A few more tips:
When I had to go to bifocals, I asked my optometrist about bifocals vs
progressives, his response was that I would have a lot of adjusting to
do with either, but it would probably be best to start with the bifocals
as they are easier to adapt to. Once I got used to those I could give
progressives a shot. FWIW, I am still using the bifocals two years later
- and have no desire to do progressives after playing with a pair in his
I am not as sensitive to distortion as you are, but it is an issue for
me as well. I think that you will find you will be hard pressed to get
used to the progressives. For me, the (for lack of a better phrase)
transition zones are to akin to distortion.
If you are like me, you will unfortunately probably wind up with more
than one pair of glasses. I use the bifocals 90% of the time, but for
some things still use single vision lenses. I have never adapted to
cycling with the bifocals, and anything where I need to see my feet
(rock climbing, ect) they are totally out of the question. I often times
head out for a weekend with a quiver of glasses! :) :(
One thing when shopping for an optometrist, ask what their guarantee is,
most of the better ones will work with you until things are right.
Willingness to do so shows me a level of confidence in their ability to
get things right for you.
> 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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