RE: Cataract surgery for artists

I recently needed new eyeglasses with a new prescription, and also a
diagnosis of early stage cataracts. Because of insurance, I didn't end up
ordering the glasses from where I had the exam. Ordered both bifocals for
computer/reading and bifocal sunglasses for distance/reading. Computer
glasses were perfect. Sunglasses were clear at the right distances but I
couldn't get both eyes to focus at the same time, and they induced nausea.
Optician kept trying to convince me that I would get used to them, and his
main objective was insisting they were ground properly and that they had
done nothing wrong. I went back to the ophthalmologist (Hopkins, Wilmer Eye
Institute) that had examined my eyes, and his assessment/measurement was
that the blanks the lab had chosen to make the lenses were radically
different, by two full diopters, and that was the source of the problem.
The optometrist where the glasses were ordered had never heard of such a
thing and has been treating me like I'm nuts. (Obviously, I will not be a
repeat customer.)

Karen, does this lens blank choice sound like it might be contributing to
your problem with those new glasses? Anyone else had a similar experience?


On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 1:00 AM, SCIART-L automatic digest system <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Date:    Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:44:05 -0500
> From:    Karen Ackoff <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Discussion: Cataract surgery for artists
> 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.
> K

Judith A. Stoffer
Baltimore, MD, USA

"Secu­rity is mostly a super­sti­tion. Avoid­ing dan­ger is no safer in the
long run than out­right exposure. Life is either a dar­ing adven­ture, or
nothing." –Helen Keller

Need to leave or subscribe to the Sciart-L listserv? Follow the instructions at