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Old 06-29-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Progressive lenses or readers

I use progressive lense glasses when I am out but at home was using reading glasses (frankly I ended up walking around with them on all day which is not good). I need stronger reading glasses but not sure whether to just go ahead and get another pair of progressives for reading and around the house or just a pair of reading glasses for when I am reading books etc. Anyone had any experience with this? A friend told me that if I am getting stronger reading glasses I should only wear them for reading which will mean I am taking them off and on all day and she recommended I just gowith the progressives. What do you all thing?? Thanks

 
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Old 06-30-2011, 01:27 AM   #2
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Re: Progressive lenses or readers

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I use progressive lense glasses when I am out but at home was using reading glasses (frankly I ended up walking around with them on all day which is not good). I need stronger reading glasses but not sure whether to just go ahead and get another pair of progressives for reading and around the house or just a pair of reading glasses for when I am reading books etc. Anyone had any experience with this? A friend told me that if I am getting stronger reading glasses I should only wear them for reading which will mean I am taking them off and on all day and she recommended I just gowith the progressives. What do you all thing?? Thanks
Hi Anneh,
If you already have a pair of Progessives (PAL) and not having any issues with it, then I would think a new pair of PAL with a stronger Add (reading part) will do just fine. If you get a pair of stronger reading glasses for indoors, you will likely take them on and off as your friend thinks, or keep them perched at the tip of your nose so you can see above them when you don't need them (which is a likelier scenario), so you will still ended up "wearing" them all day.

If you have absolutely zero prescription for the top for distance part (rare), you could try and buy a stronger over the counter readers to see how you fare? If you have no issues with that, perhaps then invest in a good pair of readers (or if you decide on PAL) that are customized for your eyes.

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Old 06-30-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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Re: Progressive lenses or readers

Thanks so much for responding. I guess I just wasn't sure how comfortable I would be sitting and reading out of PAL vs just plain reading glasses with more reading area. As of today I am testing out my PALs at home (like I said I usually just wear them when I am out shopping etc vs sitting and reading anything with them). I thought perhaps PALs would be uncomfortable for plain old reading. Do you read books etc with PALs?

 
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Re: Progressive lenses or readers

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Thanks so much for responding. I guess I just wasn't sure how comfortable I would be sitting and reading out of PAL vs just plain reading glasses with more reading area. As of today I am testing out my PALs at home (like I said I usually just wear them when I am out shopping etc vs sitting and reading anything with them). I thought perhaps PALs would be uncomfortable for plain old reading. Do you read books etc with PALs?
I am the opposite of you, so I take my glasses off to read When I have my PALs on, I do everything with them, from cleaning, cooking to reading and lots of laptop use. Of course in the beginning I had to "learn" to use it by moving my head just right in the right spot, but after a while, it became auto pilot and I don't think about anymore as it became second nature.

I guess if you were doing something very microscopic or have a job that requires constant reading and no need to look anywhere else, readers may still be the best best. It's true that with PALs, the stronger the Add has become, the smaller the "usable" area can be. Although there are some brands that have better transitions and clarity compared to others and there are so many style of PALs designs out there. Your optometrist and optician can then recommend the best for you based on your needs

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Re: Progressive lenses or readers

Readers vs. progressives is really a personal preference. I love progressive glasses and didn't even need an "adjustment period" before I was using them for everything. But other people I know prefer single-vision computer glasses and/or readers for specific tasks.

 
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Re: Progressive lenses or readers

I use my progressives for everything- can't see without them because of my astigmatism. I had no problems adjusting to them.

I completely love them (except for the cost!)

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