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Soundmanpt 25 May 2017, 15:34


Everyone sees differently even with the exact same prescription. I can only answer you by saying that many if not most usually go to full time wear at about -1.50. And you need to also take in consideration the astigmatisms you also have which also adds on a bit. But like you know there is no glasses police so how much you decide or feel the need to wear your glasses is totally up to you with the exception of driving of course which you already were doing anyway.

SB 25 May 2017, 13:10

Just got a new rx with a pretty significant increase. I was only wearing glasses to drive but not much else. Would you recommend wearing these all the time?

-1.50 -0.75 180

-1.50 -0.50 180


everything's fuzzy 24 May 2017, 20:24

I was at a nightspot a few years back. There was this blond about 25 y-o and 5'5", a tad overweight but very attractive and wearing plus prescription eyeglasses. An female acquaintance of hers came over to her to ask "Jill, why are you wearing glasses"? Jill replied: they're a new prescription. The acquaintance then asked "what do you have to wear them for"? Jill replied: for seeing. Acquaintance now asks "how do you like them? Jill replies "I hate them" Later that evening I noticed Jill pulling the glasses down her nose trying to see by peering over her frames.

A few weeks later Jill was back at the nightspot with several of he girlfriends. But this night she was not wearing glasses. I wondered if she decided not to wear glasses or whether she had contact lenses on. A few minutes passed by and I observed Jill reading a menu without any glasses. I assumed she hated her new glasses enough to get contact lenses. But as I recall from the earlier time that her eyeglasses Rx fairly strong, at maybe +3.00 and she likely had always wore contact lenses in public which is why the acquaintance was so surprised to see Jill wearing Rx glasses. And when Jill informed her that her glasses were a new prescription. That this was not her first time wearing vision correction. She likely wore her new glasses that night because her new contact lenses, the vision correction she prefers, were still on order. So she had little choice when going out that evening but to wear her new but dreaded prescription glasses.

antonio 24 May 2017, 16:02

Wow Maria,

welcome to the Club then.

Are you happy vor unhappy to have joined our Club of full time wearers so suddenly ?

Seems it was a surprise to you suddenly really needing Thema to See?

Hope they don't geht wer too offen Ehen you are gardening in summer, ? :-)

Still strange to need Them now?

Was it difficult for you to show up suddenly wearing Thema everywhere ?

Best regards, antonio

Soundmanpt 14 May 2017, 12:43


Sorry Stacy! But it looks like you better get used to the idea that you're going to be wearing glasses like it or not. The fact that they are having you come back in 6 months to examine your eyes again means that you have probably been in need of glasses for some time already. usually a first prescription is pretty weak and you only need to come back after a year. So it sounds like either they didn't give you your full prescription or they feel like your eyes are in transition and you may need an increase by then. But one thing I can tell you is that if the eye chart was blurry now you can expect it to be even more blurred at your next exam.

And no there is no way to cheat to not need glasses. There are many things that are far worse than having to wear glasses. Look around at how many of your friends wear glasses. Glasses are really quite popular with many young ladies these days. Have you been into a fashion boutique recently? If so have you not noticed the racks of fake glasses? That's because glasses are now considered a fashion accessory. Just instead of being unhappy about having to wear glasses to take your time in picking out glasses that look good on you. Don't go in with the attitude of just settling for whatever because you're angry.

Remember after your eyes get settled down more if you still hate wearing glasses you can always change to contacts.

Stacy 14 May 2017, 10:10

Well, found out I need glasses yesterday. If only my dad did not make that appointment I would be fine. And the doctor was kind of rude too, and just had to tell my dad to make sure I wear the glasses all the time. I don't understand why I need glasses. It is not like we look at eye charts all the time, or have to stand 20 feet away from everything we look at, or read at a certain distance. I get along just fine without them, so what if I could not see the letters on the charts. I have to go back in six months, is there anyway to cheat the exam, so that I won't get glasses?

Soundmanpt 02 May 2017, 09:43


First off i'm sure that i'm going to once again be accused of being you but so be it. You know that you are not me and that's all that really matters. I know that you are for sure the same person that was in here several months ago that was buying glasses on E-Bay I believe or other places maybe? I recognize the same amplifier in the background.

It was becoming clear that you really enjoyed wearing many of the glasses that you were buying and that you getting more and more daring by wearing various pairs even around your own area. At first you would only wear these glasses while in your house and when you got a chance to go to a different town where no one knew you. I remember that your own glasses were only -.75 and you only wore them for driving. You really didn't want your vision to get any worse than that. I know early on you mentioned your age which I don't recall but I know you were past the age where your eyes should have been affected by wearing stronger glasses. I sincerely feel bad for telling you what you were doing was okay and it wouldn't do any harm to your eyes. Apparently by wearing -3.00 glasses constantly during the winter and doing lots of work on your computer and reading was enough to change your eyesight. Were you putting your glasses on each day as soon as you opened your eyes and not taking them off until you went to bed that night? I know you didn't intent to ruin your eyesight when you started buying and wearing those glasses but you seemed to get a thrill out of wearing them as much as possible. Now that you have become a GWG are you okay with wearing glasses full time now?

Maxim 01 May 2017, 15:19

to Maria:

your 'Pierre Cardin' glasses are super, and you must be superpretty with them!

Corrected - sorry for the typos, it's after midnight here and I have been listening to the 'Foodrevolutionsummit'.

Maxim 01 May 2017, 15:16

to Maria:

your 'Pierre Cardin' glasses aresuper, and you msut be superpretty with them!

Mara 01 May 2017, 14:07

I have not posted recently, but here is my latest development.

Throughout the winter season,I had not been working much, so I spent many days indoors wearing some of my glasses constantly.I got to the point of wearing a minus 3.00 pair, and used them for close work on the computer, and for reading.

Last month it became apparent that when I awoke in the morning,my vision was very blurred unless I put on these glasses.My weaker pairs just did not help at all.

As you know I was always reluctant to wear glasses out and about, but now I had to.

This prompted me to seek an eye exam, and I now have a prescription of right eye -2.75 with -.75 cyl. at 142, and left eye -3.00 with - 1.00 cyl. at 154

So as you folkS here would say I am now a full time GWG.

Here are my glasses.

Cactus Jack 10 Apr 2017, 19:03


I have a bit of news that you probably will not like. Your prescription means that you have built in reading glasses with the strongest power they sell over the counter.

What that means is that your Focusing Muscles are probably very weak. The Focusing Muscles are called the Ciliary Muscles. The inside your eyes and are very tiny. For their size, they are normally the strongest muscles in the body. Their job is to Squeeze the Crystalline Lenses to increase their power, when you need to focus closer than about 20 feet.

The reason I wanted to mention this is that I strongly suspect that you will have trouble using your computer screen or reading until your Ciliary Muscles get used to going to work. In some ways it is like lifting weights to strengthen your arm muscles. When you start you use very light weights and even with that your muscles get sore. Your Ciliary Muscles will get sore, but that usually causes headaches.

Forewarned is Forearmed. There are several solutions when someone of your age gets their first glasses. Sometimes the Eye Care Professional will under correct by prescribing LESS Minus than you actually need. Other times they will prescribe bifocals or in extreme cases trifocals, to let you function until your Ciliary Muscles get strong enough that you no longer need them.

There are some other temporary solutions that we can help with.

From a practical standpoint, it will probably take a month or two to get your Ciliary Muscles in shape, but it is important that you not get discouraged.

If you are mathematically inclined, I can get into the math and physics of what is going on. Let me assure you that what you experience is very common for people with first prescriptions over about -2.00. The good news is that once you get your Ciliary Muscles in shape, you probably won't even need to think about bifocals or progressives for many years.


Maxim 10 Apr 2017, 13:53

to EMS (just very short):

The lower numbers of your collegue's prescrition mean, that she needs less correction than you need. Your vision is more blurry than hers.

ems 10 Apr 2017, 12:40

Hi Soundmanpt, i am a different person so no bifocals here!

@Cactus Jack: my age is 25. my occupation is secretary (a lot of close work and filing so I didn't realize it that much). I live in atlanta, georgia.

this reminds me that about 2 years ago i tried on my friend's glasses and they didn't help much so i thought i didn't need glasses. but i talked to her today and she said her numbers were -1.25 and -2.00 so i guess because her numbers are lower, her vision is worse than mine which is why the glasses didn't help? not sure but i remember still squinting severely through her glasses. i have been squinting like everyday but i don't think much of it.

also my coworkers have called me out for sitting too close to the computer which is why i got my eyes checked out, but i don't think its that close cause it feels normal to me. for reference, i sit about 6 inches from the computer screen.

Soundmanpt 10 Apr 2017, 12:11


In your earlier post you said that you were getting bifocals. But the prescription you posted is strictly a nearsighted prescription. Was there any other numbers where it said ADD?

Just as Cactus Jack said you do need to be wearing glasses and I think once you get a pair it won't take long before you realize how much you have missing out.

Cactus Jack 10 Apr 2017, 12:07


You seriously need to wear some form of vision correction - glasses or contact lenses. Those numbers mean that everything beyond 10-11 inches or 25-30 cm is increasingly blurry. You are nearsighted or Myopic. It is not "bad", but it IS significant.

