OT. So I went to the eye doctor yesterday

and as I suspected I am getting glasses because I am nearsighted my question is and I suppose I should have asked the doctor Can I wear my glasses while I knit or will that bother my eyes because it is up close??

I am very badly nearsighted with a dose of astigmatism, which requires glasses/contacts at all times, including when I’m knitting or reading. It hasn’t caused me any problems. In fact, reading without help makes my head ache.

However, I’m not sure if your case would be different, since your eyes are probably far better than mine. I don’t think I had problems when I first started wearing glasses either, though.

I am very badly nearsighted with a dose of astigmatism, which requires glasses/contacts at all times, including when I’m knitting or reading. It hasn’t caused me any problems. In fact, reading without help makes my head ache.

However, I’m not sure if your case would be different, since your eyes are probably far better than mine. I don’t think I had problems when I first started wearing glasses either, though.

Nearsighted means you can see close, so I don’t think you would need the glasses for knitting.

I wear glasses for driving, I also wear them when I’m out and about (help see signs, scenery etc.) and when I watch TV.

When I watch TV I often knit, I have somewhat narrow frames so I tend to look under the lenses to knit and then look up and through them to watch TV… it took a little getting used to, but works for me now. :mrgreen:

I’ve been horribly nearsighted - as in legally blind without glasses/contacts - since second grade. There’s no way I could see to knit without glasses or contacts unless I held my work up so close that I would be poking myself in the eyes with the needles. That said, there are some myopic (nearsighted) people who only need glasses for faraway things. Just try them once you get the glasses. Wearing them if you don’t need them won’t make your eyes go bad, but not wearing them if you do need them can give you a headache.

What a coincidence – I just went to the eye doctor today! I’m near-sighted too, plus I’ve got some astigmatism.

I think you could go either way. If you can read okay but just have trouble seeing things in the distance, you can probably go without glasses while knitting. In my case, even though my near-sightedness got worse since my last appt and I got a stronger prescription, the doctor recommended that I wear my older (slightly weaker) glasses when I’m in front of the computer since I don’t need as much correction up close. Since your vision is probably not too bad, you can probably see fine up close without glasses at all.

Of course, I don’t think it would hurt if you wanted to wear your glasses all the time either. (Imagine what a pain it would be if you got contacts!)

Try it both ways and see! :teehee:


Welcome to the ranks of the near-sighted!

I’m so bad that if I tried to knit sans glasses, I’d have to hold my work so close to my face that I’d start to go cross-eyed. Same with reading. :pout:

I am near sighted also. I can’t see very clearly beyond about 6 inches past my face. If I take off my glasses and look across a room at other people, their faces look like a blank slate to me, no facial features, it’s kinda freaky.
Anyway, I need my glasses for knitting! But I agree with Jane, that if you can read ok without glasses, you’re probably fine knitting without glasses. Just try to be aware that if you seem to be getting headaches, try knitting with them and seeing if it makes a difference for the better.

I’ve been nearsighted since high school. I didn’t have trouble seeing close-up with my glasses until I hit my late 30s, when all of a sudden I couldn’t focus on close objects anymore unless I removed my glasses. I have to knit without glasses unless they are bifocals.


I’m also near-sighted and I wear my glasses all the time. Also when I knit, because I usually watch tv while knitting. But I noticed I look under my glasses when I knit, not trough. Well, just do what works for you, you can do both

Have y’all thought about having the vision correction surgery?

I used to be VERY, VERY nearsighted. We’re talking -10 in one eye and -9 in the other with astigmatism in both eyes. The doctor once told me that my vision was something like 20/2000.

But, about five years ago, with extra pre-tax medical reimbursement money about to go to waste, I investigated this option. After about four months of prepping my eyes (meaning no contacts…UGLY thick glasses the entire time), they were able to do different procedures on my eyes. Immediate results. I have 20/20 vision now. I drove myself to my recheck the next day (a 20 minute drive).

Just a thought (and encouragement). :happydance:

I want corrective surgery. I’m just waiting for my eyes to stop getting worse…they’re starting to plateau, so I think soon.

Hmmm…how old are you, if you don’t mind my asking?

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Prescription is -7.00 for my glasses, so I’m probably just about ready for the surgery. I plan on talking to my eye doctor about it at my next appointment. He’s been my eye doctor for years, so I trust him.

The last time I went, he took a picture of my eyeball and it was sooooo cool. It looked like a peeled grape! :teehee:

Nathalie- Was your astigmatism not too bad? My understanding was that surgery could not be an option for me because of that. Not that I’d be interested because I’m happy with glasses, but just out of curiousity. Maybe the technology has improved.

Hmmm…I wonder how long your eyes continue to change. 23 seems late enough…

I can’t remember exactly what the astigmatism was, but whatever it was meant bad.

On the day of surgery, as the doctor was marking my eyeball (sounds gross and painful but was painless), he commented that no one else would have touched my eyes. They even had a couple of people observing because my eyes were so bad.

Don’t let the astigmatism argument thwart your efforts. I heard that from other doctors.

Technology is INCREDIBLE these days! They have procedures where they only correct a certain spot on your cornea or correct your corneas different ways so you can have bifocal abilities. It’s absolutely wild.

The key is finding someone who has the latest technology and mucho experience with hard cases. My doctor was one who did most of the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat teams. Safe to say that if a multi-million dollar athlete is going to trust him with their eyes, I can certainly trust the man. :wink:

My astigmatism isn’t that bad–I was able to wear contacts way before most people with astigmatism could.

An astigmatism means that your eye is incorrectly formed (I think it’s “lumpy”) and doesn’t refract the light properly into your eye. As opposed to just bad vision, where your eye doesn’t properly focus the light to hit the right part in the back of the eye, and you need lenses to help.

I think it’s funny that people back in the day thought they had eye beams that shot from their head and that’s how they saw, when really, light beams shoot into your eye and let you see. :teehee:

My eyes are still changing (got just a new Rx yesterday) and I’m 36!

So Nathalie… what kind of money are we talking here? Those sorts of things aren’t usually covered by PPO plans, are they? Even if I had to pay OOP, I suppose getting new glasses every couple of years adds up over a life-time (esp. w/ my prescription and taste) so it would probably be cost-effective in the long run.

Can you see what’s going on when they are working on your eyes?

Actually, some health insurance plans are starting to cover a portion. A lot of times, you can purchase an eye plan in addition to your regular health insurance. It sometimes covers some of the cost.

I think I spent around $4,000 to have mine done. But, we had done the pre-tax medical reimbursement (money is taken out of paycheck before taxes). We had planned on my son getting braces, but when the orthodontist said he didn’t need them that year, we didn’t want to lose the money and decided to investigate the eye surgery.

The doctor did his surgeries on Fridays, and the OR had a big window with chairs in front of it so everyone could watch (with closed-circuit TV to see a closeup of the eye). My kids and dh watched the surgery.

The surgery itself is pretty cool. You lie on a table, and the machine is over your head. You’re just staring straight up, but because your vision isn’t good yet, you can’t really see what’s going on. BUT, you smell the flesh burning. Kind of gross, but painless due to the numbing drops they put in your eyes.

I have to say, though, that when I sat up when they finished, I could read the clock on the wall – ACROSS the room. I cried with joy. I had worn corrective vision my entire life. I even remember my first pair of glasses, when the ground looked like it was up in my face, and I kept raising my feet to walk because the sidewalk seemed so high.

It was an AMAZING thing to be able to see without contacts!!! :happydance: