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Cactus Jack 28 Mar 2017, 20:20


That could be caused by a slight eye misalignment. Some people call what you are experiencing, double vision. That is one of the things that your ECP will check during the eye exam.

There are 6 muscles on each eyeball that control eye position and motion. They work in 3 opposing pairs. One pari moves the eyes left and right, another pair moves the eyes up and down and a third pair moves the eyes obliquely. If one of the muscles in the pair is stronger than the other, it can pull the eyes out of alignment and you see two images.

One of the most important inputs to the Eye Position Control System (EPCS) (my name) is the images from the eyes themselves. If both the images are not sharp and clear, the EPCS has trouble fusing the two images from your eyes into one 3-D image. In some instances, just correcting your vision with glasses will solve the problem. Sometimes it takes a bit more help in the glasses, called Prism, to solve the problem. Prism bends the incoming light rays so your EPCS can fuse the images for you.

If your ECP decides that glasses will fix the problem, please get a copy of your prescription. If you let us know what it is, we can explain what it all means. When you first look at a glasses prescription, it just looks like some numbers for each eye. Every number is important to provide good vision correction, so we need them all.


Fay 28 Mar 2017, 19:28

Cactus Jack,

The ghostly image is only there when I use both my eyes. it is slightly below and to the right.

Cactus Jack 28 Mar 2017, 13:24


If I may, I have some questions about your ghost images. I mentioned the possibility of Astigmatism, but sometimes muscle imbalance problems can also cause ghost images.

1. If you cover each eye, alternately, do you see the ghost image with:

A. Both eyes, individually?

B. Only one eye?

C. Only with both eyes?

2. Is the ghost image above or below the main image or to the left or right of the main image?

Depending on your answers, I may be able to suggest other things to pay particular attention to during the exam.


Cactus Jack 28 Mar 2017, 10:58


Here it is:


An eye exam is not like an exam that you might take in school and there is really no way to study for it. However, you can prepare for it and learn about your role in the exam. The best eye exams are a team effort between you and the Examiner. Part of the preparation is to learn what to expect, particularly if this is your first eye exam.

One important thing you need to keep in mind is that the Examiner has no way to experience what you are seeing. He/she has to depend on your answers to questions.

There are two parts to an eye exam. The first part is the Objective part. This part consists of:

1. Taking a Visual History where you describe your vision and the kinds of problems you are having.

2. Checking the internal pressure in your eyes for symptoms of Glaucoma. This is one of the very few parts of an eye exam that is even mildly uncomfortable and the discomfort only lasts for a few seconds. There are two basic ways to do the pressure test.

A. Using a special instrument to lightly touch your Cornea. Not to worry here. Before doing this type of test a drop of mild anesthetic will make sure you don’t even feel it.

B. There is a new type instrument that uses a puff of air directed against your cornea. No anesthetic is required, but the puff will startle you. The puff of air is harmless and there are huge benefits. Detecting Glaucoma early, before it can do damage can save your eyesight.

3. The examiner will also get a preliminary estimate of your refractive error by using an Auto-Refractor or manually by using a small hand held instrument called an Ophthalmoscope or Retinoscope.

The Auto-Refractor is a relatively new instrument that was developed in conjunction with NASA to check Astronauts vision in space. You look into the machine with each eye individually where you will see a scene or a pattern. The machine will adjust its internal lenses to focus the image you see on your retina. The Auto-Refractor only takes a few seconds for each eye and it then prints out your estimated prescription.

Some Examiners prefer to use manual methods that have been used for many years. Using an Ophthalmoscope or Retinoscope and a Trial Lens set or a Phoropter (a fancy machine with a built in lens set), the Examiner will look into your eyes and select the lenses that allow him to see your retina, most clearly.

The object of this part of the exam is to get a starting place for the Subjective part of the exam where you have to describe what you see.

Typically the Subjective part of the exam starts with the Right Eye shutter open and the Left Eye shutter closed.

Step 1 is typically determining the cylinder and axis of any Astigmatism correction you need. This is actually the hardest part of the exam because you will be asked to judge relative blurriness of two images rather than the sharpness of an image.

You will be shown a line of text and a supplemental lens will be rotated into place. This lens is a cylinder lens that is mounted on a 45 degree pivot and can be flopped back an forth to bracket a trial axis or orientation of the long axis of the cylinder lens. The thing that is confusing about this test is that the straight lines (strokes) of the letters will alternate in clarity as the lens is flipped back and forth depending on their direction. I suggest concentrating on an “O” if possible. Depending on your answers, the examiner will adjust the axis knob unit the image you see is equally blurry with the supplemental lens 45 degrees each side of the selected axis.

