Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 31

Thread: I Need Glasses

  1. #1
    Arschgaudi Mayonnaise's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Chicago (Beverly)
    My Bikes
    Merckx Team SC, Masi (fixed), Merckx Cyclo-Cross
    Posts
    807
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    I Need Glasses

    I'm 45 and have often heard people say, once you turn 40 your eyes go, just like clockwork.

    How old were you when you were fitted for your first pair of glasses?
    Work To Eat
    Eat To Live
    Live To Ride
    Ride To Work

  2. #2
    Small Member maddmaxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    My Bikes
    Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
    Posts
    7,079
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    6yo

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Brazos River valley, south central TX
    My Bikes
    2005 Surly LHT; 2006 Surly CrossCheck with Extracycle; 1987 Schwinn World Sport as urban cruiser
    Posts
    1,298
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mayonnaise
    How old were you when you were fitted for your first pair of glasses?
    12...after our championship Little League seasons in which I was the biggest kid on the team and NEVER got a base hit. In fact we won 3 years' championships and I never got a base hit.

    After the 3rd season, my parents had my eyes tested and, with my left eye very nearsighted & with astigmatism, turns out as a right-handed batter "I never saw it coming!"...

    but these days I'm a mean slow pitch softball homerun swatter
    centexwoody
    They're beautiful handsome machines that translate energy into joy.

  4. #4
    Yen
    Yen is offline
    Surly Girly Yen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    4,103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In jr. high school, but they were only for long distance viewing (movies, TV). I got my first pair of progressive (love 'em!) bi-focals a few years ago which I wear for all serious viewing up close or distant - computer, TV, crafts, movies, etc. I also wear progressive (love 'em!) bi-focal sunglasses w/non-glare protection and they go wherever I go. I started noticing big changes in my early-40s. When my mom was that age and starting to have to hold things further and further away, I would joke "Want me to hold it for you across the room, Mom?" She'd always say "Just you wait!".
    Specialized Roubaix Expert
    Surly Long Haul Trucker

  5. #5
    Streetfire HopedaleHills's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Slightly Off Center
    My Bikes
    Trek 1200c, BMC Streetfire, Gary Fisher Wahoo
    Posts
    723
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Same thing happened to me in the last 10 years. My arms got too short. Just got a new pair of progressives with the new Transition lenses, love em.
    Tim
    Singing Do Wah Ditty, Ditty Dum Ditty Do

  6. #6
    I'm fine. Cromulent's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Milwaukee
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez Sport, IRO Rob Roy
    Posts
    2,263
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by centexwoody
    12...after our championship Little League seasons in which I was the biggest kid on the team and NEVER got a base hit. In fact we won 3 years' championships and I never got a base hit.

    After the 3rd season, my parents had my eyes tested and, with my left eye very nearsighted & with astigmatism, turns out as a right-handed batter "I never saw it coming!"...

    but these days I'm a mean slow pitch softball homerun swatter
    The same thing happened to me! I was good at baseball until one year I completely stunk. Couldn't get a hit. I couldn't see the ball right, and I didn't know what was going on. Got on base with a fielder's choice once. But other than the occasional walk, that was it. So out of deep frustration, I quit the team. I could sit on a bench anywhere.

    I got glasses like a year later, but I still had very little depth perception. It wasn't until two years ago that I found out I have astigmatism, got toric contacts, and now my depth perception is pretty good. But I think about how much better in baseball and basketball I could have been. I could have been a contender. I could have been somebody. Instead of an idiot, which is what I am.

    Edit: Oops. I was using the "View New Posts" feature, and I know that Mayonnaise races, and I thought I was in the Road Cycling forum. Sorry to crash the party.

