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Alfador

Lens of Truth

After my eye exam this morning (no glaucoma, no cataracts, retinas photographed well, no problems aside from being preposterously nearsighted and astigmatic) I was told it would take 10-14 days for new glasses to be made.

Not to be daunted, I paid the exam copay and walked up the street to the one-hour eyeglass shop. After picking out frames and negotiating add-ons and insurance, I found out WHY it would've taken 10-14 days: high-index phototransitioning material takes a lot longer to properly acquire and grind to perfection than one hour.

They quoted a week, though the difference may also be attributable to me deciding to forego the anti-reflective coating as a cost-saving measure. I then asked what I could get in an hour, since I was looking to get a spare pair anyway.

Since they only had one of the frames I liked in stock, I picked out a similar, slightly cheaper pair, and agreed the spare set would not be high-index or phototransitioning, and they gave me the option of paying half the amount up front and half when the other pair comes in next week, so I would be sure to make rent.

All told, the exam ended up taking 7:00am-8:00am, the retina photo happened around 9:00am, the up-the-street glasses shop opened at 9:30am, and I walked out with my glasses around noon.

The ghostly images of the living room lamp currently haunting the left side of my vision are, I suspect, not just the result of a lack of anti-reflective coating, but the non-high-index polycarbonate lens refracting at the extreme left where it's ridiculously thick--the same effect that causes the edges of my vision to be fisheyed in a way that reminds me of Minecraft. To the point where I took a few practice swings with my foam pickaxe when I got home. (Needless to say, if the material were old-style glass or plastic, the resulting glasses would probably qualify as safety goggles... and exercise weights.)

I had but a few minutes to get lunch, send an email out to my coworkers, and get out the door to barely avoid missing the bus (if I had, I might as well have just blown off the meeting entirely because it's an hour long meeting and I would have been arriving 50 minutes late) to Bothell. An hour long bus ride each way for an hour long meeting that I barely had any role in. Sigh.

But I am happy to have glasses again. Yesterday and this morning constitute the longest continuous period I have been without clear vision in, so far as I can remember, my entire life. I do not remember when I got my first pair of glasses, so the time before that doesn't count.

Of note: During the eye exam, I kept having to wipe tears out of my eyes because I was making such an effort to accurately and quickly choose which lens of each pairwise choice gave a clearer view of the line of letters... that I didn't blink enough.
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Added: 6 years, 2 months ago
 
FoxWolfie
6 years, 2 months ago
Now that you can see again, you'll find your old glasses.

The pair I had before my current pair had a problem. The polycarbonate coating started to break down and flake off. That altered the surface enough that I couldn't.  It's supposed to be a hardening layer they apply to prevent scratches, but when it flakes of in spots, it is far worse than the scratching it prevents.  One thing is certain - they wont make my glasses in a one-hour shop. It always takes one to two weeks, and $450 to $650, depending on coatings and other options. When my glasses break, it's rarely a cheap fix.
Alfador
6 years, 2 months ago
Oof. Yeah, my "real" pair cost just over $400 with all the trimmings and will take a week, while my spare pair cost just over $100 and took about an hour and a half once I'd gotten everything with the frames and the payment worked out.
Zagroseckt
6 years, 2 months ago
hahaahaha ummm. you think you have it bad. my script is curintly in the -20+ range (i think it's 22.5 negitive ) and it's wrong!

i cant realy blame the optometrist for this i havent had new glasses in so long the old pair denaturd and you cant just make my script from scrach without verry special equipment. you need the old glasses in good working order.

Glasses so far (just the glasses) have hit me for about 782$ the 2 eye exams 244$ all be it 1 was coverd by insurince the other was 75.

i'm going to have to go in AGAIN and "Tune" the prescription and have a new lense grond for my right (only working) eye. probly in the range of -25 to -30 at first i could not get a clear (to me) focus no mater what we tried
now with the new glasses i can. using a combo of old -2 -5 ish scripts from my roomy's old pair colections .. or playing find the focus with my old pair of goofed up lenses.

when i do find the sweet spot tho the field of view is sharp if still distorded from going through multiple lenses.

my lenses are so thick they actuily poor a starting mold of policarb wich then takes 6 days to set in vacume then 2 days or UV curing

forgoing the Anti Reflection is not an option :p
makes it look like i'm in a hall of mirrors.

one of the reasons the old pair couldnt realy "tune" was i accedently desolved the AR coating.

