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Read Without Your Glasses

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Reading Glasses
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It can be both frustrating and debilitating to lose your glasses. I have, on a couple of occasions, arrived at work and realized I've left mine at home. I wouldn't be able to do my job without them and since I live quite a distance from my place of work, I can’t just ‘nip home’ and get them.

My solution to this one is pretty easy in that I keep a couple of pairs of those inexpensive ‘magnifying’ ones you can buy over the counter.
But if you don’t have a spare pair and find yourself stuck, here are a few tricks that might just help you out:

If you’re working on the computer, it’s a simple task to increase the screen size or enlarge the font. It’s a good idea to learn this while you still have your glasses, so that you can do it without them.

Magnifying Glass on Book
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For other reading, use a magnifying glass if you have one. If you don’t it’s a good idea to invest in one. I use mine for tiny close work even with my glasses!

Go out into the sunlight – Once your eyes have adjusted to the brightness, you may find it easier to read outside. If there’s no sun, switch on the lights, open the curtains and sit by the window.

Reading Glasses
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Use a bright torch – A bright beam of light concentrated on the words you’re reading can sometimes help. Used in combination with the method above it’s even more effective.I keep a tiny torch handy on my key-ring. For some, the torch app on a mobile phone works but I find that mine is not concentrated enough.

Reading Glasses
Image by Colmo

Use a ‘pin-hole camera.’ This works amazingly well. Take a piece of paper, or preferably card – a dark colour works best – and poke a tiny hole in it. Put it up to your eye to read small print. The pinhole concentrates what vision you do have to make reading easier. You can also try this with your fingers as illustrated below.

Make a Pinhole Camera with Fingers
Image by Colmo

Use a magnifying mirror. Hold the text up to a regular mirror and position the magnifying mirror to reflect the reflection (unless you’re really good at reading backwards!) This might take a bit of maneuvering to position the mirror just right but works a treat.

Using Bottle of Water as Magnifying Glass
Image by Colmo

Use a glass or bottle of water. A bottle with a well-fitting lid works best to avoid spills.

While all of these ideas work well enough to get you out of trouble, the smartest option is to keep a spare pair (or two…or three) of glasses handy just in case.

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