August 05, 2009

Nerdy Eyeglasses Or Not, I Want Some

For most of my life I wore contact lenses. And half of that time I wore only one contact lens. Yeah, I was a prime candidate for mono vision. One lens to correct for distance and one eye without correction that blends with the contact in the other eye for close up work. It worked great for me for so many years.

And then I turned 60. O.M.G.

I couldn't see a thing up close. Computer work suffered. My jobs involved computers so I was under pressure to find something right away to correct the new sight situation. I saw an optometrist and started using two contacts. No more mono vision. That did not help much. So I ordered glasses. A pair of bifocals and also a pair of glasses for distance only and a pair of glasses for computer and reading. So I have been juggling these glasses for two years now.

You can imagine my delight when I read this article in the New York Times:

"Dr. Stephen Kurtin, 64, has spent almost 20 years of his career on a quest to create a better pair of spectacles for people who suffer from presbyopia — the condition that affects almost everyone over the age of 40 as they progressively lose the ability to focus on close objects. The glasses have a tiny adjustable slider on the bridge of the frame that makes it possible to focus alternately on the page of a book, a computer screen or a mountain range in

Now we're getting somewhere!!

"After many false turns and dead ends, he has succeeded in creating glasses with a mechanically adjustable focus. He says they are better than other glasses and some forms of Lasik surgery. This month, TruFocals, the company he founded three years ago, has begun selling its first adjustable focusing eyeglasses through a small group of optometrists and will soon sell directly online. The TruFocals eyeglasses, which sell for $895, are the first to become commercially available in the United States."

Uh Oh, $895!!???? Yikes.

"The glasses consist of a lens that is comparable in thickness to that of commercial eyeglasses, but which has three components: a back glass, a fluid-filled inner membrane that is essentially a piece of plastic-wrap-like material stretched across a ring whose surface curvature can be altered mechanically, and an outer prescription lens attached with magnets to the eyeglass frame. To change the focus, the user moves the slider on the bridge.

The TruFocals lens must be round to ensure that the curvature of the interior lens is correct, but the company’s founders do not think the shape is a fashion obstacle. TruFocals come in a unisex frame with a variety of colors."

Everything sounds great except the cost. Oh well, I will keep an eye out for these or something like these that carries a more reasonable price tag.


Scarlet-Blue said...

They sound like a clever pair of binoculars!
I've also done the one contact lense thing - it's funny how quickly you adapt, isn't it?!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like they would be great - Fingers crossed for you that you win the lottery! :0)

Margie said...

The glasses sound like they are just what you need.
It's a shame they come with such a hefty price tag...$895..gosh, that is a lot of $$$!

Take care!


Mark said...

Wow, lasik surgery would be cheaper in the long run.

Margie said...

Oh, I forget to mention when I here earlier that it's perfectly fine with me for you to use my poem on your blog.


otin said...

In a few years they will be affordable!

Shadowthorne said...

Oooooo this is cool! Looks like a futuristic Harry Potter's specs.

Spencer L Casey said...

For that much dough, you can buy a new computer with a bigger screen. :)

Ina in Alaska said...

Perhaps the price will go down if there is competition or a newer better version!!

I had Lasik about 5 years ago and it is still working for me. I just had my driver's license renewed and have NO restrictions! YAY!