May I ask a few questions?

1. What is your age?

2. What is your occupation?

3. Where do you live? (country)


ems 10 Apr 2017, 11:46

Hi, went to doctors and he gave me prescription of:

left eye: -3.25

right eye: -3.75

(he said i don't have astigamism)

What does my prescription mean? Is it bad? I've never had glasses before. I tried on glasses at the store and should be coming soon if I even need to wear them.


Soundmanpt 08 Apr 2017, 09:16


You didn't say what your age is but no matter. The fact that you're getting bifocals in no way has anything to do with your age. You would be surprised at the number of young people, 20 and even younger that are now wearing bifocals. Yes at one time your mother and grandmother usually got their first bifocals sometime after they turned 40. But their eyes weren't subjected to all the things your eyes are subjected to. Computer monitors, I-Phones and hand held games and even the way they are used such as all the texting has taken on toll on nearly everyone's eyes. You just don't know how many are wearing bifocals because they often get no line or progressive glasses. So their glasses appear to be single vision glasses. If you don't want anyone to know that you're wearing bifocals I would suggest that you get progressives as your first bifocals.

I will warn you to be extremely careful when you get your bifocals. The floor is going to look like it is waist high when you you look through the reading segment of your bifocals. That can easily cause a nasty fall down steps or even simple curbs. And it is even worse if you wear heels. So once you get your glasses try not to loom down while walking. And of course you will quickly learn that when you're reading you will need to move your eyes only down so they are looking through the reading segment. Once you get your glasses let us know how you're doing with them.

Em 08 Apr 2017, 08:42

I am getting new glasses on Monday, I am very nervous because they are going to be my first bifocals. Just saying that makes me feel so old, it would be my luck getting stuck with bifocals.

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Maxim 28 Mar 2017, 15:18

Yes, I got these within 6 months approx of a new prescription after cataract OP:

No. 1 varifocals with a maximum add of +2.75 (42 cms reaading distance approx.)

No. 2 sunglasses - distance correction - for driving (it was June then)

No. 3 a very special prescription: bifocals for office work - an upper section of +1,25 for the screen, and a reading section of +2.75

No. 4 (arrived today, but was ordered on the 1st of November 2016 - a Zenni delivery): bifocals for driving and reading - I found the distortion in the varifocals irritating, when looking to the left or to the right - my sunglasses (without varifocal effects) were much better for driving, and the bifocals are withou distortion.

For the future I feel, that bifocals might be more 'granpas glasses than the invisible effect varifocals, but the vision is much better, as there is only the small reading lens, and 85% of the surface are without distortion!


I have ordered 30,00 Euro (equals nearly 30 $) varifocals from 'L'usine lunettes, as they had sales and a nice reddish brown frame for 1,00 Euro only - I just could not let that go!

I feel, I'm going to order bifocal sunglasses as well (will be No. 6), as I have to read sometimes (delivery documents, maps, navigation system etc.) when I'm driving.

And then, I'll buy -8.00 bifocals (for -7.25 contact lenses) and + 6.00 bifocals for going out with GOC. I have tested this at home, with lenses sticked on my glasses. I love these GOC gamnes very much, and enjoy doing this when travelling, when nobody knows me.

KL 28 Mar 2017, 13:07


I do!

I have a pair in my full distance prescription, mostly just used for driving

Progressives that are 0.5 less for distance and with a 1.5 add (full distance prescription feels like too much and I don't like that. Progressives because while it's not impossible to read with [distance - 0.5] it is uncomfortable even short term and probably painful long term.)

Computer glasses, 1.25 add (I hate progressives for computer use, and my job is a lot of detailed computer work all day every day)

Reading glasses, 2.0 add

Roy 28 Mar 2017, 12:36

I put my new prescription in "Post your Prescription" a few weeks ago when I had an eye test and got some new progressives. Here it is again for reference:-

Right eye -1.50, -1.00 @ 88, prism 3 down & 12 out

Left eye -4.25, -1.00 @ 80, prism 2 up & 12 out

Add 3.00

Progressives are always a bit of a compromise for me as the high prism values limit the range of progressive types I can buy to the more basic ones. So I usually get some single vision glasses to supplement them for specific tasks. This time I went a bit "over the top" and bought four pairs with different prescriptions.

I got a pair with a 3.5 add for general reading use, a pair with a 1.5 add for use with a desktop computer, a pair with a 2.25 add for laptop use and a pair with a 5.0 add for really close detailed work, such as electronics which is my profession. All the glasses have (and need) the full prism correction.