Sigh paid for antiscrach ar and 6 other coatings on this lense wich im basickly going to toss.
Alfador
6 years, 2 months ago
*huggles* Mine's -5.75/-7.00 Spherical, -2.25/-1.25 Cylinder, 015/127 Axis. I THINK that's right lens vs. left lens, because they're labeled "OD" and "OS" which makes me think it's medical-Latin something-or-other like "Oculus Dextra/Oculus Sinistra" which is as close as I can figure to Latin for "Right Eye/Left Eye" :P
Zagroseckt
6 years, 2 months ago
For those who dont read whole posts check this out http://www.tedmontgomery.com/the_eye/glasses.html#cyli...
it's about prescriptions power and glasses.

Left/Right
-5.75/-7.00  Spherical (this is the real power of the script)
 Left/Right
 -2.25/-1.25 Cylinder (This is a stigmatisem corection )
 015/127 Axis. is another stigmatisem corection. it's hard to give a short description....
Here is a link to a page that will make this make since to ya.

You will start to know when your eyes are REEELY getting buggerd up when you doctor STOPS bothing with cylinder and axeis simply becos your eyes are SOOBAD you cant tell when it's being corected for....

http://www.tedmontgomery.com/the_eye/glasses.html#cyli...

Even if ya dont real the whole page (wich isnt all that long)
Checkout the illistrations and a sintince or two befor and after each you'll get the just of the whole article.
asuraludu
6 years, 2 months ago
I started reading this, and my lens just popped out of the frame.  Glasses silliness aplenty.
Alfador
6 years, 2 months ago
D: GASP! Hopefully you were not in a swimming pool with lots of waves! ;)
asuraludu
6 years, 2 months ago
Fortunately it was just a video filled office (this time).
Shokuji
6 years, 2 months ago
Glad to hear things are getting better for ya. ^^ Thanks for the update. =3
Alfador
6 years, 2 months ago
You're welcome!
JunkBox
6 years, 2 months ago
At least you'll have a backup set. Put 'em somewhere secure, a place that you will remember.

To quote Fred Sanford, "These are the glasses I use to find my glasses!"
Alfador
6 years, 2 months ago
Yes, the plan is to have them in my desk.
Catwheezle
6 years, 2 months ago
Internet opticians are the way to go. Really nice lenses, flexible frames, the whole works, for *insanely* less than a brick-and-mortar optician. My wife and I have resolved we're never buying over the counter again: hundreds of bucks is insane for a pair of specs, when for the same money we can get stonkingly nice glasses, some shades, a spare pair just in case, a nice meal out somewhere together, cover all house and car bills for a month, and still not have even got halfway through the fat wad of cash we would have spent, getting glasses from a store that we would have had to cut corners and not get all the coatings and nice lenses that we wanted.
Alfador
6 years, 2 months ago
Mmh... I do prefer having the option to try on frames first, though, to see if I like the way they look and feel on my face. Especially if the glasses are potentially going to last as long as the last one did. One sneaky thing I might do in the future is find a frame model I like, write down the brand and model, and then price-shop online. >:3
AlexReynard
6 years, 2 months ago
This makes me wonder if you've ever seriously considered Lasik.
Alfador
6 years, 2 months ago
I did years ago when there was no way I'd have the money for it. These days... I would actually like to get laser correction surgery at some point, but right now I'm not quite comfortable with how permanent the procedure is given the pace of improvements to it--eventually it's going to get more reliable and cheaper.
AlexReynard
6 years, 2 months ago
Good point. Most technologies tend to do that over time.
Alfador
6 years, 2 months ago
I recall hearing about a less permanent form of corrective surgery, designed to be reversed when the technology gets better so you can get a better version years down the road... but I haven't heard much along those lines in years.
Tlaren
6 years, 1 month ago
Speaking as someone that got it... 5 years ago, now? and I STILL don't have to wear glasses? and my vision's still in mighty good shape? worth every cent.  Save up for it, foxie, it's VERY worth it.
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