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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000837.txt from 1999/04

From: "Mark Weinstein" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Progressive lenses & music-reading glasses
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 18:03:33 -0400


There are some of us that have to get magnification just to see the music in
front of us. Therefore, magnification of music, or any written materials for
that matter, is IMPOSSIBLE at any distance. One canNOT make generalizations
regarding the use of eyeglass lenses. My opthamologist would say (as usual)
it just depends, and there can be no generalizations made except for that
part of the population which falls in the range of having normal vision. It
goes without saying that anybody who is visually impaired in any way should
see their eye doctor and ask, what if anything, can be done to improve their
vision. Anybody who finds a good solution should count themselves forunate.
Sounds like you found a great solution for your problem!

>Let me share with you the smartest thing I did in the last two years.
>Reading music was becoming increasingly difficult, especially on my summer
>jobs when I have to share a stand with other players.
>I tried progressive lenses and realized in about two hours that they were
>worthless for music. So... I had my optomologist write a perscription for
>reading glasses, BUT set at a music distance! (He had me show him the
>average distance that I need to be able to read music at and set the
>length of the lenses for that.)
>My only concern would be that the conductor would be blurry when wearing
>these lenses, however, it's not a problem. He's slightly out of focus, but
>not enough to inhibit communication. The only caution - Don't look out at
>the audience! Hee hee, that'll make your head swim.
>I keep the glasses in my case all the time. I don't use them often, but on
>jobs where I'm tired, or the lighting is bad, having them has been a
>Teri Herel

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