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TT #12: Pros and Cons of Bifocals


I got my first pair of bifocal glasses recently.  They are taking a bit of getting used to.  So this is a quick list of what I like and don’t like about them.

1.  The ground at my feet is no longer clear so I don’t always notice the marbles my dd leaves scattered on the floor.  Yes, I could tip my head way down, but why bother for every step?  What?  Did you say something about marbles?

2.  When I turn my head quickly it feels like I’m on a boat.  Everything shifts.

3.  When I rock my head back and forth, the desk in front of me looks like it is undulating.  This is actually a plus when I’m bored.

4.  I feel like I can’t see half the time because I’m looking out of the wrong part of the glasses.

5.  I actually get tired of reading faster now than I did with my one-prescription glasses.

6.  I have to tip my head funny to read; not just back, back and to the side.

7.  My family thinks I’m giving them the stink eye when I’m just trying to figure out which angle I need to be at to see them clearly.

8.  I have yet to figure out what I can focus on with the left and right sides of the bottom of my lenses. 

9.  I went to three eye doctors, and they all thought it was imperative that I switch.

10.  I can see stop signs now.  Wait, was that a plus or a minus?

11.  I did not get the anti-glare, and it was a serious mistake.  My world is noticeably darker now.

12.  Because of the thickness and anti-UV of my glasses I have funny looking skin tone around my eyes when I take them off, but I also don’t have as many wrinkles as I would have.  So I guess I look like a young, inverted racoon when my glasses are off.

13.  Vacuuming has become an adventure.  To see the floor I have to tip my head way down, and then the glasses fall off.  If I don’t, then it’s pure guess work as to where the dirt is hiding.

Next time I’m getting laser surgery.


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24 comments to TT #12: Pros and Cons of Bifocals

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  • Caren

    Yep, I know what you mean…this is my first day at work with my new bifocals…I totally relate to you on “Ihave yet to figure out what I can focus on with the left and right sides of the bottom of my lenses.” It doesn’t make sense…I believe there should be bifocals all the way across the bottom of our lenses, not just in the center!! I’ve found that the vision in the center of my glasses is the same, great in the middle, but blurry at either side! It makes no sense…I am going to give it a good try, but I may be going back to my single vision glasses, and just take them off to read & work!! Good luck!!

  • I’ve had these glasses for over a year now, and I’m still not happy with them. I’m not sure I’d go back to two pairs of glasses, but I’m thinking I should get a new prescription and go to someone else to have the glasses made.

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