Optometry: Reading Glasses for the Blind

People with corrected vision of 20/200 or worse are legally blind. Even with magnifying glasses or special reading spectacles, they cannot read ordinary newspaper or magazine print. Some 420,000 Americans fall into this category; to help them see, Manhattan Optometrist Dr. William Feinbloom has developed "reading binoculars" that magnify 3.5 times and enable many of the legally blind who are not totally sightless to read with relative ease.

Feinbloom's binoculars are telemicroscopes mounted bifocal-style in the lower portion of ordinary prescription glasses. Made up of four lenses (one of them a "doublet" of two lenses cemented together) separated by three sealed...

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