I use all the pairs regularly and I have no regrets about buying any of them. Has anyone else found the need for so many pairs?

Soundmanpt 26 Mar 2017, 08:32


If you want your lenses to look thick then you want the 1.50 thickness. The 1.57 is a thinner lens option that you clearly don't want. Also when choosing glasses if you want your lenses to really be noticed then you should be looking at semi-rimless glasses. Much like your current glasses. A full frame will cover up much of the lens thickness.

Rebecca 26 Mar 2017, 08:05

Hmm, what pic?

I would like the lenses to be quite thick. I want the prescription to be as strong as possible that my eyes can adjust to. I adjusted fine to -3.75 but I don't know how much to increase now.

George1968 26 Mar 2017, 06:36


If that was your photo in the pic, those glasses will be very flattering.

Your spouse or partner will be very pleased.

How strong a prescription do you want?

Rebecca 25 Mar 2017, 23:13

I am thinking about purchasing these:

What prescription should I order? I'm currently wearing -3.75 and would like to increase as much as possible. Also, should I get 1.50 index lenses or 1.57? I like the lenses to be thick of course.

Confused 13 Mar 2017, 14:47

Thank you all for your responses. However, I did some actual measuring, and with my glasses on things get blurry at 8 and 13/16 of an inch(average of 5 measurements). It gets impossible to read at 4 and 5/8 of an inch. Lastly, without my glasses on I was able to see okay only 3 and 3/4 of an inch away.

Specs4Me 12 Mar 2017, 21:23


It appears that you have gotten some good answers; however, I think they have not totally addressed your question. So let me see if I can address your questions so that you get the full story:

It is correct that you have myopia, also known as nearsighted or shortsighted depending on where you live in the world. Your Rx is fairly strong, represented by the -9.25 and -9.75 which correct for your distance. Because the lenses are concave and relatively strong, they make things somewhat smaller at all distances.

You also have some astigmatism which affects your vision at all distances which is corrected by the cylinder correction in your Rx. -1.75 X 120 and -1.25 X 85.

Now, attempting to read a phone or book at 2" or 4" is asking a lot of your eyes, that can even be very difficult for persons with 20/20. Normal reading distances are at about 15" more or less, I may be wrong on the exact number and if so someone will correct me on that one. The point; however, is that our eyes were not designed to see things that close to our eyes when we have normal vision of 20/20 and with your glasses you should have 20/20 vision or close to it.

However, for those of us that are myopic, the eyes are not able to focus on distant objects, but because of the shape of the eye which causes the myopia, seeing at very close distances is possible.

So, the long and the short of it is that you should not expect to read at such a close distance with your glasses on, remember that you have a second strike against you because your lenses make things much smaller, You do have the advantage of removing your glasses and being able to see things at extremely close distances. In fact, without your glasses you should be able to see small things that most people would need a magnifying glass to see.

I hope this helps you understand your situation, ask more questions if you are still confused.

NNVisitor 12 Mar 2017, 17:24


Your glasses make distance vision better. They also can make it harder to see things very close. Without your glasses you'll see it great.

HighMyopic 12 Mar 2017, 17:13

Can you buy good quality myodisc glasses over 40 diopters from china?

Confused 12 Mar 2017, 09:46

So this is normal, and there is nithing wrong?

Soundmanpt 11 Mar 2017, 10:35


An add is the lower part of bifocals or progressives. Used for seeing close up.

Soundmanpt 11 Mar 2017, 10:33


Josh beat me by just a few seconds with his answer. I was about say nearly the exact same thing, that it really helps if know and can provide what the prescription your glasses are. But it does seem that you are nearsighted (shortsighted). So you really only need your glasses to see distances. That means that you not only don't need your glasses for close tasks but they are actually working against your eyes a bit. This is why when someone, mostly children, are given glasses for seeing distances they are often told not to wear them for extended time while doing homework or reading. So finding things such as a phone extremely close up with your glasses on being blurry is not unusual for most people. I'm sure threading a needle is much easier without your glasses unless you are able to do it at a normal distance. I see very few times where there should be a need for you to see something 2" or 4" in front of your glasses anyway and if there is and as long as you're able to see it that close without your glasses, then simply takeoff your glasses. It's possible that you're showing very early signs of needing bifocals. Otherwise for now I think that you're eyes and glasses are working just fine if there isn't any other problem with your eyesight.

Confused 11 Mar 2017, 10:08


Sorry, I just noticed what you said at the end if your post. What is add?

Confused 11 Mar 2017, 10:06


My prescription is: -9.25, -1.75, and 120; -9.75, -1.25 and 085.

