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05-04-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Ophthalmologist tells me I need to wear glasses or give up photography!

Okay among my myriad of medical problems I also have sight problems and wear glasses. I do however take those off to take pictures but according to my Ophthalmologist this is very bad practice, he says that not only will I have headaches, not focus properly but that it will have a bad long term effect on my eyes. I told him that the viewfinder could be adjusted to different eyesights but he wouldn't hear it, he told me to find a way to shoot photographs with glasses on... The problem is when I do I can't see the entire frame...

What should I do? Is there really a risk to my eyes? I mean ok he is the specialist but might he be exaggerating it a little? Anyone heard anything similar? I love photography and want to make it my job, no I WILL. I don't want to give up because of eye problems.

Maybe there are things to put on the viewfinder so that it can be used with spectacles? In case you are wondering my chosen photography field is Fashion and Beauty.

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Are contact lenses an option?
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Seek a second opinion.
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Get a second opinion

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How bad is your vision?

The K-5 diopter adjustment goes from -2.5 to +1.5.

My vision falls out of that range, so I use glasses anyway.
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Learn to live with not being able to see the full frame in the viewfinder or get used to putting on contact lenses. You might also want to look into Lasik surgery.

I've worn glasses since I was in the fourth grade and have always worn them while taking pictures.
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Far be it from me to disagree with medical advice. I am not one and I don't play one on the Internet.

I have worn glasses from the age of 7 and always taken them off to read books which I prefer to do lying down. Over time my eyes have gotten slightly worse but nothing that that has alarmed the eye doctor. My first and last were at the same place, different doc, about 50 years apart.

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Sounds like nonsense to me. I'm pleasantly surprised though that after buying my k-r (my first non point and shoot in a decade) and composing through the viewfinder for the first time in a long time that I find keeping my glasses on very easy to do.

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Well he says that if I do an adjustment on the viewfinder, I will be working all day and wear my glasses only like 2 or three hours a day when I come back from shoots and that is what is bad.

Those of you that wear glasses and shoot, do you use a special eyecup or something? DO you see the full frame? How?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Noob Quote
Okay among my myriad of medical problems I also have sight problems and wear glasses. I do however take those off to take pictures but according to my Ophthalmologist this is very bad practice, he says that not only will I have headaches, not focus properly but that it will have a bad long term effect on my eyes. I told him that the viewfinder could be adjusted to different eyesights but he wouldn't hear it, he told me to find a way to shoot photographs with glasses on... The problem is when I do I can't see the entire frame...

What should I do? Is there really a risk to my eyes? I mean ok he is the specialist but might he be exaggerating it a little? Anyone heard anything similar? I love photography and want to make it my job, no I WILL. I don't want to give up because of eye problems.

Maybe there are things to put on the viewfinder so that it can be used with spectacles? In case you are wondering my chosen photography field is Fashion and Beauty.
I've had to wear corrective eye lenses since I've known what a camera was. I don't see it as an obstruction to taking good photos. Wear your glasses and enjoy your photography!
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I've had to wear corrective eye lenses since I've known what a camera was. I don't see it as an obstruction to taking good photos. Wear your glasses and enjoy your photography!
But how do you do to see the full frame through the viewfinder?
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Canon sells an eyepiece extender for eyeglasses wearers, with optics that magnify the viewfinder to see all of it at once. Keeps nose oil off the LCD too . I'm 99% sure the eyepiece will fit Pentax dSLRs, as it fits Spotmatics perfectly.

Canon EP-EX15
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QuoteOriginally posted by rhodopsin Quote
Canon sells an eyepiece extender for eyeglasses wearers, with optics that magnify the viewfinder to see all of it at once. Keeps nose oil off the LCD too . I'm 99% sure the eyepiece will fit Pentax dSLRs, as it fits Spotmatics perfectly.

Canon EP-EX15
Pentax makes one too (for Pentax though).
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Pentax makes one too (for Pentax though).
Awesome got what is it called? Does Nikon make one too?
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I am struggling with this also.

I've using SLR's for 25 years when I was younger and didn't need glasses.

Fast forward - now picked up my hobby again with a K20D, but now wear glasses. I need them to read/see close.

I tried without the glasses with the adjustment of the diopter - that was fine. But, I can't even read the buttons on the back of the camera or the top LCD screen without my glasses.

Finally gave up - adjusted the diopter for use with my glasses, and am getting used to it.

I looked at some reviews for the mentioned Canon EP-EX15 which I thought would be a great solution, but that eyepiece is also a magnifying eyepiece - some folks said that can't see the entire view with it on - so back to square one I guess.

I wonder if you could remove the magnifying glass from that eyepiece to have it just as an extender? That might be the ticket.
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