Hello! I'm new with an odd question...

  1. Hello all!

    I'm new to the forum, having finally registered after a couple months of lurking...I'm a nursing student in Texas, having returned to school for my BSN after 20 years as a graphic artist and raising a family among a bunch of other stuff. I love reading your posts and am excited that one day I will know all this stuff!!

    Anyway, my query is this...at the ripe "old" age of 46 my eyes are not what they used to be and my arms are not long enought to read the fine print, as they say, (hey, age happens!!!) I wear contact lenses for distance, and have adopted reading glasses when needed. (Actually I went out and bought the prettiest ones I could find with a pretty jeweled chain...If I have to use them they are going to be pretty!!)

    My concern is when I get on the floor and start dealing with patients, what do I do with my glasses? I can see them hanging around my neck getting in the way, tangling in the stethescope or falling off of my head at the most inopportune time. Putting them in a pocket and pulling them out again could be a pain...so what do you do? I've considered bifocals, but don't really want to go back to wearing glasses all the time. They also have bifocal contact lenses, but all I've heard and read say they take alot of getting used to. Weird question, huh? But it's been buggin' me so I thought I'd ask the experts...

    Thanks for being there and I'm sure that this is the first in a long line of questions that you will hear from me!!!
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    kgem....welcome to allnurses!

    I wear glasses for reading any print smaller than "HUGE". :chuckle Therefore, when I work, my glasses MUST be in my possession at all times. Sometimes, I wore them around my neck....other times I put them in my pocket inside a protective eyeglass case. I need them, so finding a place for them was no problem. Of course it use to be nice NOT to need them, but I NEED them badly now, so I think of my eyeglasses as essential as my stethoscope, hemostats, scissors, inkpens, flashlight, lunchmoney, kleenex, lotion, and whatever else I can get inside my labcoat. :chuckle :kiss
  4. by   adrienurse
    There are no odd questions here, just odd people.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I am 44 and find I need reading glasses also - they go in my pocket. I buy cargo pocket scrub bottoms so I have enough room. Good luck and congrats for going back to school.
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    and welcome to the board! i keep my glasses in my pocket just in case i need them. all the best to you!
  7. by   P_RN
    There are little pins with "halo" type circlets at the bottom for glasses. I've used a few and they work fine. Personally I just wear bifocals and do just fine.
  8. by   Grace Oz
    G'day from "Down Under" & welcome!
    I wear graduated lens glasses. These cover reading, middle distance & long distance vision.
    It took me awhile to get used to them, but they're great. An advantage to wearing glasses on duty is you don't always have to run around looking for a pair of protective glasses to put on when doing certain procedures that requires you to wear protective eyewear! Another plus to graduated lens' is there's no need for more than one pair of glasses ( oh, except for reading lying down in bed!) Then you need just plain "readers". :-)
    good luck with both the glasses AND your nursing career.
    Cheers from "Down Under"
    Grace.
  9. by   Eeyore
    I hang my glasses at the v on the neck of my scrubs, one ear piece to the outside, the rest on the inside..not exactally neat looking but I can always reach them and they stay out of harms way when not needed.
  10. by   RNbella
    simple.........I put them up on my head........otherwise, I can't find them........tried the chain thingy, but forget it.......everyone knows me with those glasses on my head.......or, I sometimes hang them on the front of my shirt, and make sure one head/earpiece gets down in my bra........hahahah. Believe me when I tell you, you won't have time to fish them out of a neat little case.
  11. by   RNbella
    Oops......I also have the Virulex but found they did my eyes more harm than good........so out with the 300.00 rx glasses and the 16.00 drug store type are stashed everywhere I can find a place, including on top of my head.........hahahah
  12. by   boggle
    After too much tangling of my reading glasses in my stethescope, IV tubing, swinging them into everything, I finally saw the eye doc and had bifocals made. Now I just put the glasses on and leave them on all day at work.

    The bottom part of the lens has the essential magnification for reading. The top part has just a tiny bit of correction for distance.

    I was getting by without the distance correction, (could pass the eye test for drivers license), but since I was getting lenses anyway, might as well make my vision the best it could be.

    I got the lenses without the visable bifocal line and really like the way they look. They are expensive though, (and I have already had to replace them once for stronger magnification on the bottom after one year.$$)

    Darn those drug manufacturers, .....they keep printing those labels with smaller and smaller type!!!!
  13. by   mamabear
    Welcome to the jungle:chuckle
    Seriously, I had the same situation. I ditched the contacts and got no-line trifocals; they're great. Not the cheapest things in the world, but I wouldn't go back to contacts for anything.
  14. by   sjoe
    My vote is to wear progressive lenses ALL THE TIME. That way you don't have to worry about losing or misplacing them or having them dangle from your stethescope at inopportune times. They have prevented my getting many liquid surprises splashed in my eyes over the years.

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