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Old 01-30-2013, 10:07 AM   #21
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No, glasses are not a "fashion accessory" for me. I have severe, really severe astigmatism. Even getting up in the middle of the night to pee has resulted in injury (yes, missing the door). I've had optometrists grin with glee. "A challenge! I love a challenge!). Because I've had other optical problems, I need a relationship with my optometrist, one who has a connection with an opthamologist. But when we were more flush, and I worked 40+ hours a week, I did have a glasses "wardrobe". Now I'm down to one pair (neutral color frames), which is really stupid of me to do. I think somewhere around here I have one pair of my old prescription. Hey, guess what? I'll never find if if these glasses are destroyed!
Same here I've also got severe astigmastism. My left eye is -6.75 and the right is -3.75. If I take my glasses off to bath or wash my face I can't always find them again. I can't make out faces without them, won't even recognise my own mother
I have brown frames. They look good but the colour is hard to find when i take it off! They blend in with the furniture.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:43 PM   #22
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If you have a pair of glasses that you are very happy with and your prescription changes, you can keep the frames and just ask for new lenses. You don't have to get new frames everytime. The lens size is pretty much the same in all frames. They can order the lens and place them in the frames when you go to pick them up.

You don't HAVE TO buy new frames everytime your prescription changes. Of course it doesn't make your optomertrists very happy. It is less money for them. If your optomertrist gives you a hard time, just tell them to give you the prescription and you will go somewhere else. And they HAVE TO GIVE YOU a copy of your prescription whether they fill it or not. I usually keep the old frames. I just gave them to my son and he put them in the box that the Lions Club has for old glasses. I had about six or seven pairs. But I kept one that I am going to be using today for my infinity lens. I am very happy with them. A perfect fit.
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I've worn Mono Vision contacts for twenty years and I love them. I take them out at bedtime and only wear glasses before my shower in the morning. No way would I ever go back to wearing glasses full time. Glasses make me claustrophobic.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:47 PM   #24
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I've worn Mono Vision contacts for twenty years and I love them. I take them out at bedtime and only wear glasses before my shower in the morning. No way would I ever go back to wearing glasses full time. Glasses make me claustrophobic.
Unfortunately for me I am not psycologically suited for contacts. The idea of sticking a foreign in my eyes terrifies me. I have been wearing glasses since I was five years old. I am so anxious to get my new ones. I miss wearing glasses sinice the surgery.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:18 AM   #25
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Actually Addie I never dreamed I'd be able to wear contacts either because I always felt the same way as you. I still remember the assistant at the eye Doctor's trying to teach me how to put them in my eyes. She must have wondered why this grown woman was acting like I was. She actually spent all afternoon coaching me with so much compassion that she made me determined to not let her down. Like with most things that are hard to do, it all comes down to motivation and I was really motivated to stop wearing glasses like I had all my life. It's really one of the best decisions I ever made.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:20 AM   #26
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If you have a pair of glasses that you are very happy with and your prescription changes, you can keep the frames and just ask for new lenses. You don't have to get new frames everytime. The lens size is pretty much the same in all frames. They can order the lens and place them in the frames when you go to pick them up.

You don't HAVE TO buy new frames everytime your prescription changes. Of course it doesn't make your optomertrists very happy. It is less money for them. If your optomertrist gives you a hard time, just tell them to give you the prescription and you will go somewhere else. And they HAVE TO GIVE YOU a copy of your prescription whether they fill it or not. I usually keep the old frames. I just gave them to my son and he put them in the box that the Lions Club has for old glasses. I had about six or seven pairs. But I kept one that I am going to be using today for my infinity lens. I am very happy with them. A perfect fit.
Addie, maybe it is because my vision is so bad? But I've always asked my optometrist(s) over the years, and they've always been honest with me. Sometimes they've said, yes, you can use the glasses, and sometimes it has been, not only no, but HECK no. One time he said, "this is the vision you have now:" Then "This is what you should be seeing:" In recent years it hasn't been that much of a difference, and he's told me so. I love to read, so always upgrade, then use my old glasses as backup. I guess some of us have better optomotrists than others. Mine have always had my eye health in mind. Otherwise, I'd have fired them!
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Actually Addie I never dreamed I'd be able to wear contacts either because I always felt the same way as you. I still remember the assistant at the eye Doctor's trying to teach me how to put them in my eyes. She must have wondered why this grown woman was acting like I was. She actually spent all afternoon coaching me with so much compassion that she made me determined to not let her down. Like with most things that are hard to do, it all comes down to motivation and I was really motivated to stop wearing glasses like I had all my life. It's really one of the best decisions I ever made.

I went to fetch my first pair of contacts after a New Years party. With a hangover from "bad word"
The tiny lenses looked like dinner plates to me
I took 2 days leave from work to practice! I don't have any right now, just don't have the cash so I'm wearing my glasses. I can take them out or put them in without using a mirror. It becomes second nature!
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:38 AM   #28
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Addie, maybe it is because my vision is so bad? But I've always asked my optometrist(s) over the years, and they've always been honest with me. Sometimes they've said, yes, you can use the glasses, and sometimes it has been, not only no, but HECK no. One time he said, "this is the vision you have now:" Then "This is what you should be seeing:" In recent years it hasn't been that much of a difference, and he's told me so. I love to read, so always upgrade, then use my old glasses as backup. I guess some of us have better optomotrists than others. Mine have always had my eye health in mind. Otherwise, I'd have fired them!
Claire, I think Addie is talking about reusing the frames not the lenses.
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Addie, sorry, I did go back and re-read. Yes, if your frames are sturdy and your prescription is available in the same size, of course you can re-use the frames. And Snip, I think one of your eyes is a little worse than mine, but one a lot better. And I have something else wrong with them. But this line made me go back and look at my Rx, trying to see what else .... oh, I have bifocals. The last time I needed to renew my driving license, rather than take the eye test I just had my optometrist fill out a form. Handed it to the DMV guy (remember, small town). He asked if I should have a driving restriction on the license. "God, YES!" I told him if he ever sees me driving w/o my glasses to pull over, call the cops and stay off the road until the men with white jackets come to put me away! I'm not kidding about walking into doors when I get up at 3 a.m. to answer nature's call. for awhile I tried contacts, and once lost one and drove home with one eye closed. Don't want to try that again!
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LOL...you see me walking without mine call for help...
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