At this point the Examiner will probably swing the supplemental lens out of the way and may change the cylinder power while asking you which lens in clearer.

For your first exam, you may be uncomfortable asking the Examiner to let you fine tune the Cylinder Axis, but I have found that most will appreciate your wanting to actively participate. The way that works is that he will place your hand on the Axis control knob. This time, you move it back and forth a few degrees looking for the sharpest image. It is a bit like “Fine Tuning” an old Analog TV set or moving the tuning knob on an analog AM radio for the best signal.

The next step is determining the Sphere correction. This is an easy part of the exam because all you have to do is pick the sharpest image, but there is a tricky part. Your auto-focus mechanism will try to help, if it gets a chance. The Examiner has a couple of ways to minimize the action of your ciliary muscles and crystalline lenses.

The Examiner can, in effect, sneak up on your Sphere prescription or he can use drops to Dilate your eyes. Lets talk about sneaking up on your prescription first. There are actually 4 lenses in your eye’s lens system. All of them are PLUS lenses and the total power is about +56 to +60 diopters. The only variable focus lens is the crystalline lens whose PLUS power is controlled by your ciliary muscles. For distance, your Crystalline lens is fully relaxed and has somewhere around +15 diopters. When you focus to read, your Ciliary Muscles squeeze the Crystalline lens to increase its PLUS power by the amount necessary to focus which depends on the distance to the object.

This will take a little thought to get your mind around, but if you are nearsighted, your lens system has too much PLUS for the distance from the lens system to your retina and you need MINUS lenses to neutralize some of that excess PLUS power. You ONLY have the ability to increase the PLUS power of your lens system. You have NO ability to reduce the PLUS power of your Crystalline lenses more that fully relaxed.

To try to keep your Ciliary Muscles and Crystalline lenses from getting in the act, the examiner will start with NOT ENOUGH MINUS or TOO MUCH PLUS (same thing) and gradually increase the MINUS one or two steps at a time, while reducing the size of the line you are asked to read. He will not tell you what power lens or what line you are looking at. Eventually, he will reach the 20/20 line and a lens power that lets you read it with no mistakes.

He will then follow the same procedure with your Left Eye.

When he has completed both eyes, he will open the shutters and you may see two images. This part of the test is to check your muscle balance using some prisms. He will probably ask you to tell him when the two images are aligned horizontally and then vertically. While the images are separated, you have an important check to make. Compare the sharpness of the two images. If they are not equally sharp, be sure and tell the Examiner which image is clearer. If there is a difference, he will likely reduce the sharpness of the clearest image until they match. The important thing at this point is that they match. That lack of sharpness will be corrected in the next phase with both eyes working together.

Next he will fuse the images so both eyes are working together and repeat the Sphere procedure by gradually increasing the MINUS or decreasing the PLUS until you see the smallest line of letters very clearly.

That pretty much completes the exam except for checking your near vision with a small chart about 14 to 16 inches from you.

Many people, who wear glasses, actually look forward to eye exams. Once you have become accustomed to having very good vision, you will probably find anything less, unacceptable. Many times, after the exam, it will be suggested that you get another exam some time in the future. Note that I used the word “suggested”. it is NOT a Command. If your detect a problem or if your vision seems uncomfortable, please don’t wait until the “suggested” date to seek an appointment to get your vision checked.

I hope you find this helpful. Pay close attention to the Cylinder and Axis part. That could be what is causing the ghost images.


Fay 28 Mar 2017, 10:04

Cactus Jack,

I have not.


I will make sure to ask for it, thanks for the heads up.

Soundmanpt 28 Mar 2017, 07:41


I'm glad to hear that. Be sure to ask for a copy of your prescription when the exam is finished. In most cases you need to ask for it or they just keep it on file. The reason is simple they know as long as you don't have a copy of your prescription if you need anything in the way of glasses you will be forced to return yo them. So for example maybe a few months after you get your glasses you decide that you would like ot have prescription sunglasses. You would almost certainly return to them for sunglasses. Also by having your prescription you might want to go on line and buy a 2nd pair of glasses or sunglasses. It's much cheaper going on line than a local shop. Also we can tell you what the numbers of your prescription mean.

