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High Myopic 02 Jan 2018, 15:06

Please let me know if you find that french eyeglasses company so i can see if i can order a +66 diopter pair of glasses in the largest frame possible.

plus 02 Jan 2018, 14:59

Soundmanpt neither my wife nor I wear glasses. These were the most unusual glasses I have ever seen. Each lens was like a marble set in glass. I only saw his eyes from the side, through the lens his eyes looked black in the shiny marble. When we moved rooms he asked to sit with the tablelamp behind him as he found bright light difficult.

We were all staying in the same hotel and as we left he was quite clumsy and bumped into a low table. His wife took his arm on the stairs. He is about the same age as me, 35. Sorry now we did not exchange addresses.

High Myopic 02 Jan 2018, 14:47

I looked up that site but they do not seem to make +66 diopter glasses.

Plus Tony 02 Jan 2018, 13:45


I wonder if the lens manufacturer you were trying to think of is Essilor?

I'm fairly sure they are French and they make a very wide range of lenses and offer some interesting coatings for different uses.

Soundmanpt 02 Jan 2018, 12:51


I can't image how thick his glasses must be or how they stayed on his nose. Do yu or your wife wear glasses? I'm sure thta was the stronest glasses either of you have ever seen.

plus 02 Jan 2018, 12:09

My wife just got home. The company sounded like the petrol company esso or similar. Sorry cannot be more helpful. My wife thinks the man's name who wears the glasses is Jacques

plus 02 Jan 2018, 11:37

Over Christmas we were in France and met a couple, the man wore incredibly thick plus glasses. We chatted to him about the glasses and he said previously he wore strong contacts and strong glasses over. With the new glasses he was able to see without the contacts. If my memory serves me well he had +66.5, +3 cyl and +67, +4.5cyl. he was very careful when he walked and his wife helped him down the stairs. His eyes just looked like black circles through the lenticular lenses. He had a folded cane in his daysac.

The lenses were crafted in France but I cant remember the name of the company. They were quite expensive.

They both worked in the UN office in Geneva. maybe trace him there. Worth a try.

HighMyopic 02 Jan 2018, 10:09

What is the name of that french company? How much does the +66 and over glasses cost?

plus 02 Jan 2018, 10:02

A French company can make lenses in the over plus 66D range

High Myopic 31 Dec 2017, 21:20

Where can I buy 16X magnification or about +64 diopter eyeglasses? I really would love to wear a pair that is stronger than my +48 diopter pair. Ian said that there was a maker in India that makes them. Can I buy eyeglasses that are even stronger like +70 dioters?

GL 30 Dec 2017, 22:32

High Myopic 30 Dec 2017, 21:28

Nice. Will you be licking them?

High Myopic 30 Dec 2017, 21:28

What do you think is the rx of these glasses? I will be getting them in the mail.

Cactus Jack 30 Dec 2017, 18:33


Both Hyperopia and Axial or True Myopia are caused by a mismatch between the total PLUS power of the eye's lens system and the distance from the back of the Crystalline Lens to your Retina. If you have Hyperopia your Retina is too close to the Crystalline Lens for the total power of your lens system. If you have Myopia, the distance is too far for the total PLUS.

Most children are born with Hyperopia because their eyeballs are very small. As they grow, their eyeballs also grow as dictated by their genes and their visual environment. Typically, eyeball growth stops around 20 to 25, but not always. As the eyeballs grows, Hyperopia will decrease because of the laws of optics. Ideally growth will stop at a refractive error of 0.00. If growth stops too soon the individual will be Hyperopic and need + glasses. If the eyeball continues to grow, beyond 0.00, the individual will will develop Myopia and need - glasses.

By the way, some of the numbers are amazing. Typical Total PLUS power of an adult eye's lens system is about +59 diopters and the distance from the Crystalline Lens to the Retina is about 17 mm. The distance is usually the critical factor in needing vision correction and the amount of external correction needed is about 0.3 mm per diopter of correction.


Neville 30 Dec 2017, 13:36

post was to weirdeyes

Neville 30 Dec 2017, 13:35

email me if you like

Neville 30 Dec 2017, 13:35

email me if you like

Weirdeyes 30 Dec 2017, 12:48


Iím kind of interested in doing some high plus GOC for a Halloween costume. I already wear plus glasses, but my rx is too asymmetrical which annoys me. So I try to hide lens thickness and distortions and often wear contacts. My right eye is only +0.75 and my left eye is +4.25. I think my rx is ugly to even plus glasses lovers.

