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  1. Apr 17, 2008 #1

    lisab

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    I had to buy my first pair of reading glasses today. Oh they are soooo unflattering.

    Damn you, small print!!!
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2008 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    I had to buy my first pair about a year ago. The clincher was when I couldn't read the instructions on a tube of caulking and I had to ask someone else to read it for me.

    When I put my glasses on, my wife makes funny faces and snickers.
     
  4. Apr 17, 2008 #3
    Watch "How to marry a millionaire" :smile:

    You may quickly learn that wearing glasses may also be elegant, and useful.
     
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  5. Apr 17, 2008 #4

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    To those of us who appreciate brains as well as beauty, glasses can be quite stimulating. :wink:
    Has anyone else here played 'naughy librarian' lately? :uhh:
     
  6. Apr 17, 2008 #5

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    I'm sure you look lovely. :smile:
     
  7. Apr 17, 2008 #6
    pics or it didnt' happen :tongue:
     
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  8. Apr 17, 2008 #7
    I started wearing cheaters 10 years ago. It was either that or get longer arms. My eyesight deteriorated very quickly after that so I have had to crank up the magnification and get bifocals for intermediate distances. I can still see a squirrel blink at 100 yards, but I can't tell how many fingers I am holding up in front of my face.

    At the time I was working at Franklin, they make those electronic dictionaries. I was doing the data preparation for a Japanese dictionary. There were plenty of problems with the data and I was chosen to clean it up because I can read it. So I had the paper version of the dictionary, the data, and one by one, I cleaned up the problems. However, my Japanese is not perfect. We also had a Japanese employee and I would bring to him the problems I couldn't solve myself. I would bring the paper dictionary and the magnifying glass that I needed to see the tiny print. It never occurred to me why would they publish a dictionary that you can't read. He would brush aside the magnifying glass to read the text. Even so, it took me months to realize what was going on.
     
  9. Apr 17, 2008 #8

    Kurdt

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    My eye sight was perfect until I was 17 :cry:. Now I have all this to look forward to.

    I've still only had my eyes tested once though since I can't afford another check up :uhh:
     
  10. Apr 17, 2008 #9

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    My eye sight is very good for my age, no need for glasses to read and far sight is good,
    so at 40+ i guess i am lucky, it must be horrible to have those things balancing on your nose.
     
  11. Apr 17, 2008 #10

    Moonbear

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    A lot of those reading glasses sold in drugstores really ARE unflattering. But, glasses in general are not. You can buy nice, flattering frames for prescription glasses, but of course those are going to cost a lot more than the ones from the drugstore. On the other hand, if you're starting to need reading glasses and haven't been for an eye exam in a while, you should certainly be getting an exam anyway. Insurance might cover at least some of the cost of new glasses.
     
  12. Apr 17, 2008 #11

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    You have presbyopia - "a progressively diminished ability to focus on near objects with age."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presbyopia

    http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/presbyopia.htm

    http://www.aoa.org/presbyopia.xml

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001026.htm

    I finally had to get reading glasses three years ago (eye strain was pretty bad by the end of the day), and a test 2.5 years ago confirmed a diminshed ability to focus within 18 inches. My farsight is fine, but I need glasses to read fine print and obtain sharp images when reading, or working on things 6-18'' from my face.
     
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  13. Apr 17, 2008 #12

    Moonbear

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    Are your arms that short? :biggrin:

    I rarely need to hold anything that close to my face to work on it. Actually, I usually can't get that close if I wanted to...part of the don't stick your head in the hood and inhale toxic chemicals and don't get so close to the sterile field to breathe bacteria onto it rules.
     
  14. Apr 17, 2008 #13

    Math Is Hard

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    I'll be getting them soon, too. I blame my professor last quarter who gave us tons and tons of journals to read. He ruined my eyes.

    But I think glasses are cool, so no big deal.

    I liked Humanino's idea. I want the Marilyn cat eye glasses:
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  15. Apr 17, 2008 #14

    Danger

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    Good thing that you're married.
     
  16. Apr 17, 2008 #15

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    Periodically a screw pops out of the frame of the eyeglasses. :grumpy: Then eye hold the glasses close to set the screw and then make sure its tightened. Otherwise, I periodically work on electronics or models, and that sometimes required get in close. But then I'll use a look or magnifying glass.

    When reading I hold book or paper about 16-18 inches away.

    My glasses are 1.5 diopter and a I have a spare 1.75 diopter.
     
  17. Apr 17, 2008 #16

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    I WANTED glasses when I was a kid. They'd gotten so common that it seemed like the fashionable thing to have when I was a kid. I was so disappointed when I emerged from the eye doctor being told my vision was just fine, just a small astigmatism that didn't require any corrective lenses. :frown:

    I used to have sunglasses in that cat eye style. They were my favorite sunglasses...my MOOOOVIE STAH glasses. :biggrin: (I was about 5 years old when I had them.) So, yeah, when the inevitable happens and I have to get glasses, I'm going to have a lot of fun picking out frames. I'm just hoping I'll be able to afford more than one pair so I can get ones to suit different moods (serious and cute vs wacky and wild).
     
  18. Apr 17, 2008 #17

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    That 19-year-old that I was hanging with a few years ago had perfect vision, but wore glasses with no perscription as a fashion statement. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Apr 17, 2008 #18

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    I like the sound of serious and cute, but can't imagine what wacky and wild would be.
     
  20. Apr 17, 2008 #19
    Good glasses can look fabulous really, and be a plus. There are tons of different glasses, and you just need to choose the right shape for you type.

    Before I broke them, I got many compliments on my glasses. Some people even thought I was wearing them without actually needing correction. I also had to pay for thinner glasses.
     
  21. Apr 17, 2008 #20

    Kurdt

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    My glasses suck, but then I'm a skint bum.
     
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