Hair goes grey. Midsections bulge and sag. High frequency hearing fades. All symptoms of middle-age. Easy to understand the changes, easy-ish to accept.
However, nobody told me about this vision issue. I’ve been myopic since 6th grade. About 20-80 in the left eye and 20-30 in the right. Glasses and contact lens solved the problem.
Until my late 40s. Suddenly, I was astigmatic in my left eye and my right eye’s near vision faded faster than the Detroit Lions hopes for an NFL division championship. A toric lens in the left eye and a bifocal lens in the right helped for a few years. But several years ago, the assist became marginally effective and reading glasses became my companion.
Two pairs of reading glasses. One for very close work, as when I edit voiceover audio on my computer. Another pair for reading and crossword puzzles. Neither pair provided much comfort for my contact lens wearing eyes for long periods of time at the computer.
Two weeks ago, the nice people at Adlens contacted me at Dads Roundtable. “Would you be interested in testing and reporting on our adjustable reading glasses for the blog?”
Adlens makes a wide variety of pretty hip looking frames. They are also heavily involved in making their technology available to those in under-developed nations where vision care is rare, and eye health is often threatened by disease. That’s a win.
I chose a pair with their pale yellow tint. If you are familiar with f.lux software for your computer screen, that gives you an idea of the color. The tint reduces blue light and creates a vastly more comfortable experience when I wear my contact lenses and use the computer for longer periods of time. Another win.
The lenses are polycarbonate. Tough stuff; bullet-proof glass and helmet eye shields are made from it. Each “eye” has two lenses which slide horizontally across each other. This gives you a range from (-6) diopters to (+3) diopters. Plenty for most of us. Adjustment is simple. At each end of the face frame, a small rotating dial neatly protrudes. Close, squint, or cover one eye, and adjust the other eye. Repeat for the other side.
We don’t realize how fatigue affects our eyes throughout the day. I find myself automatically adjusting and re-adjusting throughout an afternoon if I am doing a lot of close work to relieve the stress on my eyes. Nice feature.
As a younger guy, I used to spend a bit of time fly fishing on Michigan’s trout streams. If you are a fisherman, these glasses are a must-have. Ever tried to tie on an Au Sable Wulff in a size 14 in fading light or breaking dawn? If you fish, you need these glasses. For those who have never spent any time standing in a stream waving a stick, the size 14 hook is 7 millimeters long; about ¼ of an inch. In addition, I found they fit neatly under the full face shield I wear as eye protection whilst woodworking.
I’m a fan of these Adlens glasses. I’ve had them for about three weeks. They come in a nifty case. As they’re polycarbonate, I know the lenses are tough. The adjustment mechanism is simple and well-made. The frames are nylon so they are extremely light and fit comfortably on my head. Plus, as each lens is independently adjustable, the big difference in correction between my eyes is not an issue. I share them with my wife. She’s a beader and she reports that they work well for her hobby, too.
Here’s a tip. If you lay down on the couch to read a book on a rainy Saturday afternoon, make sure you push your Adlens glasses up onto your forehead before you doze off. If you don’t, when you wake up, you will not realize that you’re still wearing your readers. When you look out the window through your reading glasses, your vision will be extremely fuzzy. You’ll think you had a small stroke during your nap. Panic will ensue.
A friend told me this.
Adlens. They make a good product. As a bonus, their mission statement says: Transforming the way people see, to improve the way people live.
Check them out.
Disclaimer: Product was provided in exchange for this post. No other quid pro quo was involved.