Tuesday, December 13

No Teenager

These Glasses are NOT the Same as My Latest. :-(
Today, I picked up my first pair of prescription glasses. Bifocals. It's part of what, if I'm lucky, is a slow downward spiral. I can't see wearing them when I ride, despite what the doctor said.

I'm not a doctor. In fact, I don't even play a doctor on television. HOWEVER, I have heard various things about items readers commented on. FIRST off - fogging lenses.

My optician just put me on to some brand new antifog stuff that's supposed to keep lenses clear. There's the "manly side" of the box that looks remotely like Tracy W who has lens fog trouble on occasion. Then, the other side of the box shows a feminine side. Apparently men wear hats and women drink some sort of hot beverage. And THEN, there's the third side that contains the all-important website. My optician is looking for feedback on how this stuff interacts with lens cleaning solution.

The anti-fog URL
Next up - sunglasses. These new glasses have "stick on" sun glasses. Of course, it may be a few months before I can accumulate much experience. The glasses themselves have a variable focus with no sharp line between the top and bottom. For the moment, it means I have to get used to looking "up" or "down" or "in between." It'll come. Still, at present, I'm taking my "Costco cheapie reading glasses" to work or other places I'm riding on my bike. If I crush a pair of $10 glasses, I don't get upset. OTOH, the "proper" ones cost a whole lot more, even after vision plan reimbursement.

Sunglass Lenses Stick on From the Bottom With a Magnet. Not Much Use in December, So a User Report Will Have to Wait
Finally - laser surgery and "changing of the eyes as we age." Apparently, most people tend to become more "far sighted" as they age. That means you see stuff far away better than stuff nearby. What's more, most people have less ability to adjust the focus of their eyes as they age. What THAT means is that laser is less effective for old people than for youngsters. This is because old people can have laser to get a different "best" focus, but they still have less adjustability in their eyes. Bifocals are needed for those whose eyes have gone out of whack so far as to not focus perfectly much of anywhere. In my case, I guess I could have laser surgery to allow me to see perfectly once again for distance, but it might well not "last." And, for the record, when I was 21, my eyesight was 20/10.

Where IS that walking stick?


Oldfool said...

I got my first bifocals more than twenty years ago. I rode a single speed Hawthorne bicycle down a cobblestone street to Senora Alejandra's office to pick them up. She about had a heart attack when I hopped on the bike and rode off.
By the way, it's not a slow spiral.
Learn to get on and off a ladder with them on. Practice on steps.
Resistance is futile.

Steve A said...

Thanks for the encouragement

Jon said...

I got my first bifocals 40 years ago, at age 10.

I grew out of them, then back into them. My new lineless bifocals made me feel like I was looking through a fisheye lens for about 2 days. Now, my vision is pretty normal with them on.

Trevor said...

I have been wearing bifocals for twenty years plus.....

They are something that you get used to, as is the fact that the downwards spiral seems to start slow and speed up as time passes....and you get used to that as well...


Big Oak said...

You'll get used to them soon. I've been thinking about getting some cycling-specific glasses, and I'm worried I won't be able to get bifocals in those. I'm concerned about not being able to see maps and cue sheets.

Ed W said...

We become more farsighted as we age, Steve, because the muscles that focus the lens lose elasticity. I went from being nearsighted to having normal vision in my right eye, while the left one is still slightly nearsighted. The downside was the loss of the ability to focus up close. Really close work - like soldering or working on cameras - requires binocular magnifiers these days. It takes time but you'll adapt.

One question, though, and that's whether you have the variable focus glasses or the traditional ones withe supplementary lenses?

Justin said...

My first pair of glasses were bifocals. I was in 4th grade. I have never had them since.

Tracy W said...

Welcome to the crowd. Like the others, riding with them isn't a problem. I do most of my commuting with my normal lineless bifocals, and every bit of my fun riding with my bifocal sunglasses.

For what it's worth, I can manage to get my ski goggles over my glasses when it's really cold, but the glasses tend to fog up when I stop. I'm not sure whether I'll do that this year or just forget the glasses it gets that cold.

Steve A said...

Clearly (no pun intended), I need to do an update on this post. In it, I'll talk about fog, sun, and what I heard about vision change as we (gasp) age. All from a cycling perspective.

PaddyAnne said...

Or get laser surgery - that's what I opted for and its the best thing I've ever done. Well... at least one of the best things I've ever done, but its right up there!!

Steve A said...

Actually, I'll add laser surgery into the items covered in the update!

Chandra said...

Definitely interesting stuff!

How does it interact with coated lenses, like ones with the anti-glare, photo-chromatic coatings? Do you know?

Peace :)

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