Cactus Jack 28 Mar 2017, 07:37


Have you read "How to Study for an Eye Exam"


Fay 27 Mar 2017, 21:41

Finally convinced my mom to get my my eyes checked, and the appointment is on Friday. Hopefully I can finally get some glasses so I can see better and get rid of this annoying ghostly image that has been bothering me for the last couple of months.

Cactus Jack 25 Mar 2017, 20:27


If you need a +3.00 Add, it is very likely that you do not have very much Accommodation Amplitude left. if that is the case, the power of the Add or the Absolute Power of glasses you need to focus clearly at any distance is your Sphere correction for distance, adjusted for the focus distance, keeping the Cylinder and Axis the same. If you wear a bifocal or trifocal, that adjustment is automatic, but if you want single vision reading or computer glasses, you need to do the math.

You indicated that your working distance for you computer was 35 inches. If you do the math: Lens Power = 39.37 inches / 35 inches = +1.12. You may find the +1.50 (1/2 the +3.00) to be better with the display a bit closer than 35 inches. In that case an Add of +1.50 would focus at about 26 inches. If you want single vision computer glasses, algebraically add the +1.50 to your Sphere correction.


Stingray 25 Mar 2017, 13:36

What I did as recommended on other websites was to split my add of +3.00. Then I would add +1.50 to the sphere of by left and right lenses. So my OD of +2.25 became +3.75 and my OS of +2.50 became +4.00. Let you know how that worked out when Firmoo sends me the new glasses.

Cactus Jack 24 Mar 2017, 16:10


You might also consider ordering some +1.00 Clip-On Magnifiers from Rx Safety Glasses. I find them handier than prescription computer glasses because I can flip them up and down rather than having to swap glasses. I suggest the smaller size.


John S 24 Mar 2017, 14:37


Add another +.50 or +.75 to your distance rx. You could get it closer with a trial lens set.

Stingray 24 Mar 2017, 14:12

I want to order online prescription computer glasses. My normal rx is OD +2.25, OS +2.50. My add is +3.00. I sit around 35 inches from the monitor screen. What prescription should I request? Thank you.

murky 23 Mar 2017, 00:12

Did some research, this is s good credible answer, I think

Can pregnancy affect my vision?

Yes. Changes in hormones, metabolism, fluid retention, and blood circulation can all affect your eyes and your eyesight during pregnancy.

Water retention, for instance, may cause the thickness and curvature of the cornea of your eye to increase slightly. It's a small change, but it could affect how well your glasses or contacts correct your vision. It's also why laser eye surgery isn't recommended during pregnancy and why it's not a good time to be fitted for new contact lenses.

If you experience vision changes during pregnancy, they'll probably be minor. Most women who experience a change find that they're a bit more nearsighted than they were before pregnancy.

If you wear glasses, it's unlikely that you'll need to change your prescription, but it is possible. If you think your vision has changed significantly, have it checked.

Pregnancy isn't a great time to invest in a new pair of glasses, though. In most cases, these changes are temporary and will reverse themselves within several months of delivery.

Crystal Veil 19 Mar 2017, 16:07

Question and Soundmanpt,

I heard the vision story of several women who were pregnant around the age of 30. Many of them needed stronger glasses not long after giving birth. The increase was -0.50 for women with mild prescriptions but -0.75 or -1.00 for women with medium to high prescriptions. But there were also several women with medium to high prescriptions who had no change in their prescription at all. So it's inconclusive.

Oliver 19 Mar 2017, 12:15

I've bought myself a trial lens set as I am sick of getting different astigmatism numbers and have found the last few pairs just don't seem bang on clear. I'm looking forward to adjusting things myself to get the clearest view possible and not be rushed. Does anyone else have their own set?

Soundmanpt 19 Mar 2017, 10:41


That is a great question. I honestly don't know. We all know that the general rule is that once you're in your mid twenties your eyesight is getting close if not already stable. But I don't if that rule applies to being pregnant or not. Maybe there is a woman in here that can answer that one?

