Why older adults see better in the doctor’s office.


We write a lot about the need for good lighting.  Here are a few interesting quotes from a Washington University study, as well as a link to the complete article below. If you or a loved one is having trouble seeing, maybe you need to boost your lighting!

From the study:

“It’s very common for older patients to have concerns about their vision but then test well on the eye charts when we examine them,” said first author Anjali M. Bhorade, MD, a Washington University ophthalmologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

“In this study, we found that vision in patients’ homes was significantly worse than in the clinic. The major factor contributing to this difference was poor lighting in the home.”

“The lighting levels were below the recommended range in more than 85 percent of the homes we visited.”

Here is the complete article:

Older adults see better in the doctor’s office | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis.

How the color temperature of your light affects your craft.

“The right color temperature lighting can help you easily see things that used to be difficult.”

We covered the importance of adequate lighting in our last post, but it’s equally important to figure out what color temperature works best for you.

Measured in Kelvin degrees (K), color temperature ranges from cool (over 5000 K) to warm (2700-3000 K).  Cool bulbs, such as fluorescent lamps, emit blueish white light, similar to very bright midday sun.  Warm bulbs, such as incandescent lamps, emit yellow or reddish light, more similar to soft, late afternoon light (Source: Wikipedia).  Popular and energy-efficient LED bulbs are available in a variety of color temperatures, as the Energy Star site explains in their Color & Mood post. The color temperature in your work area can affect not only your productivity but also your general mood and energy levels, so choose wisely!

Cheryl working with CraftOptics Telescopes & DreamBeam

Cheryl working with CraftOptics Telescopes & the bright, shadowless, DreamBeam

If color and composition are important to your work (which they are to most of CraftOptics customers), you will most likely want to stay within the neutral range of 3400-4500 K.  If you go much lower or higher than that, those red and blue tints can really change the color of whatever material you’re working with.  This article on displaying jewelry also applies to making it: http://www.jckonline.com/article/285060-Displaying_Jewelry_in_the_Best_Light.php

We designed our high-intensity DreamBeam light to illuminate your work at 3500 K, which is comparable to bright, clear late-morning sunlight.  Because the DreamBeam attaches right to your CraftOptics Telescopes (right between your eyes), it follows your line of sight exactly, offering shadowless light and all-day comfort.  And because the color is neutral, you’ll see accurate tones and shades in your materials, whether they are for sewing & other needlework or jewelry making.

What does all of this really mean? It means you will be able to easily see things that used to be difficult: dark on dark stitching, multiple shades of dark blue or purple beads & thread, or subtle color differences in stones.

Marcia DeCoster saw a vast improvement in her work with the help of the DreamBeam: “I can bead for much longer stretches of time without getting that tired feeling that I would attribute to being tired and not to having weary eyes. The clarity with which I can see makes the beadwork so much easier.”

Margie Deeb says, “I was wondering how good the light could be. I’ve purchased so many lights that claim to be really bright and they aren’t. This light is perfect–bright enough, and not too yellow or too blue. AND no shadows to work around…I’m in heaven!”

CraftOptics DreamBeam in action

Chris, seeing all the details!

If you want to try CraftOptics with the DreamBeam, give us a call at 888 444 7728 or check us out at http://www.craftoptics.com. We guarantee everything we sell, so you never have risk when you purchase.

You can also see us at these upcoming CraftOptics shows:





What is Mono-vision & How Can CraftOptics Help?

contact lens

One frequently asked question we hear at CraftOptics is “What if I have mono-vision?  Can I still use CraftOptics Telescopes?”

The answer is yes, absolutely.  But let’s back up–what is this increasingly common vision treatment, and how does it affect your work?

A doctor may prescribe mono-vision as a treatment technique for presbyopia.   Rather than bifocals or reading glasses, the condition is treated with contact lenses or surgery, correcting one eye for near vision and the other eye for distance.  Although each eye is dominant for a different distance, they end up working together for clear vision at most distances. It sounds odd but your amazing brain figures out how to make this all happen.

monovision_newMono-vision can be terrific for normal day to day near vision tasks, but for fine detail work it can sometimes be problematic.  If you use CraftOptics Telescopes, you may see just great having plano (clear) lenses in the frame, but for many people with mono-vision, we recommend having you request a prescription from your optometrist that will correct both eyes for near vision in the frame. Essentially, the distance eye will be corrected to match the focal distance of your near eye. Once the focal distances are even, you add the telescopes and will be amazed at how well you see your work.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!  Call us at at 888-444-7728 or meet us in person at one of these upcoming shows:



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Does it feel like you need more light? You do.

