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post #1 of 23 Old 07-26-2016, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Aging vision, fix

Several years ago Keith Falkner showed me some stick-on lenses he had attached to his faceshield of his (3/4) helmet. They helped him read his map while riding. I didn't really think much of it until lately as I got older and am wearing reading glasses a lot. (My distance vision is still better than most people's)

A couple of years ago I did grab some cheap sunglasses down at Deal's Gap that had reading lens built in. They worked fine but I really love my Serengettit Sunglasses lenses and only wore them if for some reason I couldn't wear the Serengettis (I break things a lot.)

My wife and I were at Aerostich in Duluth last week. When there I saw a display of the Hydrotac Stick-on Bifocal lenses. I decided that for $15 it was worth trying. I stuck them on my Serengettis and after some getting used to them and fiddling around with locating them on my sunglasses I LOVE them! Now I can read my GPS screens with no issue while riding.. I can read emails on my phone in the bright light ( when not riding!) etc.

This has got to be the best $15 US$ I have ever spent!

One other discover today... My wife has the opposite issue, she needs glasses to see distance so when on she can't read her GPS. We put my stick on lenses (they are +1.75 but come in all sorts of powers) on her prescription sunglasses which are -.75 or something like that. With them on her sunglasses she can now read her GPS etc. Look like they will cost us about $26 Canadian up here and I think I will need to get her two of them. I still think they are worth it!

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That stuff is a temporary patch at best, I tried them, they worked for a bit, but not long. I can't read my dash instrumentation, my GPS or distant billboards at night. I stopped riding at night, the LED headlights helped but now even that dont help. I am having DMEK and IOL surgery in my left eye next month, then shortly after my right. I inherited Fuchs dystrophy from my father, his surgery worked and brought him back to 20/20 uncorrected at 75 years old. Mine is much more advanced than his was and I am 55. If the surgery fails my riding days are over. I as well as my surgeon expect a good outcome, failure is rare with this surgery nowadays. I just have to take anti rejection drops afterwards. Bad eyesight and motorcycles are a toxic mix.

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I have been buying Bi-focal "safety" sunglasses for several years from this place:

Bifocal Safety Glasses | FullSource.com

I think the most expensive pair they make is $12, but my favorites are $8.25. Each year, I buy 2-3 pair of sunglasses, and 2-3 pair of clear since I ride visor or chin bar up quite a bit. I am rough on them and have had one or two pair break, but usually they get scratched up due to my abuse. At these prices I always keep a dedicated pair for riding, and carry a spare. I consider them on hell of a bargain.
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There's nothing like real no line bifocals to solve the eye focusing range problems that come with age, usually starting in the 40s. The infinite distance part, the reading part and distances in between get ground to match the needs of your eyes. Age causes a loss of flexibility that prevents the eye from adjusting to the full range of focus required for all distances. There comes a point when the expense is worth it. I finally got tired of clip on sunglasses and coughed up the money for a set each of clear and smoked lenses. Always wear sunglasses until it is too dark too be practical. Sun exposure causes cataracts, a darkening of the natural lens. That's the next step in aging of the eyes, the time when lens replacement surgery is recommended.

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I have been buying Bi-focal "safety" sunglasses for several years from this place:

Bifocal Safety Glasses | FullSource.com

I think the most expensive pair they make is $12, but my favorites are $8.25. Each year, I buy 2-3 pair of sunglasses, and 2-3 pair of clear since I ride visor or chin bar up quite a bit. I am rough on them and have had one or two pair break, but usually they get scratched up due to my abuse. At these prices I always keep a dedicated pair for riding, and carry a spare. I consider them on hell of a bargain.
They worked great for me!!!!
Since I no longer need glasses for distance after wearing them for 56 years(YEAH), I now need 1.25 dioper for reading really small print. I bought a couple of pair of these and they worked really great. They also allowed me to ride with my face shield totally open and keeps the wind and bugs out of my eyes.
It just doesn't make since to pay $350-$400 for progressive lens with no correction for distance and close up only.

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bifocal glasses worked for me for years and bifocal sport sunglasses for outdoor activities. great to see the instruments again clearly.

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They worked great for me!!!!
Since I no longer need glasses for distance after wearing them for 56 years(YEAH), I now need 1.25 dioper for reading really small print. I bought a couple of pair of these and they worked really great. They also allowed me to ride with my face shield totally open and keeps the wind and bugs out of my eyes.
It just doesn't make since to pay $350-$400 for progressive lens with no correction for distance and close up only.
Yeah madstrom, I could read your small print, but then, I did have my glasses on.
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I have been buying Bi-focal "safety" sunglasses for several years from this place:

Bifocal Safety Glasses | FullSource.com

I think the most expensive pair they make is $12, but my favorites are $8.25. Each year, I buy 2-3 pair of sunglasses, and 2-3 pair of clear since I ride visor or chin bar up quite a bit. I am rough on them and have had one or two pair break, but usually they get scratched up due to my abuse. At these prices I always keep a dedicated pair for riding, and carry a spare. I consider them on hell of a bargain.
I've tried the bifocal safety glasses. I don't really like them but would use them in a pinch. I really like the lenses on the Serengeti's.. they seriously help me see better.

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Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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The stick on readers are sometimes called diopters, eh?
Been looking for some myself, Thanks!
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The stick on readers are sometimes called diopters, eh?
Been looking for some myself, Thanks!
Diopter is the unit of measure for magnification power used in reading glasses. The best thing to do is try on some ready made reading classes somewhere like Walmart. They typically run in quarter diopter increments from 1 to 3-3.5 diopter. The lower the number the less the magnification. Once you know what works for you then you can order on line what you need.

Diopter | Define Diopter at Dictionary.com

As Motor7 noted above this is a good place to start: http://www.fullsource.com/bifocal-safety-glasses/ Just select the dioper you need when ordering.

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