My right eye is not a lot of use, and my left one is fairly limited (I am registered as partially sighted) so I replaced the binoculars I used when walking with an inexpensive monocular (i.e. a simple telescope). So much easier to use than bins! But still quite bulky and with 10x magnification more than I need when not gazing into the landscape
However, I know that some people with partial sight, particularly those with macular disease, use a compact monocular to see detail in the environment, and I am interested in getting one. I went to an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, and noticed a man using a very compact monocular, perhaps not more than 7 or 8 cm in length, to see details of paintings, and possibly the labels and signs as well, It was very crowded and I didn't get a chance to ask him about it.
I've searched on line and have found similar looking devices, but there is a huge variety of specifications available and they aren't cheap, so I am loathe to order one without doing a bit more research
1. Do you use one? If so, do you like it, and what type do you have? Waht do you find it most useful for? Every mention I have seen of them mentions looking at bus numbers, which is not a big deal for me, but there are other uses I am sure
2. Do you know of anywhere (London or near) where I could see a range and get advice? I am doubtful about mail order as there is so much choice.