I've got really bad eyesight and have ever since I was very young- extreme nearsightedness combined with extreme astigmatism. Glasses are an absolute necessity, I wear them all the time, and I don't mind wearing them. No interest whatsoever in contact lenses, and I have seriously explored laser surgery but been informed that I am not a good candidate for it. Here's my question- now in my mid 40s, I do find times that it's a bit hard to get my eyes to adjust to certain mid-close distances- with the glasses it is too hard to focus, but without them, the only way I can see anything clearly is 6 inches in front of my nose, at which point I am cross-eyed, plus I can't leave my glasses off and carry out any sort of ordinary activity. I am making do, but I sense this is the writing on the wall that I am headed towards bifocals, just not sure when I'll have really passed the point of no return... I try to buy good lenses and frames and keep them a really long time- which I am able to do because my prescription hasn't shifted significantly in years. I'd rather have one instance of sizeable wallet pain and get something that will last and I will be happy with than dealing with things that break or bend (and I end up being rough on my glasses due to lots of activities and a certain inborn klutziness- but really good frames end up less costly over time than flimsy ones). My 'newest' pair of frames just broke so I pulled an older pair of glasses out of standby/ backup. I don't want to invest in new frames and lenses with single-prescription lenses only to kick myself in a year if I realize I should have just taken the plunge to bifocals. At the same time, I have known of a lot of people who seem to have hated bifocals- either inherently or getting used to them - having to tilt their head to unnatural angles, etc.- so I am not eager to make the transition any earlier than I have to. Separate glasses for distance and reading are not a good option, in terms of either budget or carrying them around with me. How "do you know" that it is time to face getting bifocals? I prefer to hear/ go by informed user info/ experience than what someone is trying to up-sell me to... Thanks!