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Help for older eyes needed

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by BoatingDave, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

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    There is often more to see that is up close and small than just one's computer.

    I can read my Shearwaters just fine without reader lenses. But, what about reading the LCD display on my camera? Or having a nice look at a nudibranch from up close.

    I currently own 5 Shearwater computers. But, they are not for everyone and I do not believe they are the answer to "my computer is too small and I can't read it."
     
  2. Charred

    Charred Barracuda

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    How close are you getting to that Nuddi? :wink:

    Even those young DMs that are nuddi addicts carry a magnifying glass :)
     
  3. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

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    If I get close enough to see anything on a nudi, it's going to be blurry without some specs. :)
     
  4. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

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    Interesting idea. The annoyance factor has made me push off adding them. I like your idea.

    Between my wife and I we have/had 2 Predators, 2 Petrels, 2 Petrel 2s and 1 Perdix. Of all of them the Predator has the far superior screen with the teric a close second. The screens on petrels and perdixes are much tougher to read clearly than a predator or teric.

    While I highly recommend everybody own shearwaters, don't expect it to solve the issue much. I'm 42 and I feel like my vision's deteriorated alot in the past 6 months eventhough my eye exam says it hasn't changed much since my last visit. I'm having trouble with seeing my teric, petrels, and predator. The predator is definitely the easiest for me to see.
     
  5. Jcp2

    Jcp2 Barracuda

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    Have you tried a cheap mask with a weak reading prescription (+1.0)? It acts stronger underwater and the distance blur above water is also reduced.
     
  6. Saboteur

    Saboteur Regular of the Pub

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    I use the Attach-A-Lens brand of readers. They attach with an adhesive gasket. They work quite well. They make the digits on my DC much clearer. Where they really shine is looking at the tiny critters in and around the coral. They are like little magnifying glasses. I find they are prone to fogging and the pool seems worse than diving in Caribbean waters. However when on a dive boat I will liberally use their defog and clean the mask 2-3 times (get rid of all oils, dirt and sunscreen residue on the mask and on your fingers) and it is much better to absent.
     
  7. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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    I found those stick-on jobs were ok, except when I was on a trip and my mask always ended up in a slop-bucket for some reason. Too much wet, too much soap. They eventually came out, and who has time to let a mask dry on a vacation. Eventually I sent my mask off someplace to have cheeters glued in and they're much better. Of course if my prescription changes, I'm into a good deal more expense than new stick-ons.

    I also bought a Petral.... big bright numbers. Although I can read Mrs. Stoo's Perdix from 8' away better than I can see mine! ;-)
     
  8. ibj40

    ibj40 Divemaster

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    Been there, Done That, (finally) Bought the Mask.

    My diving litany goes from uncorrected to contact lenses to Lasik to ground-in readers to full script in the lenses.

    I am currently diving a Seavision color-correcting, full progressive prescription-ground mask.

    Welcome to the Club.

    My wife converted me to Seavision with a new reader only mask. As my vision continued to decline, I found that I could see better for long range by looking through the readers. Finally bit the bullet and went full script.
     
  9. Ontwreckdiver

    Ontwreckdiver Solo Diver

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  10. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch Manta Ray

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    8 or 9 years ago I finally went all the way and got B&L Crystalens AO Lenses inserted into my eyes. 3 months later, I had Lasik done to remove the 3.5 doipters of astigmatism that were left over. Now my vision is rated at 115% of perfect, I can focus as close as 20cm, and everything is in focus. Won't ever get cataracts either. If for some unforseen reason my eyesight degrades below 100% (20/20) I've been promised free livetime corrective surgery.

    The Crystalens IOL is an intraocular lens that is focused by the normal muscles in your eye. After each operation I avoided diving for a month (following the reccomendations for avoiding contact sports like boxing) and was doing 100m Dives within 6 weeks after the operations.

    Wasn't cheap, but it was the best money I ever spent on myself (and that includes the 120K$ of dive gear I own).
    Now at almost 62, I'm still able to thread a needle, do soldering of SMD circuits, and see perfectly at all distances.

    Practically every optical surgon can do cataract surgery, very few have the extra training in order to implant the B&L Crystalens, so it isn't cheap, but in my case it was worth both the price and the effort.

    Michael
     
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