Ok tractor men, I have a question about eyeglasses. About 12 years ago I rapidly and suddenly lost my abuility to read. Panicked, I rushed to an eye Dr. for an exam and they laughed and said I was just getting old and needed reading glasses. Worked my way up to 2.5 diopters by now. Lately my abuility to see correctly at distance has decayed, so I went for another exam. I asked about contacts maybe but they recomended bifocals. They said this would be the simplest way to get the proper near and far correction as my eyes have each a different prescription required. Picked out glasses, got "no Line" bifocals with AR coating front and rear. $ 535.... not including exam. Glasses came in and I went to pick up and have skull fit adjusted. Results: Vision at 5-10 feet much improved. Woman at store put up a reading chart that measured about 5 inches wide and 8 long. She place the card about 15 inches from my face on a rack. The words on top the chart were larger font than the descending rows of words. I cocked my head back to read through the lower part of the lenses and reported to her that I only had a circle of clarity that was legible. If I looked at the center of the largest line of words then the first word or two and the last word or two were blurry. If I looked at the center of the card there was a distinct circle that was legible. Changing the distance from my face did not change the effect. She said this is what is to be expected and I just need to wear them and get used to them? Stated I should try them a while and the eye clinic would make things right if I felt the glasses could not be used as intended.
At work they are completely useless, can't read my computer monitor on my desk unless I tip my head WAY back and have only a 3 or 4 inch focal are on my 21 inch screen. Blueprint reading right under my nose is same deal. I can put on my dime store readers and see everything fine.
My question (finaly) is what is the normal usabuility of bifocals for folks with a lot of reading in their life? Should I have more field of view than I seem to? Who besides me thinks they messed these up?
Sorry to have to ask here but I don't have enough people in my life who wear bifocals to ask what is normal.
Thank you, I look forward to any advice on this.