Question 19 Mar 2017, 09:45

Does age have much to do with it? She is a touch older (early 30s)

Soundmanpt 19 Mar 2017, 09:27


Possibly none. Not every woman that becomes pregnant has a change in their eyesight. I think the last I saw about 50% of women either need an increase or need glasses for the first time. If her eyes are effected it is hard to say how much of an increases she will need. I have a friend that always had perfect eyesight when she was 21 she got pregnant. At around the 7th month point her eyesight had gotten so bad that she wasn't able to see well enough to drive home at night after work. I was able to help her because I happened to have a pair of -1.25 glasses in my sample bag that I loaned her. My other samples were all too weak to be of any help to her. I told her that she should make an appointment to get her eyes examined about a month after she had her baby so she could be fitted with the correct prescription she would need. She was surprised to hear that, she thought that once she had the baby her eyesight would return to perfect again. I saw her several months after she had her baby and she was wearing new glasses. She gave back my sample pair and told me how much they helped her and that she was given a prescription of -1.50 in both eyes with -.25 in astigmatism in her left eye. She said that she was surprised that having a baby could change her eyesight that much. I asked her how she felt about wearing glasses and she said at first it took a little getting used to but she needed them so badly that she didn't mind having to wear them. She laughed and said she would like to have more kids but said if she does she would be nearly blind.

Question 19 Mar 2017, 08:28

My fiancé is about a -4. We were speaking about friends of hers who have had kids recently and almost all of them mentioned a change in their prescription after having gone through the pregnancy. What sort of change can she expect when we do eventually have kids?

I personally would love to see something in the -6 to -7 range (obviously not going to happen from one birth) so that there's a need to upgrade the frames to something bigger and bolder and force her out of contacts for a Short period of time while making the adjustment

Antonio 16 Mar 2017, 15:07

Hi Fay,

Astigmatismus, i.e eliptical eyeballs or lenses in your eyes can cause these ghost images. I have a bit of Astigmatismus myself and have Seen 2 Lights at night while there was only one without glasses. So like me you will need some glasses perched in your nose to get rid of those ghost images.

All the besteht, Antonio

Soundmanpt 15 Mar 2017, 10:42


You didn't state your age but since you say that you're mom doesn't believe you when you tell her that you need glasses I assume that means you live at home and you're probably still in school. So I would suggest that you complain to your teacher that you can't see the board. He or she should then send you to the school nurse and she will do a very simple eye test using an eyechart. I'm pretty certain that you will fail that test and she will send a note home to your parents telling them that they need to get your eyes examined. That should get you some much needed glasses finally. I'm sure seeing your eyesight deteriorate is scary for you, but it really isn't anything serious. You're not going blind but you do need to be wearing glasses without any doubt. You do understand that when you do finally get glasses you're going to need to wear them all the time. Are you okay with that?

Likelenses 15 Mar 2017, 00:55


My guess is you have a lot of astigmatism,and are myopic as well.

You need glasses big time.

Fay 14 Mar 2017, 20:14

I know I need glasses, I have for a while, but my mom just never believs me when I tell her, so I have not gotten my eyes checked. This ghost image is sonething else though. I am very worried about it.

Soundmanpt 14 Mar 2017, 09:29


Honestly I think you already know what the problem is and what the solution is as well. You clearly need to be wearing glasses. You even admit that your eyesight isn't great. So over the past few months your eyesight has continued to change . The headache that you're getting is likely caused by eyestrain as well as the ghosting images. It's very possible that you have at least some astigmatisms as well. Since you know your eyesight isn't perfect why haven;t you already gotten your eyes examined? If you're trying to avoid wearing glasses, and or contacts, i'm afraid you won't be able to do that. there is no miracle drug or drink that will cure eyesight.

Fay 14 Mar 2017, 09:15

Someone please help. I have no idea what is going on. For the last couple of months or so there has been this very annoying ghost like image. I know I don't have great eyesight, I haven't for a while, but this seems so different. Someone please help. I feel like I am going crazy. No matter what I do the ghostly image is alwsys therr haunting me, and giving me a headache. I need it to go away. Please tell me it can go away.

NNVisitor 24 Feb 2017, 13:06


I think your husband has astigmatism. Sometimes I can't see one letter on a line but can read some letters on smaller line. It's because I have astigmatism.

I've also had the pinhole test which just checks central vision which is where we see most clearly.

antonio 24 Feb 2017, 10:20

Nancy, maybe your Husband is shortsighted? Could you read those numbers he couldn.t?

Even shortsighted people with otherwise healthy eyes can read far ok through pinhole glasses if there is enough light around, not in dimmed light of course.

So that might have been a test his eyes are not astigmatic or so. Hope that helps. I guess he will get glasses ?

Best regards, Antonio

antonio 24 Feb 2017, 10:13


Flashing Lights can trigger Migräne

Is that the case with your wife?

