To help with reading "small print" on labels at the supermarket or just shopping in general, I have purchased several cheap pairs of magnifying spectacles. They are in various colours to match what I'm wearing or at least look trendy. I pop them on top of my head when not in use (like you do with sun glasses), a bit like a head-band or hair accessory. When I need to look at something up close, they are there, in seconds.
The best spectacles I've found are from Spotlight (similar to your Dollar Stores), they even have ones with a bayonet connection (tiny springs where the arms connect to the glasses) at the sides which allows for any size head without breaking from continual use. I have been doing this for years now. My prescription reading glasses stay at home (safely) beside the computer. They are too expensive to keep replacing if I lose them whilst shopping!
By Kay from New South Wales, Australia
Our local Dollar General stores have just the same thing. Here, the ones with the tiny springs are called "spring temple" glasses, usually a high dollar feature. Lenses are also quite good with no perceptable distortion. The Dollar General versions are $5.00.
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