FAQs

Are Reading Glasses Right For You?


As you get older, you may notice that more and more of your friends and colleagues begin wearing reading glasses. You may have even seen racks of reading glasses at your local drugstore. As you age as well, you may wonder if you need reading glasses yourself. Visiting your eye care professional is the best way to determine whether or not you need glasses at all. However, you can do a little research to determine whether you think reading glasses are right for you or not.

A) Aging and your eyes:  When you get older, you may start noticing that you cannot focus on objects close to you as well as you once could. Just like the rest of your body, your eyes can start to change as you age. The specific name for this type of condition is Presbyopia. People who suffer from this can often benefit from wearing reading glasses. The condition Presbyopia is a natural part of aging. In this condition, the crystalline lens loses elasticity. You can begin to notice signs of this condition around the age of 40. Some people don’t begin to experience signs until much later in life however. Sometimes people will still have great vision at a distance, but cannot focus up close. These are the people who most likely benefit from reading glasses.

B) Do i need reading glasses?:  While you should visit your local eye care professional to determine exactly what’s going on with your vision, if you can focus on things at a distance but are having trouble focusing on things close to you, you probably need reading glasses. They should never be used as a replacement for corrective lenses however. You should see your professional to discuss this and all other eye care issues. You might be glad to know however that many people use reading glasses with corrective contacts. While contacts help some see objects at a distance, reading glasses can help them focus up close. Many people also wonder if they have corrective eye surgery like Lasik if they will still need their reading glasses. While Lasik can help you with conditions like Myopia, Hyperopia, and Astigmatism, it will not correct Presbyopia. Therefore, you may still need your reading glasses to help you with this condition.

C) Which reading glasses are for me?:  You may have come to the conclusion that you would benefit from reading glasses, but you may not know exactly which type to purchase. You can always see your eye care professional to get the most accurate power for your specific eye sight. You can also use a Diopter test chart, which is often available in pharmacies or on the web for you to figure out which power you need. Since reading glasses are so affordable, you may want to try several different types with varying powers in order to figure out which one is best for you.

Reading glasses come in so many different colors and styles that you can literally have a different pair for each day of the week. They are so inexpensive that you won’t have to worry about breaking them, because you can afford to buy a new pair when needed. Some wearers will keep several pairs around the house so they are not constantly searching for their reading glasses. You might choose to keep one pair on your night stand and another pair in your purse. You can match them to your clothing or specific events you attend. There are many different options when it comes to their style. You may even find that you love the way your reading glasses accessorize with your look.

When you get all of the information you can on reading glasses you might find that you think you are a good candidate to wear them. There is no reason to go through life struggling to see when you can easily fix the problem. With reading glasses you will no longer need to hold your paper a few feet out from your face in order to see it correctly. You will be able to enjoy reading and seeing at normal levels once again. So, go ahead and try a pair of reading glasses if you are having trouble with seeing things close to you. If it turns out that they don’t help, you will only be out a few dollars or so.