Are you at the point of not being able to read up close without straining?
Reading Glasses and Fashion
Many people find themselves in need of single-vision reading glasses. It’s not a sin. In fact, reading glasses can be fashionable, colorful, and fun to coordinate with your wardrobe. There are full size, half-eyes, bifocals which are “plano” or no added Rx on the top so you can actually walk in them without getting dizzy, sun readers, and wallet readers which work great for restaurant menu reading.
Reading glasses can be custom-made for each individual through an optical dispenser, or they can be purchased “ready-made” at retail shops or online at stores. Ready-made readers became popular in the 1990s: three times more pairs were purchased during that decade than ever before, at an estimated rate of 30 million pairs per year. They are less expensive than custom eyewear, allowing you to own several pairs for a reasonably small amount of money.
Reading Glasses for Everyone
Reading glasses are available in many fun styles and colors. Individuals with presbyopia can experiment with fashion, purchasing a somewhat outrageous pair of glasses without risking a lot of money. If your mood changes the style, you can always get another inexpensive pair with a more conservative look. Pre-made reading glasses also allow you to warrant keeping extra pairs in different locations such as; home, office, boat, car, cabin, and so on. It is commonplace for patients to own several pairs of readers.
Don’t confuse reading glasses with computer eyewear. If you’re using reading glasses to try to view your computer screen, it’s probably not working very well. Reading is done in your “near” vision, and computer work is done in your “middle” range vision. I don’t know of any ready-made computer glasses as of yet. For now, I suggest you see your eye doctor and local optician.
Reading Glasses Are Still Glasses!
It is important to maintain good eye health by consulting an eye doctor when you need a change in prescription, or at least once every two years. The need for a new pair of reading glasses may be nothing more than the natural aging process at work, but it might also signal that there is a serious problem with your eyes that can be treated if caught in time. Glaucoma, for example, is a serious eye disease that has no symptoms at first but can steal your vision if it’s not controlled with medication. A simple, standard test can detect it, but you’ll need to visit your eye doctor in order to have the test.