Maybe stress can too?

It normally gets better when she ages :-)

Best regards, antonio

Nancy 24 Feb 2017, 08:04

My husband went for an eye exam and for the first time I went with him. Two questions...

When they had him read the lines on the wall. She put a line of print on the wall and he got the first 3 way wrong, and the second 3 letters perfect. She changed the letters, making them a bit smaller, and the same thing happened...3 way wrong and 3 right. I think this happened a 3rd time too. Why did that happen?

There was a line where he couldn't read any of the letters, and he was give a thing to hold that had small like pinholes on it, and tried that with each eye, and could read the lines perfectly. What difference did the pinholes make.


Mike 07 Feb 2017, 09:19

My wife gets Migraine headaches with Aura. These type of migraine's can really scare you because she will lose peripheral vision, have blurred vision, or see things wavy. I am posting here to see if any one has any theories or experience with these and what might be possible causes. The doctors don't seem to have any idea what triggers these. The vision issues typically last less than an hour, followed by an extreme headache behind her eyes.

 05 Feb 2017, 10:02

N, your eyes can be helped with glasses, but you need glasses prescibed specifically for your eye condition. You should go to the optometrist and take an eye test, that is the only way to obtain the specific prescription you need.

N 05 Feb 2017, 09:39

i stay away from trying my friends glasses because it makes me nervous i will see better. i have tried wearing used glasses without anyone around. i was very scared to buy them because the cashier must know i need glasses or i would not buy them. i see much better but the bends do not change. maybe my eyes can't be helped with glasses. i don't understand why things are bending more than when i was younger.

 04 Feb 2017, 14:37


Besides myopia and hyperopia (being nearsighted or farsighted), there are a few more visual conditions. Astigmatism is one of them, and can be corrected by glasses or contacts, so don't worry.

Cactus Jack 04 Feb 2017, 12:20


Astigmatism is NOT a disease. It is usually caused by a slighty misshapen Cornea. We don't know the exact cause, but it seems to be caused by uneven growth of the eyeball that puts some stress on the Cornea.

The ideal shape of the Cornea is like a slice from the side of a perfect glass ball. A Cornea with Astigmatism is shaped like a slice from the side of a glass American Football where the curvature of the Cornea is steeper in one direction than it is in the other.


N 04 Feb 2017, 09:57

can you explain to me what astmatism is? is it like a disease thing? i don't think i ever had it before. i see hard at night too. maybe it is because of this disease.

Cactus Jack 03 Feb 2017, 15:08


You don't need a psychiatrist. It is very likely that you need vision correction and the place to start is an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist for an eye exam. If you have never had an eye exam, you may find the article I wrote "How to Study for an Eye Exam", helpful.

Vision actually occurs in the brain. Your eyes are merely Biological Cameras. Your brain can actually correct small vision problems, but it takes a lot of work and energy. The best thing is to correct the problem optically, if possible. There is nothing to be gained by delaying.


antonio 03 Feb 2017, 14:48

N, and there are simple lenses in blasses to correct it. No mental illness at all.

Besteht regards. Antonio

 03 Feb 2017, 13:30

N, from what you're describing, looks like you have some astigmatism

N 03 Feb 2017, 13:17

I need help to understand my eyes. I can't see very far because it is blurry. I know that makes me nearsighted. But i am afraid to talk about it because I have another problem. I don't see straight lines. When I look ath this monitor in front of me, it bends toward the middle and it curves toward me on the end. I have the same problem with lamps, doorways, any long lines. they look bent. I am afraid maybe i am going crazy so i do not want to go to the doctor and say this. i tell friends i like that tv because it curves around you. they laugh and say it is straight. i get scared and embarased because that is how i see it. but i pretend to see it their way. do i need mental help? i am tired of my friends laughing

Soundmanpt 03 Feb 2017, 10:30


Unfortunately the store you bought your glasses from is one that doesn't stock anything weaker than +1.25 glasses. many stores do stock +1.00's which would have been slightly better to test your eyes with. But even only wearing your glasses for about an hour while reading in bed must have been relaxing to your eyes or you would have taken them off. And when you did take them off you clearly noticed the difference even though you could still read without them your glasses did make it easier on your eyes which is exactly what glasses are supposed to do. You said that you wore them to the office this morning and you were planning on wearing them all day. So I assume that means you do office type work which involves a good deal of close work. That is a perfect test for yourself. See how your eyes feel by the end of your work day. It makes sense that you don't feel comfortable wearing glasses since you have never wore glasses before and your eyes are still adjusting to your glasses. Also if after wearing them for a few days if they feel a bit too strong but you see an improvement you can always go on line and order a pair of glasses in maybe +.75 from Zenni. I agree with the others that you really don't need to wear glasses full time, That would be your option based on how you feel about wearing glasses and convenience of not having to be putting them on and taking them off and not having to try and remember where you last had your glasses. Let us know how your day of wearing them at work went.

