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Megane help requested... OnegaishimasuMegane help requested... Onegaishimasu

Tiamat26Tiamat261 month agoDiary
Growing old sucks.

So as this hobby is for younger wiper snappers out there I guess that this would eventually catch up to me. What am I talking about... health is what I am talking about and more specifically my eye sight. I guess being over 50 and not having to have had glasses for that time can be counted as a blessing. So here I was last Friday and I was getting my eyes tested as I could no longer focus on signs from a distance and when it came to reading well hell no. So the visit was more than due at this point; three month earlier I was fine 20/20 vision no issues.

So as the doctor flipped through the eye exam machine she stated that I still was almost 20/20 but I had a slight correction that needed to be done for far away and a larger one for closer + 225 for up close.

I can see you guy right now thinking to yourselves where is this going. Well let me enlighten you the reader. As this was my first time ever needed glasses I looked over the stock that the company had. Gucci. Armani Polo ect... you know all those high end designers that get paid to put their names on a brand. $250... Hmm $ 400.00 for a frame !!! you have to be kidding me... OMG $ 1700 for a Gucci frame; Nope not paying that for just a frame plus they were ugly. Nothing that I would wear. I can be very picky when it comes to apparel. I love my clothes and the jewelry that I will coordinate with it. Cuff links bow tie when required even some fashionable decorative pieces to go with a nice jacket. So my eyes are no different.

Now like I said I did not like the merchandise available at the store I had my exam at do I went shopping. Store 2-3-4-5 fared no better. Then I had the brilliant ideal to look and see if anything would be available from the anime world. I have watched multiple series where the protagonist wears megane's and I liked the style; why not it was worth a shot right. So off to Google I went to look for glasses. I found this store ( site ) that opened in Akiharaba that specialized in megane's from anime. Here is a link to their shop animegane.jp

I perused their site and not very much was offered in the way for megane's for men but I did find 2 models that were ( I think Cool ) and looked way better then what I had seen in the stored in North America.

Here they are

http://www.eyemirror-mailorder.jp/shop/home/2375/item_img/2491209_detailImage2.jpg

Link to Product: www.eyemirror-m...

and the second pair

http://www.eyemirror-mailorder.jp/shop/home/2375/item_img/2491229_detailImage2.jpg

Link to product: www.eyemirror-m...

I am adding the links as I need help with the description. Their seems to be a cosplay version and one that you can actually have your prescriptions put on in your country. Now I would assume the ones that you can have the prescription added on are the more expensive ones but since these are made for wearing and not cosplay I would like to make sure that this is the case. I am in no way fluent in Japanese especially when I have to read and decipher a pure Japanese site. I want to make damm sure that what I will be ordering will be correct.

So to you MFC community I ask the following favor Could you please comment below as to if my understanding of the products is correct. Do I need to buy the sky II lenses that are mentioned so that they can be processed into a functional pair of glasses???

I thank those that took the time to read this very length blog. And I look forward to reading the comments below.



= )

Tia
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sarious Chino is My Life
ponnie (1 month ago) #70280068
For example, the ones you chose might be the reading type glasses that are lower on your nose than the ones you'll need for looking at the far objects. I did buy a pair of Homura glasses and I honestly have no use for them since they are reading type and I'm shortsighted, lol.


You can buy these things called ear hooks for the back of your ear that should make it work. My current (shortsighted) glasses slide off, so I use them. www.amazon.com/...

Also, can you link to the glasses? Want to see if they wouldn't look too weird on a guy lol.
29 days ago
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sarious Chino is My Life
I recommend making sure that the frame size fits your face. Especially when it comes to Japanese frames if you're a generally larger ethnicity. Asian sized stuff tends to run smaller. For example, an American XL shirt is the equivalent of an Asian 3XL. (I have no idea how to word this. Don't worry, I don't mean to be racist in the slightest.)

Also, you might have to go to some specialty glasses place to get lenses that fits those frames. Not sure about that though.

Personaly I use Gunnars since I never really look away from a screen lol. I have Havok with crystalline lenses since yellow lenses 24/7 would get you odd glares lol.

I'm normally on my computer from 10am to 10pm/12pm and I don't have any eyestrain. I highly recommend them if you're on a computer a lot. They're my normal prescription glasses that I use for everything, not just at computer.
29 days ago
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ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
Woop, as someone who wears glasses 24/7 since I was 8 years old, I have a few important notes for you.

Depending on what type of correction you need not all frames will do. Better consult with your doctor if the frame of choice suits your need.

For example, the ones you chose might be the reading type glasses that are lower on your nose than the ones you'll need for looking at the far objects. I did buy a pair of Homura glasses and I honestly have no use for them since they are reading type and I'm shortsighted, lol.

Another thing to consider is center adjustability. I might get the term wrong but I mean how a lens can be installed — we all have different faces and different length between our irises. Not all frames allow for too narrow or too long distance between these lens centers.

So due to that and the price of a frame I recommend to consult with your doctor before purchase.

