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Cheater lenses

Postby Bellaireroad » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:21 am

Does a cheater lens take the place of reading glasses? Or do you need to use reading glasses with it? I get the cheap reading glasses at Costco, helps me see up close
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Re: Cheater lenses

Postby MinnesotaDave » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:04 pm

They do take the place of readers from the store.

Also, when you need to get closer and/or just need even more magnification, you can wear your reading glasses as well.

Whether on your face, or in your lid, they have a focal length that works with them.
When you need to get closer, you need to put on the reading glasses too.
This gives more magnification at a shorter focal length.
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Re: Cheater lenses

Postby Bill Beauregard » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:57 pm

Bellaireroad wrote:Does a cheater lens take the place of reading glasses? Or do you need to use reading glasses with it? I get the cheap reading glasses at Costco, helps me see up close


North of 40 the muscles surrounding the eyeball get slack. The eye in youth can be squeezed just right to refocus for close up. Also, as we age we are less efficient in our use of light.

For me, (61) at the computer, I want little magnification. A 1.00 is pretty good. In less bright circumstances, maybe a little closer, 1.5 seems right. When I have no room to work, can't get my head 20" from work 1.75, or 2.00 is best. In poor light, I might go to 3.00.

Welding, I need to function walking, and fitting, I might use 1.00, or 1.25. it's a compromise. With a helmet, I'm pretty close, it's dark, Adding a cheater as a supplement improves vision quality. Combined value between glasses, and cheater is 2.5 or three.

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Re: Cheater lenses

Postby Bellaireroad » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:19 pm

Thanks, I will give that a try. What about illuminating the work with a bright light?


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Re: Cheater lenses

Postby LtBadd » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:25 pm

Bellaireroad wrote:Thanks, I will give that a try. What about illuminating the work with a bright light?


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That works also, I tried recently using readers and a cheater, works well.
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Re: Cheater lenses

Postby MinnesotaDave » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:59 pm

Bellaireroad wrote:Thanks, I will give that a try. What about illuminating the work with a bright light?


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That's generally a sign you need glasses :D
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Re: Cheater lenses

Postby RayCJ » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:24 pm

Might want to make sure the outer and inner lens shields on your helmet are clean. The polycarbonate scratches easily and gets permanently fogged-up pretty fast. I change mine quite frequently and the difference in visual quality between the old and new lens covers is significant.

BTW: Don't get ripped-off paying 10 bucks for 5 lens covers. Go on Amazon and get a sheet of 0.040" thick polycarbonate for 10 bucks; it will make a couple dozen lens covers. Just cut it with multiple scores with a utility knife.


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Re: Cheater lenses

Postby MarkL » Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:52 pm

Bellaireroad wrote:Does a cheater lens take the place of reading glasses? Or do you need to use reading glasses with it? I get the cheap reading glasses at Costco, helps me see up close

I ended up buying about 4 cheater lenses in different strengths. I tried all of them while wearing my reading glasses to pick the one that gave best results. It's possible to use just a cheater without wearing reading glasses, but for me that was inconvenient because then I have to wear safety glasses, then take the safety glasses off and put my reading glasses back on once my hood is off.
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Re: Cheater lenses

Postby MinnesotaDave » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:37 pm

MarkL wrote:
Bellaireroad wrote:Does a cheater lens take the place of reading glasses? Or do you need to use reading glasses with it? I get the cheap reading glasses at Costco, helps me see up close

I ended up buying about 4 cheater lenses in different strengths. I tried all of them while wearing my reading glasses to pick the one that gave best results. It's possible to use just a cheater without wearing reading glasses, but for me that was inconvenient because then I have to wear safety glasses, then take the safety glasses off and put my reading glasses back on once my hood is off.


One of my friends wears safety glasses that have the lower bifocal in them.

Since your can't tip your head back very well while wearing a welding helmet, just look through the regular glass on the safety glasses and the cheater on the helmet.

That's what I do when I'm wearing my regular bifocals. The lower part is not used while I weld, just the helmet cheater.
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Re: Cheater lenses

Postby Poland308 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:16 pm

I like a large viewing area in my hood, but I never realized till reading this that at some point I may need to draw sharpie lines dividing where I need to look when. :shock:
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