Spectacles and Computers

  feb 15:17 02 Oct 2008

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Which type of spectacles do people prefer for different tasks?

When viewing a PC Monitor, driving, watching TV or Reading, do you prefer vari-focals or reading glasses, or do you have a special pair for each activity?

  DANZIG 16:00 02 Oct 2008

Just the one pair of specs that suffices for everything although later in life I reckon I'm going to need varifocals.

  ventanas 16:29 02 Oct 2008

I use varifocals for everything. Took some getting used to at first I recall, but it's now been some years and am totally at home with them. Each new pair presents a fresh challenge for a few days though.

I also have a separate pair of sunglasses in varifocal.

  Woolwell 16:45 02 Oct 2008

Varificoal with photo-chromic lenses.

  Legolas 18:05 02 Oct 2008

The same as ventanas except I don't have sunglasses. I live in Scotland ;-)

  peter99co 18:11 02 Oct 2008

I am with ventanas in every word including Sunglass's.

  birdface 18:23 02 Oct 2008

Sorry to disagree.I use Varifocals and they are no good for the computer.You end up with a stiff neck and strained eyes.If you use the computer a lot.Just measure how far from the screen your eyes normally are.And get your eyes tested from that distance.It makes a big difference.Varifocals will do you for reading and distance.Now if you tend to read a book about the same distance away as your computer your normal glasses should suffice.

  wee eddie 18:52 02 Oct 2008

although I don't need specs for reading. I admit that the need to move ones head up and down a little to use the correct part of the lens causes a few days disorientation at first but I would not go back.

For the sun, I have polarised clip-overs from a Company, imaginatively, called Leader. They are so incredibly light that one hardly notices that they're there. The Optician that sold them to me had a little Black Box with about 80 different shapes and sizes in it, so my specs were matched exactly. The ones I bought have 4 tiny hooks which attach them to my specs @ 20 Guineas, the company also makes a design with a bar across the top which are slightly heavier.

  laurie53 20:29 02 Oct 2008

Agree with buteman.

Too much of a tendency o tilt the head back slightly, without even noticing.

Bad neck strain, headaches and eventually blurred vision.

  feb 16:21 03 Oct 2008

Thanks for the replies, I might give the varifocals a trial before buying.

What about contact lenses, does anyone prefer them?

I'm just trying to get an idea of which way I should go, as I'm at the stage where I'm going to need glasses all the time!

  birdface 16:42 03 Oct 2008

If I was a bit younger I would go for laser Eye Treatment.Never tried contact lenses so cannot comment on that.Try a few glasses at your local pub that might improve your sight or at least you will think it does.

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