Josh 11 Mar 2017, 10:02

Comfused, seems you have minus lenses, if you tell your rx, maybe i could help, when you are get used to see close with myopic eyes is better without glasses than with for close vision, maybe you need add to correct that problem.

Confused 11 Mar 2017, 09:45

Since I got my new glasses (about 8 months ago) I have realized if I bring something closer to get a good look at it it becomes blurry. Recently in the last month or so it seems that "closer" has gotten further. Yesterday my sister was wanting me to look closely at a picture on her phone, so she started shoving her phone in my face, and I noticed the picture getting blurry since about 2 and a half inches before my nose. This got me concerened, so I got a book and started seeing when it wilk get blurry, and it would start getting blurry at about 4 inches away, and unbareable at about 2 inches. I also noticed that without my glasses I do not have this problem. I am so confused as to what is happeneing. What is wrong with my glasses? Please help.

 10 Mar 2017, 13:42

Then don't drive if you already do, Lisa.

Lisa 10 Mar 2017, 12:49

I'm embarrassed of my bad vision so I've decided not to get glasses until I can no longer function without them. Thank you for the advice.

Soundmanpt 10 Mar 2017, 10:33


If you're curious to know if glasses might be of a help to you maybe you should consider going on line and ordering an inexpensive pair of glasses from either "" or "" both places offer glasses in your prescription for as low as $7.00.

Soundmanpt 10 Mar 2017, 10:28


Your first post back on March 8th you asked if you need glasses based on your prescription. Then you posted that you would just wait to get glasses until your vision in your better eye reached -2.00. Likelenses then suggested that you order glasses now with a -2.00 lens for your better eye which would better balance your eyesight with and without your glasses that way. What he is suggesting would only be speeding up what is likely to happen by holding off getting glasses now in your actual prescription. Antonio or I were suggesting that you get glasses, which is what you asked originally, in the prescription you were given. We were not suggesting that you ruin your vision in your better eye but rather reduce the strain on that eye. Now of course even if you were to get glasses in you actual prescription it's very possible that the vision in your better eye may still deteriorate in that eye because it could be that your eyesight changed more rapidly in the other eye. But as you know you're free to do as you wish.

Lisa 10 Mar 2017, 07:20

Likelenses, why would I want to ruin my good eye?

NNVisitor 09 Mar 2017, 23:41

Lisa you need glasses done in your prescription. Or get fitted with contact lenses. Then wear your glasses or contacts most of each day. It's very important that you do so so that you don't lose the ability to see with the weaker eye. That happened to my father who basically only could see with one eye for most of his life.

Likelenses 09 Mar 2017, 21:20


You could order online a pair of glasses with the -2.00 for your bad eye, and an overcorrection of - 1.50 for your good eye.

If you wear these glasses full time for about two weeks, you will have super sharp vision, and it will help your good eye to become balanced closer to that of your bad eye.

Lisa 09 Mar 2017, 19:03

Thanks, I'm going to wait until my better eye also becomes -2

Soundmanpt 09 Mar 2017, 09:32


There is no doubt at all that you do need to be wearing glasses and you need to be wearing them full time as well. Currently your vision is way out of balance. What Antonio has told you is correct. You're basicly only seeing with your -.25 eye. Your brain is simply turning off your weaker eye when you are looking at anything more than a couple feet away. This of course is putting added strain on your better eye as well. Since you obviously had your eyes examined in order to know what prescription you need for glasses was there a reason you didn't go ahead and pick out glasses right away? I'm sure during the test the doctor showed you how blurry everything was with your weaker eye compared to your better eye. Are you only trying to avoid having to wear glasses? Like Antonio said at some point not too far off your better eye is sure to weaken and you will be forced to get glasses then for sure.

HighMyopic 08 Mar 2017, 16:46


antonio 08 Mar 2017, 15:39

Hi Lisa,

I guess you do, if -0,25 is what you need for your better eye Im sure you see still pretty good with this eye, but if you cover it with your hand, what will be your answer for your other eye ?

if you dont get any glasses, your better eye has to do all the work of seeing, this might cause headaches, does it already ? And your worse eye could loose the ability to see perhaps as it sees so much blurrier than your better one your brain tends to ignore it, right ? if so you can loose the ability to see with both eyes, eye coordination or so,

so I guess you should get yourself some glasses and try them out,

plus its possible your now better eye might follow your weaker eye which would lead you into glasses anyway, right ?

if you like discuss with us on

best regards, antonio

Pat 08 Mar 2017, 14:13

What's your email address High Myopic? your glasses are fantastic.

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