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The other week I’ve got the letter to do the eye test. The last time I checked them was about 20 years ago.
However, I’ve putted letter away and forgot. My eyes used to be very good all the time.

Today I was looking for other document and found this eye test letter, and so went to the high street and did that examination

It was interesting. The lady asked me to cover my right eye and asked to read the characters from the distance, basically was able to read almost all lines, ok, last one couldn’t see, but heck, it was really really small. On before last one I was semi comfortable to read, but they were small too.

Then did cover my left eye. And got quite surprised. Couldn’t see anything what was after the 4th line. Never knew that.

The lady then kept several glass circles over my right eye, and asked how is now, the vision was really really sharp so I was able to see all the characters almost all the way down to the last line, and then looking with both eyes I was seeing them all well sharp.

Basically what was recorded, that the right eye is -0.75 SPH (Spherical), while left eye is 0. That means I see equally well with both eyes in short distance, but in the farther distance, my right eye couldn’t quite catch up.

The thing is, I look with my both eyes usually, so I’d say I see ok.

The optician didn’t try to do aggressive sale, not at all, but said to think, whether I would want to get ones to have for occasional use. Well, fact, with one of those trial circle glasses I was seeing sharper.

Does anyone have similar experience about being SPH -0.75 with one of the eye, would you consider for glasses?





 
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In Ontario Canada eye care professionals suggest that you get your eyes checked every two years. However I do not do this as it does seem to cost a fair bit.
As to the question of "To wear glasses or not to wear glasses?" I would suggest that yes wear glasses, at least when you are looking at computer screens most of the day.

You may have heard of blue light filtering glasses. There appears to be some debate as to how well these types of glasses work to help reduce the strain on your eyes.
Some people like them and use them nearly every day, others do not. Sometimes the cost for extra blue light is very minimal so why not get the protection then?

I do not have the same vision as you, in fact here is my prescription over the course of eight years:
June 2008July 2016
EYESPHCYLAXISEYESPHCYLAXIS
RIGHT - OD-1.00-0.25175RIGHT - OD-1.00-0.25150
LEFT - OS-1.00-0.50168LEFT - OS-1.00-0.50175

I do wear blue light filtering glasses when I'm in front of a monitor many days and I do think they help out.
However I do not use these glasses for anything else, yet I do have a prescription pair of glasses that I use when I plan on driving more then an hour at a time.

I suspect that if you do get and wear glasses (blue light filtering or otherwise) that you will find at the end of the day that your eyes are not as dry or tired.

But, there are always catches. In Ontario Canada the cost for prescription glasses is easily more then $200 Canadian (~$112 GBP).
And most likely you will want more then one pair, regular/clear and sun blocking.
I have a few:
  • one prescription sun blocking and a regular/clear prescription in my car
  • two regular/clear prescription ones in my computer room
  • a pair of blue light filtering in my computer room

  • However you can save money by purchasing glasses online, for instance https://www.goggles4u.com/ regularly has sales allowing me to get a pair of prescription glasses for under $30 USD shipped to my place.
    These glasses will not be exactly the same as the ones you get at the doctors office, and you may end up disappointed with the results, so shop around and read the reviews.
     
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    I get my eyes checked yearly. Here how it goes:

    Dr. Weaver: Cover your right eye and read as many lines as you can.
    Me: (reads maybe top two lines)
    Dr. Weaver: Now cover your left eye and read the chart.
    Me: What chart?

    My right eye is useless. It's what called a lazy eye. For whatever reason (speculation is that my congenital hemangioma affected the optic nerve during development), my visual cerebral cortex for the right eye never developed.

    My left eye is extremely far-sighted. Without my glasses I cannot read anything but the largest of signs.

    If the zombie apocalypse comes and I break my glasses, I'm screwed.
     
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    My eyes are somewhere in between you others. My right eye works for seeing things close-up, and my left eye is for seeing things far away. My right eye is about -2.5 diopters different than my left eye, which is about the maximum difference a pair of binoculars will support. (I don't know how "diopters" match your SPH.) My right eye is also lazy, which is bad for driving at night (I see cars coming straight towards me and the same cars coming towards me at about a 10-degree angle out of focus) so I have glasses which correct for that. And I have different glasses for reading computer screens, something which I do a lot of. But I didn't need them until about 10 years ago, when I started becoming more short-sighted. But most of the time I don't wear either pair.

    Last time I had an eye exam it only cost me about $80 CDN, although others might not consider that sum to be "only".

    Incidentally several years ago my wife had laser surgery on her eyes (which cost a hell of a lot more than $80) so that she could stop wearing contact lenses. The surgeon adjusted her vision so that she had a near eye and a far eye, like what I have, and she thought it was a great idea. Although a lot of people can't adjust to that way of seeing if they are given it late in life.
     
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    I see others have much more and long lasting experience with that. Thank you for your shared thoughts, stories.
     
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    Bear Bibeault wrote:Me: What chart?



    I had something similar with a hearing test. Question: In which languages does the speaker at the train station announce the trains. My answer, what speaker? I also have a lazy eye, though I can see with it. If I cover my right eye, I can read the chart. But if I uncover the right eye, my brains only use the information from that right side. As a consequence I cannot for example see depth. I think it is called stereo blindness.
     
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    Is it just me, or is the text on product labels getting smaller every year? I must look like an idiot in a store trying to read the label on something like a bottle of pills, moving the bottle away from me, then closer to me, then away again, all the while squinting and making my eyes go wide, trying to read the label.

    Footnote: I have to wear glasses for distance and for up close...may have something to do with it.    
     
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    Randy Maddocks wrote:Is it just me, or is the text on product labels getting smaller every year?

    I think they just trying to squeeze everything in, so when the problems start, they could say there were information provided, you must have read it first. Of course regardless whether it was readable or not.
     
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    My older sister says that her eyes are fine...she just needs to get longer arms so that she can make out the words sometimes .
     
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    Pete Letkeman wrote:My older sister says that her eyes are fine...she just needs to get longer arms so that she can make out the words sometimes



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