Yes, I second the motion.

I’m not looking at cataract surgery yet. But I’m having difficulty since my optometrist of about 15 years retired. The first place I went told me I had a thinning macular layer in my eyes, which could lead to losing my sight. I was dubious, as they followed this with trying to sell me expensive vitamins. The next doctor I went to said there was no problem with my macular layer, but that I had early stage cataracts. I had glasses made there, and if I wear them, I quickly become nauseous. They insist the scrip is correct and I will get used to them, and they will not remake them. I tried a mail-order place just on a whim. But those glasses gave me double-vision, and I returned them (for a full refund, thankfully).

Went to yet a 3rd place. They actually showed me all the test results and imagery and I do not have a thinning macular layer, no do I have cataracts. The glasses that make me ill are made to the wrong scrip. I ordered new lenses for some old frames, and with any luck I will actually be able to see out of them.

Bruce, your vision sounds close to mine (my near vision focuses at about 3 inches). Do you have any problems finding a place to make your glasses? I’ve had this problem before when my optician retired. I get single vision distance lenses (can’t tolerate bifocals or progressive lenses - too much distortion), and I usually work with my nose to the drawing board sans glasses (most anyone can attest to this). If I need my mid-vision, I simply layer a pair of cheap reading glasses over my distance glasses, and this works well enough for computer work.


On Aug 11, 2016, at 9:29 AM, OC Carlisle <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thank you all for this enlightening discussion. I will probably encounter this issue in the future. Now I use trifocal glasses which has served me well. Thanks again!

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On Aug 11, 2016, at 9:05 AM, Bruce Bartrug <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Very interesting, Chris and Jim, and thank you both.

Reading through the articles about multifocal lens replacements reminds me of my experience with "progressive" (multifocal) lenses for standard eyeglasses.  In my day job as a pharmacist I needed the multifocal lenses and wore them constantly, including while driving.  When I began to have problems seeing clearly in my right eye and the cataract was noticed, I needed to change the right lens prescription.  Since I would probably soon need to change the right lens again (after cataract surgery), I opted to chang the right lens in a standard pair of bifocal glasses that I wear when using a camera or binoculars.  Since they are now the glasses I use for driving, I've discovered these are better for that activity than progressives....mainly because the peripheral vision is as clear as that directly in front of me....with progressive lenses one must look directly at a person/book/whatever as the progressive part of the lens is hourglass shaped.  As I became accustomed to using the bifocals I've noticed the accommodation difficulties at various distances is not the problem I had expected, and only becomes noticeable at some middle distances from about 3 feet up to about reading distance.  

This, and the warnings about contrast, etc., in the articles cited by Chris, confirms my notion that single focal length lens replacements of some near distance will most likely be my choice.  Since my forties I've always had three pairs of glasses.....a progressive pair for work and driving, a single focal length pair for reading, and another single focal length pair for computer work.  This occasionally led to extensive searches through the house :), but that was a small issue compared to having the ability to move my eyes when reading or using a computer, instead of constantly turning my neck when using progressive lenses (to keep the hourglass aimed at what I was doing/reading.) 

This coincides with photographic lenses......single focal length (or prime) lenses have always had the advantage when edge to edge sharpness and high contrast were needed.  Zooms (multifocal lenses) could come close, but were mainly for convenience.  This has changed in recent years, so multifocal, or other, lens replacements shouldn't automatically be rejected.  I probably will choose single focal distance replacements, but what I'm really going to miss is the ability to see the finest detail simply be removing my glasses and using my near-sighted eyes which focus at about 5 inches.

I'll let you know what I learn, Linny and Brie.

Interesting discussion, and thanks to everyone,


On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 1:33 AM, James A. Perkins <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I just remembered that you also asked about the added cost of the different kind of lenses. I forgot to address that in my previous post.


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