I couldn’t argue when the ophthalmologist said “You need glasses.” I went to see him because my arms had become to short for reading. It was a realization reminiscent of the time I figured out I had to buy pants a size larger.
He said “Would you like to spend $10 or $600? You could do fine with $10 glasses.”
I didn’t have to think for very long.
Cheater glasses (over-the-counter reading glasses) had entered my life and my life has been better for it.
They go on and off quite a bit when making dulcimers. I generally wear +1.50 for reading and they also work well for most tasks in the shop where I need to see a little more detail. For up-close work I was using +2.00.
The other day I went to a store I love to hate – Harbor Freight. It is a tempting place; lots of tools at low prices that sometimes actually work. I picked up a $5.00 clip-on jeweler’s loupe.
The clip-on-loupe has proved very useful. I usually use just one of the lenses for “up close and personal” work where there is little or no room for error. The loupe-lenses flip out-of-the-way easily and I only have to remember where I left one pair of glasses!