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Judy,
Same experience here. Never did "get used to" them. Lots of cash down the
drain.
-G

Gretchen Halpert
Illustrator/educator
Scientific Illustration Distance Program
www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com
www.gretchenhalpert.com






On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 11:04 AM, Kathleen Garness <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> That is my worst nightmare. Last year I had my eyes refracted by a
> wonderful ophtalmologist/surgeon (who has since moved up to Madison). It
> was the best refraction (and prescription filling) in many years. I’m torn
> between waiting to see her when she finishes up her maternity leave, and
> making the drive up to Madison from Chicago, or going to see her former
> partner, and working more locally. Tough choices.
>
> Kathy
>
> On Aug 12, 2016, at 7:40 AM, Karen Ackoff <[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>>
> wrote:
>
> Judith,
>
> This sounds like part of my problem. I, too, won't use that optician
> again. A very expensive mistake. My lenses - high index (in order to fit
> the frame), anti-glare/anti-scratch coating - run approximately $450 (the
> frame is additional). Not covered by insurance.
>
> The glasses I have (that make me nauseous) were checked by another
> optometrist and there are 2 problems... The left lens is too strong by 1/4
> diopter AND my prescription was too strong by 1/4 diopter, resulting in my
> left lens being too strong by 1/2 diopter. Also the frames are too wide for
> my face by slightly more than 2 cm (1cm each lens). Because of this there
> is more distortion at the outer edges (I have a very strong scrip). These
> are the ONLY frames the optical shop said they could use for my
> prescription, my only choice being the color of the wire.
>
> The optician who made them insists they are correct and will not work to
> fix them. The only thing offered was an appointment for a new refraction
> (at their usual fee), insisting my eyes have changed. My eyes have not
> changed in the course of a relatively short period of time.
>
> K
>
> From my iPhone.
>
> On Aug 12, 2016, at 5:25 AM, Judith Stoffer <[log in to unmask]
> <[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
> 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?
>
> Judy
>
>
> 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
> 443/676.8883
>
> "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
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