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    reading glasses

    I admit it. I tried safety glasses at work with the cheater bifocals (+1.5) and, hot diggity...I can read stuff easier. What do you have for cheaters? Are the ones in the carousels at the dept store worth a damn?

    I feel like Sherlock Holmes as I use a kid's magnifying glass to read fine print on nearly everything. And FTR, my distance vision isn't bad although I do have some astigmatism.

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    Dude.

    Maybe 10 years ago I bought my first pair and it changed my life.

    I could read again for hours.

    I love to read.
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    If I gotta look up words, it's not worth my time.

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    Obviously a 20 or 30-something-year-old sadist is responsible for product labeling....and the rebate form for a certain brand of vodka

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Dude.

    Maybe 10 years ago I bought my first pair and it changed my life.

    I could read again for hours.

    I love to read.
    20 for me, it's part of getting older. Wait until the rest of the fun starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Are the ones in the carousels at the dept store worth a damn?
    I get the 3-pack at Walmart for about $10. Keep several pairs laying around. If you can find folding ones get them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    I get the 3-pack at Walmart for about $10. Keep several pairs laying around.
    great minds think alike! In fact, I think they aren't even $10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    I get the 3-pack at Walmart for about $10. Keep several pairs laying around. If you can find folding ones get them.
    Will do. Thanks!

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    My bf wears a cheapie pair from CVS to read menu's, books, computer screen...etc...It embarasses him to pull them out in a restaurant, I usually just say, pfffft don't worry about it, lots of old men have to wear them to read menu's.
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    As I recall...

    The first time I tried to descend stairs with those new glasses on my nose was, well it was different is all I can say.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    If I gotta look up words, it's not worth my time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    My bf wears a cheapie pair from CVS to read menu's, books, computer screen...etc...It embarasses him to pull them out in a restaurant, I usually just say, pfffft don't worry about it, lots of old men have to wear them to read menu's.
    You're so, so, ah empathetic.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    If I gotta look up words, it's not worth my time.

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    I love em. I found some at a store here called Hudson's Treasure Hunt. It's a thrift store of sorts but they had a few hundred pairs for 60 cents a pair. I bought several pairs and have them laying everywhere I could potentially need them.

    My mother who's a very pretentious woman was none to happy that I was wearing glasses that weren't prescribed by an ophthalmologist. She nagged me to the point that I went to one and he told me to go to the drug store and get some cheaters. She then called her doctor an idiot.

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    Mine are 1.5 too, and I've got 'em all over the house. I buy mine at Costco, WalMart and other stores that offer decent quality readers for $5 to $15 each. I'm hard on glasses, so Dollar Store specs don't hold up.

    My eye doc put me on to reading glasses years ago as an option to bifocals. He said they work fine and won't hurt our eyes. I been seeing better ever since.

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    For computer work: Glasses with optimum focus at arm's length.

    For outdoor activities: Multifocus contacts.

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    I usually have about 8 pairs of 1.5's sprinkled around 2 briefcases, work office, desk in my living room and the table next to my bed. I've been stuck one too many times at work especially trying to mend a broken pair (and they seem to break quite easily) with a piece of scotch tape because I need them to even read my computer screen. Contacts for long distance and these little things to read close up. I suppose I could go for the contacts that do both but I rather like the price of my contacts now.

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    Go check out the 99 cent only stores in your area if you have them. Most of the stuff is junk, but I got a dozen sets of excellent glasses with stress reliefs at the temples, the same or better than other stores I tried at $7-$19 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    My bf wears a cheapie pair from CVS to read menu's, books, computer screen...etc...It embarasses him to pull them out in a restaurant, I usually just say, pfffft don't worry about it, lots of old men have to wear them to read menu's.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    You're so, so, ah empathetic.
    Just wait until she needs them, maybe he'll share some with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Just wait until she needs them, maybe he'll share some with her.
    heh - I take advantage here and buy the most loudest, bodacious and funky cool reading glasses possible. I love them for the fact that I can see what I'm doing --- but also for their funkiness!! I have red ones, black with green designs, black with sparkles, brilliant PINK, flowered ones, PURPLE!!, and stripes and polka dots. Keep them coming!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    I get the 3-pack at Walmart for about $10. Keep several pairs laying around. If you can find folding ones get them.
    Yup, my wife gets hers there too, she loves them as she only needs her glasses for reading so she's in! If you take care of them they last an awful long time, she hasn't bought a pair of "real" glasses in years.
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    I admit it. I tried safety glasses at work with the cheater bifocals (+1.5) and, hot diggity...I can read stuff easier. What do you have for cheaters? Are the ones in the carousels at the dept store worth a damn?

    I feel like Sherlock Holmes as I use a kid's magnifying glass to read fine print on nearly everything. And FTR, my distance vision isn't bad although I do have some astigmatism.
    I got the safety glasses with the +1.5 lens. They work great.

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    I'll pick up a couple pair for around the house. Too many products have tiny print these days. I doubt even a teenager could read it. The latest...instructions for programming a universal garage door opener remote.

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    I got bifocals.
    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen
    I believe that in this case "solid meh" means "so 'meh' that it could never be anything more than 'meh', and yet also no less than 'meh' -- in a word, exactly 'meh'"

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    Reading glasses beat bifocals. The accident rate of people wearing bifocals is substantially higher than people with single vision glasses. On a bicycle with the reading part of the glasses at the bottom, it seemed like a bad idea to me.

    The small patch they put in the bifocals for reading wasn't enough for me. I do a lot of reading and had that patch larger than the glasses supplier thought it should be, but it still wasn't comfortable.
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    I can't focus on anything within 3 feet. I had to go with the bifocals because constantly swapping glasses was driving me nuts.
    For riding a bike I wear single vision sunglasses or my old single vision frames. For driving the bifocals let me see the dash, I kinda like that.
    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen
    I believe that in this case "solid meh" means "so 'meh' that it could never be anything more than 'meh', and yet also no less than 'meh' -- in a word, exactly 'meh'"

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    Had cheaters all over house but night driving revealed issues. Astigmatism resulted in graduated lenses that allow for my far sighted eyes to see 10' or closer. Wear them all the time and I can actually read my bike computer, etc. Tough glasses are nearly safety rated and a big help cycling. I'll still wear + 1.75 for detail work.
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    As a photographer I'm picky about my glass. I'll only wear real glass lenses. I hate plastic. Usually after a short while I'll scratch them up. May as well have frosted lenses.
    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen
    I believe that in this case "solid meh" means "so 'meh' that it could never be anything more than 'meh', and yet also no less than 'meh' -- in a word, exactly 'meh'"

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