  7. #7
    Yen
    Yen is offline
    Surly Girly Yen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    4,103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Yen
    In jr. high school, but they were only for long distance viewing (movies, TV). I got my first pair of progressive (love 'em!) bi-focals a few years ago which I wear for all serious viewing up close or distant - computer, TV, crafts, movies, etc. I also wear progressive (love 'em!) bi-focal sunglasses w/non-glare protection and they go wherever I go. I started noticing big changes in my early-40s. When my mom was that age and starting to have to hold things further and further away, I would joke "Want me to hold it for you across the room, Mom?" She'd always say "Just you wait!".
    Correction: I meant transition, not progressive.
    Specialized Roubaix Expert
    Surly Long Haul Trucker

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Central Illinois
    My Bikes
    '01 Specialized Hard Rock, '06 Specialized Sequoia
    Posts
    449
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A few weeks after my 40th birthday I was calling a supplier from the jobsite and dialed a wrong number. Turned out to be an eye doctors office. I thought to myself that this could be a sign, so I made an appointment for the next week. Walked out of the doc's office with glasses on my face. Three years later I started wearing bi-focals and four years ago (I'm almost fifty-five now) I started wearing transition/ progressive/ lens without lines in them glasses to avoid going to tri-focals.

  9. #9
    Dances With Cars TRaffic Jammer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    My Bikes
    TBL Onyx Pro(ss converted), Pake SS (starting to look kinda pimped)
    Posts
    10,527
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i was 7 or 8...i'm cresting up on 42 in the next few weeks and I'm either wearing badly ground lenses, or I'm going to need bi-focals soon as well. I can't read a book with my glasses on anymore.

  10. #10
    Senior Member gpelpel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Lafayette, CA
    My Bikes
    Time VXRS, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR
    Posts
    2,503
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mayonnaise
    I'm 45 and have often heard people say, once you turn 40 your eyes go, just like clockwork.
    How old were you when you were fitted for your first pair of glasses?
    Glasses and sometimes more...

    I actually started wearing glasses at 11 (nearsighted + astigmatism) so I learned to live with them. After 45 reading becomes more difficult, if you are nearsighted you actually remove your glasses to read. For most people it means reading glasses.
    At 47 I got an additional surprise. My day vision quickly got worse and worse from the right eye. The sunnier is was the worst it got. I was diagnosed with cataract, the kind that comes quickly and at a younger age. The eye got operated on and set to regular vision (medium to long distance). Wow! I didn't glasses anymore. I used my nearsighted left eye for reading and my brand new, shiny, right eye for the rest. When the cataract became annoying on the left eye I was offered to either set the new lens for near vision (as my real lens was) or set it like the right eye which would mean necessary glasses for reading. I opted for the monovision setting (nearsighted left). 3 years later I only use corrective lenses for critical night vision (driving, tv, movie).
    Obviously not to have to wear glasses is a plus but the best is that I can choose any cool riding glasses I want. Getting over 50 is way cool!!!

  11. #11
    Senior Member Bill Kapaun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
    My Bikes
    86 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.
    Posts
    7,047
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    10 when I got them. No idea how long I needed them before that.
    Near sighted in one, far sighted in the other, astigmatism, lazy eye, poor depth perception.
    Bifocals from day 1.
    Now I've added cataracts and glaucoma.
    I've gone from arms too short to nose too long.

  12. #12
    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Reno, Nevada
    My Bikes
    2012 Masi Evoluzione, 2009 Specialized Globe Vienna 2
    Posts
    7,894
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fourth grade. Discovered that with glasses, I could see individual blades of grass and leaves on trees. Who knew???

    Now I wear contacts AND reading glasses. Sigh.
    Visit my blog! The Leadership Almanac
    2012 Masi Evoluzione
    2009 Specialized Globe Vienna 2

    Proud member of the original Club Tombay

  13. #13
    Senior Member SaiKaiTai's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,984
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    12 years old, here, as well. And to add to the ocular oddities list: Nearsighted-left eye, far sighted right-eye. Right eye has a congenital cataract, both eyes have slight astigmatism. I started wearing photogray lenses 30 years ago and loved them but once my lenses got too thick for glass, bye-bye photogray. Tried Transitions and that seriously sucked. Transitions II was supposed to be a huge improvement... still seriously sucked. I don't know what number they're on now but current Transitions ROCK! Definitely as good as I remember my Photograys being. Oh, and another progressive wearer here, too, though I don't generally wear them on my rides.
    '13 Felt Z3 - '08 Jamis Aurora Elite - ('07 Giant OCR C2)

  14. #14
    Old Enough to Know Better WalterMitty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    OK
    Posts
    415
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mayonnaise
    I'm 45 and have often heard people say, once you turn 40 your eyes go, just like clockwork.