Neville 30 Dec 2017, 12:16

As a kid I had bad eyesight but during my teens my Rx for hyperopia got less. Why I do not know? At uni in the late 60s early 70s I missed thick lenses but coincidentally became good friends with a trainee optician. He helped me, and still does, with GOC.

I has cataracts removed ten years ago and after a battle with the doctor had no IOLs fitted. So back to thick lenses. Love that even with obvious drawbacks.

My friend about to retire from his optician business has continued to help.

I only recently found this site and would love to hear from anyone who enjoys wearing or seeing others in thick plus lenses.

NJ I hope you will contact me.

Billy A. 28 Dec 2017, 03:06

Yesterday i wore my -12 superlenti Ray Bans and one girl asked me why i wear glasses without corrective that girl so silly or -12 superlenti looks like plans? It wasn't first comment like this.. Maybe, lenti looks "strange" and people think that are just fashionable lenses.. Too much weird looks at my glasses, its like they've never seen lenti before

Groot 17 Nov 2017, 09:43

Plus Tony

I think my glasses do look pretty strong from the side. I just barely see myself like that. They also create a strong halo that gives them a coke bottle effect even when I pay for thin lenses. But in flattering lighting and from the front they look relatively mild. But other people probably see me from other angles. When my sister was at the DMV they asked her if her +1.00 glasses are just for reading. I never got the same question. When I took off my glasses to try the test without them they acted weird about it. I ended up failing because of astigmatism. I wonder if they can subconsciously tell my glasses are pretty strong or if it was just because they saw me wear them more.

Plus Tony 17 Nov 2017, 08:25

I think it is very much in the eye of the beholder and depends on their knowledge of lenses and preconceptions. Someone with perfect vision who knows nothing might look at a -2 or +2 lens and think "wow that is strong".

As for looking at lenses it depends so much on the size of the frame and the index of the lens that it is almost impossible to say. I have a friend with a prescription of +4.25 but her high index lenses look no thicker than my standard index +2.00 and her eyes are only a little more magnified. However if you look at her lenses from the side you can see that it is a relatively strong prescription.

There are also plenty of posts on instagram where the wearer tags their glasses as cokebottlelenses that don't look particularly strong to me. I also wonder if people who describe themselves on instagram as 'blind' or 'blindasf' who quite clearly aren't do so to justify to others their need or desire to wear a relatively mild prescription when frankly in my view no justification is needed because if you need glasses of any strength to see clearly and you are comfortable wearing them the only person you should have to justify it to is yourself!

Groot 16 Nov 2017, 22:05

At what point does the average observer start describing glasses as thick, coke bottles or strong? In fanatasy stories it seems to be +4.00, but that hasn't been my experience in real life. I think for plus glasses it's +5.00. For minus I think it's even higher. I think minus glasses tend to look weaker.

Colin 27 Jul 2017, 09:32

Hi David,

I got my first contacts in my mid 20's. I was a rep at the time and they made a huge difference to driving. They were also hard and very uncomfortable! Everyone said I was always blinking and they were prone to popping out.

David 27 Jul 2017, 09:16

Hey Colin,

So my dad's ex uk military so I moved around a lot, wasn't back in UK until 6-7 years old. At that point, I got contacts for playing sport on the weekend at first and very quickly changed over to them for the school day and back to glasses at home.

That's about as early as I can remember realising the big difference between glasses and contacts.

The other memory was they hurt like hell for the first few weeks and were hard. It was much easier when my RX dropped and soft contacts came around.

Colin 26 Jul 2017, 23:24

Hi David,

I meant to ask if you had any problems because of your glasses at school or if you got on with them ok.

I don't think mine actually stopped me from doing anything but I wasn't very good at games anyway!

Colin 26 Jul 2017, 23:01

Hi David,

I also had my glasses from a very young age. I had cateracts removed at 6 weeks old and had glasses with elastic round the back of my head. I don't know what prescription they were but I don't think it has changed very much over the years. I was at school in the 60's and had round NHS kids glasses with the curl sides. The ones I had in Secondary school had full frame lenses which were very thick. In those days they were glass and very heavy.

