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Old 2018-09-22, 6:41pm
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Default Didymium Glasses in Readers?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I am trying to find out if Didymium glasses come in magnified lenses. I need readers and cannot torch without them, so I have not been using any didymium lenses for years. Anyone know where I can buy or have tips on how to choose the right ones?
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Old 2018-09-22, 6:59pm
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I use stick on readers. Got them from Amazon. Auralens will make them with a prescription.
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Old 2018-09-22, 7:17pm
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I use stick on readers. Got them from Amazon. Auralens will make them with a prescription.
Thank you, Kathy. I will check into that. I see they come with different levels, like 40 and 92. I have no clue what that even means. I use soft glass so I don't know if that helps when deciding which kind to get. Any ideas?
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I bought some cool didys from Mike at Frantz that are big enough to fit over my reading glasses .. love them! Spendy but no regrets.

https://frantzartglass.com/eyewear/a...ses-152211.asp
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Old 2018-09-22, 8:10pm
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Thank you Patty. I will keep this in my list of choices.

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I bought some cool didys from Mike at Frantz that are big enough to fit over my reading glasses .. love them! Spendy but no regrets.

https://frantzartglass.com/eyewear/a...ses-152211.asp
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Old 2018-09-23, 1:40am
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I use stick on readers for years, works fine enough.

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I picked up one of those 8 inch round fluorescent lights with a magnifier on spring arms for $40 at the hardware store that I swing down to get a closer look when needed.

It lets me get a good look at what I am doing and then folds up out of the way quickly.

With one of those didymium filters on a stand, the magnifier and my own glasses really cover all my needs and having the filter on a stand means I won't have to get new didymium glasses if my eyes change over the years.

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Old 2018-09-23, 7:51am
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I recommend Phillips Safety. They supply many of the lampworking suppliers.

Over the years I've had many prescription lenses with filters, but it got too costly every time my script changes. So, I got some of their clip-ons that I fit onto my regular prescription glasses. I prefer the type that clip around the lens as opposed to the ones that clip at the top of the lens, but that's up to you. I find the ones with the top clip a bit heavier, but they have the advantage of being able to flip them up. I have multiple clip-ons for different lampworking glass (soft or boro).

If you go this route, you can get to the exact measurements of the clip-ons at a company called Opsales. Click on the style, then on the page for that style, click the link for "Print true size chart."

If you're not in a hurry, Phillips often has sales around holidays. They post that info on their FB page.
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Thank you, Kathy. I will check into that. I see they come with different levels, like 40 and 92. I have no clue what that even means. I use soft glass so I don't know if that helps when deciding which kind to get. Any ideas?
Do you mean the stickon readers? Mine had the typical 1, 1.5, 2 magnification spec, so I just got what I used in readers.

Like these:
https://www.amazon.com/NEOPTX-Optx-S...cation+readers
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Old 2018-09-23, 9:42am
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I wear an optivisor #5 over the didymium glasses. It works great. Made the mistake of getting prescription didymium glasses that were $$$. A few years later my prescription changed because of cataract surgery. You can get the visors at Rio.
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Old 2018-09-23, 9:45am
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All great advice, thank you everyone. I don't have a prescription... YET. But, I definitely need readers and my current ones are 1.5. I went ahead and ordered the stick on lenses to see how those work on my current antique didymiums.
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Old 2018-09-23, 2:29pm
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These ones were not the stick-ons, they were the actual glasses at Aura-lens website.

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Do you mean the stickon readers? Mine had the typical 1, 1.5, 2 magnification spec, so I just got what I used in readers.

Like these:
https://www.amazon.com/NEOPTX-Optx-S...cation+readers
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Old 2018-09-23, 5:47pm
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Another option is to use a shield. Works well to filter plus acts as a blast shield.

The folks at Blue Moon Glassworks in Texas carry this item. It is called a "Phillips Polycarbonate Sodium Flare Lens"

https://blue-moon-glassworks.myshopi...ant=4240675267

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Thank you!

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Another option is to use a shield. Works well to filter plus acts as a blast shield.

The folks at Blue Moon Glassworks in Texas carry this item. It is called a "Phillips Polycarbonate Sodium Flare Lens"

https://blue-moon-glassworks.myshopi...ant=4240675267

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Old 2018-09-26, 7:30pm
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I use stick on readers. Got them from Amazon. Auralens will make them with a prescription.
The people that invented these are GENIUS!! I bought myself a pair and wow, they are wonderful! Thank you for all the suggestions.
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Old 2018-10-01, 9:09pm
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Oh! Stick ons might help me, I need my glasses off to see closer, but I'm blind as a bat without like a foot away. My new eye doctor said if I put readers over my glasses I can see up close, I didn't know that all these years
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