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Eye tests

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Bassmansam, 4 Nov 2021.

  1. bainbridge

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Dec 2009

    Posts: 4,489

    Location: Bristol

    I'm taking a different approach with glasses this time. From age 15-30 when I was short-sighted I'd get the most expensive glasses I could afford, in my late 20s I bought some fancy titanium frames with ultra thin lenses for about £400.

    At age 30-31 I had laser eye surgery which gave me suberb vision for about 11 years. The laser surgery person said I'd need reading glasses in my 40s, I had an eyetest at 40 which was fine, but at 44 (last year) I started getting headaches using display screens and an eyetest showed I was now, as predicted, long-sighted.

    At Specsavers it appeared that every man and his dog had jumped on the glasses bandwagon since I last bought glasses, from Superdry to Hugo Boss. I bought the cheapest pair of glasses I could find and they were £60 including lenses! They're chunky plastic and really comfortable to wear, there's no elegant fancy materials balancing on my nose and they're really tough! People also comment that they look good. They're identical to glasses several times the price apart from a tiny label.

    I guess this says more about my age than anything else :)
     
  2. moon man

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

    Posts: 3,968

    Location: St Breward Cornwall

    I follow my own advice, not reccomending to anyone else but i use various strenth glasses around the house very weak to very strong, my eyesight has only improved over the years, also do the exercises ie look at horizon look at text repeat
     
  3. jpaul

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Mar 2010

    Posts: 16,011

    I theorize you haved to go high end on varifocals - the hoya id's I use (payed on foreign company health insurance) you get a widening field of view as you look higher,
    ground on both sides of lense, never had any issues
    Prescription has changed a bit, but you can correct, moving head, for that, on varifocals;
    now paying myself, I fear that paying £400/£500 for specsavers varifocals would be a disappointment, online you can pay that for a hoya lense, IF you believe fitting would be correct, so going for near and far glasses sounds a more economic solution.
    Glasses market is a nightmare probably surpassed by hearing aids, where relations relate that they pay a lot severalK, but feel it can be the kings new clothes.

    I need to find somewhere where you can get lenses put into a new (somewhat bent - sat on) frame, lenses with anti-scatch coating have resisted lots of abuse though.
     
  4. NickK

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2003

    Posts: 19,732

    Hmm first eye test since school.. 0.25 both eyes, not bad for nearing 50.. what I did find is I am left eye dominant.. which explains my bad clay pigeon shooting with right hand :)
     
  5. Bassmansam

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2007

    Posts: 3,382

    Test done, left eye prescription slightly worse but not enough for a new pair of glasses so have saved a fair amount there, happy days.
     
  6. SPG

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 28 Jul 2010

    Posts: 7,911

    Anywhere but Specsavers the worst eye test and customer service going. Independent opticians are far far better.
     
  7. Angilion

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

    Posts: 20,094

    Location: Just to the left of my PC

    I don't really know. I get a test, I get some glasses I can see properly with, job done. I remember that my better eye is -7.50 and a sizable dollop of astigmatism. The other eye is better on the myopia side (-6.00? -6.50? somewhere around there) but has more astigmatism so it's worse overall. I once did a comparison test for a bit of fun and fell off the end of the scale because it only went up to 20/800 and my eyesight is worse than that. I don't know how much worse. If I want to recognise someone's face without my glasses on I have to be about close enough to lick their nose :) Although that probably wouldn't work nowadays because of my presbyopia.

    Yet another reason to be glad I live today. I find history interesting and there are times/places I'd enjoy visiting if I had a time machine, but I certainly wouldn't want to live any time in the past. It's never been as easy and cheap to get perfectly working glasses as it is now and for most of human history it wouldn't have been possible at all.
     
  8. Graetzbridge

    Gangster

    Joined: 22 Dec 2020

    Posts: 410

    FWIW I had eyesight problems for some years - from my early teens. It worsened for years. Until cataracts eventually did me in. New lenses magically transformed my sight.
     
  9. arknor

    Caporegime

    Joined: 22 Nov 2005

    Posts: 40,705

    Location: Newcastle/Zurich

    I thought it wasn't permanent ? is there a limit on how many times you can get lasered ?
     
  10. Joeyuk

    Hitman

    Joined: 1 Feb 2017

    Posts: 830

    My eye test is over year out of date now. Obviously put it off last year with covid but I’m going to have to get it done at some point. My current glasses are looking a little worse for wear since I’m outside in all weather’s so they take a bit of a beating.
     
  11. FoxEye

    Caporegime

    Joined: 17 Feb 2006

    Posts: 28,819

    Location: Cornwall

    No, you do not. I don't think I've ever spent more than ~£150 per pair and those were the thin and light titanium ones for the absolute lightest weight I could get.
     
  12. Bassmansam

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2007

    Posts: 3,382

    your prescription?
     
  13. Efour

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

    Posts: 27,380

    Location: Norrbotten, Sweden.

    If i was as blind as you id spend whatever it takes....
    glad it only costs me 50 quid for a pair.
     
  14. MatsyLR

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Jan 2012

    Posts: 2,933

    Location: UK

    Get your eyes tested and then go online to buy your glasses.
    My current glasses would of been around £600-700 (frames really expensive for the ones I wanted), got them online for £132 (after discounts) from an approved shop. Went to my optician after and had them adjusted for free.
     
  15. jpaul

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Mar 2010

    Posts: 16,011

    you're not rolling decent quality progressive lenses if you can get them for £150 with frames - vanilla prescription yes.
     
  16. Bassmansam

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2007

    Posts: 3,382

    I’m not blind, it’s not like i see nothing but darkness without glasses on. Maybe blurry is the word you meant.
     
  17. Street

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Jan 2005

    Posts: 8,216

    Location: Liverpool

    Your eyes will degrade naturally over time as you get older, so it depends on the person really. I'd lived 20 years being pretty blind, so having perfect vision for 10 years so far has been life changing anyway. No idea if you can have it done more than once though!
     
  18. FoxEye

    Caporegime

    Joined: 17 Feb 2006

    Posts: 28,819

    Location: Cornwall

    -4.5 in both eyes with some astigmatism.
     
  19. FoxEye

    Caporegime

    Joined: 17 Feb 2006

    Posts: 28,819

    Location: Cornwall

    Elaborate? What are "decent quality progressive lenses"... do they tell me to check my privilege every couple hours? :p
     
  20. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

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    Location: Wish i was in .Lethal's house

    I think he means varifocal.