The tenth of Jastatos in the year 5107.
Last year it was reported by the collegiums at Nydds that more than forty percent of the educated populace has difficulty with reading due to orbital failures in the laymen's eyes. Indeed, some professions - that of miners, painters, woodsmen, and shipwrights - report that various hazards in their daily work environment have caused them to have objects lodged into their eye that eventually robs them of a portion of the sight. Other professions - those of seamstresses, scribes, jewelers, and alchemists - state that poor lighting is the cause of their falling sight.
Several healers, both in the area of Nydds and abroad, have worked to find a solution to this issue that will allow many people to regain their ability. Spectacles don't work for everyone, a young healer told reporters earlier this week. Some people need something more than the spectacles we currently have available. The truth of this statement was made clear to this reporter later in the day when an example of the growing issues was presented at a local library, where the librarian, who wears very thick glasses already, expressed difficulty in reading the print on an older volume.
However, there is a light at the end of our vision and it is one created and distributed by the Merchant Consortium. Cat's-eye orbs are fashioned of certain gems and have a clear band at their center that magnifies print when properly held before the article requiring reading. The amazing little orb is being offered by various merchants throughout the lands at a reasonable price and officers of the Consortium were reported to state that the Gift of Sight was more important than the price.