the past, and if so, what motivated you to switch to RGPs? How do you find the comfort and optics between soft lenses and RGPs?

Thank you so much for your time!

 18 Feb 2018, 15:06

@ 18 Feb 2018, 02:38

True, but LikeHitler should be a goner too.

 18 Feb 2018, 06:31

It's probably you.

 18 Feb 2018, 02:38

We need to get this anonymous vulgar troll banned from eyescene.

 17 Feb 2018, 17:42

LL is far too much of a chickenshit to ever answer questions about his fake fantasy women. LL reminds me of one of those fatass basement bullies you find on Facebook who wank off all day long about pissing people off and dream up stalky fantasies about women who supposedly love them, bullshit stories about Iran and myopic bulge, racist comments about people, buying glasses for people, and making up fake fantasy characters on eyescene. And when he gets busted, he doesn't even have the balls to admit it! He just spits out more anger and hatred.

LL is a joke. No one wants him here.

Move on, troll.

 17 Feb 2018, 17:41

Actually, you're right. We can only dream, as she doesn't exist.

Likelenses 17 Feb 2018, 17:37

17 Feb 2018, 17:24 poster

You have verified my prior post.

Also you can only dream of having a beautiful, charming, talented, and myopic girl like my Cheryl.

 17 Feb 2018, 17:24

Dear Likelenses, you are obsessed with everyone's mental health and sexuality. Maybe you have a problem with your own? In all seriousness, you are the most disgusting rotten apple in this forum (and there are a few). You are a racist, mysoginistic prick that constantly insults and attacks people. You cause people to leave the community with your stupid behaviour. And we don't buy your wanker fantasies about that "Cheryl", unless that's how you call your right hand.

BTW, you haven't talked about her for months. Why is that?

Oh, right, because she doesn't exist.

Likelenses 16 Feb 2018, 19:19

16 Feb 2018, 18:45 poster

It sounds as though you are a very bitter person, that can not find a member of the opposite sex that finds you interesting, or attractive.

Perhaps it is due to a mental condition, or perhaps your sexuality

You are to be pitied.

 16 Feb 2018, 18:45

don't you have enough girlfriends already, Likelensyes? how many women have you claimed love you to death so far? June. Cheryl. LauraC. you are the eternal romeo flunkie of eyescene. hahaha

Likelenses 16 Feb 2018, 16:56


Many guys here find women with high myopic prescription glasses to be extremely attractive.Your prescription certainly puts you in that category.

If you were my wife, or girlfriend, I would love for you to wear glasses only, and it would really be better healthwise for your eyes.

NNVisitor 15 Feb 2018, 22:57


I've worn the Boston Lens gas permeable contact lenses for many years. My vision has been really great with them. My suggestion is to discuss your needs with a contact lens fitter that you have confidence in to find out the best option for you.

Meredith 15 Feb 2018, 17:33

Hi, I have a glasses prescription of

Right: sphere -16, cylinder +0.75, axis 135

Left: sphere -16, cylinder +1, axis 90

I currently wear -13.50 soft contacts that only correct my sphere and I'm having a really hard time seeing well, especially when my eyes are dry or tired. The brand is Biofinity XR and this particular brand does not have astigmatism correction in high sphere powers.

I'd like to do some research to see what other options I have for contacts. I came across the CooperVision hydrasoft lenses, which can be customized to almost any sphere and cylinder correction needed. I also came across the SynergEyes Duette lenses which are a hybrid lens with RGP in the center with soft lens on the outer part.

Two questions:

1) Do you know of any other contacts brands that would come in my rx?

2) Are optics better with RGP lenses compared to soft lenses in high prescriptions like mine?

Thank you!

Jhon 27 Jan 2018, 04:31

My girlfriend is very long sighted and wear plus 7 in right eye and plus 8 in left eye full time,she had just been for a eye test and has been told she needs 6 out prisms in both eyes, Will this make her lens much thicker.He also suggested she had a separate pair of reading glasses,would these be stronger or weaker prescription he did not say.she is only 26


We can only afford the cheapest lens

Jhon 27 Jan 2018, 04:31

My girlfriend is very long sighted and wear plus 7 in right eye and plus 8 in left eye full time,she had just been for a eye test and has been told she needs 6 out prisms in both eyes, Will this make her lens much thicker.He also suggested she had a separate pair of reading glasses,would these be stronger or weaker prescription he did not say.she is only 26


We can only afford the cheapest lens

Weirdeyes 26 Jan 2018, 23:01


Why are you so concerned about my mental health, anyways? This site is EYEscene, not MENTALHEALTHscene. My vision issues are making my mental health worse, but my mental health has minimal effects on my vision.

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