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Over the past couple of years my eyes are begging me for help.
I am far-sighted and I have been using progressive glasses to allow me to read the computer screen, books, and also white boards in a conference room.
Lately, and especially at night, I found myself challenged with reading road signs, and the glare of brake lights is bugging me.
I briefly tried using the progressive glasses on the bike but I find the fishbowl effect dangerous, hence I am seeking advice about bifocals.
I want the ability to look far down the road, currently not a problem at night, but I also want to be able to read the dash on the bike.
I found that "sport" glasses frames fit better than regular frames (I put them on AFTER I have my helmet on). The Liberty frames look great but cost $270 at my optometrist's.

What are you using? Any gotchas? Did it take you long before getting used to riding with bifocals?

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I am blind in my left eye & legally blind in my right eye with out a corrective lens. I need a trifocal lens for my right eye. The progressive lens is the only lens that works for me. I tried the trifocal lens with the lines & I couldn't use them at work while machining parts. They wore out my neck before the end of the day.

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Lasik? They got some new tech were you don't need reading glasses

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I had Lasik done on both eyes about 10 years or more ago, setting one for distance and the other for closer up reading (mono-vision). It worked great and I couldn't have been happier. It resets your vision, but once done, the aging process begins anew, and although I can still ride/drive without glasses, I have begun to wear prescription glasses again (progressive trifocals), especially at night or watching TV. I was informed by my eye specialist that I can't have the Lasik procedure performed again, as there isn't enough mass left to reshape my eyes after I had had it done the first time. My sister just had her eyes done, after wearing coke bottle-like glasses since she was a toddler (65+ years). She no longer needs glasses and is very pleased with the results and now only uses over-the-counter reading glasses.

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Over the past couple of years my eyes are begging me for help.
I am far-sighted and I have been using progressive glasses to allow me to read the computer screen, books, and also white boards in a conference room.
Lately, and especially at night, I found myself challenged with reading road signs, and the glare of brake lights is bugging me.
I briefly tried using the progressive glasses on the bike but I find the fishbowl effect dangerous, hence I am seeking advice about bifocals.
I want the ability to look far down the road, currently not a problem at night, but I also want to be able to read the dash on the bike.
I found that "sport" glasses frames fit better than regular frames (I put them on AFTER I have my helmet on). The Liberty frames look great but cost $270 at my optometrist's.

What are you using? Any gotchas? Did it take you long before getting used to riding with bifocals?
You don't say how old you are, but the night-time glaring and difficulty reading road signs at night might be a early sign of cataract formation. Bifocals will not help correcting that. I suggest a good eye exam as a first start. If you do a lot of night-time driving, you need the best vision possible. As we age, our night-time vision deteriorates for many reasons.


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You don't say how old you are, but the night-time glaring and difficulty reading road signs at night might be a early sign of cataract formation. Bifocals will not help correcting that. I suggest a good eye exam as a first start. If you do a lot of night-time driving, you need the best vision possible. As we age, our night-time vision deteriorates for many reasons.
I just turned 60 and had my eye exam this week and no catract (good news!), hence my question about bifocals. I am not a candidate for Lasik, and my eyes are both just about the same prescription. I am far sighted.
Someone mentioned trifocals... not sure what this would do for me as I had not considered that (for not being aware of it).
For those wearing glasses under their helmet, what frame type are you using?

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Wire rimmed progressive tri-focals....
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Wire rimmed progressive tri-focals....
Thanks Dave! I'll look some up...

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I just turned 60 and had my eye exam this week and no catract (good news!), hence my question about bifocals. I am not a candidate for Lasik, and my eyes are both just about the same prescription. I am far sighted.
Someone mentioned trifocals... not sure what this would do for me as I had not considered that (for not being aware of it).
For those wearing glasses under their helmet, what frame type are you using?
Something else to consider are soft contact lenses, which can be prescribed as bifocal or progressive, depending on your needs. I used them for years with great success. An optometrist who specializes in contacts can usually fit you with something that will work in your situation. Soft lenses are very easy to adapt to.


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Wire rimmed progressive tri-focals....
Same here.

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Something else to consider are soft contact lenses, which can be prescribed as bifocal or progressive, depending on your needs. I used them for years with great success. An optometrist who specializes in contacts can usually fit you with something that will work in your situation. Soft lenses are very easy to adapt to.
Unfortunately I cannot wear contacts... I have a fear of anything getting close to my eyes...

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I have worn lined tri-focal lenses for years now, they work fine for me.

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Unfortunately I cannot wear contacts... I have a fear of anything getting close to my eyes...
Have you ever tried? You would never feel them. And I'm sure there is an app for that phobia.


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The "fish bowl" issue with progressives only occurs for casual wearers. I noticed it the first two days I wore them but the brain compensated for the effects. I wear them anytime my eyes are open and have no issues.

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Have you ever tried? You would never feel them. And I'm sure there is an app for that phobia.
Ed, you cannot come anywhere near my eyes with any object or fingers... I have that total irrational fear of anything coming close to my eyes...

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The "fish bowl" issue with progressives only occurs for casual wearers. I noticed it the first two days I wore them but the brain compensated for the effects. I wear them anytime my eyes are open and have no issues.
John, I wear progressive glasses daily but need to take them off if I am taking the stairs. I tried them once on the bike and felt totally unsafe... So I think bifocals or trifocals are in my future...

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Ed, you cannot come anywhere near my eyes with any object or fingers... I have that total irrational fear of anything coming close to my eyes...
I understand, and dont mean to make light of it. I am a scubadiver, and I have had prescription dive masks made that are sort of like bifocals to let me read my guages while still being able to keep my far vision. You can probably get motorcycle goggles ground to a suitable prescription by a good optometrist who is connected to a good lens lab.


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I use these in my daytime sunglasses. Takes a bit to get use to the line, but in general a good thing. I could not us a GPS with out them. Now that I don't us a GPS anymore, I still like seeing the gauges and reading a map when I stop.
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I used these for many years, until I needed correction for far vision, then had to go to bifocals, then trifocals. Still have a couple pair of sunglasses around with these in them. They work great.
There were a few years that they were no longer available, but they are now back in production.

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I had to get prescription safety glasses for work (and they paid for them)...I went with 3M sport frames, progressive polycarb lenses and transitions (photo grey). They keep the wind out and passed the 'helmet test'.

They ran about $300 total.

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I am near sited and have worn Progressive lenses for years now. It did take a day or two to get used to the "fishbowl" effect but no problems at all now. When I first got the progressive lenses, I was told to be VERY CAREFUL when walking over curbs or stairs until I got used to them. Never had a problem.
I also had a hard time with street signs at night and had cataracts in both eyes that kept getting worse and worst. And I am only in my 50's. So this last winter I had one eye done and then the other but still have the progressive lenses. Night time is now no big deal.
Do not be scared of them. They work great for me.

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John, I wear progressive glasses daily but need to take them off if I am taking the stairs. I tried them once on the bike and felt totally unsafe... So I think bifocals or trifocals are in my future...
I think something is amiss with your lenses. Incorrect measurement. progressive area too high or too low....some measurement.

I always wear progressive bifocals on my bike and actually full time including playing tennis (mostly singles)

I wear Toric contacts snow skiing and they work great, but not good otherwise. I have to have reading glasses in my pocket if I wear contacts.


I have had other folks complain about peripheral focus issues or distortion with their progressives.

I have never had that happen. But the guy I go to is an absolute expert and knows exactly what to do to make these work correctly.

In fact funny you should bring this up, I just got a new pair of single vision lenses set to 27" for computer work and reading music while I practice and they have a fishbowl effect.

I had these done at Costco since I would only wear them at my desk. and didn't want to spend alot. Something is just not right. I have used them for a few days and will ahve them checked for accuracy.

By the way I have a Glaucoma and had my right eye operated on 10 years ago to control the pressure. I see 20/20 with corrective lenses. Diagnosed at 41 and din'y wear glasses at all yntil then. Will be 64 on next B-day!

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