I don't understand how to use bifocals! (and other eye issues)
February 20, 2013 12:12 PM Subscribe
I spend most of my work day looking at a computer screen, and several of the "off" hours as well. I have been having major league headaches during the day that I think is related to my vision and the (prescription) reading glasses I've had for a couple of years.
posted by dukes909 to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I went to 2 different eye docs recently (yes, 2) and given nearly the same prescription for bifocals. The most recent doc said I am probably getting the headaches because of the distance the computer screen is from my eyes. Get bifocals, looking through the main part of the lens for the computer screen and the lower part for up-close reading is what he told me.
So now I have the bifocals and, I can't see the screen clearly through the top (main) part of the lens! It's much fuzzier than my reading glasses! However, if I look out the window and across the street, it appears clearer (not much, but maybe a little). The lower "reading" part of the lens is extremely fuzzy looking at anything that is not less than 12" away from my head. These are regular bifocals, not transitions. I actually tried transitions first and couldn't stand them, so the eye doc said to try these with the lines. This is the prescription I was given:
OD SPH +1.50
OD CYL -1.50
OD AXIS 15
OD NVADD 1.5
OS SPH +1.00
OS CYL -0.50
OS AXIS 180
OS NVADD 1.5
I had the lenses checked and they are correct. So, was I told incorrectly by the eye doctor about how to use these? I'm really at a loss as to what is going on with all this and the eye doctors I've been to have been very unhelpful so I'm reluctant to go back. My headaches (mainly behind the right eye) haven't gone away and probably increased since I've been trying to wear 2 different sets of glasses.
Should I just get one pair of reading glasses from the prescription and one pair of "distance" glasses? If so, how would I enter this prescription in something like Zenni'?