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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:54 pm    Post subject: I can't see my watch Reply with quote

I've just bought myself a new (2nd hand) Training Watch (Garmin 920xt) as a 'present to self' to motivate me back into training again.

Trouble is, 3 years ago when I last trained, I could see my wrist. Since then, my eyesight has deteriorated so badly I now struggle to read even the large print on the watch without my glasses. Long distance is fine, it's just age-related reading blindness.

I'm curious, if anyone else of a certain age has any great solutions for this - I have reading glasses that usually sit on the end of my nose so I can peer down at what I'm reading but peer over the top of them (in a pompous manner, of course) to look at distance. ie I need glasses to read, but the same glasses blur distant objects.

'End of the nose' obviously isn't a great or practical look for running.

I'm curious what others do in this situation - how on earth do you get round this problem? I can't believe I'm alone in this...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I pointing out the blindingly obvious by suggesting contact lenses or laser surgery?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well my eyes are only bad close up - 'far sighted' I believe - meaning I can see distance perfectly clearly. So my assumption is that any lens (like my current glasses) in my eye would, indeed, let me read close up but would then blur distance.

IIRC correctly laser only works for near-sightedness.....
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try reducing the number of data fields on the display which will increase the size of the numbers.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gus wrote:

IIRC correctly laser only works for near-sightedness.....


Not according to the Internet.

https://www.lasereyesurgeryhub.co.uk/can-laser-eye-surgery-cure-long-sightedness-hyperopia/
https://www.londonvisionclinic.com/medias-view/web-pr/overcoming-hyperopia/

But you already tried Google, right? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On my 920XT I've configured 2 or 3 fields per screen, and the 5/6mm digits are legible when wearing contact lenses. I can only read the 1mm letters used to annotate those fields when I take my lenses out.

Try configuring 1 or 2 fields per screen. With a screen as big as the 920, and its configurability, it's probably your best bet.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks - I've programmed it so there's just one field per screen which just about does it... Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
Gus wrote:

IIRC correctly laser only works for near-sightedness.....


Not according to the Internet.

https://www.lasereyesurgeryhub.co.uk/can-laser-eye-surgery-cure-long-sightedness-hyperopia/
https://www.londonvisionclinic.com/medias-view/web-pr/overcoming-hyperopia/

But you already tried Google, right? Very Happy


Sorry, I got my terminology wrong - and yes, I had (of course Wink ) Googled it and age-related blurring (Presbyopia) - as per your link:

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The Differences between Hyperopia and Presbyopia
Although similar in terms of their effects, hyperopia differs from presbyopia, a condition with which it is often confused. Presbyopia is a condition that is not selective as it is directly attributed to the natural ageing process – eventually, most people will get it. Contributing to this natural deterioration of sight is the decrease in flexibility of the eye’s natural lens and the changing proteins in our eyes which make the lens harder and less elastic over time. People who suffer from presbyopia usually have to end up relying on corrective eyewear – in the form of glasses or contact lenses. Long-sightedness, on the other hand is attributed directly to the shape of the cornea which is slightly flatter and shorter than it should be. It is this shape that causes the path of light that travels through the eye to fall on a point just behind the retina, creating a blurred image at a distance. This means that reading signs at distance, watching sports matches or reading, will require glasses or lenses to correct long-sightedness.
Hyperopia can affect both near and distance vision, but with laser eye treatment, these symptoms can be eradicated, negating the need for corrective eyewear and thus giving you a newfound sense of freedom.


On their website they claim they do have a 'pioneering' laser treatment that 'can' help Presbyopia... but I'm not going to risk letting someone burn parts of my eyes with something they say is 'pioneering' - call me a wimp 'n all Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:17 pm    Post subject: Re: I can't see my watch Reply with quote

Gus wrote:
I'm curious what others do in this situation - how on earth do you get round this problem? I can't believe I'm alone in this...


I move my hand away from my face as far as it will reach Rolling Eyes

As the saying goes, it isnt your eyes which are at fault, its your shrinking arms.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could you train with someone, have them wear it and run about 10m in front of you?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I could run with one of those long 'selfie' sticks and have it out in front of me a couple of yards....
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use RPE during the workout and use the data the confirm or otherwise after the fact.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try one of these. You'd need to be careful not to set for to like, the whole world.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

can't you buy those watches that just talk?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Varifocal glasses that replicate your reading glasses at the bottom of the lens but are almost plain glass further up for when looking ahead.
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