Can't avoid it any longer - had to get bifocals. They SUCK!

@Gumball (793)
United States
December 30, 2008 11:15am CST
After managing to avoid getting them for nearly 8 years, I finally broke down and had to get bifocals just before Christmas. They are driving me crazy!! I couldn't get the "progressive lenses" because my insurance wouldn't cover it so I have the crappy kind with the extra lens stuck on the front covering the bottom half. That line in there is making me crazy since it's right in the middle of the lens and it makes everything blurry like I'm watching a 3-D movie. I am seriously considering having them make me 2 pairs instead, one for far away and one pair for close up. Everybody tells me that I just need to get used to them, but it's not happening and it's been nearly 2 weeks now. I still end up taking them off sometimes for close up stuff because it's less annoying than looking down my nose to look out the bottom half of my glasses. Anybody else out there have bifocals or just 2 pairs instead? How long did it take you to adjust to wearing them?
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• United States
30 Dec 08
I had to get bifocals this year for the first time. I hated the idea. I also knew the line was going to drive me nuts. Give it a few more weeks. It took me about four to completly adjust to the line. Make an effort not to put the glasses down on your nose. It will only take longer to adjust if you keep doing that. I know it's hard. I still have trouble sometimes, but for the most part, it is better now. You just have to move your eyes or your head, in some cases. It will get better. Blessings.
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@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
30 Dec 08
My sister had to get bifocals in her mid 20s. A decade later I don't think she is used to them. The progressive lenses weren't available at that time. I would just go with the 2 pair. And then just try saving up for the progressive lenses. It may be worth the out of pocket expense.
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• United States
30 Dec 08
I wore bifocals a long time ago and really didn't like them, so I wasn't too happy when I recently found out that for best vision, I need trifocals. Luckily, they're progressive, so I don't see any lines, but I wish I'd picked a bigger frame because each area is so small. I don't have any insurance at all, so I have to pay for my exam and glasses, but if I can scrape together enough money for next time, I'll go for two pairs--one just for reading, and the other for middle and distance vision. I'm not sure I'll be able to manage it because this pair, with the exam, cost me over $600.00. I hate to think what two pair will be. I also have to take mine off for some closeup reading. The lenses make everything smaller, so if the type is already small, I can't read it at all with my glasses on. Bad eyes are really a pain, aren't they?
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