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February 22, 2013

LED Lighted Hands-Free Magnifier Visor


A whole lot of functions packed into this hands-free device: "Made for close-up detailed work, the LED Lighted Head Magnifier Visor has up to 10X magnification with a combination of fixed, flip-up, and monocle lenses. Bright dual LEDs adjusts vertically and horizontally and can be removed for use independent of the magnifier. Head strap easily adjusts using push button. Includes 2 AAA batteries."


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February 22, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink


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Dark Window,

I could not agree more and have adopted your suggested approach in the areas you touched on.


1. I have consistently refused my optometrist's recommendation of the past 20+ years that he incorporate reading correction into my glasses worn for driving and distance vision. Instead, I choose to use store-bought reading glasses. For many years I was happy with those from some cheap Chinese cheese$#%@ factory (you understand this is a family-friendly site and so all language should be Disney-approved/G-rated... but I digress) which I purchased for $9.99/dozen — well within your pricing guidelines — but then decided to upgrade.

I switched to CVS's house brand which cost $9.99 or so a pair and was OK with them but then last year thought I'd go wild and throw caution to the winds and so, after reading somewhere about Dr. Dean Edell's reading glasses, took a flyer on a pair and liked them so much, I bought several pair. I'm wearing them now, in fact.

They have the minimal available correction (1.25) and cost $19.99.

Here, have some!:


2. Late last year I was so unhappy with the haircut I got from my long-time stylist, I decided I could do just as well and lot more conveniently and cheaper.

To that end, I bought these haircut scissors:


True, I could've replicated the eyeglasses progression but again, considering my advanced age (I no longer even buy green bananas) decided to go for it all right up front rather than start with a cheapo Middle Empire iteration.

My first few self-inflicted haircuts, guided by Gray Cat's dismayed stares, have not been works of art: I will be the first to admit that.

But there's an awful lot of upside in this space.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Feb 23, 2013 5:29:52 AM

Well, why stop at 7 bucks then: go to a Dollar Tree store and get a pair of one dollar reading glasses, and a little flashlight. You can also get a one dollar pair of scissors and cut your own hair-

Posted by: Dark Window | Feb 22, 2013 9:24:54 PM

Dark Window,

No question this item is cheaper (by far: Opti-Visor + Opti-Visor LED light-accessory = $60).

But perhaps OK is good enough when you've got some work to do that could use magnified lighted views — and all you've got in your piggy bank is $7.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, sometimes you don't need a hammer to drive a nail: an old board will do the job — perhaps not as well or as easily but you will eventually sink the nail if you persist.

There's a lot to be said for just O.K. by this oftimes "the best and nothing but the best" acolyte.

I've had plenty of great meals at McDonald's and I look forward to many more.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Feb 22, 2013 8:16:44 PM

A cheap chinese cheesedick rip-off of the quality US made Opti-visor-

Posted by: Dark Window | Feb 22, 2013 8:03:43 PM

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