Problem: Not fine with the fine print
Have you noticed that the print on product labels and medicine bottles has gotten too small for you to decipher, even when wearing your reading glasses? Or that your glasses aren’t much help when you’re struggling with hobbies or household tasks that require seeing fine detail? Don’t get discouraged. If your eyes are otherwise healthy, using a magnifier is an easy way to give your vision the occasional boost it needs.
Solution: Hand-held Magnifiers
From the classic Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass to slim and compact pocket models, hand-held magnifiers come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Many also include built-in LED lights, an important added feature. “Lighting is crucial because it helps improve contrast, which makes it easier to see,” says Dr. Kate Ray, a Louisville Eye Center optometrist with special interest in low-vision rehabilitation. Since they’re widely available and affordable, you can stash several magnifiers around the house and keep one in your car or purse.
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BY YELENA SAPIN