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Future Vision LED Reading Glasses

By Chicago Tribune / chicagotribune.com

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» What is it: Reading glasses with tiny LED lights in the frames.

» How it works: Flip a switch under each battery, and the glasses become miniature flashlights aimed wherever you look. Lenses are available in magnifications ranging from 1.25 to 2.75. Battery life is estimated at 30 hours, and a replacement set is included.

» The good: I saw these in the Skymall catalog on a recent flight and just had to have them. At home I have a bedside lamp for reading, but I don't always have that luxury when I'm on the road. I'm a frequent traveler, and these glasses let me feed my fiction craving in any hotel setup. They also are good for reading on a train, bus or in a car, checking out a menu in a dim restaurant or perusing that well-worn map on a dark street. I was afraid they would appear geeky, but they look just like regular reading glasses. An added benefit is that I can wear them at home and not worry about disturbing my husband if he falls asleep first. I've already dropped them once, and they didn't break, so they seem sturdy enough.

» The bad: It would be nice if one switch turned on both lights, but that might make them bulkier and more expensive.

» Cost: $20 in black or tortoise frames

» Available from: futurevisionledreaders.com

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