Article by Jeff G
A topic that I have never seen discussed is that of Optical Glasses, specifically, those things that let those of us with less than 20/20 vision see well. I also wear dentures and have foreseen the problems that would arise in a collapse situation.
First off, we are now at the point of preparedness that if you haven’t seen the eyeball doc in the last few years and things are a little blurry or worse, get an exam. I know the cost and inconvenience is a pain in the butt but in the next unforeseen future here in the USA and likely most western countries, you aren’t going to get the chance again for a long, long, looonnng time in a post collapse environment.
Vision is absolutely your most important preparedness item. How are you going to be prepared if you can’t see very well? A year ago, I ordered two sets of acrylic glasses from sears under their $99.00 for two pairs. Wal-Mart now sells their cheapo glasses for $39.00 plus tax each. Frame repair kits can be had for $3.95.
I prefer glass lenses as they don’t scratch as easily but they weigh more and cannot be repaired once scratched. Acrylics will become scratched easily but with care and a helping hand, they can be salvaged to almost as good as new. With Acrylic lenses, water is your best friend and paper products like toilet tissue and Paper towels are your worst enemy. This method took me about 2-3 hours per set of specs.
Salvaging Acrylic lens spectacles (glasses) will take some very high grit wet-dry sandpaper but works like a charm in my experience. I started with 1600 grit, then 2200, then with 2500 grit and finally 3500 and polishing compound and rotary buffer. The lenses were very clear for me in my experiment.
I got my sandpaper through an Amazon company for about 40 bucks for several sheets of each plus a few courser and the polishing compound. The UPSIDE is that you get a large quantity of sandpaper for your money.
All of a sudden, in a collapse situation, you have a vital and needed skill that I promise you, no one out there other than us, thought about. Keep in mind that coatings (like anti-glare and anti-scratch) will change the proper care to bring these things back to serviceable condition. Instead of going into detail about each method, I direct you to Google.com for the care of your particular type lenses.
If you wear dentures, or want to prepare another often overlooked business during a collapse, now is the time to get a few acrylic repair kits (mine are made by Dentemo Co. about $3.00 each) and some denture reline kits from the store of your choice.
George Washington had wooden teeth and they were said to be quite uncomfortable and I believe it. The denture reline kits are now a real problem to get as the company that used to sell them commercially for about $4-$5 dollars for enough to reline both dentures has stopped producing them for the stores.
Used to be (mid 2009) that they were available in the dental area of your favorite store. Not anymore as they suddenly and without notice disappeared from the shelves.
After contacting the manufacturer (SeaBond), they simply told me that they discontinued the product and the Rep had no idea why ( too much pressure from Dentist who charge $200-300 for relines, imho) Most of these do it yourself kits now sell from $15.95 to $50.00 each but you have to mail-order them.
The cheapest I found was Perma-Laboratories with 1 for $19.95 or 4 for 39.99. That is $10 a piece. One kit will only do 1 denture. (no affiliation with the company)
This stuff won’t be available for a long time in the collapse situation. Better to have it and not need it. Less than $100 and you are set to resolve what would be a real problem and change it to a minor inconvenience.