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A Quick Look At Reading Glasses

Reading Glasses

reading glasses

In this day and age, with the increasing demand for technology and screens, sometimes the best way to escape the realm of flashy lights and touch screens is to really get your head stuck in a good book. Whether you have 5 minutes to spare a day or 5 hours, reading a book you love can really transport you… For some, their ability to do this is hindered by poor eyesight making it more difficult to enjoy their time away from reality or making it not worth spending the time reading because they can't see the pages properly! The use of reading glasses can resolve this problem for so many people, letting them indulge in their favourite books again, revolutionising the reading experience! Here’s a quick guide on everything about reading glasses…

Understanding Reading Glasses: A Clear Perspective

Reading glasses, also known as magnifying glasses, are a vital tool for those who experience presbyopia, a common condition that affects the eye's ability to focus on close objects. This condition is a natural part of the aging process, typically beginning around the age of 40, and can lead to blurred vision and eye strain when reading or engaging in activities that require close-up focus. Reading glasses work by compensating for the diminished ability of the eye's lens to flex and accommodate near objects.

What are Reading Glasses

Despite what their name might imply, reading glasses are for far more than reading. On a basic level, reading glasses act as small magnifying glasses.
As we age so do our eyes, and by the age of around 40 people find it increasingly difficult to focus on objects or writing close up, this is called presbyopia. You do not necessarily need glasses for all tasks but will find glasses help with reading, writing, and other close tasks, like knot tying, sewing, DIY tasks and other hobbies.

Do I Need a Prescription to Buy Reading Glasses

No, you can pick up a pair of reading glasses at most pharmacies and large supermarkets, and they are readily available online, no prescription is necessary, although if you haven't worn reading glasses before it is advisable to have a sight test and get a prescription from your optometrist so that you know you are wearing the correct strength lenses for you, otherwise you can experience eye strain and headaches.

A Style Statement: Functionality Meets Fashion

Gone are the days when reading glasses were considered merely functional items. Today, they have evolved into a fashion statement, reflecting the wearer's personal style and taste. From classic rectangular frames to trendy cat-eye shapes, reading glasses are available in a plethora of designs, colors, and materials. This not only allows users to enhance their vision but also provides an opportunity to express themselves through their eyewear choices.

Choosing the Right Pair: A Perfect Fit for Optimal Comfort

Selecting the right pair of reading glasses goes beyond aesthetics – it's about ensuring comfort and a seamless reading experience. Optometrists recommend visiting an eye care professional to determine the appropriate prescription strength for reading glasses. A proper prescription power is crucial to prevent discomfort and headaches that may arise from using glasses with a prescription power that is too strong. Additionally, factors like the width of the frame, the position of the lenses, and the nose bridge design contribute to the overall comfort of the glasses.

Beyond Books: Versatility of Use

While reading glasses excel at enhancing the reading experience, their utility extends beyond the realm of literature. Many individuals find reading glasses indispensable for activities such as knitting, sewing, hobbies, and even using electronic devices. Their convenience lies in the ease of switching between clear vision for close tasks and regular vision for more distant activities without the need to constantly switch between different pairs of glasses.

Caring for Your Companions: Maintenance and Longevity

To ensure reading glasses remain effective and comfortable, proper maintenance is key. Cleaning the lenses with a microfiber cloth and lens cleaner helps remove smudges and dust particles that can obstruct vision. Storing reading glasses in a protective case when not in use prevents scratches and potential damage. Regular visits to an eye care professional are essential to monitor changes in prescription needs and to address any potential eye health concerns.

Embracing the Joy of Reading Anew

Reading glasses have redefined the reading experience for individuals navigating the challenges of presbyopia. Beyond their functional purpose, these glasses have become a bridge that connects people with the literary worlds they cherish. With their ability to enhance focus and clarity, reading glasses rekindle the joy of reading and other hobbies where good vision is important that might have been dimmed by the passage of time. 

Allow yourself to fully embrace your love of reading no matter what your sight capabilities are… whether this be a newspaper on a Saturday morning, the newest best seller, or your childhood favourite book that you’ve read countless times or the menu at your favourite restaurant… no one should miss out on something they love just because their sight has become an obstacle. Thanks to reading glasses you can pair your favourite novel with a stylish pair of specs that mean you never have to miss out on a good book just because it has small print or too close together lines! 

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 6 Sep 2023, Last modified: 20 May 2024