[vcf-midatlantic] [OT] My eyes are aging - glasses recos for electronics work/small print reading?

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Tue Nov 16 22:57:08 UTC 2021

On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 3:16 PM John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> I'm sure at least a few of you can relate.  Hell, I *know* Crawford
> Griffith can relate ;-)..
> I wear contact lenses and without the lenses I can read small print/see
> tiny text on PCBs without problem.  Once the contacts are in I have real
> trouble focusing in some cases on small fonts, or other details such as the
> crappy way manufacturers print specs on power supplies.
> Any specific recommendations for eye glasses here?  Are cheap reading
> glasses sufficient for [seeing] soldering "up close" and other uses like
> that or is there a type of reading / magnifying glass that's also for
> safety that someone would recommend?

I never got around to getting a new pair of glasses for about 3 or 4 years
before getting some about a year ago. My eyesight isn't really bad, but it
helps to have them when reading things from a distance. Had to get a new
eye exam. Apparently I couldn't use contacts any more because of various
reasons. They recommended Bi-Focals. I went with the most expensive option:
Progressive's lens which are a transition of distance higher on the lens
and progressively closer as you get towards the bottom. They are also
Transitions that get dark in sunlight. This way when I'm watching TV I can
look at it (distance), then quickly look down at my phone (up close). I
went to America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses. I recommend that you go to
a reputable eye doctor to get a recommendation on your specific case.

> Thanks!
> John

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