Choosing The Right Glasses For Reading

At some point in our lives we will all have trouble reading or seeing things close up. A condition called presbyopia, which can start to affect people from around the age of 40, is the reason for this inconvenience. It’s a natural part of ageing but that doesn't mean it makes you old, there are a number of solutions depending on your needs.

Presbyopia causes blurred vision and headaches and a tell-tale sign that you may have to hold your book or mobile phone further away to see it clearly. These symptoms are easily overcome with appropriate glasses.
 

  • What are reading glasses?

What Are Reading Glasses?

In their simplest form reading glasses are a pair of lenses that replace our lost ability to focus on near tasks, like reading or sewing. The closer we hold things the more our eyes have to focus but this slowly fades over time. A pair of reading lenses covers the loss and makes things clear again. A major drawback with this type of lenses is that they are only good for things at a particular distance. Say you are reading a book on the lounge and you're holding it at 50cm but then you want to look at something on your computer screen and it's 75cm away, reading glasses will be fine for the book but leave you in a fog for your computer screen.

Luckily, there are new alternatives. Modern reading glasses extend the range of clear vision so you they are suitable for all today's tasks - suitably they are often called "extended focus" lenses, Varilux Digitime is a great example. Other lenses like Varilux, progressive lenses can be worn all the time without the need to switch glasses, take them off, or look over the top of them if you want to see someone coming into your office.

  • Who needs reading glasses?

Who Needs Glasses For Reading?

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

  • If you have difficulty focusing on small print
  • If you screw your eyes up or feel like you want to place things under stronger light when reading, drawing, sewing, or when looking at a text on a mobile phone
  • If you hold things further away to stop them being blurry
  • If you get headaches or your eyes feel tired after trying to read 

These are all signs you need to get some help

It is best to see your optometrist to better understand what solutions are best for you and all the tasks you have at home and at work.

Is there a permanent cure?

At the moment there is no permanent cure for presbyopia but there are some types of refractive surgery that correct for presbyopia. However, if you're looking for a cost effective, fashionable and practical solution, there are lots of different, clever, and convenient lens solutions that give your eyes back their clarity.

If you have trouble reading or show any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, it's best to speak to an optometrist to find out more.

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