Colin 26 Jul 2017, 11:56

Hi David,

It's just the standard lens. I've been told high index is not available in my prescription.

David 26 Jul 2017, 11:02

Hey Colin,


Looks like the bowls are quite a bit smaller than mine, what index are they?

Colin 25 Jul 2017, 16:41

This might work better than Imgur

Colin 25 Jul 2017, 11:42


I think I messed that link up.

Try this

Colin 25 Jul 2017, 11:31


I hope this works

David 25 Jul 2017, 10:31

Hey Owlish,

I did have them from a very young age, the first RX I think I was given was around +16, very quickly jumping to almost 19, it stayed around there until I think 3-4 years old at which point it dropped year on year until it hit a low of around +12.

In the last few years it's risen by around 0.25 to 0.5 per year, the glasses you're seeing are the ones I use for my computer and I prefer something a little stronger as it helps with eye strain.

@Colin, i'd be interested to see a picture of your glasses to see how they compare to my older ones.

Colin 25 Jul 2017, 10:09


My prescription is plus 27ish and also find a huge difference between wearing glasses and contacts. I am used to both and am sure the brain "switches" between glasses mode and contacts mode. I am also told that I move my head a lot even in contacts.

I took my driving test in the UK in 1969 wearing glasses and drove for several years before getting contacts. My optician said I passed the driving sight test. He did give me a prescription for driving so I could wear the glasses very close to my eyes. It felt as though my eyes almost touched the back of the lenses and my eyelashes brushed against them. This gave me a wider field of vision. I was conscious about my eyesight and drove carefully but I don't think I was a danger to myself or other road users at the time. I wouldn't drive in specs now though!

Owlish 25 Jul 2017, 04:50

Great pics David, thanks for putting them up. It's clear to me that the lenticular lenses look better and must be much lighter and more comfortable to wear. My impression is that opticians are trained to believe that full-view is better but of course they want to sell expensive high index and aspheric lenses.

Another question if you don't mind. I guess you had pretty strong glasses from an early age. Did your prescription remain roughly stable or have you had increases over the years?

David 24 Jul 2017, 12:29

Hey Cactus,

I have one bit of info that people that have known me a long time have said. Apparently I look around a lot from side to side and down when we're out, say going to get lunch.

I know I need to do it when wearing glasses but I don't notice that I do it when I'm not wearing them, I guess just programming from when I was young as I wore glasses for most of that time.

For peripheral vision, there's a huge difference, object size too.

So as an example, on my computer right here, sitting in the same seat, with glasses, a good 80-90% of my vision is the screen / keyboard, without, looking at what i'm typing here, i can see the edge of a chair that's to my right and the light switch to the left, if I had to guess, i'd say that's about 150 degree arc.

Regarding sports, as I only play with contacts, when I tried some table tennis recently, I found I just couldn't hit anything, when normally i'm quite good. We had a good laugh about it but ended up just keeping score.

Cactus Jack 24 Jul 2017, 10:29


My engineering background leads me to believe that the brain is truly a biological computer. Vision actually occurs in the brain. It appears that once the brain figures out how to process images with several different types of correction, it can "load" the appropriate algorithm for the situation very quickly.

Your experience with switching between contacts and glasses, pretty much confirms it. I suspect the image size on the Retina is substantially different with the contact and with your glasses.

Do you notice much difference in your peripheral vision between your glasses and your contacts?


David 24 Jul 2017, 09:35


Firstly, I don't have problems switching, I'm so used to it by now, though I do live differently with each, for example I never drive in glasses, don't do sport etc. but equally, I don't tend to read in the evenings in contacts.

There's the other images

Owlish 24 Jul 2017, 05:16

David it's perfectly understandable that you don't want to put your face out there to be misused on the internet. I wouldn't either.

No I just thought some pics of the glasses from the front would be interesting.

Also, do you encounter any difficulty in switching from contacts to glasses or are you completely used to the change in optical effects?

David 23 Jul 2017, 23:06


I was born fairly early and from parents both with strong plus prescription though neither as high as mine.

My eyes are just too small, no other issues which makes my prescription entirely sphere and very easy to wear / find contacts.

