Choosing The Right Glasses For Reading

Some people have trouble reading things close up. Often this can happen with old age, a condition called presbyopia, but it can even start to affect people from around the age of 40. It isn’t curable, unfortunately, as it’s a natural part of ageing, however by wearing suitable glasses when required and by looking after your eye health, you can lessen the effects.

Millions of people around the world are affected by presbyopia and reading can become quite difficult without help. Sufferers may experience blurred vision, headaches or eye strain, as they may have to hold the book or device further away to see it clearly.
 

What Are Reading Glasses?

A common solution that’s readily available and easy to use, are reading glasses. These are non-prescription lenses that can make it easier to read by magnifying the text on the page or device. The larger words help your eyes focus on the text faster. This reduces eye strain and makes reading more comfortable.

You may have seen the slim glasses perched on the end of somebody’s nose: this is so they can see close-up activities clearly through the lenses, and can also look over the top of the glasses when needing to see something further away. Luckily, there are now modern alternatives like Varilux, progressive lenses you can wear them all the time without the need to switch glasses, take them off, or look over the top of your glasses. These are therefore usually a better alternative to reading glasses as they can be used all day.

Who Needs Glasses For Reading?

Here are a few common signs that you might need some help when it comes to reading a book or focusing on things close to your face:

  • If you have difficulty focussing when reading, drawing, sewing, or seeing the text on a mobile phone
  • When you get headaches or your eyes feel tired after trying to read, it might be a sign you need to get some help

It is best to see an optician to better understand what solutions are best for you to alleviate your symptoms.

Is there a permanent cure?

As the leading cause of the need to use reading glasses is presbyopia, unfortunately there is no permanent cure. However, the current solutions on the market can help reduce the discomfort of this condition.

If you have trouble reading or show any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, it would be best to speak to a professional to find out more.

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