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    Chad needs glasses

    Wasn't sure to put this in caregiving or care, but Chad needs glasses. This is REALLY going to be a pain in the butt for him since he can't push his own glasses up when they slip, which they will of course (veteran glasses wearer here). We will probably try a headband to keep them in place, but of course those are somewhat uncomfortable too. He is very bummed about this turn of events, as am I because glasses really are going to be a pain for both of us (him more than me of course). And to top it off, he needs bifocals, but for a variety of reasons, that won't work for him, so we are buying two pairs: one for computer/reading and one for distance/tv, etc. So we will have switching of glasses to contend with too. We asked about Lasix, but he is not a candidate for Lasix. Wah.

    On the other hand, I like how men look in glasses.
    Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

    #2
    There's a program here that does FREE LASIX for quads just for that reason. Can't believe the program is all that unique.
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      #3
      Wouldn't Varifocals work for him?

      I'll add this link as they may have another name in the US.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_lens

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        #4
        Sports glasses like the kids on our baseball team wear?
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          #5
          It's more because of how he reclines in his chair when he types and in bed. He would end up looking out of the reading glasses portion of the lenses with watching TV, which would not work. And he moves his head around a lot with his mouthstick, so the "woozy" effect with moving your head and progressive lenses also would not work well (I have them, so I know of which I speak). So we'll just have two pair. And he is not a candidate for Lasix because of the nature of his prescription, not finances. Which is a total bummer!!!!!
          Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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            #6
            get hot pink ones for "revenge"? :P j/k mine always slip down my nose, so i just have the people make it so that's how they always are. now i don't worry about pushing them back up
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              #7
              Hi Ami,

              I also use two pair of glasses daily. In programming, I spend hours at a computer so I had me some computer glass made for a distance of 30" to 36". They do have bi-focals on the bottom for reading. For driving and other, I have another pair of glasses with the progressive focals on the bottom, but I do have hand usage. If he could use contacts, I worked with a girl that had reading lenses on one side and her distance seeing on the other. She would run into a wall occasionally until she got used to them.

              Good luck to Chad and you.

              Millard
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                #8
                Originally posted by Millard View Post
                Hi Ami,

                I also use two pair of glasses daily. In programming, I spend hours at a computer so I had me some computer glass made for a distance of 30" to 36". They do have bi-focals on the bottom for reading. For driving and other, I have another pair of glasses with the progressive focals on the bottom, but I do have hand usage. If he could use contacts, I worked with a girl that had reading lenses on one side and her distance seeing on the other. She would run into a wall occasionally until she got used to them.

                Good luck to Chad and you.

                Unfortunately due to the nature of his "sightedness", he is not a candidate for contacts either. I know what you mean about running into walls, I switched to bifocals about 2 years ago and I fell off curbs and stepped off stairs wrong for weeks lol.
                Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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                  #9
                  This spring I had cataract surgery in both eyes. I have always been farsighted so I opted for farsighted lens implant in both eyes. Except for a slight astigmatism, I don't wear glasses for general vision.

                  I have a pair of reading/computer glasses that provide good vision in a 25-30 inch range which is where I read (everything I read is on a desk or table, not hand held) and is also the distance to my computer screen. I have a pair of distance vision glasses just to correct astigmatism. I wear these for watching television and going to movies.

                  I have a pair of bifocals with a custom flip up sun glass that wear in the van to be able to read stuff in the car and still see good distance.

                  Strange thing happened with the cataract surgeries. Since my injury I my pupils have not dilated well, even with chemical dilation during eye exams. My opthalmologist speculates that the neck injury also impacted the parasympathetic optic nerve that controls pupil contraction (a sphincter issue). In order to perform the surgery, he had to use mechanical pupil stretchers to get the pupil large enough to perform the surgeries. Once stretched, the pupil have remained a little larger than normal in indoor conditions. When I go outside in the sun.....toooooo bright by lots. So now I have to wear sun glasses all the time when outdoors. Lots of glasses, lots of fiddling.

                  If you haven't shopped glasses (I hadn't) recently, you will be shocked how expensive they can be, not to mention the choices of types of lenses, coatings, etc. I found a great source of frames and lenses at an on-line optical store. It is called Warby Parker (http://www.warbyparker.com/). Right now they only sell single vision glasses, i.e., reading/computer or distances vision. But, the prices are incredible and so is the service. Go on to their website and browse through their inventory. Select any five frames and they will send them to you for a five day trial (frames have "plano" lenses in them). After the trial, you send the frames back to them at their expense. To order, select one of the frames you tried, provide them with your prescription, pupil distance (your eye doctor can measure this or a local optical store can - Warby Parker will reimburse you if the store charges you a nominal fee for the measurement), pay for your frames and lenses by credit card and the kicker is the pair of glasses will cost you $95.00!!!!

                  All the best,
                  GJ

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                    #10
                    Thanks for posting that GJ.

                    I was just going to tell Chad old age sucks LOL I have to get bifocals too. I am not a candidate for contacts either or laser. We must have like eyes....

                    The eye doc said it starts around 40 when you start needing the bifocals.

                    Hopefully will rock this challenge too Ami.
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                      #11
                      re the two contacts .... a friend of mine has 2 different contacts, one for distance, one for reading, she said it took a while to get used to, but it is automatic now ..... kind of like a kids lazy eye.

                      Wonder if you could do 2 lenses in the glasses?

                      I was just at the optometrist today. I REALLY like him, and don't want to change, but the glaucoma test, HAS to be done in the chair, b/c the setup has to be just right. (And him getting that close to my eyeball, I don't want it not just right.) Everything else, he could do from my chair. Well, his chair is NOT set up for an easy transfer ..... not enough room to get my chair in place well. So my daughter (20) helps me transfer .... basically does it herself actually. We have a lot of experience, and she hasn't dropped me yet, lol. But, the whole point of the story, is I guess she really scared the optometrist today! He gasped, and had to leave the room. I guess he thought I was a goner! (And, neither she nor I thought it went badly ....)

                      Yea, getting old sucks. And bifocals make me nauseous. I was wondering if it was cuz I was rolling and not walking? And, they don't work to read in bed.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by sjean423 View Post
                        re the two contacts .... a friend of mine has 2 different contacts, one for distance, one for reading, she said it took a while to get used to, but it is automatic now ..... kind of like a kids lazy eye.

                        Wonder if you could do 2 lenses in the glasses?

                        I was just at the optometrist today. I REALLY like him, and don't want to change, but the glaucoma test, HAS to be done in the chair, b/c the setup has to be just right. (And him getting that close to my eyeball, I don't want it not just right.) Everything else, he could do from my chair. Well, his chair is NOT set up for an easy transfer ..... not enough room to get my chair in place well. So my daughter (20) helps me transfer .... basically does it herself actually. We have a lot of experience, and she hasn't dropped me yet, lol. But, the whole point of the story, is I guess she really scared the optometrist today! He gasped, and had to leave the room. I guess he thought I was a goner! (And, neither she nor I thought it went badly ....)

                        Yea, getting old sucks. And bifocals make me nauseous. I was wondering if it was cuz I was rolling and not walking? And, they don't work to read in bed.
                        Yes, you can do that with lenses because that is how mine are. I had cataract surgery on one eye a number of years ago so have two different lenses. My other eye needs surgery. Instead of going 100% on each eye, one eye will be near sighted, the other farsighted. I have learned to switch while reading, driving etc. rain just naturally adjusts.

                        Also, if progressive lens are done poorly--they suck. My husband had a air and hated them. He got a new optometrist and when done properly, there is little to no adjusting, etc
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                          #13
                          The optometrist we saw was AWESOME. He did the whole exam manually "old school", holding lenses up in front of his eyes because we couldn't transfer chad to the chair in the room. He couldn't do the air poof test, but other than that, he was very thorough and incredibly nice.

                          Thanks for the links to the inexpensive glasses GJ, I appreciate that and will look into it. I was planning to go to Sams where frames are $80 and lenses (cheap ones, plain) are $40, but its worth looking into those as well.
                          Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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                            #14
                            Yup, that is the test I need to get every 6 months for pressure, otherwise we wouldn't bother to transfer ..... But, I really like my optometrist, and can't really fault him for having a tiny old office.

                            Other than that, he is accessible, except one day, when I went to pick up my glasses, and they were pouring the concrete sidewalk at the accessible door. The entrance on the other side of the building had stairs.

                            Needless to say, I got car-side service.
                            T7-8 since Feb 2005

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