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Do you need eyeglasses in order to see?

  • I'm blind as a bat without my glasses!

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  • I wear both glasses and contacts

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  • I wear glasses only for reading

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  • My vision is just fine without help, thank you.

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  • Oy, my eyesight isn't what it used to be. I think I may need glasses pretty soon.

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I'm just wondering who else on this board besides myself has bad eyesight. I come from a family where practically everyone needs glasses in order to see. I've been wearing them since the age of eight. I'm now 52. My prescription, and I already need a new one, is so strong that I have to get the thinnest material available or I'd be wearing coke-bottle glasses that weigh half a ton. To make matters worse, once I was in my forties I've had trouble reading without glasses, so I've had to get dual-vision progressives, which are bifocals without the lines. Ugh.<br><br>
ETA: Any who has had or is thinking of having laser eye surgery? This was some years ago, but my eye doctor said he didn't recommend it for me. He thought there were too many problems with it. He also added that once I was an old lady I'd likely have cataracts, and once they were removed, I'd have my far vision restored and I wouldn't need glasses then. Gee, thanks, doc, that made me feel better. *sarcasm*<br><br>
Anyway, I know the technology has improved, but I'm not sure I'm a candidate anymore. Since my doctor told me the above, I've developed "floaters" in my right eye. That's always been my GOOD eye. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:">
 

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Good eyes run in the family, at least my dad's side. Don't even remotely need glasses. My dad who's 69 finally had to get some reading glasses and my gramps who's 94 still only needs reading glasses. I figure I have another 20 years or so before I'm looking at any corrective lenses.
 

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I'm in the same boat with you Amy, coke bottle glasses since I was eight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I'm a candidate for lasik, my last eye doctor was pretty much disgusted at me that I didn't immediately say "sign me up!" I guess I'm just not that quick to get surgery, even if the results would be good eye sight. Because my vision is so bad I'd certainly have to go back to get "adjustments" (another surgery) because that's just the way it works. It's still under consideration, but that's some scary ****. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:">
 

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I am supposed to wear glasses when I read or watch tv or movies close to the screen cause I have a muscle balnce issue which causes eye strain and headaches..and I have them but honestly dont wear them....this only happens once in awhile and when it does if its bad enough I will pull out the glasses.<br><br>
peace<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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As far as I know my eyesight is perfect. I attribute that to the beard. I've never actually had a legit eye exam, though. I've correctly read line 8 numerous times, however.
 

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Don't need them yet. My parents didn't need reading glasses until they were quite a bit older than me, however, so hopefully they passed down those genes.
 

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I don't need any glasses. My brother was about 15 when he got glasses so I am beating him now, and my parents were both past 40 when they started using glasses, and they still only use them for reading, sometimes TV, and dad is 57 now. Looks like I have plenty of time until I need any glasses.
 

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My vision is pretty good.
 

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My eyesight is perfect in most lights, but in some really bright light I can't see long distance as well as usual and I'm not sure why - anyone ever heard anything about this? I think it's partly because the light shines through my eyelashes and makes the top half of my vision a bit blurry. I hope it's just that; I think having to wear glasses would be quite uncomfortable.
 

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I wear both. I wear my contacts all day long and at night I wear my glasses. I despise wearing glasses and I go nuts whenever I get eye infections and can't put my contacts in. I've had glasses and contacts since elementary school. My whole family has had bad eyesight along with eye problems like glaucoma and cataracts. I also have a stigmatism so I have different prescriptions for each eye which makes buying contacts a bit of a pain.<br><br>
I know many people that have had lasik with amazing results. It's not for me though. Screw that. I'd rather deal with crappy vision the rest of my life then go through a surgery where my eyes are pryed open and I can see everything the entire time.
 

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I have very good vision every time it is tested, never needed glasses.<br><br>
Amy, I am pretty sure floaters are normal as tissue dies with age. They should only annoy you in bright light and not enough to impede your vision.
 

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I HATE wearing my glasses too Fadeaway, but i'm having to wear them more and as contact lenses aren't exactly cheap. I can cope without help from contacts or glasses all day long as long as i don't have to do any reading or writing. I will just make do with the fact that my vision is blurred. It is quite worrying that you "whenever" you get eye infections, suggesting you get them regularly? Why is that?
 

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The three other members of my family all need to wear glasses or contacts, but i thankfully don't have to. Haven't had to visit an optician since i was just a wee lad.
 

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I had a focusing issue when I was younger and had to get "treatments" for. It was making two pictures one or something like that. I have worn glasses on and off since high school. They are not strong or anything. I only wear them at school, to drive and anything I would have to read something far away. I was told I am lucky because my biological family has really bad eyes and eventually develops macular degeneration and are practically born with glasses on their face.
 

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*squints* What did the OP say?
 

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I have horrible eyesight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I wear contact lenses every day though & don't actually have any glasses at the moment (I sat on them, ha.)<br><br>
I've inherited my Mum's bad eyes; hers are much worse than mine but hers have slowed down getting worse as she gets older.<br><br>
Do you know your prescription?<br>
I am about -3 but my last test was 3 years ago & I know they're a lot worse than that now.
 

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I'm basically Velma. Been like that since the third grade.
 

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I have astigmatism and am almost blind in my right eye, so I need to wear glasses. My mom says I could just get one contact lense for my one bad eye, but I prefer glasses.
 

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I have worn corrective lenses since I was 8 years old. I can "see" without glasses, but need a strong prescription (-6.5) to achieve what is known as "20/20" vision. Without corrective lenses I can see clearly only a very short distance, like only a few inches, but when I look at objects up close I see a tremendous amount of detail, as if through a magnifying glass. For that reason, among others, I have decided against lasic surgery. I am fine with the way my eyes work. I wear contact lenses most of the time. I had to start wearing reading glasses in my 40's. I'm now 51, and recently my eyesight has improved and my prescription was reduced (used to be -7.0 dioptre), and I don't need the reading glasses as much. Some say it is due to improvements in my diet, my optometrist says it sometimes comes with aging.
 
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