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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.

inglasses2000 08 Mar 2017, 12:49


Thanks for your reply, if you are interested in chatting more about glasses, your new pair in particular please feel free to email me at

HighMyopic 08 Mar 2017, 05:51

The rx is +48 diopters. No prism. I am wearing these new glasses bareyed. No GOC. My real rx is -5 right eye and -6 left eye. These are +48 diopters.

Lisa 08 Mar 2017, 05:07

My prescription is -2.50 and -0.25

Do I need glasses?

Inglasses2000 08 Mar 2017, 04:26


Amazing looking lenses, the effect on your eyes in the picture of you wearing them seems to make your eyes cross and slightly look upward. What is the prescription and does it include any prisms.

LIP 08 Mar 2017, 04:01

Sorry , I meant High Myopic .

Lip 08 Mar 2017, 04:00


That's living the dream ! You doing GOG I presume ?

Do you wear your glasses all day ?


LIP (leo in Perth )

HighMyopic 07 Mar 2017, 16:37

I got my new strong glasses! I love to wear them!

Here is a side view of my glasses.

Here is a front view of my glasses.

Here is a top view of them.

Here is me wearing them

Soundmanpt 19 Feb 2017, 17:16

eye czech

Yes i'm sure there are fake in here but I also feel confident about the ones that I don't believe are fakes. Of course you have every right to believe whatever you wish but constantly making claims without any proof at all is so wrong. If you only look back a few comments ago one of the accusers said that Carrie had made comments that were contradictional to herself. All I asked was for him /her to prove it by pointing out any such comments by listing the date and time these inconsistencies occurred. I'm still waiting for that so called proof. Is it too much to ask you simply show proof of all these fakes. Remember your the accuser so it is up to you to prove them as fakes.

eye czech 19 Feb 2017, 14:56

I agree with the person who said we all. yes we all are tired of fakes like rafa maria carrie katie melissa rafa. gobs and gobs of gushing diarrhea spewing up eyescene with singly post probably I must say 4000 words per. its obvious the fakies stand up for the other fakies. it is odd that soundmans always the one to strike up a chat with these fakies who all know their precises eyeglass prescriptions including sphere and axis. maybe create a category called soundboard and he can carry away with the fakie lasses. i believe this board has only 10 bloody real people at this point. cheers.

Soundmanpt 17 Feb 2017, 16:58


Glad to hear that you got your new glasses from the optical shop and that you again are back seeing 20/15 again. I think that was what you said they planned on correcting your vision to. And I think it was a good idea to get another pair of glasses as well as a pair of prescription sunglasses because based on how much you're already able to notice the difference from your previous glasses to your new ones you wouldn't be happy if anything were to happy to your new glasses and your previous glasses were all you had to wear. I'm sure the more your eyes adjust to your new glasses it will be even more difficult if you had to get by wearing your previous glasses. And probably both pairs cost less than what contacts would have cost you. Yeah I have never ordered glasses from Coastal so I was a little surprised when you said that you HAD to get your glasses with 1.61 lenses. So I went in to their site and pretended to place an order for glasses with -4.00 lenses and sure enough just as you say it simply doesn't allow you to order the thicker lens which should not cost as much. As you know I am a big fan of Zenni and with Zenni it will RECOMMEND a 1.61 lens but you aren't forced to order it if you don't want it and you simply click on either the 1.50 or 1.57 lens option which both are free lenses. If you want the 1.61 lens it is a $19.00 option. But I do like the glasses you ordered and you should be happy wearing them and that is important. And since you wear your glasses full time getting the thinner lenses will make your glasses look really nice and also they will be lighter in weight as well so your nose may thank you by the end of the day for getting the lighter weight lenses. Nice to here that you're still with the same boyfriend because he really was a big help to you when i'm sure you really weren't all that confident about having to start wearing glasses. He clearly made let you know that your wearing glasses didn't change how he felt about you and how he must still feel for you. Two years sounds pretty serious to me. Could wedding bells be very far off? "Just sayin" Not a bad idea having him help you picking out your glasses since he is the one that sees you the most and of course you want to please him as well with glasses that flatter your looks. You're right that it can be a problem trying to see how you look wearing different glasses if you can't see very well without your glasses. Next time you get your eyes examined go in wearing your glasses but after the exam ask for a trial pair of contacts so you can see yourself better.

That was what i seemed to remember with your sister. I'm sure when she got her first glasses she was probably like many others a bit on the shy side about being seen wearing glasses. And of course her first glasses were probably weak enough that she was still able to see pretty well without them. But once her eyesight got a little worse and she saw you wearing your glasses all the time gave her that same confidence that you had. And as long as she has no intention of sticking tiny pieces of plastic on to her eyes she doesn't have much choice if she wants to see. She seems to have even made wearing glasses fun by making her glasses just another fashion accessory. but to that of course you need more than just one pair. So good for her. Just curious if you were unhappy with your Zenni glasses? Seems to me from what I saw Coastal is a bit more expensive, but if you like their glasses more then that's understandable.

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