Other than that, I completely agree that brand frame prices are ridiculous. However, if you had to deal with serious minus on your eyes, the lenses might easily double the price. For instance, my frame is a simple Guess one, quite moderate at 120 USD but the lenses I need for them not to weigh a ton or distort my face completely cost 150 USD. Each ._.
1 month ago
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PanchitoMatte (1 month ago) #70279724Pardon the interruption, but your conversation caught my interest... Speaking of "presbyopia," you mentioned that naturally near-sighted individuals wouldn't be at risk of developing this eye condition. Is that actually true? Asking for a friend (aka me), because they're near-sighted and have been using glasses since 16 years old.

Everyone gets presbyopia, that's just how life is when you get older haha.
If you're naturally near sighted and can see things up close relatively clearly, you can function without reading glasses for near objects. You will lose the ability to see near objects through your prescription made for distance/driving though because your focusing ability will decrease regardless. A lot of older near-sighted people take off their distance prescription glasses to read things rather than having a separate prescription for reading, unless their near-sightedness is pretty high (more than -6.00D).

Getting older isn't a terrible thing so really don't stress out too much about it. Presbyopia sounds like a scary term but it just really means "eye can't focus as well, because you're older" and the glasses options from there depends on if you're near- or far-sighted and to what degree.
1 month ago
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PanchitoMatte Emilia-tan Maji Tenshi!
Untramen (1 month ago) #70279132Hello! Actual eye doctor here! I hope I can explain a few things for you!
So basically you have a condition called "presbyopia" which is fancy medical talk for "can no longer focus at things up close". As you get older you will eventually lose all ability to focus on near objects and rely on reading glasses for near objects (unless you are naturally near sighted and need glasses to see far).
For someone who works on the computer at an "intermediate distance" (that is to say, not quite far or not quite near) for most of the day, having a prescription focused just for distance is going to make the computer blurry and having a prescription focused for near will make the computer blurry.
The solution typically is to make a pair of computer/office glasses. This is a prescription calibrated to focus at the computer. These can be single vision or bifocal (or progressive lenses) so you can have the computer distance and near. Ultimately its up to your lifestyle!
If you have any other questions about lens types or fit feel free to ask me!

Pardon the interruption, but your conversation caught my interest... Speaking of "presbyopia," you mentioned that naturally near-sighted individuals wouldn't be at risk of developing this eye condition. Is that actually true? Asking for a friend (aka me), because they're near-sighted and have been using glasses since 16 years old.
1 month ago
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Wow so many terms to understand so much knowledge to absorb. Thank you once more to everyone that has been posting and offering their help in this matter. it is really really appreciated.

= )

Tia
1 month ago
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Hello! Actual eye doctor here! I hope I can explain a few things for you!

Tiamat26 (1 month ago) #70277953
Now another thing that they said after we talked a little more was that progressive lenses may not be the best fit for me. The reason for this is that I work on a pc for 6:30 Am till 3 then I come home and hop on the PC at home and watch anime and other shows. And even with a 65" screen I am having issues with focusing even if I am about 10 feet away. I can read what is on the screen but it's a little fuzzy. So they recommended an office pair without progressive and then a driving pair.
So another question to people with Megane's do you have a pair dedicated to office work? Seems to me way it was explained to me that I would always have issues trying to focus at my desk and I would maybe have back issues.


So basically you have a condition called "presbyopia" which is fancy medical talk for "can no longer focus at things up close". As you get older you will eventually lose all ability to focus on near objects and rely on reading glasses for near objects (unless you are naturally near sighted and need glasses to see far).

For someone who works on the computer at an "intermediate distance" (that is to say, not quite far or not quite near) for most of the day, having a prescription focused just for distance is going to make the computer blurry and having a prescription focused for near will make the computer blurry.

The solution typically is to make a pair of computer/office glasses. This is a prescription calibrated to focus at the computer. These can be single vision or bifocal (or progressive lenses) so you can have the computer distance and near. Ultimately its up to your lifestyle!

If you have any other questions about lens types or fit feel free to ask me!
1 month ago
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Tiamat26 (1 month ago) #70277953So to the people that have owned glasses like the first pair I listed where there is no frame on either top or bottom just how fragile is this style of frame?
The one I'm currently using is like that. It's a bit more fragile, yes, but mostly because any stress is borne by the lenses themselves rather than the frame. Didn't have any issue in ~5 years though. Please note that probably no store will fit glass lenses that way, as drilling through glass will render the lenses definitely more fragile. Instead you're going to use plastic lenses (like I did). There are different kind of plastics, you want a material with a high Abbe number: a measure of optical chromatic distortion - the higher the better. Glass is the best at around 60 typically; some plastics like CR39 are very similar to glass though lighter and are similarly fragile so you're not going to fit those either; others are not bad, others are awful. The worst one is polycarbonate, it's quite flexible and thus very hard to break, so it's often used as kids' lenses, but as a responsible adult you want to stay clear of that. I'm using a 1.6 refractive index material with an Abbe number around 49 IIRC and I'm pretty satisfied with it. It also makes the glasses very light on my nose, which is definitely a plus.
1 month ago
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Update

First and foremost thank you to everyone that has posted comments thus far. Thank you as well to those that read the blog but did not post anything.

