Eye Care
Are Reading Glasses Required?

Are Reading Glasses Required?

Your eyes are affected by age, just as it affects your joints. Your natural lenses become less flexible as you get older. They aren’t able to focus as well from close to distant vision as when they were younger.

Your close vision becomes more difficult as your eyes become less flexible. This condition is called presbyopia and can make it difficult to see if you require reading glasses.

These are some signs you might be seeing:

  • Books and other reading material can appear blurry if you hold them close. To read books and other reading materials, you need to place them further away.
  • You may have difficulty reading smaller print under dim lighting.
  • When you read, sew or do any other close work, your eyes can hurt.
  • Reading can cause headaches.

How to choose a strength

You can find the number on the cheap “readers” tag that you’ll be buying if you want to test them. Diopters are units that measure reading glass power. The minimum strength is typically 1.00 diopters. The strength of glasses increases by.25 (1.75, 2..00), 1.50, and 1.75. 4.00 diopters are the strongest glasses.

You can try several to find the one that works best. You can test the glasses by holding a magazine or book 14-16 inches from your face. Two glasses might be needed: one pair read close, and one pair read at a distance like a computer screen.

The most suitable glasses for you are those with the lowest number of lenses.

These glasses may not be as comfortable as prescription glasses. These glasses don’t correct astigmatism, a common condition that can cause blurred vision. They cannot be adjusted to adjust the strength of each eye.

As you age, your vision may change. You might need to purchase a new pair of reading glasses in a few years.

When should you see your doctor?

Your eye doctor can examine your vision if your near vision is blurry. They can either recommend a reading glasses strength or prescribe a prescription based on your exam. It’s always a good idea for your eyes to be checked for any other eye problems.

You might also need glasses to see distance, such as bifocals or trifocals. Bifocals allow you to see close-up and faraway. Progressive lenses and trifocals adjust for distance, middle, or close viewing.

If you have any of these symptoms, consult your eye doctor immediately.

  • Any sudden or dramatic changes in your vision
  • Everything seems blurry
  • There is a pain in your eyes.
  • Flashes of light, halos or flashes around lights can be seen.
  • You have double sight.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends you have a baseline vision exam by age 40. This is when vision problems such as presbyopia and other eye conditions can begin.

It would be best if you then took exams.

  • Between the ages of 55 and 64, every 1 to 3 years
  • Starting at 65, every 1 to 2 years

What would be your next learning topic?

  • What is Presbyopia?
  • What happens at an Eye Exam?


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