Cactus Jack 03 Feb 2017, 09:44

Specs4Me & Sue,

It is not the Ciliary Muscles that cause Presbyopia, it is the gradual stiffening of the Protein that makes up your Crystalline Lenses over time. When you are young, you Crystalline Lenses typically have the consistency of freshly made gelatin dessert. You can focus incredibly close with almost no effort. This means that you frequently see young children lying on the floor, with a coloring book just a few cm or inches from their eyes, effortlessly coloring away. As you get older, your Crystalline Lenses get stiffer and harder and harder to focus. At some point, usually around 40, you need some external PLUS help focus close. The amount of extra PLUS you need to focus close is strictly governed by the laws of optics that relate focus distance and lens power. It does not matter if the extra PLUS comes from your Auto-Focus system, internally, or from external PLUS lenses, or from a combination of internal and external PLUS.

Unfortunately, wearing external PLUS reading glasses to help you focus close is a two edged sword. The help you focus close, but they also relieve the Ciliary Muscles of some of their work load. For their size (very tiny) the Ciliary Muscles are the strongest muscles in the body. Like all muscles they need exercise to maintain their strength. Wearing reading glasses reduces the amount of exercise they get and they begin to loose some of their strength. This makes your Presbyopia seem like it is increasing faster than it actually is and soon you need stronger reading glasses. Fortunately, you will probably never need more than +2.50 or +3.00 reading glasses or an Add, unless you need to focus closer than 40 or 33 cm (16 or 13 inches).

By the way, the age when Presbyopia becomes a problem depends on your genes, your vision correction, and your visual environment. It can become a problem at any age. These days, even teens are needing help reading the tiny text on their smart phones.


Specs4Me 03 Feb 2017, 09:07


The recommendation to wear new glasses full time applies mostly to those who have been diagnosed with latent hyperopia, which is not the case for you. You are in the throes of the onset of presbyopia which happens to all of us at some point in our lives. Actually, according to our most knowledgeable poster here (Cactus Jack) presbyopia begins at birth. Therefore, you simply need a little help, +1.25 should be fine, to take the pressure off of your aging eye muscles (remember that they begin aging at birth). The fact of the matter is that it is becoming more common for younger people to need reading help due in large part to the use of smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and the like.

So enjoy some relaxed reading with your new glasses, if you think they are a little strong, keep an eye out for some +1.0 readers. You will probably find as many do, that over time you will acquire numerous pairs of readers that you will leave all over your house so you can find a pair easily.

Sue 03 Feb 2017, 07:57


I am a bit confused. I went to buy +1.00's but the lowest they had was +1.25 so I bought those. I read posts here that suggested that when getting first glasses you should bite the bullet and wear them full time for 2 weeks, so thought I would try that but distance is just too blurry. So I can't wear them all the time..certainly not to drive.

I don't think I really need them, because I can really see close ok. But after reading for about an hour last night in bed, and taking them off the print in the book was much "dimmer" although I could still read the print without them.

I wore them in to my office this morning, and got a few comments..everyone noticed. They thought they looked good, but I am not comfortable with them. When I told a friend I was going to try to wear them all day, she said it's not a bad idea, but I will likely become dependent on them, as wearing glasses (she has since childhood) usually a one way street..once I start wearing them I'll become more dependent on them, and to keep good vision most exams will get slightly stronger till I need them full time. I don't think that I am ready for that yet.

So I guess my choice is to hold off for now, or try them for a while but take the chance that it will weaken my vision such that I will need them.

