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  1. #1
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    Default I can't see.

    I'm new at bee keeping, started this year.
    I wear progressive glasses but still can't see much detail.

    What are you older guys using to see better.

    I bought a magnify glass but not a very good one.
    Maybe get a stronger one.

    Thx

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    Default Re: I can't see.

    I had cataract surgery this past year and I can see distance just fine whereas close up is not good at all. I wear reading glasses bought at the pharmacy for reading and working bees. Still not perfect but the best I can do.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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    Default Re: I can't see.

    A 3 inch magnifying glass works for me to see eggs. Also cheap reading glasses, one dollar at Dollar Tree.

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    Default Re: I can't see.

    A flashlight helps a lot as well as whatever you need to read...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: I can't see.

    This in a dark or shady space helps

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001F0...dir_mdp_mobile

    It has both LED and Krypton bulbs.

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    Default Re: I can't see.

    Carson MagniVisor Headband Lighted CP-60 Magnifier

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carson-Magni.../230917771350?

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    Default Re: I can't see.

    May or may not be helpful and I have good vision so I have no reason to try....

    MAYBE take pictures of the frames with a good digital camera and then inspect the pictures. That should allow you to zoom in for more detail when needed. I try to get pictures of my inspections for this reason. I can zoom in and see better details and maybe see something I missed when I was looking the first time. I found my queen on a picture even tho I did not see her when I was in the hive.

    Just my $0.02
    April 21, 2014 - 3 Hives - 2 packages and 1 swarm

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    Default Re: I can't see.

    I'll share my experience in case it helps...I also had retinal surgery; for a while due to cataracts I could only see eggs by taking my glasses off (glad I discovered that) and taking advantage of my new-sightedness. This year I had cataract surgery and new eyeglasses. I made sure the opthamologist knew that my goal was to be able to see eggs. I even took in books with pictures so he knew. With progressive lenses, I now see eggs fine.

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    Default Re: I can't see.

    I wear progressives (and really dislike them, btw) and am able to see eggs just fine. Perhaps you need an improved prescription? I have three focal areas, for distance, computer use, and reading. It's fairly natural to hold up a frame and look through the center, the area for computer distance. So if I want to look closely, I need to hold it down and look through the reading area. But if I really want to see detail, I use a camera. Even the camera on most smartphones will take pretty reasonable up-close photos.


    Brian

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    Default Re: I can't see.

    If your goal is to see eggs, I find that having good light behind me and holding the frame at the right angle to let the light into the cells (the cells slope slightly upward) helps.
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