Create Reading Glasses With Your Fingers In A Pinch

If you're caught without your reading glasses, or you encounter some terrifically fine print somewhere, you have two options: curse your abnormal retina design or pinch your fingers together. The latter is like adjusting the f-stop on your eyeballs.

Instructables poster mikey77 shows us how it's done, using three fingers — the thumb joined up against an index finger, with a middle finger forming the base — to create a small hole through which to see tiny things more clearly. It's obviously not for lengthy reading, but it can help in a pinch (sorry). Here's how it works:

You are effectively creating a pinhole lens. This gives a slight magnification and significantly increases your depth of field (the range that is in focus). It does this by greatly limiting the amount of light going through the lens in your eye. It is like adjusting the F stop in a camera.

Tried this out? Got another last-ditch reading and vision tip?

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    That's how I read the bedside clock, I thought every short sighted person knew that.

    Yes, it can make thing appear clearer. No, it does not magnify.

    Only works for some things. It certainly won't fix the biggest issue, small print.

    This won't magically make food instructions readable unfortunately. Pro tip to all manufacturers. Life does not end at 40. Use 14 point type for the criticals like allergens, ingredients and instructions.

    Carrying a magnifying glass to the supermarket every day so that you know what you are getting by being able to read that impossible 6 point text is something we should not have to do.

    Before I got glasses at the age of 12, I used to watch TV through the holes in a digestive biscuit. Certainly cheaper than a pair of glasses, but not as long lasting.

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