It’s the rare – and lucky – boomer who can get away without needing reading glasses. These are the years when our near-range vision goes blurry. Called presbyopia, it’s the progressive deterioration of near vision that you find you’re losing around the age of 45.
And since I’m the rule, rather than the exception, over the years I’ve managed to build up quite an inventory of reading glasses.
But here’s the thing. Those readers don’t last too long. Why? Two reasons. Either my prescription changes and the glasses “expire” – or I lose them.
Unfortunately, the older I get, the more likely I lose them – which means I have a lot of really nice but useless glasses hanging around and not enough of the ones I actually need. It’s frustrating, really, because no sooner do I buy a new pair that I absolutely fall in love with than poof! They’re gone. I’m tired of calling restaurants and gyms and movie theaters and friends asking if a pair of really cool tortoise-shell round chunky reading glasses turned up lately.
And here’s the other thing. Whenever I change handbags, I inevitably leave something behind. Sometimes it’s tissues, a pen, but usually it’s my reading glasses. Tissues and pens? You don’t always need them and if you do, there’s usually someone you can borrow from. Reading glasses? That’s another story altogether. And squinting, besides causing wrinkles, becomes totally worthless and tiresome after a while. Especially when you have a really important message on your iPhone and you can’t read it.
Long story made short: I want to share my new find with you. Seriously, I’m really excited about it. It’s a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that kind of invention from a company called ThinOptics.
The reading glasses are super-thin (weighing less than a nickel). They’re flat and flexible. They have no “sides” – you just sort of pinch them onto your nose. And I can (almost) guarantee you won’t lose them. There are two easy ways to carry them: they fit into the back of a custom-designed iPhone or Android case, or they slip into a universal (very thin) pod case, which you can carry right in your pocket, purse or even makeup case.
There’s rarely a day that passes that I don’t use mine (which are part of my iPhone case) or are without them (because I almost always have my IPhone with me). Just last week when I was sitting with goppy hair dye covering my head, I wanted to read but didn’t want to get my regular reading glasses covered with the stuff. Voila! Easy enough. ThinOptics to the rescue. Then, this morning, I went out to take a walk, grabbing my iPhone but not my wallet. When I decided to stop at Starbucks to get my soy latte fix, I not only had the ability to pay (I have the Starbucks app on my phone) but as an added bonus I could actually see what I was doing.
I’m not getting paid to promote this new product. I did get a complimentary pair when I discovered them at the Boomer Summit in San Diego a few weeks ago…but I’d still share my discovery with you, free pair or not.
Want a pair? The folks at Thin Optics are generously offering two giveaways to my readers. And even if they weren’t, the prices are pretty reasonable (check them out on their website here).
Just leave me a comment and tell me why you need these glasses and which strength you’d prefer – they come in either 1.75 or 2.50. Two winners will be chosen – the first winner will get the glasses with the iPhone case, and the other winner will get the glasses with the universal flat pod case (in case you’re married to your existing iPhone case).
This giveaway closes Friday, April 4 at 5PM ET. I’ll notify the winner by email (so, please make sure to include your e-mail address!) If you fail to respond within 48 hours of notification, you’ll make someone else happy, because another winner will be chosen. Apologies to those of you who live abroad; the contest is open to U.S. residents only.
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