So... what is presbyopia? Don't worry about Googling it... it is simply that lame thing that happens to most of us sometime after age 40. Regardless of your other vision issues, you start reaching a point where your arm will not stretch far enough away from your face to read the small print! Ok.. if you want all the technical details, click HERE :-)
So... why am I bringing this up? Well, I was recently asked to review a great new product to help those visually challenged folks like myself. And what does this have to do with things I normally review (like running gear etc)? I get a lot of requests to review a lot of interesting products, and I turn down quite a few just because they aren't a good fit for this blog. And this might have been one of them, if it wasn't for the amazing timing.
I got an email about reviewing Thinoptics shortly after a long training run. On that run, I received a text from my wife, and for the life of me I could not read it! Up to this point I was using reading glasses while working, or for reading menus etc, but never took them with me running. But that day it was a combination of the light, wind, and my short arms that prevented me from being able to decipher the text! It could be an emergency for all I knew! I have a fairly strong prescription for nearsightedness which compounds the presbyopia issue, so I resorted to taking out my contact to be able to read the text. Then of course I had to put it back in all dirty etc... talk about frustrating! Oh.. and no, the text wasn't an emergency :-)
So, needless to say, when I heard of an opportunity to review a solution to my frustration, I said "heck yes!" So, what are Thinoptics? I call them the new age monocle! They are the lightest, thinnest reading "glasses" I have ever encountered. And not really glasses as they are designed to perch on your nose when you need them.
Besides just being super thin and lightweight, they are also really easy to carry. Thinoptics come in a universal case, or they are available in a mobile phone case that will fit most iPhone/Android phones! This is ingenious, because it is your phone that you'll end up needing to use these on the most. Plus, if they are attached to your phone, you'll always have them, rather than running around trying to figure out where you put your reading glasses last.
I use the universal case the most... primarily because I don't have a smart phone (yet), and it is super easy to carry. About the thickness of several credit cards, I can tuck it into my handheld, or shoulder pouches (on the Hydraquiver), along with my phone. I take them with me on every run now, and no more text reading frustration!
And, although they are seemingly so fragile, they have held up really well. I've dropped them a few times, and have worn them a lot, and they are still like new.
Also, they are comfortable and easy to wear. Initially I didn't think they would be comfortable, because you have to spread them apart and then pinch them to your nose. But surprisingly, that didn't bother me much at all. The nose pads have a little grippy texture to them so they stay in place, but they are so amazing lightweight that you soon forget they are there.
Anyway, I'm much happier having my Thinoptics around. Forget buying the $15 Foster Grant reading glasses at Walgreen's only to lose them, or try to figure out where to carry them. I'm done with that, and am stoked my new age monocles! Or.. maybe bionicles? :-)
Check Thinoptics out at their website to learn more by clicking HERE and get 15% off and free shipping!
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