How To Choose Reading Glasses

Is it your imagination or does the print in your morning newspaper seem like it's getting smaller and smaller? Are you having to hold fine print farther and farther away from your face in order to read it? Those in the forty-plus age group know it's not their imagination. They simply accept the fact that as their eyes age, the use of reading glasses may help solve the problem.

You can choose from two different styles of reading glasses: Full frame glasses contain an entire lens covered by the reading prescription, and half-eyes glasses are fashioned using only the bottom portion of the lens. The disadvantage to full glasses is that they're great for reading, but when you look up through the lens to see in the distance, everything is blurry. Half-lenses, on the other hand, give you the close-up correction you need while reading, yet allow you to peer over the top of the half-lens and see things clearly at a distance.

You can get prescription reading glasses from your local optician that are custom-made for your particular eyesight needs. Or you can purchase ready-made "readers" at local drug stores and department stores. The beauty of these ready-made "readers" is that they are available in a wide variety of colors and fashion styles and are inexpensive enough for you to have several pairs to keep handy in the car glove compartment, at your computer work station or on your bedroom nightstand. The major disadvantage of ready-made "readers," however, is that the prescription in both lenses is the same strength and does not address your particular prescription issues which are unique to each of your eyes.

If you purchase ready-made "readers" that are too strong for one or both eyes, you'll experience eye strain or headaches. Most "reader" displays at retail stores, luckily, will offer you a selection of prescriptive strengths. So before you worry about eyeglass style or color, pick up a reader pair off the display and try to read some small copy on a nearby bottle of aspirin, for instance.

Keep trying different strengths of readers until you find a pair that allows you to read fine print clearly and comfortably without stretching out your arms or squinting your eyes. Take note of the prescription power number of the most comfortable pair, and then go in search of a color or style of eyeglass available using this prescription strength.

If you already wear prescriptive lenses, you may feel more comfortable getting prescription reading glasses with lenses that are unique for your eyesight. If this is your first experience with needing glasses to read, investigate ready-made "readers" as an economical solution to your reading problem.


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