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Pro tip #2853165
05/28/19 02:44 PM
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Remember to take your computer/piano glasses when you go to your lesson.

The driving/reading vari focals are a nightmare.

It was like I had not practised.


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Re: Pro tip [Re: KevinM] #2853179
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I need my computer/reading glasses as well when playing.


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I found my own very ancient teenage glasses recently - underpowered by 1.0 for my current myopia - and am now using them for sight-reading or learning new pieces.

Previously, I've had to put in my contact lenses (which give full correction for distance, like my current glasses), then wear reading glasses with the right correction for reading from 2 feet away. Now, I just wear my ancient glasses - which are still in pristine condition, carefully packed in its cushioned case.

The moral? - never throw anything from your teenage years away. You never know when you might need them in old age wink .


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I have a small accessories bag I keep inside by music tote: blue and red colored pencils, post-it flags, and READING GlASSES .. they just live in the bag 💼

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I have astigmatism as well as the common age related long sightedness.

So all my glasses are prescription. I can’t just buy reading glasses or less strong computer glasses.

My computer glasses are perfect for piano playing whereas reading glasses aren’t.


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Reading glasses and adequate lighting are my two must-haves.

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Amen. Must have my computer glasses.

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I am a total convert to piano glasses. thumb

I have found myself on my way to a lesson and pulling off the road to double check that I have my piano glasses in my bag. I have forgotten them once or twice and it is excruciating to try to read the score and play.


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Originally Posted by Stubbie
I am a total convert to piano glasses. thumb

I have found myself on my way to a lesson and pulling off the road to double check that I have my piano glasses in my bag. I have forgotten them once or twice and it is excruciating to try to read the score and play.


My more common experience is the opposite. I work from home in front of a computer all day, my piano is behind me so I attempt to just keep my computer glasses in my office room. But sometimes I forget and whilst in the house and focussing on things close I don’t notice. I will then get in the car drive out the driveway and pull over. Run back in the house to get my vari-focals.


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Re: Pro tip [Re: KevinM] #2853241
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Interesting discussion. Neither my progressives or reading glasses work at the piano, so I struggle with nada. Will look into getting "piano glasses!"


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Re: Pro tip [Re: KevinM] #2853244
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I also am fortunate that my computer glasses and piano glasses (and flute glasses) are all served by the same prescription. I’ve been acquiring more and more: a pair at work, a pair in my flute bag, and a pair on the piano. If I were to start taking piano lessons again, I would buy a fourth pair to live in my piano bag. When I was taking lessons before I was swapping the glasses between flute and piano bags. But it’s so much nicer not having to swap and never having to worry about it!

I’m fortunate and grateful for having the money to shell out for a large supply of prescription glasses.


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Re: Pro tip [Re: FormerlyFlute] #2853247
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Originally Posted by FormerlyFlute
Interesting discussion. Neither my progressives or reading glasses work at the piano, so I struggle with nada. Will look into getting "piano glasses!"


I find reading glasses are too strong for playing the piano, and only from trying them out did I realize the glasses I use for working with my computer worked well. It makes sense I keep a reasonable distance from the computer display.


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Re: Pro tip [Re: KevinM] #2853258
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All this talk of reading glasses and piano glasses makes me wonder if I am the only one on here that has discovered the miracle of multi-focal contact lenses.

Like many older adults, I do have both presbyopia and myopia. I use prescription multifocal contact lenses (in my case, Air Optix Aqua). Problem gone. I read, drive, play piano, work on the computer and never have to change anything or put anything else on my eyes, and yet have no need to strain or squint. In fact, I have not owned a pair of actually glasses of any kind since the late 90's. I don't even have a backup pair (although this last is just because I've been lazy). These Air Optix Aqua are disposable so I wear them for a month and then toss and put in new ones. About as painless as it can be.

Have those of you who are finding you need reading glasses or piano glasses considered getting a prescription for, and wearing multifocal contact lenses?


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
All this talk of reading glasses and piano glasses makes me wonder if I am the only one on here that has discovered the miracle of multi-focal contact lenses.

Like many older adults, I do have both presbyopia and myopia. I use prescription multifocal contact lenses (in my case, Air Optix Aqua). Problem gone. I read, drive, play piano, work on the computer and never have to change anything or put anything else on my eyes, and yet have no need to strain or squint. In fact, I have not owned a pair of actually glasses of any kind since the late 90's. I don't even have a backup pair (although this last is just because I've been lazy). These Air Optix Aqua are disposable so I wear them for a month and then toss and put in new ones. About as painless as it can be.

Have those of you who are finding you need reading glasses or piano glasses considered getting a prescription for, and wearing multifocal contact lenses?


I wear them...but they’re not perfect. I cannot drive, because I cannot see clear enough far (such as street signs), and I still struggle to read very small print in dim light. It is sufficient for everything in between those two extremes, including piano, computer, tv, movie in a theatre, reading in bright light. Add astigmatism to myopia and presbyopia, and you’ve got a problem. You can only tackle two of the three issues with monovision/ multifocals. So my only option is to use a pair of glasses to fix the astigmatism for driving, while wearing the monovision/multifocals.

I have also not owned a pair of glasses for decades, although my optometrist keeps nagging me to get a pair, in case of emergency.

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Originally Posted by bennevis
I found my own very ancient teenage glasses recently - ....

The moral? - never throw anything from your teenage years away. You never know when you might need them in old age wink .


Indeed -- I hardly ever throw anything away, because when I do, I end up needing it again in a couple weeks. The big problem is how to find stuff again when you need it.


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Found out early in my learning to play piano project that reading glasses focused too close to read music at the piano, so computer glasses with a more distant point of focus are perfect. As my eye issues are age related, and I can see fine for more distant objects, this works. So a pair reside on the piano, and a pair in the handbag so they are not forgotten for lessons. The only time this routine let me down was when the frame broke at a lesson...

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Originally Posted by WeakLeftHand
Add astigmatism to myopia and presbyopia, and you’ve got a problem. You can only tackle two of the three issues with monovision/ multifocals. So my only option is to use a pair of glasses to fix the astigmatism for driving, while wearing the monovision/multifocals.

No, you're right. I actually have astigmatism too. But obviously much less than you as I am able to get by in everything I do near and far, just using multifocal that correct the presbyopia and myopia, but not my astigmatism. I used to wear toric lenses for the astigmatism though, until the presbyopia became the #2 issue, passing astigmatism by (myopia has always been #1 issue for me).


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I just got a new pair of piano glasses today. I've been using them for years. I had to introduce my eye doctor to the concept - the prescription is slightly different than when I used to use computer glasses. Strong light and special glasses were essential as I got older.

Now if they could just do something about the floaters...

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Oh, I forgot to mention: when I wore single-vision glasses I never needed special piano glasses. It was when I had to go to bifocals that I needed the slightly longer-than-reading range right in the middle.


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Originally Posted by PianoStudent88
Oh, I forgot to mention: when I wore single-vision glasses I never needed special piano glasses. It was when I had to go to bifocals that I needed the slightly longer-than-reading range right in the middle.

If you don't have serious astigmatism, you might want to check with your optometrist on multifocal contacts. They work great for me, and I even do have mild astigmatism.


across the stone, deathless piano performances

"Discipline is more reliable than motivation." -by a contributor on Reddit r/piano
"Success is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration." -by some other wise person
"Pianoteq manages to keep it all together yet simultaneously also go in all directions; like a quantum particle entangled with an unknown and spooky parallel universe simply waiting to be discovered." -by Pete14
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