Your experience with progressives hit home. My optometrist (not an
optician) convinced me that I should have a set so I tried them. After
two days I insisted that he take them back as I found them very
disorienting. Fortunately, since it was at his urging that I got them
in the first place, he took them back no questions asked and gave me a
pair of reading glasses and distance glasses in exchange. But he is not
part of any chain. Just a lone guy about 75 years old who still works
part time assisted by his wife.
A couple more points. After I told him that I thought I would never be
able to adapt to the progressives he asked me if I was claustrophobic.
I am, at least moderately so. He told me that his experience with
claustrophobic people was that they were less likely (for reasons
unknown) to be able to adapt to progressives.
After seeing many Hoya brochures in his office area I asked him why. He
said Hoya is one of the largest producers of eyeglass lenses in the US
and that's where he sends his prescriptions to be filled.
> I need some advice. After 12 years with the same pair of glasses I've
> had to
> replace them. It's not that the distance prescription is very far off, it's
> that the lenses and frames are so beat up that they're no longer useable.
> Additionally I'm 47 and need different glasses for close up work.
> The question I have is how did you find a good optometrist and optician. I
> went to a chain (America's Best) with the idea that they'd be inexpensive
> enough that I could do some experimenting. I didn't expect miracles. I
> expected to have some assemble line feel to it and that the frames would not
> be the top of the line and so forth. The experience turned out to be just
> awful. I liken them a vendor that has a very limiting knowledge of
> photography and a line of fairly good looking but so-so performing PS
> cameras calling themselves a camera store. The masses who have limited taste
> and demands would be happy.
> The problem is that I need a fairly strong prescription both in spherical
> cylinder and I'm very sensitive to distortion. I'm sensitive enough that it's
> one of the things for in the windshield that I check. In fact it's one of
> only two must haves in a vehicle. The windshield must be low enough in
> distortion and the seats must be comfortable, all else is negotiable in the
> America's Best put me in a pair of progressive bifocals which were the worst
> things I've ever delt with. I didn't think I was going to live long enough to
> adjust with them.
> While I'm price sensitive I'm willing to pay for quality work as long as it
> quality work and It's doesn't cross over into becoming a sucker. Thanks in
> advance. -Doug
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