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Have you noticed that print is getting smaller and smaller – on everything from computer equipment to medicine bottles? Now granted, I have always had to deal with nearsightedness and glasses. And I have to confess that I am a bit of an aging baby boomer with the eyes to prove it as I deal with definite eye changes, right along with my senior mother. At the same time, however, our world truly is getting smaller and smaller from my cute little mini pc portable netbook to the wonderful but small SmartPhone cell phones so many of us use.
Unfortunately, just because we are getting older, doesn’t mean we don’t need to be able to read all that small print. Just today, I had to go track down a magnifying glass to read the label of a prescription in order to help a grandchild’s mom. Earlier in the day, I was busy squinting at my senior mom’s medication expiration dates. Talk about frustrating! And GRATEFUL – grateful for all the different kinds of magnifying glasses that are available to us today!
My oldest grandson and I are enjoying historical reading activities for grandparents and grandchildren! We just finished a biography on Daniel Boone and were talking about all the things that hadn’t been invented in his time – like cars and light bulbs. As I was busy typing this, I realized they probably didn’t have all the magnifying glasses we have either – certainly no lighted magnifying glass! What about clip on magnifying glasses? And, of course, no iPhones with a magnifying glass app like the MAGNIFIER PRO (HQ ZOOM) (not to mention my flashlight app that gives me enough light to help me see in dark spots).
These are all such blessings to us, aren’t they? And for those of us in the Sandwich Generation, dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents in our family, it’s so good to know all the different options available to us, isn’t it? Here are some intriguing ones I found while looking for something else:
This hands free magnifying glass is what I started out looking for. I spotted one in Walmart in the crafts department – isn’t it great for someone who needs help seeing while using their hands for crafts projects or other needs?
Another hands free option is this Fulcrum 12 LED Magnifier Floor Lamp or the small desk lamp magnifying glass pictured above – the extra lighting is always a big help, isn’t it!!!
I fell in love with these delightful Magnifying Glass necklaces. Aren’t they pretty? And what great gifts for the elderly parents in our family, not to mention a certain baby boomer grandmother! 🙂
And look at this ingenious little invention that Walmart carries – a Carson DR-200 EZRead Electronic Reading Aid, Blue which, per their description:
- Connects to your TV
- Magnifies images of books, magazines and more
- Image appears on TV screen
- The larger the screen, the higher the magnification (12.2x on 32″ TV)
- Works off of electric or batteries
That sounds like a wonderful low vision aid, especially for those whose eyesight is so bad they aren’t able to read much at all!
I think my favorites are the pretty necklace magnifying glasses. But I was also quite intrigued by the EZ Read Electronic reading aid – I sent that info to a dear relative with eye issues. How about you and your Sandwich Generation family? What magnifying glasses would you recommend?