lanten77 wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:12 am
So here's my (serious) question: I have reading glasses that are fine for the distance to the sheet music and to the fretboard. However, I can't bend my neck down far enough to see the fretboard through the center of the glasses. Consequently, the lower edge of the rim of the lenses is in the way, half-way, of seeing the fretboard (and distorts the view badly).
I'm not sure I understand all the issues. You say that your current reading glasses are fine both to read the sheet music AND to see the fret board. Is this the case?
You also say that the problem is that the frame of your current glasses obscures your view of the fretboard. Are your current glasses fairly shallow (top to bottom) or do you have physiological problems bending your neck?
Sorry, if I am misreading your post.
I am not an expert on this, so take what I say with a pinch of salt.
Varifocals (progressives) might be useful, but you say your current reading glasses allow you to focus on both the sheet music and the fretboard. If you can CLEARLY focus on both then progressives won't really help IMO. If one or the other if blurred then progressive lenses might well be very helpful. Of course, ideally the frame has to be deep enough (top to bottom).
Many people who buy progressive/varifocals get them for everything from distance to reading, but there is difference between the various lenses manufacturers and within each manufacturer's ranges (some manufacture's lenses are better than other's, but can also be more expensive). For me, who needs glasses for both distance and reading, progressives are great for general use, but less ideal for, say reading a book as often the field of vision for reading, computer work is uncomfortably restricted (I have separate reading glasses). This effect can vary depending on brand and the price.
However, there are specialist progressives, e.g. there are some designed for computer work and reading/viewing a smartphone, where the top part of the lenses is used for the computer screen (or sheet music in your case) and the bottom is a higher strength for reading (or the fretboard in your case).
The best thing is to see your optician and discuss your requirements with them, but ask what lense manufacturers they use and ask whether they do specialist lenses of the type I mentioned. Also, you *might* get better service from an independent optician, rather than a chain. Note: you do NOT want bog standard progressives/varifocals.
As I said - take what I have said with a pinch of salt and do your own research.
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