Portions of the Story Below are Reprinted from the Mag Eyes Web Site , the Balance was Written By Mike Hogue
( For a complete reprint or more info, go to: http://www.mageyes.com )
To Mary Frances Sherlock, in 1992, her invention of a hands free, head mounted, dual lens magnifier seemed just a prayer and a dream; but by 1997 MagEyes had sold by the thousands and was a 1995 product finalist for the Product Excellence Award sponsored by PJS Publications and Craft Trends magazine.
MagEyes has become a successful product in the $11 billion craft and hobby business because of it 's unique head mounted magnifier design which gives vision enhancement to all types of people doing close precision work, or just simply reading. And to think it all began with a trip to her dentist ( he was using an expensive medical magnifier which he gave to her to use) and Mary Frances being a keen observer of anything that could help those with visual acuity limitations or hand-related disabilities saw this was a product anyone could use. As I was sitting and smocking in the beauty shop in Houston wearing this expensive magnifier, all these ladies asked, "Where did you get that!" I immediately saw a need for it and finally decided on New Year's in 1992: "This is it ! " I was going to do it or quit thinking about it. " Because the dentist gave her his magnifier, she later decided to invent her own to make it easier to use and more cost "friendly " for the average person.
Then she met with a patent lawyer in Houston along with a design engineer to begin the long process of designing the MagEyes for submission to the U.S. patent office. MagEyes's first patent was issued in May of 1995 and two subsequent patents were issued in the next several years. Some of the MagEyes uses and applications are: hand sewing, fly tying, manicures, model building, needlepoint, quilting, miniature painting, coin/stamp collecting, jewelry making, inspection, rework, antique collecting/inspection. The vision enhancement also helps in reading the stock market, maps, directories, medicine bottle labels, schematics, contract fine print, and the Bible.
Mary Frances began marketing the MagEyes in consumer and trade shows; as well as advertising regularly in hobby, craft and sewing magazines. At the trade shows she would introduce this revolutionary product to anyone who would listen. People were amazed at the comfort, ease of use, and quality of the MagEyes. Stores and catalog companies quickly began buying the MagEyes; they realized their overall sales would increase if people could work on their hobbies/crafts with less eye strain or fatigue, by wearing the MagEyes to enhance their vision.
The many benefits of MagEyes are: the unit is feather - light, easy to travel with , very comfortable , easily interchangeable lenses (1.6x ,2.0x , 2.25 x , & 2.75 x ), and it brings your reading or work closer into focus than regular "drugstore" magnifying glasses and does not mess up your hairstyle. The unit is designed to be worn with or without prescription glasses. It is not intended to replace prescription glasses. The dual lenses are a high grade, optical quality acrylic, which create no distortion in the viewing area.
Here's Why We Like Mageyes:
My wife Laura loves this! Laura thinks this is the easiest and best product for those that have vision trouble. With the Mageyes you can focus on the smallest midge, tiniest hook or smallest detail with little effort. Mageyes are very comfortable, light weight and fit your head easily. Any style of regular glasses can be worn with them. Whether you have a single lens, contacts, bifocals or trifocals, it makes no difference.
Mageyes is one of the first economical products which offers the user the ability to look at things close up without using your hands or a table top lens system. While most table top systems are fixed and require you to use them where the lens is, the Mageyes move where you want them to go! Unlike many clip on systems, the lens is fully adjustable and can be moved up or down to allow for a better view. Different power lens can be swapped out for additional focusing. So if you need a helping hand to see better, this is it!
Price: $32.00. Comes complete with head band, a 2.5x magnifier and a 4x magnifier.
For more Info Contact:
Mike Hogue / Badger Creek Fly Tying / 622 West Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068