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    No Line Bifocal Glasses

    I was haveing trouble seeing music so I went and got no the line bifocals. I can see fine straight ahead. But looking to the side to see the music past my hands and trumpet the music is blurry. I went back to my optometrist today. She said no line bifocals have the vison correction in the center. I told her my problem. She said she has never had a patient with my problem. She said she can prescibe lined bifocals but they only offer a little more side vision. Surly there are trumpet players with bifocals. How do you deal with it? Thanks

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    Re: No Line Bifocal Glasses

    Stick with the one line Bifocals is you will get use to it. I had the same problem but the body will adjust

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    Re: No Line Bifocal Glasses

    I tried to like them. I really did. But for me the lens placement to focus on a music stand makes me tilt my head WAYYYYYY back. I finally bought a second pair of glasses just for playing. The music focuses great, and the conductor is kinda blurry - both good things.

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    Re: No Line Bifocal Glasses

    I have had bi focals for 24 yrs and no remedy is a complete success I have found. I have a "normal" pair split up between distance and lower spot for reading. I have had a second pair of "music-computer glasses" that has the same reading spot in the lower quadrant and the major portion adjusted so I can see a bit past arm's length very clearly for music and computer work, an it is sharp enough for distance so I can see the director with out eyestrain. Quite often I will put on the pairs interchangeably until I notice the difference embarasslingly later when I notice things aren't quite sharp. No problem with side vision either.
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    Re: No Line Bifocal Glasses

    I hate to add to the bad news but all of the responses are correct. As far as I know, there is no current solution using no-line bifocal (aka "progressive") lenses. The clear vision is only in the center of the bottom so seeing music requires tilting your head and swiveling (very hard on the neck after awhile). Like the others, I purchased single-vision glasses for use in reading music and the computer screen. That has saved me a lot of neck pain. I understand that there are now progressive contact lenses available but I have not tried them so I cannot say if they will work for music playing.
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    Re: No Line Bifocal Glasses

    Have your opthamologist with your prescription in hand consult the optician the numbers, diopter angles and what ever else he scribbled on there, to make sure they are in agreement as to what Dr. Chickenscratch indeed wrote is what the lab gave you for eyeglasses.

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    Re: No Line Bifocal Glasses

    I tried the no line and couldn't use them.

    I had them lower the line way down so I have a small reading portion and the line isn't always in front of me. It's a little hard to read some things because the bottom portion is small but I can read music and see off to the side.

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    Re: No Line Bifocal Glasses

    I don't know what the problem is with your eyes, but I have astigmatism.

    My glasses I got 10 years ago for astigmatism have not changed, but the bifocal for reading is changing (age related). I use no-line bifocals all the time.

    I am a come-back player. On my first Band visit, What I found was that when I try to read the music, it is above the bifocal, so I am looking at the music without any adjustment. I have to tilt my head way back, or use one hand to raise the bi-focal area up.

    I ended up getting a set made with the intent of seeing about 2 metres clearly. So I can read my music and the others either side of me, but not really see any distance with them, and can only make out the outline of the conductor.

    In my case it works well, but they are specific to the job at hand. The optomitrist knew exactly what to do when I saw him.


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    Have your opthamologist set you up with an extra pair of glasses to read at your distance from the music stand. You can read the music, and the conductor will be a time counting blur--no facial expressions visible! The best of all worlds!
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    Re: No Line Bifocal Glasses

    Single vision glasses work best for reading music. Most players I know use music glasses.

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