So after a hectic morning that started with having spray foam done in the basement cellar of my home I went to the eyeglass shop where I had my exam done. this time I was armed with my tablet so I could show them what I had found.

So they looked at the glasses and made comments on how they were built and just how fragile they could be especially the pair that has screws that got through the glass. Almost everyone that was there agreed that this type of glasses were the most fragile style there is. The reason that they gave was because there is no support on either top or bottom (no frame basically)

So to the people that have owned glasses like the first pair I listed where there is no frame on either top or bottom just how fragile is this style of frame?

Now another thing that they said after we talked a little more was that progressive lenses may not be the best fit for me. The reason for this is that I work on a pc for 6:30 Am till 3 then I come home and hop on the PC at home and watch anime and other shows. And even with a 65" screen I am having issues with focusing even if I am about 10 feet away. I can read what is on the screen but it's a little fuzzy. So they recommended an office pair without progressive and then a driving pair.

So another question to people with Megane's do you have a pair dedicated to office work? Seems to me way it was explained to me that I would always have issues trying to focus at my desk and I would maybe have back issues.

Oh and I tried out a pair at the store and I liked the style of no frame but hey do I take a chance ?

Second I learned about the measurements in mm and what they mean. So the pair I tried was 54 18 134 and those fit rather well. The ones I am looking at are 53 18 135 so no issues.

Once again I thank everyone posting to help me out with this first adventure of shopping for megane's...

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Tia
1 month ago
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I believe I have the answers you're looking for. Incoming wall of text.

I have been using glasses for ~34 years out of 41 of my life, wearing them everyday, all day long. A few years ago I stumbled upon these glasses (4th model, the Byakuren one), designed after some characters from Touhou Project (which I'm an avid fan of) and immediately decided they were going to be my next pair of glasses.

After some research I put together the whole story behind: Butler Optical Shop Eyemirror is a glasses shop in Ikebukuro selling fashion glasses (with or without prescription) especially aimed at girls/women. Before 2013 they had nothing like anime glasses, only fashion glasses made by known (?) Japanese brands. Then they somehow found out this doujinshi by Tetsuhiro Nabeshima (don't mind the URL, it's SFW). That guy clearly has a glasses fetish, and decided to create a glasses frame for each one of his favorite characters, decorating each one with some elements hinting at said character's aesthetics, just to have an excuse to draw them wearing "his" glasses. In a rare moment of madness, the Eyemirror store thought it was a good idea to actually produce and sell some frames based on Nabeshima's designs, not just as cosplay accessories but as real glasses for everyday use, like the ones they have always been selling. So they got in touch with Nabeshima (the artist), ZUN (the copyright holder of the series) and glasses maker Less Than Human to bring those designs to life.

Guess what? The first batch of models (from the most popular characters in the series) sold like hotcakes. Over the years they have been producing and selling more and more models, putting up polls on their blog about which model they should create next (right now they posted the result for the upcoming 13th installment of the series). They used to sell by mail order only, and only within specific preorder timeframes. But a couple years ago they opened the Animegane shop in Akiba. Of course they have also expanded their lineup, designing and creating frames for characters from other popular series. And here we are with what you found. As others have pointed out, they have also partnered with Tokyo Otaku Mode to sell their frames overseas, so you might find more models there.

Ok, so what's the endgame of all this story? I bought the Byakuren frame back in 2013, had it fitted with prescription lenses in a store near me and have been wearing it since then, and I'm still happy with it. Materials and build quality are very good, it's definitely meant to be used as "real" glasses, not only as a cosplay accessory. The difference in price you saw is for the "blue cut filter" lenses, which you don't need as you're going to swap the included lenses with prescription ones. The frame is always the same. When you go to the store to choose your lenses you will then decide what kind of lens you want. I don't really need a blue filtered lens, as I work with colors and such a lens would alter my perception as it has a slight yellow tint. My display monitor is correctly set on a 5000K white point, whereas out of the box they are usually set for a much higher value. And for the love of Kanako-sama, be sure to have an anti-reflective coating on your lenses, you can't live without. As for the size, others below already gave great advice. I might add that choosing a rimless frame like the first one you linked enables you to (slightly) change the temple width at fitting time by having the lenses cut smaller or larger by a few mm.

I actually visited Eymirror store in Ikebukuro in 2017, where I was able to try all Touhou Megane models they have there on display (but not for sale). Here's a (poor) photo of the display. And a few days later I went to Reitaisai 14 and bought from their booth the Alice model in White Gold Limited Color Edition, which I had tried beforehand and liked.
I also met Tetsuhiro Nabeshima there and had his new book signed. He was quite happy and surprised to see me wearing Touhou Megane.

Feel free to ask if you need anything else.
1 month ago
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