Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:52 PM
I usually observe with contacts. But now I can't read my star charts any more with my contacts.
So I'm faced essentially with 2 options -- reading glasses, or monovision contacts (one eye for distance, one for reading). Anyone here try that for observing? It seems that neither distance nor reading would be excellent that way.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 12:10 AM
Posted 15 March 2011 - 10:05 AM
I can't imagine having a correction in only one eye would be comfortable with both eyes open!
Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:50 PM
Posted 15 March 2011 - 11:33 PM
Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:12 AM
Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:27 AM
My eye doctor told me that this is very common. There are a few people who don't adjust well but the majority of folks do just fine with it. It is all in the brain. Your mind sorts it out without thought.
It's not great for binoculars, but doable.
Having been strapped to glasses for over 45 years this is a welcome relief. I drive, watch TV, read and sleep with one contact in. I throw it away every Saturday night, and put in a new one the next day or so. They cost less than $25 for a six pack.
I tried contacts before, but with both eyes, and couldn't read without cheaters. Well I figured if I had to tote glasses around anyway why bother with contacts. With one contact I get the best of both and now I just tote around non prescripton sunglasses
Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:08 AM
I hadn't heard of going without in one eye, but that makes sense if you can read without glasses (that might be a stretch for me). Which eye do you wear the contact in? I assume the dominant one, but wanted to make sure.
The current single vision correction contacts I have are the same correction for both eyes, so that would double the usage I could get with my current stash.
Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:12 AM
It's not like you have to have to mentally choose which eye to look with in daily life. The brain is hugely adaptable in this regard. I have a full stereo, binocular view.
Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:43 AM
I use an eyeglass retainer strap for observing and have only run into one problem with it - it interfered with the flashlight hanging from my neck. I solved that one by switching to a head mounted light.
Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:58 PM
One thing I learned is that I have a little bit of astigmatism in my right eye; not much, but it might be worth learning to use my left eye for the telescope.