Soundmanpt 02 Feb 2017, 16:24


If you look at the "Hyperopia and Presbyopia" thread you may find some answers to your question or at least get an idea about your eyesight. The doctor that examined your eyes is correct that not too far down the road you can expect to be wearing glasses at least for reading and other close things. He is basing this on your answers to the various tests he did on your eyes and even your age. Nearly everyone as they approach that wonderful age of 40, or earlier, can begin to find small print on medicine bottle or even their phone more and more difficult to read or even if they are reading in dim light areas. I assume he didn't write you a prescription for glasses? You should go back, they usually won't give that out over the phone, and ask for a copy of your prescription. You may wonder why? Well once you have that information chances are if you only need a simple plus prescription such as +.75 or +1.00 or +1.25 or whatever. Anyway you can a cheap of over the counter readers at many stores such as Wal-Mart and drug stores for around $10.00. They are marked with the same +1.00 or whatever power you need. They start at +1.00 and go as high as +3.50. Now these glasses are cheap and the lenses aren't the best quality but they would at least give you a pretty good idea if you're ready for glasses or not. Or another option if you have pretty good insurance that will pay the biggest part of your glasses then you should do that and get better quality glasses with better lenses right away. Now you need to know even with the weakest glasses at first you can expect your distance vision to be blurry wearing them. But it is up to you weather you to decide if you want to wear them all the time or not. If you do decide to wear them full time you can expect that things at a distance will be slightly blurry at first but that will slowly go away and you would soon be able to see both distances as well as close up perfectly with your glasses. Or you may just want to wear them when you need them, like when your reading, using your phone or on your computer.So I would say having them is at least better than not having them. How do feel about wearing glasses? If you don't mind wearing glasses full time or part time then you should get them. By any chance did thye maybe give you your prescription? If so post it and we can give you an even better answer.

Sue 02 Feb 2017, 08:58

A store in the mall was offering free exams and I had time to kill so I went in. Last exam was probably 10 years ago. I have never needed glasses. For the distance part he flipped all kinds of lenses, some of which made the chart better and some worse...I had no idea how I did. Then he put up a stick and card with small print, on which I could read even the tiny letters, but when he clicked the lenses I could see the print better. When he finished he said my distance vision is really ok, but if I want I could get glasses for reading. He said I don't really need them yet, but likely will soon and that glasses will just make it easier for me to hold a book comfortably and will tire me less. He said it is up to me. So I am not sure if I should get them or not, or what they will do to my close vision. If found this site but not a similar situation. Should I get the glasses? If I do should I wear them full time? Part time? I am only 37.

Soundmanpt 01 Feb 2017, 15:23


I was wondering if you noticed any change in your vision during pregnancy or not. Yes what you read is correct but like you read it effects some but not others. I told this before but several year ago a friend I knew from one job she worked at changed jobs and I hadn't heard from her for a while. I did see her sister every so often and when I saw her sister she told me that her younger sister wanted to see me about glasses. I went to where she was working which was a Walgreens drug store. I was completely shocked when I saw her because she was extremely pregnant. She knew i was ordering glasses for people and had sample glasses in various prescriptions. She told me that her eyesight was so bad that she wasn't able to drive at night anymore and could barley drive during the day. Anyway she was hoping i might have glasses she could buy or borrow from me. I went and got several with different prescriptions and i had her start with the weakest ones first and left her go to each one until she found something that might help. She went through tham and finally when she came to the last pair I had she said they worked the best. They were -1.25. I just gave them to her and she was so happy to be able to see. She siad as soon as she had her baby and her eyes went back to normal, she always had perfect vision, she would return my glasses to me. I think I stunned her when i told her that her eyes were going to go back to her perfect vision anymore and that she would be needing glasses from then on. I saw her a few months after she had her baby and she was wearing new glasses. She asked me if I wanted the glasses back that I gave her and I told her no. She pointed to her glasses and said that I was right. She went and got her eyes examined about a month after she had her baby and she already knew that she couldn't see without glasses so she knew going in she would be getting her own glasses. She said that her glasses were -1.50 so only slightly stronger than the ones she was wearing. i asked her if she planned on getting contacts and she said once she got used to wearing glasses she really kind of liked wearing glasses. So if you had a change in the in between year it was likely due to being pregnant. That is if your eyes were already stable and then you needed an increase.

Catwoman 01 Feb 2017, 14:26

I read about how myopic women (such as I) can become more myopic during pregnancy. I do not recall having noticed any changes in my vision during my 2 pregnancies, but in my biennial eye exam between births, my prescription did become more negative as it were, by a half diopter or so. After that, my vision stabilized until the last 8 years when the "minus" has decreased.

Glassesforeyeryone 15 Jan 2017, 15:44

Interesting article...

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