Glasses for sight readingHealth: C becomes an A and vice versa, also the same with B and D.
From Gary Foote
From Jim W. MillerThe doc can prescribe glasses that are optimized for certain distances. Mine are for computer screen distances since I work at one all day.
Posted on October 9, 2005 at 05:39 PM
From Inna Langermanwow thats weird i seem to have the same problem sometimes...yea its a weird distance to the music stand but for some reason I would say that for reading music like that one would need glasses to see far (not reading glasses) I know that some people prescribe glasses that are for both near and far sighted where the more one looks down, the more they become like reading glasses and vise versa. If you normally use reading glasses that would probably make the music on the stand look more blurry. Maybe you should just tell the eye doctor the approximate distance from you and the music stand and say that it's like reading for that far a distance so that way he'll understand exactly what you mean. well anyways good luck
Posted on October 9, 2005 at 08:03 PM
From Pauline LernerI agree with Jim. The eye doctor will probably ask you how far you sit from your monitor (or music stand). You can probably answer this without bringing your stand with you. I use a cheaper approach. I buy glasses at the drug store. They're *much* cheaper. When you go to buy them, bring some sheet music or reading matter and hold it at about the same distance from your face as your music stand would be. You may need to prop it up on a shelf or bring an accomplice with you to help by holding it.
Posted on October 10, 2005 at 03:25 PM
From Michael SchallockI use half height reading glasses so that when I glance up I can see the conductor clearly over the top of the lens.
Posted on October 10, 2005 at 08:26 PM
I had my optometrist help me decide on the strength.
From Jessica SmithIts interesting that you bring this up, as I just went through the same thing (isn't it confusing to play when As look like Cs?)
Posted on October 10, 2005 at 11:58 PM
Anyway, what I did, and I recomend, is to go see an eye doctor. They will be able to figure out why ou can't read your music, and, they will then be able to have glasses made for you or give you an idea of what would help.
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Posted on October 24, 2005 at 01:53 AM
From Ted KruzichGo to your local drug store and choose reader eyeglasses with a ½ lens and try reading some really small print around the store. My best eyeglass ratio for reading music which is about 40 inches away is 1.25
Posted on October 29, 2005 at 12:49 PM
These reader glasses sharpen and darken the image and you can choose whichever ratio seems to do the best job for you.
From Sheila GanapathyI work at an optical every other week and the problem you are having is quite common. It is that you need something for the intermediate distance, not close up, but not far. This is easily solved with progressive lenses. These are the no line bifoculs and they incorporate different prescriptions at every part of the lens so that you can see distance intermediate and reading. They do lessen the peripheral vision a little bit but I think that the varilux lenses provide a little more peripheral vision.
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 06:52 PM
Well, I hope this info helps you. It's never a perfect solution, but a solution.
From Carolyn ShieldsIf you measure the distance from your eye to the music on your stand (don't stab yourself in the eye on the measuring tool), your eye doctor can give you a prescription for that distance instead of the shorter distance to a book. My mother's doctor did this all the time for her piano glasses. I am having the same problem with notes and am about to fix that.
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 02:14 AM
From emily jasperHey that happened to me too!
Posted on May 8, 2006 at 02:47 PM
And i got glass and now i dont have that problem...so go the the optomitrest and get glasses!!!!
From Christina C.I know of at least 2 people who bring their music stand & a sheet of music to the eye doctor.
Posted on May 8, 2006 at 03:02 PM
From Ray RandallA few years ago I had the eye Doc. give me music reading glasses. It's really easy to do. I just measured the distance from my eyes to the music and told him what that was and that was that. Works just fine.
Posted on May 8, 2006 at 03:15 PM
On the other hand, don't get new glasses and increase your transposing expertese.
From Thomas WilliamsDon't overlook proper lighting. I have this problem and the right light makes all the difference.
Posted on May 9, 2006 at 09:24 AM
From Gudny Thora GudmundsdottirThe right lightning makes the big diffrence for me, but I also relate this problem to dislexia.
Posted on May 9, 2006 at 12:30 PM
From Rob SchnautzIt's bad on your eyes to let them be out of focus even if you know the music...if you need glasses to sight read, I'd say save your eyes and wear them while playing music you know as well.
Posted on May 9, 2006 at 06:50 PM
From Jonathan Bthats really funny...I used to have the same problem....solution-new glasses! ^_^
Posted on July 1, 2006 at 05:26 AM
From Karen KingEven with glass, (I have trifocals!!!!) sometimes it helps to go the the copy store and have the sheet enlarged by 20% or so when the notes are very dense. Whatever it takes!
Posted on July 2, 2006 at 08:37 PM
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