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- Jan 29, 2013
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- Mossyrock Washington
You can wear your glasses, plenty of room for them between your face and the magnifiers lens. Safety goggles will not be usable. I use these a lot and I am very happy with them.I wear corrective lenses and always wear safety glasses over my regular glasses. I doubt these magnifiers would fit as a third layer. Someone should come up with magnified and illuminated safety glasses.
That was my solution to purchase similar head set like my dentist uses. I got them ~10 years ago off eBay for ~$400. My focal length is at arms length as that is where I prefer to work, And they are 3.5x magnify. These have a head set (like a face shield or hard hat), and you place these lenses in front of your existing eye glasses. I wish the magnify was adjustable.For those who need higher magnification and / or greater than up close working distances the only real option seems to be surgeons binoculars. Good ones are expensive, the cheap ones are marginal. Working distance is around 16 to 18 inches on these, but you can get 3.5X or higher readily. If shopping watch out for silly close distances, some makers/seller simply put two cheap loupes on a headband and call the result "binoculars". I guess they kinda sorta are...
Also - don't use your surgeon / dentist friends binoculars or you will be spoiled for life, the optical quality is truly superb, almost as stunning as the $1000 and up price tag. There seem to be quite a few decently rated versions in the $150 to $200 price range. As the cost of an optivisor with several lenses has climbed steadily these start to look a reasonable alternative if the optical quality is good enough to avoid headaches after an hour or so. If anyone has purchased any of the moderately priced surgeon style binoculars recently please share your feelings!
Iampappabear, I buy mine at Princess Auto. A bit more than Dollarama. At last count I have about ten pair distributed about the house, shop and cars. Every room has at least one pair, the shop four and I can never seem to find one of them. I haven't had a prescription for glasses filled in 20 years. I just use the nearest magnification to what the optician and "the length of my arms" dictates. For close work I use jeweler's loupes also from PA. Usually sold in sets of three with 5, 10' and 20* magnification.The cheapo place to buy stuff in Canada is Dollarama, a place where you can pick up cheater reading glasses up to 3.25. A pair of these takes acre of most of my needs in the shop and if I want to see finer detail I wear two pairs at the same time and on the odd occasion as many three pairs! Unfortunately Dollarama has recently raised the price from $1 yo $1.25 so now I only buy 3 or 4 pairs at a time.