What more pictures do you want? (I won't be putting up any that show me wearing them as a previous one was used to create fake profiles and post some quite disturbing comments)

Owlish 23 Jul 2017, 16:28

Hi David, your prescription is an interesting one; just into the level at which lentis are appropriate. Are you extremely hyperopic or have you had surgery to remove cataracts?

More pics would be appreciated.

David 22 Jul 2017, 10:34


My eyes look noticeably larger than with the lenticular pair.

Peter 22 Jul 2017, 08:23


Both glasses look good to me. How do your eyes look in the full frame pair?

David 22 Jul 2017, 08:13

Hey guys,

So I ordered some new glasses, so when I placed the order I asked for the usual, low index, lenticulars as this keeps the weight down, I only use them for when I can't wear my contacts and I really dislike the high index aberrations at night (I often have to do long hours at work)

It seems however that the message for lenticular wasn't passed onto the lab so they just made them as low index glasses, full field.

This is a bit crazy for a +14.5 prescription!

Needless to say, when they turned up, I let them know that's not what I ordered and they immediately apologised and remade them, allowing me to keep the others in the mean time and as a back up pair. My old ones were about to fall apart so they knew how badly I needed them.

I figured you guys would all be interested to see the difference in thickness between the 2. This is the same frame, same prescription, same index of lens:

Cactus Jack 31 May 2017, 20:37


Maybe your wife put two and two together about the effects of GOC and wound up with 5. You are truly fortunate and blessed.


Peter 31 May 2017, 18:12

Cactus Jack,

Two sets of twin girls. Eldest are five and a half the second set two years younger. Number five is a single girl. Looking after a young family is fulltime work. My wife has given up her job to be at home.

I am able to fit in GOC with work and family. Sundays I GOC with +13 glasses and soft contacts after Saturday night with no lenses in bed so as to rest my eyes. Once the kids are all in bed I change to the RGPs and +22 glasses. The RGPs I keep in until Wednesday afternoon which is free. Back with the weak GOC I am able to play normally with the girls. They see me in both glasses.

Then the cycle restarts Wednesday evening once they are asleep. I keep in the RGPs until after work Saturday lunchtime. I don't drive in the +22 glasses but feel confident to do so in the other pair.

My boss and work colleagues know me only in +22 glasses. There have been no comments or questions so I assume, as you say, they think I have had cataracts. My job involves a few face to face interviews in my office, also quite a lot of telephone work. Computer work is on a laptop as I find it comfortable to read the screen with the glasses slightly pulled down. I am not sure why this works but I can read print with slightly more sliding down.

Viagra has nothing on GOC! I am lucky my wife has encouraged me so much. I cannot imagine doing this in secret.

You have been instrumental in getting me to this point. Like many other people I am very grateful for your help and encouragement.

Cactus Jack 31 May 2017, 17:01


I am not the least surprised that #5 is on the way, congratulations. Apparently, GOC is better than Viagra. Just wait until they are all in their teens. May I ask their ages?

I understand they are "Cheaper by the Dozen".


Peter 31 May 2017, 14:38

Cactus Jack,

Like you mentioned I also wear a baseball cap. Recently we have had a lot of very bright sunshine and I find that difficult.

I am an insurance underwriter.

4 now, 5 in September!

Cactus Jack 30 May 2017, 20:58


Another suggestion. One of our members, who was born without some lenses in his eyes and also had some other issues, had to wear glasses in the +40 range. He found that wearing a base ball type cap helped some.

Apparently, the bill on the cap minimized light entering his glasses and eyes from above. He never commented on why, but it might be worth considering if ambient light from overhead is causing you any problems.

I suspect your boss and customers believe that you have had Cataract surgery and they were not able to use an IOL.

May I ask you occupation?

Still 4 and holding?


Peter 30 May 2017, 17:37

Cactus Jack,

When I first dreamed about wearing high plus glasses I thought the peripheral vision loss was at the side. It is of course a 360 loss. For me the main problem is not looking down enough so missing steps and curbs. It is not unusual for me to walk into low objects.

I went to an optician and got an RGP prescription for my true myopia of -3. It was very easy to add the extra 0 to get my desired cls. No one has challenged it when I order.

It would be untrue if I said +22 glasses present no problems, they are not easy. But with continued use I have adapted, by moving to a new town and workplace allowed me to wear them everyday.

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