Specs-tacular invention gives bird’s-eye view

Five year old Erin wears the invention created by Ian Crossley.
Five year old Erin wears the invention created by Ian Crossley.

Can you close one eye while keeping the other open? It may sound simple but not everyone can do this – as a volunteer at RSPB Bempton Cliffs discovered.

Ian Crossley had been showing visitors the reserve’s seabirds at a viewpoint but he encountered a problem.

When he invited people to peer down a telescope he found they often claimed they couldn’t see anything so he put on his thinking cap to come up with a solution.

He did this with a little help from Specsavers. The Bridlington store donated a batch of discontinued spectacles so he could adapt them to solve the problem.

He removed one lens and painted the other with black nail varnish.

His invention has worked a treat – so much so that a lot more adults as well as children are giving them a go. Ian said: “By wearing the spectacles you don’t need to decide which eye to close or even close one at all.”