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Helen BS: varifocal lenses (64* d) RE: BS: varifocal lenses 18 Nov 19

I have used what is known in Oz as Access lenses, which I am assuming is the same as progressive lenses, for about 30 years.

The first time I was given bifocal lenses, which have a close focus range in the centre and further away at the edges, I tried them on and said I can't use these. When I tried to read a book I had to move my head side to side for every single line on the page. I'm talking about a small paperback, not a big coffee table sized book. Reading is essential for me. My head would have fallen off my neck within a few weeks from over-use.

At the time I was teaching at the TAFE (technical colleges) at night so in class my major needs were to be able to read from a book or page and look up to see the class, and I also needed to have a computer range of vision. The optometrist people were very good. No arguments. They replaced the bifocals with the Access lenses and I have been happy with them ever since.

I have needed reading glasses for about 40 years, but never for distance, so my prescription is plain on the top/highest level, computer in the middle line and reading on the lowest line. I don't have to move my head up and down. I did push my computer back a bit further than most people but only by a few inches.

A couple of years ago my vision went to the dogs because I had cataracts. I was driving to and from work in the next town 20 miles away and I was getting quite worried about my vision and also wherever I was, the slightest glare was really making it difficult to see. I was fast-tracked to getting the cataract operations and "never looked back since". It's fantastic.

The operations were a breeze - for me, the patient. And I could see perfectly within a day or so. I could opt for artificial lenses focused to near or distant vision so, as my distant vision has always been excellent I opted for that and still use my Access lenses for reading and computer work.

When Hubby was driving me to the doctor's surgery the day after the first operation for the first review, I looked up at a hill way over on the horizon and could see a pine tree and all the branches. I nearly cried with joy because it had been harder and harder for me to see things over time and I was used to seeing things as a blur. I tell people that I knew the problem needed to be fixed when I couldn't read a number plate on a car only one car-length in front of me. I said I was worried that I was a "danger to self and others on the road".

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