The monocle is a simple alternative to reading glasses and it works, it pre-dates electricity and despite being in the shadow for 100 years it is more relevant now in the 21st century digital age, than when it was invented in the 18th century.
It succeeds where other reading aids fail, its portability, you won't even know when you're carrying it, so it's never an inconvenience and never left behind. Like putting a watch on in a morning, it’s always there when you need it and always complimenting your look.
Expect it to feel a little odd when you first start using your monocle but stick with it and in no time at all we are confident you will master your new craft. Your monocle will feel comfortable and natural, you will wonder how you ever managed without it.
The monocle should not be 'gripped' using the muscles around the eye, refrain from squeezing to hold it in place.
The gallery (the raised top and bottom rim of the monocle) should be horizontal and its purpose serves to keep the lens away from the eye to improve comfort and give you a more secure fit.
Step 1: Hold the monocle by the loop where the pendant meets the monocle (See FIG. 01.) and 'tip it' so the top gallery makes contact first with the loose skin between the eyebrow and the top of the eyelid.
Step 2: Then with a slight upward motion the bottom gallery should be brought in to contact with the skin at the bottom of the eye socket.
Step 3: With practice, this quick and easy manoeuvre will hold the monocle loosely but firmly in place.
Once the monocle is sat in place, keep both eyes open, as much as we would all love to be a pirate the monocle is not an eye patch. The brain quickly compensates so no blurring will occur and your vision in both eyes will be correct.
There is an inescapable pleasure in the realisation that the blurry eyed, face contorting, arm stretching, inability to read menus and mobiles, price labels, and credit card receipts is a thing of the past.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!!
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