Most of us are well aware that vision tends to change with age.  Over time, our eyes lose some of the focusing power that enabled them to compensate for the challenge of seeing clearly at short distances (a condition known as presbyopia, caused by the lens inside the eye becoming less flexible).   Once it becomes too difficult to read a menu or a newspaper, most of us go to the eye doctor, or pick up a pair of readers from the pharmacy and go about our lives with newly corrected vision.  But is that all we need?

Even Brad Pitt needs readers.

Even THIS GUY needs readers.

What many people do not realize is that our lighting needs also change dramatically as we get older.  In fact, a fifty year old needs twice as much light as a thirty year old in order to see adequately at night!  It turns out the tiny muscles that control the size of the pupil are responsible for letting in more light when it’s dark, and like any muscles, they get weaker with age.  As this New York Times reporter puts it, even if you have fairly good vision in your fifties, “it’s as if your eyes were still young but you were wearing sunglasses at night.”  And even if you’re not in the dark, you may not be getting adequate light for the detailed work you’re doing, so it’s important to adjust and strengthen your light source as needed.

CraftOptics DreamBeam in action

Bright, shadowless light from the CraftOptics DreamBeam.


CraftOptics telescopes work with your current prescription (not instead of) to magnify your work, and with our mini, high-intensity DreamBeam light attachment, you also get bright, shadowless light directly on your workspace.  The combination of magnification + light results in outstanding visual acuity for all-day comfort.  We think it’s the ideal solution for those who rely on seeing lots of detail for their art, and our customers agree.

Let us know in the comments if you have any question about magnification or lighting.  Or you can ask us over the phone at 888 444 7728 or in person at one of these upcoming shows:

See you there!




“CraftOptics Telescopes are probably one of the best investments a serious beader can make.”

This terrific post showed up in my mailbox the other day and I can’t help myself–I had to share it:

From the Beading Daily Blog:   Can High-Quality Beading Tools Make a Difference In Your Beading?

(p.s. the answer is YES!)


CraftOptics Fall Lineup!

A big thanks to everyone who visited us at jewelry, bead, sewing and quilting shows over the past year! It has been a very active time and it has been great to meet our customers face to face. We look forward to meeting more of you this fall!

CraftOptics Fall 2012 Schedule

CraftOptics has a very busy schedule over the next few months as we will be attending many shows, demonstrating our product around the country.

If you have any friends or relatives who are beading, sewing, quilt, cross-stitch or needlepoint artists, we would love to help them see their work more comfortably!

Please let them know we will be exhibiting at the following shows this fall:

See you there!

New CraftOptics Video

It’s about time! We put together a little video that walks you through how CraftOptics Telescopes and the CraftOptics DreamBeam light work together to help you see your craft with ease.

We hope you find it helpful and as always, we appreciate your sharing it with those who may be asking you about those funky, telescope-y glasses you are wearing!

As always, if you have questions give us a call any time at 888 444 7728.

Finally…a word about your most important tool

Your most important tools are your eyes, so it is important to take care of them!

Please visit your eye doctor for an annual checkup. We recently had a customer who had her eyes examined so we could install a current prescription into our frames.  During her exam she found out she had early stages of glaucoma! Without that exam, she never would have known, and left untreated, her sight could have been lost.

So, please have your eyes checked annually, and if you need to update the prescription in your CraftOptics Frames, give us a call and we’ll take care of you.

Jeff talks about CraftOptics Telescopes & DreamBeam

If you missed us at a trade show or haven’t seen us in person, this is the video for you! Check out how CraftOptics can help you see amazing detail from a comfortable, ergonomic working position.

Beadwork with Margie Deeb & CraftOptics


Margie Deeb, author of “The Beader’s Color Palette” and “The Beader’s Guide to Color”


It doesn’t have to be this uncomfortable to do your craft…

It doesn't have to be this uncomfortable to do your craft...

Neck, back, shoulder and eye strain all wrapped up into one. It doesn’t have to be this way. We would be happy to show you how to see like a surgeon while sitting in an upright, comfortable, ergonomic position.


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