Re: glasses on 03/08/2006 01:09:33 MST Reply Report Post Print View
Ah, I see. 20yrs ago, the local pharmacy had a rack of reading glasses with a chart. All I recall, and this is not clear, is that you just found your current age on the chart and how many years you've needed reading glasses and they gave you a number (maybe it was the diopter reading, e.g. 1.25, etc) and then you picked a style you liked with that number. An older co-worker at the time used this system for years. Apparently, if this was you only vision problem, progression of presbyopia was supposed to be pretty typical. At least, that's how this system figured it. Me, I've got a vision plan, so I can see an Optometrist.
Forget about the 20 year old "memories" of "Standardized Reading Glasses". charts.
Nearly the very best thing is to have some reading material in front of you and READ.
It is probably better to have your eyes examined and a prescription written. Depending upon how you use the glasses, you may elect to use different strengths of eyeglasses for reading and computer useage.
I have had 2.5 diopter lenses prescribed for reading bifocals and the eye doctor is pleased to know that I use 1.75 diopters lenses for the longer reading distance of the computer. I also use 3.5 diopter lenses for occasional very close detailed work. This is fine with the eye doctor.
I suggest you have a chat with your eye doctor about the desire to have different "near" glasses for different "near" activities.
You might also ask him or her about the "usefulness" of "standardized aging eyeglasses charts", and then you can let go of the old 20 year old memory.
My 55 year old memory has my father purchasing his reading glasses at the Woolworth Dime Store, and he just looked at his hand to see how well he could see his fingerprints and creases at different distances. Later he bought prescription trifocals because in his work he needed "Far", "Near" and "Very Near" seeing abilities and could only easily carry one set of glasses on the construction sites.