DisneyStitcher wrote:Have you considered just using reading glasses? They take up way less space and you can buy different strengths depending on the amount of magnification you want.
I have terrible vision & my glasses are bifocals but I find that I see the hoop better without my glasses for some reason. Even with the bifocal lens, it's not that clear (I also have MS and one of the medications causes blurry vision, so I'm sure that plays into all this). It works fine as long as I don't go below a 14 ct size. But for a smaller count size, I need magnification! And some extra light wouldn't hurt. I've never bought reading glasses though, I wonder if they'd be any different than my regular bifocals? They're not expensive, it's worth a shot.
I'm sorry to hear about the MS - that's a tough one. Talk to your doctor(s) about the vision problems - it may be that (s)he could adjust the meds or give you some coping strategies. I also have terrible vision. I see the hoop best without any correction at all but that's because I can literally only see about 6 inches in front of my nose. It's fine if all I want to do is stitch, but usually I need to be able to see when I look up.
I usually use reading glasses over my contacts, but my glasses are progressives. The eye doctor wrote the reading part much stronger than he usually would have because I brought him a piece of 28 count to see what I needed to see. When I'm wearing my contacts, I can read using anything from +1.25 - +1.75. But, I need AT LEAST a +2.50 to see to stitch. Since I wear my glasses so infrequently, I wasn't worried about the over-magnification in the bifocal part. I have been intrigued by a product I found online that I was thinking about trying in my favorite pair of $15 sunglasses. (I lose them waaaay to frequently to pay +$400 for prescription sunglasses.) A company called hydrotack makes a stick-on bi-focal that supposedly can be applied to regular lenses. Do a search on stick-on bifocals and there are 2 or 3 different companies that come up. If may be that you could apply the stick-on to an older pair of bifocals to increase the magnification. Designate those glasses for stitching only.