Pinhole Glasses - Fashion accessory or medical device?

Published: 10th February 2009
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The first time I heard the term "pinhole glasses" I imagined a set of glasses that had a single lens for each eye that was the size of a pinhole. Kinda like Mugatuu2019s tiny little phone in the movie "Zoolander". The frames would be regular-sized, but with little, itty-bitty lenses.

One might think the Germans would make these. But no, they would be wrong. The Germans are a proud people who value efficiency above many other things. There is nothing efficient about having to squint one's eyes to the size of a pinhole just to be able to see the menu. No, the Germans could not be responsible.

The Italians, on the other hand they fit the bill. If you don't believe me, buy a shirt made by Giorgio Armani or Ermenegildo Zegna. (That is if you can even find your size!) But if you were able to find a shirt printed with your size on it, rest assured, it would not fit. The Italians are always making things smaller than advertised. I cannot cram my feet into Pumas that are marked a size 12, even though every other pair of shoes in my closet says "12" on the bottom. A conspiracy? No doubt! The Italians are clearly attempting to make us feel inadequately large.

However, this has nothing to do with the Italian conspiracy. Pinhole glasses are rather traditionally-sized frames with appropriately-sized lenses. The lenses are usually made from plastic or some composite material. The lenses are otherwise solid, bit contain a regular array of holes. Each hole is of uniform size, none smaller than the tip of a pin.

At first glance, one may assume these were a fashion trend from the 80's gone wrong. Again, we should be careful how quickly we jump to conclusions. In fact, these freaky frames were invented many years ago. Some say in the 1940's. Others claim the special specs were devised several centuries before. That remains an argument for the historians to argue, and we have no choice but to let the record speak for itself.

So are these gauche glasses a fashion accessory or a medical device? Who can know for certain? All we do know is that these magnificent monocles are here to stay! When the train is pulling out of the station, will you be on the first or the last car? My friend, while you are pondering whether you have enough money in this economy to buy these life-changing accoutrements, that train is gone! And I will be waving good-bye to you from the first car.

Resistance is futile. Buy your Pinholies today!!

Mike has been writing and publishing articles about health products. He recently came across a website on pinhole glasses which gave information about this old technique of using pinhole glasses for eyesight correction. Mike himself had tried the product and found it quite beneficial. Here's an article about pinhole glasses.

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