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So you think you may need reading glasses? Don’t worry, sooner or later it happens to all of us!
Around the age of 40, your eyes tend to lose flexibility. Just go ahead and add that to the list of things that lose flexibility after age 40… This makes focusing at close range more difficult.
You may start to notice that all of the sudden it’s harder to read a menu in low light. Or maybe you find yourself holding papers at arm’s length to focus (show). You’ll be tempted to say you just need more light, or longer arms – but really, you need reading glasses.
So now that you’ve decided to take the plunge, how the heck do you know what strength to choose? The best way to simply find somewhere that reading glasses are sold and take a few pairs for a test drive. Try on some different strengths and read everything you can get your hands on. You’ll quickly start to see which strength feels the most comfortable. Most people who are new to readers start out with a +1.00 or a +1.25.
It’s also common to find you may prefer different strengths for different uses. You may find you need a lower strength for computer use than you do for extremely close work (like sewing) or reading very small type. The farther away from your face your focus is, the lower the magnification you’ll need. It really does depend on what is comfortable for you for how you’ll be using them. But if you’re still unsure, you eye doctor can help by offering a recommendation on your strength. Or contact us for help in deciphering your existing prescription to determine your reading magnification.
Once you’ve decided on your strength and picked out the perfect pair of readers, then the challenge becomes having them at hand when you need them. It’s common for people to own multiple pairs – actually the average reader-needer has 8-10 pairs! It just makes good sense to have a pair stashed at all the key points around your home or office: one by your computer, on your desk, on the nightstand, one in your bag. Having multiple pairs is great because you can try some different styles! Semi-rimless, bifocals, there’s a whole world out there! Maybe you’re conservative for work and you like funky readers for home.
And that’s all part of the fun of it! Seriously…readers can be fun! They’re like a watch or shoes – just another opportunity to add to show off your style.
And don’t forget, it’s so, so important to get yearly eye exams to preserve overall eye health. Make sure you get your eyes checked – just think of it as a reason to treat yourself to a new pair of eyebobs after your exam!