Reading Glasses that Magnify Small Fonts

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by jay1000, Jan 24, 2007.

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    jay1000 Guest

    I wear progressive lenses with a prescription:

    O.D. -3.00 +0.50 x16
    O.S. -3.75 +0.25 x107
    ADD +2.50

    They work fine for distance and most reading. But some of the
    magazines that I read use very small colored fonts on a colored
    background. I can't read them at all.

    I can read them if the font is magnified slightly. I held a +1.75
    reading glass lens in front of my regular lens and the small font was
    very readable. Ditto with a low power magnifying lens.

    Is possible to make prescription reading lenses that would give this
    amount of magnification? It woud be strictly for reading.

    Would the ADD go from +2.50 to approx. +4.25?

    Would it work? Any downside?

    I go for an exam Friday but would like to get a feel for possible
    "fixes" before then.
    jay1000, Jan 24, 2007
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    jay1000 Guest

    I've sent letters to the editor complaning about the font size but
    colored fonts on colored backgrounds are the current editors
    favorites. They just ignore requests for more legible fonts.

    Thans for the suggestion...I will take a couple of the worst pages to
    the exam.
    jay1000, Jan 24, 2007
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    Salmon Egg Guest

    What do you want to do? Screw up the country's economy? All kinds of
    shysters would go out of business if they had to stop using small dark gray
    print on a somewhat lighter gray background. I find that making xerographic
    copies of such items tends to increase contrast.

    Moreover, you can buy various magnifying devices. I have a hand loupe for
    such a purpose. I also have a helmet like device with flip-in magnifiers
    that is useful for working on small parts. Such items should be available at
    hardware stores or electronic parts stores. I got mine at a swap meet.

    -- Fermez le Bush--about two years to go.
    Salmon Egg, Jan 24, 2007
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    Mark A Guest

    I have pretty much quit reading paper media. Many publications are on the
    web now.

    In cases where a website uses the same ridiculously small font or is on a
    colored background, I just copy the text into my word processor or text
    editor and increase the font size.
    Mark A, Jan 24, 2007
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    Dan Abel Guest

    Just take off your glasses? Use OTC reading glasses? I would tend to
    try these first.
    Dan Abel, Jan 25, 2007
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    Dan Abel Guest

    I just tend to move on.
    Dan Abel, Jan 25, 2007
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    jay1000 Guest

    Thanks for the answers, but you are missing the question. I just
    wanted to know if it is possible to change my prescription for reading
    glasses so they slightly magnify text. Something like 25 to 50% would
    be enough. If it can be done, is there a downside like having to hold
    magazines closer (or further) away.

    I use single vision computer glasses (in addion to my normal
    progressives) and did a little experiment by putting OTC +2 reading
    glasses in front of the computer glasses. I could read the small
    fonts just fine but I had to hold the page about 11 inches from the
    glasses to be in focus.

    Someone suggested using only reading glasses. I tried that with the
    +2 OTC reading glasses. I could read the small text but the page had
    to be held 7 inches from the glasses to be in focus.
    jay1000, Jan 25, 2007
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    Mark A Guest

    Yes, it is possible. Just tell the optometrist what you want (and bring an
    example as suggested). It may change your normal reading distance, but you
    can discuss that with the OD.

    I would be careful about trying to get that much power in a progressive,
    because the higher the add power, more distortion there is, the narrower the
    viewing areas, and other associated negative trade-offs.
    Mark A, Jan 25, 2007
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    Salmon Egg Guest

    I forgot to mention that I do not know how to make a magnifier to magnify
    small fonts without also magnifying large fonts. :=)

    Salmon Egg, Jan 25, 2007
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    Dan Abel Guest

    Well, try another power, like 1.25. 7 Inches isn't fun. It's hard to
    see well with both eyes at that distance.

    Some people are really picky about their vision. Others aren't. I was
    just suggesting giving it a try. If you need to have your astigmatism
    corrected, OTC glasses won't cut it.
    Dan Abel, Jan 25, 2007
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