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Wearing glasses

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by markleigh, May 19, 2011.

  1. markleigh

    markleigh Active Member

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    I have worn glasses since a child for short sightedness (I can see up close, not distance). I had my eyes assessed yesterday & been advised to wear multifocals as my long distance as deteriorated but I find I'm now needing improvement for near vision. Does anyone wear multifocals & do they cause any troubles when looking up & down? The thought of having to consciously (initially at least) look through a certain part of the lens sounds possibly unpleasant & disorientating.
  2. footdrcb

    footdrcb Active Member

    I tolerated them for about 2 days before going back to my two pairs .

  3. markleigh

    markleigh Active Member

    That's no good. What was the basic problem?
  4. footdrcb

    footdrcb Active Member

    I kept moving my head up / down to adjust to which lens I needed . Driving was interesting , especially looking down at the instruments . It is much easier to have close up glasses and long distance ones.

  5. cornmerchant

    cornmerchant Well-Known Member

    I wear multifocals for short sight and have no problems for general use. However, because the near vision is restricted to a small area and you have to have your head in exactly the right position, my optician makes me up a pair of bifocals tailored for work with an extra large area of magnification at the bottom. He has also increased the strength of the magnification of the bifocals slightly to allow for the closeness of the work I am doing. These brilliant , and in fact I use an identical pair for reading in bed as I read really quickly and fare better with the bifocals for this.
    That said, I cannot walk around the house or outside wearing the bifocals as I have got so used to
    the multifocals.
    I also take my glasses off completely for very close work , and I am able to see very fine detail on the skin, which is a real bonus!

    If you are in pp, the cost of your bifocals can be set against tax as they are for your work.


  6. footsiegirl

    footsiegirl Active Member

    I too, wear varifocals (multifocals). I am told that they have 3 different prescriptions in them: distance, mid distance and close up. It did take me several days to begin to get used to them, and it was a gradual process, but I think it was worth persevering with because I can wear them all the time if necessary. It negates the need to keep changing glasses etc, and also I found that my varifocals dont get scratched as I am handling them less.

    However I didnt know I could off set against tax. I will certainly be rooting out my receipt and submitting it with my others, so thanks for that CM
  7. cornmerchant

    cornmerchant Well-Known Member

    Just to clarify-

    Normal use glasses are not tax deductible as far as I know, because you have to wear them anyway, but the ones I have made for work are as they are made for that purpose.

  8. footsiegirl

    footsiegirl Active Member

    Well, mine were made for work, as I am mobile, and had specific problems. When I am at home I do not tend to wear glasses all the time. However, thanks. I will put it to my accountant- he is usually very helpful in these matters.
  9. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    I am a fellow sufferer of (severe) myopia since a child and moved to varifocals some years ago.
    My accountant told me I could not offset their cost against tax as I would be wearing them all the time.
    In the case of glasses that are "customised " ( like Cornmerchant's ) and used specifically for work then there would be an argument for claiming these as a legitimate business expense. However, the full cost would not be allowable, only the cost of the lenses, as the IR does not recognise designer frames as essential !

    I can remember the snooker player Dennis Taylor having some customised frames/lenses in the 1970's ......


    .... they look as if they are upside down, but very effective, judging by his break average.


  10. samurai2k2

    samurai2k2 Welcome New Poster

    I also have just been told that (due to age :() I now need 'reading' glasses! I usually wear contact lenses but not for work as my arms won't extend far enough to be able to focus on a foot never mind an IGTN! I thought I was going to have to go down the varifocal route or two pairs! Until I was told about and discovered 'monovision' the principle is simple one eye gets a distance lens the other a lens for near sight and the brain uses which ever it needs at the time (very clever) took some getting use to but know I have clear vision all the time! It is a compromise for better near you loose some far vision and vice versa but for me on doms and the sporting activities I do it's a no brainer :)
  11. markleigh

    markleigh Active Member

    Isn't Pod Arena a great source of info. The Optometrist offers a 30 day guarantee so I will give them a go but will return them quickly if there are any negative side effects.
  12. annadorsa

    annadorsa Member

    .....in podiatry surgery I wonder if they will soon make our glasses worn a MUST for sterilisation??? is that possible? to sterilise our glasses??
  13. heathpod

    heathpod Welcome New Poster

    I also had this problem, but couldn't manage varifocals as I was trying to look at feet from all different angles!!
    I now have distance contact lenses, that even work with my astygmatism, and reading glasses to put over them when I'm treating. It has made life so much easier!!

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