Topic: Playing and wearing corrective lenses-glasses
Does anyone have any experiences where they've had a vision problem (need glasses, contacts, etc) and finally found a solution to being able to read the music clearly yet see the conductor or other members of the ensemble clearly?
For a long time I wore contacts and everything was fine but the old eyes changed. I tried bifocals (progressive lenses) but found the music was too blurry. I chose seeing the music clearly over the conductor which I'm sure there's a lot of us out there doing that.
After talking with a friend who makes glasses, I've come to realize that the progressive lenses are not very helpful for musicians reading music. There's such a narrow "sweet spot" where one can read the music clearly. Everything surrounding that sweet spot is progressively unfocused. My friend who makes glasses is making a pair of bifocals for me (not progressive lenses) that will have a prescription in a very small upper quarter of the lenses and the rest of the glasses will be no prescription at all. By not using the progressive lenses, I hope that I'll have wider visual clarity of the music yet still be able to see the conductor.
Has anyone else had a similar experience with the progressive lenses? I know everyone is going to have a different vision situation but I'd like to hear of any solutions dealing with seeing near and far in the orchestra.
Thanks for any ideas.
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