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05 Jul 2021, 1:09 pm

Hi, its been a long time since I've posted on here, but now my group is no longer meeting and I feel like I could do with some help/advice.
My problem is that I need to wear glasses, like, really need to wear them, however, I don't like anything touching my face at the best of times. It wasn't as bad before if I only needed to wear them at the computer or watching tv, though I didn't really wear them much, but my eyesight has got really bad. I need glasses to see up close and far away. The biggest problem is I can't walk with glasses on my face, but I'm extremely clumsy and I walk into everything without them, my legs are constantly bruised or cut from walking into things.
My opticians gave me verifocals which are horrendous, so they swopped them to bifocals, which I have to lift up to see anything up close, I can't walk with these on either because every time I look down everything is blurred and I end up falling over, banging my head or into things in the blurred zone. Contact lenses are not an alternative, my optician said I couldn't have them and I couldn't stick my fingers in my eyes anyway. I've discussed all this with my optician but she wasn't interested.

I banged my head really hard today and I'm extremely frustrated.
Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do?



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05 Jul 2021, 1:33 pm

I am not sure what to advize. It took me ages to wear glasses when I was cycling as I needed to wear them to kep flies out my eyes. It took me years before I could wear them.

I know exactly where you are coming from because I just can't wear masks as I panic and hold my breath.

I am thinking of magnifying shields?



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05 Jul 2021, 1:48 pm

No advice but I have similar though not as severe problems.
I just got glasses today, because my eyesight isn't good enough to captain a boat commercially, though it's good enough to drive a car.
And I really dislike wearing them, not so much the touch on the nose but on the ears. It really hurts and I doubt that I'll get used to it. And I got what I think is verifocals (not familiar with the word) and they make me feel drunk and even more clumsy than without them, they say I'll get used to that, but we'll see *makes drum roll*

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05 Jul 2021, 2:08 pm

Also if you do get glasses, the ones with the plastic lenzes are much lighter in weight. I ended up with these somehow! They are used in the shop for demonstration use I guess.



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05 Jul 2021, 2:25 pm

The optovisor may look odd but it may work?



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05 Jul 2021, 3:28 pm

Started wearing specs around 6 weeks ago. Feels weird being outside with them on.



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05 Jul 2021, 4:42 pm

I've never had a problem over wearing glasses, but the last two times I went for new prescriptions, the results were useless. The graduated-focus lenses forced me to focus by tilting my head all the time, and the bifocals are OK for driving or texting (which I don't do) but nothing in between, like cooking or desktop computing. Through age, I have lost much range of focus, but compensated with each eye specialising in near or far. My optometrist knew that, but ignored it. Now, I have done my own tests, and have three other pairs of plain lenses for the intermediate ranges, as well as reading glasses for super close stuff. They all have each eye's range barely overlapping, with different top and bottom limits.



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05 Jul 2021, 4:56 pm

I wonder if the focus thing is connected with autism.
I have the exact same issue, which makes it hard or impossible to judge how far away things are. It may account at least partly for my clumsyness.
The only other person I've met with this issue is most likely also on the spectrum.

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05 Jul 2021, 5:09 pm

Lasik? Altho you'd still need reading glasses.

Eta: Actually, I walk looking down (while keeping my head up-ish), so this is something I really should be considering as I age. Guess I should start looking into it again.



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05 Jul 2021, 5:14 pm

My less-focussed eye still gives enough info for depth perception. If I get clumsy, it is usually from fatigue or dizziness. Having one's eyes specialize on a distance range is fairly common, and arises spontaneously. My left eye was a bit lazy, and always needed the stronger prescription, but then, I started using it for a bicycle helmet mirror, and now, it is the long-range one.
I stopped needing stronger glasses when I learned to just spend a few minutes trying to see the horizon every day if it started to look fuzzy.



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05 Jul 2021, 5:22 pm

Yes. Looking at the distance is an old idea but it does seem to work.



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05 Jul 2021, 6:27 pm

Slightly different for me then.
I don't have a bad and a good eye, they just have different focus.
And it's been like that for at least 35 years. I don't usually notice the lack of depth, since mostly there are objects that helps me to get an idea. It is most obvious if I try sports such as badminton or tennis and gets a high ball - it's impossible for me to hit it.
And after 30 days at sea staring at the horizon I noticed no difference. Same with hiking the mountains above the tree line.

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06 Jul 2021, 2:09 am

Thank you for the replies.
My clumsiness has always been an issue. Maybe this is an autism thing, I've asked my mam and my work colleagues and they don't understand me. The optician didn't make it clear if I needed to wear them for driving, if I can't walk, how do I drive? Not time to think about that one yet. I tend to look down when walking, or I collide with whatever is in front of me, wearing bifocals stops you from looking down, varifocals are the same but they also made me feel drunk and totally out of focus, moving my head up and down and side to side trying to make something/anything focus, which I couldn't. The whole lifting the head thing just doesn't feel natural, I lift the glasses, then I am one hand down which is difficult when attempting to complete a two handed task.
I'll give the optivisor a go, looks like they'd be great for work.



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06 Jul 2021, 3:19 am

Optivisors are designed for modelling work (E.g. model railways) and come in three different magnification strengths. While they are not designed to be glasses, I was wondering if they would work as glasses if that makes sense?

(They can be worn with or without glasses).



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06 Jul 2021, 7:39 am

Contacts?



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06 Jul 2021, 8:00 am

She does not like things in her eyes. I am the same...