    How old were you when you were fitted for your first pair of glasses?
    I was eleventeen and the very first pair were bifocals. I had needed them for years.

    The thing that's killin' me now is the presbyopia. Alas, there is no correction available for it, just turn up the lights and do the best you can.
    Youth we got, what we need is a fountain of Smart!

    "Does it ever occur to you that I am sometimes thinking?"

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Maupin, OR
    My Bikes
    Used Marin MTB, New 6/06 Scott Contessa Speedster
    Posts
    532
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've made it to 52, but the time is nigh!

  16. #16
    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
    My Bikes
    Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
    Posts
    19,915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Got to around 50 and they started making books and Papers with smaller print. Gradually got worse and about 5 years ago it got to the stage that I cannot even read the computer screen without reading glasses. I am only short sighted but without those glasses- I cannot read a thing.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

  17. #17
    Peddlin' Around Detroit Motorad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Livonia, MI
    My Bikes
    Legend, Saluki, Trek 730
    Posts
    740
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I replaced my arms with gorilla arms, so I can hold the newspaper further away from my eyes. Works great, except now my knuckles drag on the ground when walking.

  18. #18
    Ride Daddy Ride Jet Travis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Villa Incognito
    My Bikes
    1983 Trek 720; 1983 Trek 620; 1989 Gi Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra; LeMond Victoire; Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro
    Posts
    2,648
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm 53 and still don't wear 'em, but when I get in a dark restaurant I often can't read the menu.
    "Light it up, Popo." --Levi Leipheimer

  19. #19
    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Reno, Nevada
    My Bikes
    2012 Masi Evoluzione, 2009 Specialized Globe Vienna 2
    Posts
    7,894
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Travis
    I'm 53 and still don't wear 'em, but when I get in a dark restaurant I often can't read the menu.
    That's because you shave your legs.
    Visit my blog! The Leadership Almanac
    2012 Masi Evoluzione
    2009 Specialized Globe Vienna 2

    Proud member of the original Club Tombay

  20. #20
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,251
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    8 or 9

  21. #21
    Huachuca Rider webist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    My Bikes
    Fuji CCR1, Specialized Roubaix
    Posts
    4,274
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's just not true that it happens at 40 years. Heck, I was 41 or 42 before I conceded the need. Bye the way, my doctor told me that my eyes themselves were perfect. It was the weak old muscles which focused them that were worn out.
    Just Peddlin' Around

  22. #22
    Small Member maddmaxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    My Bikes
    Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
    Posts
    7,079
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    The biggest problem that I see with age is not the glasses but the inability my eyes to change from one mode or distance to another.
    If I am reading and go out to drive the car it seems like 10 or 15 minutes before my eyes adjust to distance vision again.
    In and out of bright spaces is the same.

    My eye doctor tells be to get used to it.!@#$%^

  23. #23
    Senior Member Terrierman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    SWMO
    Posts
    3,141
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If memory serves, I was 45 for glasses, and 50 for bifocal glasses.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

  24. #24
    no longer a newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    185
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by webist
    It's just not true that it happens at 40 years. Heck, I was 41 or 42 before I conceded the need. Bye the way, my doctor told me that my eyes themselves were perfect. It was the weak old muscles which focused them that were worn out.
    Actually, the primary contributor is the age related changes that are taking place within the crystalline lens of your eye. Like every other part of our body, the tissues become less flexible, and the lens becomes unable to achieve the proper shape to act as a plus lens, which allows you to focus for near.

    The 2 other components for near vision, convergence and pupil dilation, are less affected by the passage of time.

    BTW, presbyopia = old age

    To the original question, I was 11, and of course, had the required battle in my classroom with the class cro-magnum who was good enough to comment on their style. Pair #2 happened that same day. My parents were less than happy. Thank goodness I'm in the business, and haven't paid for glasses/contacts in about 30 years.
    Last edited by 89quattro; 04-20-07 at 03:04 PM.

  25. #25
    Huachuca Rider webist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    My Bikes
    Fuji CCR1, Specialized Roubaix
    Posts
    4,274
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Actually, now that I think of it again, my Dr. said what Quattro said. He also told me that I would likely forget what he actually said by the time I turn 56. True enough that!
    Just Peddlin' Around

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •