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What's your best eyeglass advice for very nearsighted woman?

momlovemomlove Registered User Posts: 498 Member
edited September 2010 in Parent Cafe
I am very nearsighted, so the lenses in my eyeglasses are pretty thick. The eyeglasses I have purchased in the past just don't look nice due to the thickness/distortion of the lenses. I have done everything the optician suggested to minimize the thick appearance of the lenses (rounding the edges, etc.), but I am still not pleased with the look of my eyeglasses. I really want to move away from wearing my contacts so much and want to find a flattering set of eyeglasses. I have an oval-shaped face.

What's style of eyeglasses should I look for? Any other suggestions that I should take into account when looking for a new pair of glasses?
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Replies to: What's your best eyeglass advice for very nearsighted woman?

  • BUandBC82BUandBC82 Registered User Posts: 2,061 Senior Member
    I am also very nearsighted. Are you sure you are taking advantage of all the options out there to make your lenses thinner? I don't think mine are too bad, and, like I said, I am very nearsighted (~20/800). Also the smaller the lenses, the less thick they will be, so look for small frames if they look okay on your face. There are so many great choices for frames now; go try some on and have fun choosing.
  • Nova10Nova10 Registered User Posts: 820 Member
    There are special lenses which are advertised as being thin. In terms of style, that is going to depend on your face.
  • merlinmerlin Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    Ohhhh! I understand the dilemma. For years I was the blindest person I knew who didn't have a guide dog. My prescription was -18. I liked the Silhouette rimless frames. You can choose the lens shape. I recall that there was only one lab that would make the lenses for those minimal frames. After years of contacts, my eyes couldn't handle them.
    Hated that!
    A few years ago, I lost my night vision and was fortunate to have successful cataract surgery. I still wear glasses, with progressive lenses, but not nearly so thick. I will need a new prescription soon and can't decide what sort of frames to get. I may recycle the old Silhouettes.
    I would suggest choosing an optical shop with women opticians who are near your age and fashion sense. I have not had great luck with the "youngsters."
    Good luck!
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 30,082 Senior Member
    I had that problem, too. Super thick glasses (horrible even with the "thinnest" options). Then I started having trouble wearing contacts. My answer was lasik... I honestly think it was the best money I ever spent.
  • limabeanslimabeans Registered User Posts: 4,751 Senior Member
    Not sure if this is also a consideration: transitional lenses. That's the lens that are like bifocal + far-away distance + near distance. I'm not describing them all that well, but I got this kind. I thought I'd love them. BUT I hate them for reading. These days, I can see better if i just take off my glasses. I would not recommend them. Incredibly expensive = Yes. Solves my vision problems = No!!! Not worth it.
  • momlovemomlove Registered User Posts: 498 Member
    Hmmm. Hadn't thought about lasik in years. I'm around 50 years old and wonder if I should consider this. My contacts currently are monovision (where my dominant eye is fitted with a distance lens and my other eye is fitted for near vision). I have had monovision for a year and I am very happy with it. I guess monovision lasik is available. I wonder what that is like?
  • dragonmomdragonmom Registered User Posts: 5,642 Senior Member
    intparent, not to be personal about age, but did you do one eye for distance and one for close-up, or do you not need reading glasses, or do you just use reading glasses?
    My contacts are -5, were you more nearsighted?
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Registered User Posts: 5,966 Senior Member
    My prescription is -9.5, so my lenses are very thick. I was also told that I am not even really a candidate for lasik, but that was a long time ago so maybe things have changed. With plastic, not wire, frames you can't tell how thick my lenses are at all, and they are also held in much better. They were getting so thick that they just kept falling out of the wire frames. My doctor also pretty much insisted I start getting oval or similar shaped frames rather than the rounder ones. Mine now are kind of a rounded rectangle i guess.

    This is the general concept of my glasses:


    The thickness of the plastic isn't really as important as the shape in terms of style-- those LOOK really thick but its just the shaping. Mine are shaped more daintily than that, but that gives you the idea of what is working for me these days. These glasses are a year and a half old and my lenses haven't fallen out once! :D
  • momlovemomlove Registered User Posts: 498 Member
    Emaheevul, I'm a -7.5 in one eye and -9.0 in the other. I was told that the style you have linked to is the best style for someone with thick lenses. Right now my glasses are oval with a thin metal frame around the edges. I think it just emphasizes the distortion of the lenses.
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Registered User Posts: 5,966 Senior Member
    I think these are actually the glasses I really have:


    So they are not quite as chunky and a bit more feminine than the first ones I linked. They still felt clunky at first compared to the nike flexon wires I wore for years before, but I got used to them.

    My opthalmologist pretty much begged me to try plastic frames, and now I don't think I'll ever go back to wire. It did take some getting used to not having nose pads, and not feeling the cool metal on my face on a hot day. I missed my wire ones for a while.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    My scrip is -11.50
    I just spent well over $1K on my glasses ( after ins) most of that was for lenses. I have plastic frames-but while the style is heavy enough plastic on the side to hide the thickness- and even though the frame is fairly small( although big enough for progressives) and fits my head- there is so much distortion when viewed straight on- that they are the least flattering glasses I have ever had.

    Too bad the optometrist didn't alert me- I would have found a different shape.

    They are a little heavy too- but would be much different with a thinner lens ( although these are the thinnest I could get)
  • BUandBC82BUandBC82 Registered User Posts: 2,061 Senior Member
    About lasik for very nearsighted people - The people I know who have had lasik end up needing to have reading glasses with them at all times. I chose not to have lasik because I like being able to take off my glasses to read and I like being able to see when I put on my makeup. It is probable that you will lessen you near vision when you have lasik done to improve you distance vision. I figure if I'm going to need glasses anyway for reading, I might as well stick with what I have and skip the surgery.
  • walkinghomewalkinghome Registered User Posts: 7,708 Senior Member
    I have a heavy duty eyeglass prescription including progressive lenses for near, mid-distance and far away but have found glasses that are I think attractive and not too noticeable. I am fair skinned with blondish hair and my glasses are gold rimmed but the bottom of the lenses is unrimmed so they kind of fade away. Even though the lenses are fairly thick, you don't notice them because of the color of the frames and the lack of frame at the bottom.

    I think this might be the ones I have - Emporio Armani EA 9389 Glasses - Eyeglasses.com I got my first pair at LensCrafters and recently replaced them with a similar style at Costco. They were so less expensive at Costco that I also got a pair of sunglasses.
  • Puzzled88Puzzled88 Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    I'm very nearsighted too and had to give up contacts at around age 50 due to dry eyes. I'm wearing progressive lens glasses made with Varilux lenses which are very expensive and very thin. My vision is amazingly good in them at all distances. I'm still getting used to the idea of myself as a person who wears glasses though. I did look into monovision lasik and even had an appointment to do the surgery but then I chickened out. I was old that they didn't like to do it much after age 50.

    I have three pairs of glasses: tortoiseshell for walking to dog/going to the gym, delicate black La Fonts for dressing up, and some chunky Prada glasses in gray/green for everyday.
  • walkinghomewalkinghome Registered User Posts: 7,708 Senior Member
    I want to add this, I was going to get transitional lenses to avoid buying sunglasses but the salesperson told me that transitional lenses are not recommended for driving because they don't provide enough sun protection, at least not with the current small frame style. That made sense to me and the sunglasses I ended up getting cover much more area then my regular glasses do.
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