Seeing Overhead

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Looking Upside Down: Working overhead can be trying if you wear bifocals and are attempting to do close work while looking through the distance portion of your glasses. Great reader tip!

Wear bifocals, trifocals or progressives?

If you do, working overhead can seem impossible. You either have to tilt your back at an impossible angle to see through the bottom “near” portion of your glasses, or you have to work half blind while looking through the top “distant” portion.

Or you can keep a cheap pair of reading glasses on hand and switch to those. But who wants to go looking for a pair of glasses in the middle of a project?

Reader Sid Vance on Nova came up with an innovative solution:

If my ‘cheater’ (magnifier) glasses are not within reach, I finally figured out to just put my progressive glasses on upside down!! Now the magnifying part of the lens is on top and my line of sight to my project is straight on!!

I wear progressives, with a fair difference in the prescription in the two lenses. So I wondered if this would help me since it would switch left and right. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough that I can see to do what I need to. Dave, whose eyes are much closer in their prescription, says it works very well for him.

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  1. Good tip

  2. too funny!

  3. Have a relative that is an electrician that is always working overhead. He has a pair of bifocals that are reversed. He loves them.

  4. Maurice Lebowitz MD says:

    Years ago i had top (reversed) bifocals made to solve the problem. They drove me nuts. Constantly needing repositioning!
    Several years later I needed surgery for cataracts. I chose “focusing” lens implants which I had to pay for out of pocket. I chose different ones for each eye allowing me to focus @ 18″ on one & 8″ on the other. Your brain sees both simultaneously so acclimating was easy.
    I’m told that in Europe people are opting for the focusing implants electively to correct for presbyopia reducing the need for reading glasses post age 40-ish.
    They really work and are a godsend. For prolonged reading (hours) I still use minimal magnification readers to avoid fatigue. But for everyday use at stores of 15 -20 minutes reading I go naked without problem.
    Maybe Medicare will cover focusing implants.

  5. I would never have thought of this!

  6. My brother taught me … it works. I also carry a bit more magnification. But it can be hard to read.

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