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(@jonetoe)
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Maybe this is a dumb question but I'll ask anyway. I use reading glasses when reading, and playing guitar. Lately it seems like my vision is giving me trouble when playing. The strings are blurred and my six string acoustic starts to look like a 12 string. It makes it harder to hit the right string. A friend told me I should not need to look anyway :) , but I do need to look sometimes. Anyone find their playing is better after getting prescription glasses? thanks :shock:


   
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(@jonnyt)
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I don't know how long you've been playing but it does take a while to hit the right strings when you want to... plus those things do vibarate a lot. Definitely worth a trip to the eye doctor to get checked out. Can't let a thing like vision stand in your way of playing guitar!

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(@greybeard)
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It's probable that your vision has changed and you need a new prescription. Reading glasses are designed to only focus over a relatively short field of vision and, if your eyesight has changed, it is the periphery of that field that will be affected first (particularly "front" and "back").

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(@jonetoe)
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Thanks, been at for about a year, mainly I look at the strings if I'm trying something new. I never had presription glasses maybe its time


   
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(@michhill8)
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yeah, in general life, I would recommend a trip to the eye doctor if your vision changes... It also wouldn't hurt your guitar playing.

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(@smokindog)
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see the eye doctor for sure :D Also, Have you had your blood sugar tested? I know it sounds dumb, but fluctuations in blood sugar levels will cause blurred vision.Its possible you might be having symptoms of diabetes :?: --the dog

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(@twistedlefty)
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in a word, Yes 8)

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(@bford)
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Ok, first, how many fingers am I holding up? :P

Seriously though, it wouldn't hurt to at least get a check up. And if you are approaching mid-life your vision is bound to change because of age. I try to get a check up every other year. But I am one of the unlucky eye glass wearers.

Good luck.

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(@jonetoe)
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To the eye doctor it is then (someday) another out of pocket cost. Funny I never noticed the ads under the lead posts advertizing what the threads about :) BTW i'm 51 years young


   
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(@bford)
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Thats clever isn't it :lol: I never noticed that either.

I'm sure you've heard it said that around age 40 yours eyes start to develope a condition known as presbyopia myopia. If you have never had eye problems before then it could be you are finally seeing ( no pun intended) the affects of that condition.

http://www.avclinic.com/refractive_error_and_presbyopia.htm

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(@jonetoe)
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Thanks I scanned over it for now, i'll check it later. BTW the diabetes test I had done several years ago but it doesn't run in my family. I guess another reason I prefer the classical sitting position the view is much clearer at that angle


   
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Whenever I get a new song one of the first things I do is type it out on the computer using a bigger font and BOLD type. That way I can read it from up on the music stand. "What a drag it is getting old!"

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