What's going on with these reading glasses?
November 29, 2012 8:51 AM Subscribe
Can't get the hang of new reading glasses - what's going on?
posted by JoanArkham to health & fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've always had very good vision (and my long-range is still 20/20) and never worn glasses, but after my last milestone birthday I noticed increasing eyestrain problems. Yes, I have one of those "look at a screen all day" jobs and yes, I probably look at screens too much at home too.
Went to a recommended optometrist, got a full testing done, and wound up with reading glasses. But I can't tell if there's something wrong with them or if I just suck at wearing glasses. The bottom part, that's supposed to be for close reading, seems fine but the middle zone (for "mid-range") is only clear right in the center. If I glance to either side of my computer screen it's blurry, and if I move my head to see it distorts things in a nausea-inducing way.
When I had them fitted I told the optician that they seemed too strong or something, but he insisted I'd get used to them. I wasn't expecting anything with three "zones" in them, I just figured I'd get something to wear while reading and working. After my testing the doctor said I still had pretty good vision, and just needed something for up-close.
I guess I should have tried over-the-counter readers first, but I'm in this for like $500 now and need to make these work. Problem is, scheduling a new full eye appointment will be a hassle. I've been giving them a go at work today, and have a massive headache. Should I keep at it, or stop now and try a re-do?