I recently visited the optometrist for the first time in about 20
years…partly because I had the insurance so figured I should use
it, but mostly because all the tiny hinges and whatnot I’ve been
making lately have strained my eyes quite a bit. I showed him the
Mag-Eyes in a catalog, but he steered me away from them and to a
fluorescent magnifying lamp; the sort that clamps onto the bench like
a lamp and has a circular glass through which to look. He said this
sort of magnification is far better for the eyes, although I must
confess I was too busy not fainting after the pressure test that I
didn’t ask him why. He also said that having the circular light
directly over the work and around the eyes is superior to one point
Now as I said I didn’t ask him many questions, just nodded groggily
and went home and ordered myself one. Now that it’s in the mail I
realize it’s really going to cramp my style; as I’ve worked over the
past week I’ve tried to imagine having that big thing in the way and
I just can’t. I’ve used the Mag-Eyes before and found them helpful,
but would definitely need some sort of light added to make them even
more so. I also found that whatever focal length the pair I used had
kept me hunched over the work, which I’m trying not to do for
ergonomics’ sake…perhaps I just need to bring the workbench to me
to make these work for me?
Once the monster arrives I’ll have a month to decide whether I want
to pay to ship it back, but in the meantime the OptiVisor thread has
prompted me to ask whether any of you out there use this sort of
magnifier. I cannot afford more than the $70 I paid for this one, so
anything really good and fancy is out. Does anyone agree/disagree
about the swing-arm variety being easier on the eyeballs than a the
lowish-quality-range (compared to others that have been mentioned so
far) Mag-Light? I’ll be using whatever I end up with in conjunction
with on-order (oh joy) reading glasses.
Thanks in advance for any advice you may have on this one!
Best, Jessica in San Francisco, where it’s nearly time to light a
fire in the fireplace.