If you have never worn glasses before, it may be difficult to accept the fact that you might need reading glasses. The natural internal lenses in your eyes become less flexible as you get older. Unfortunately, they don't have the same ability to focus from near to far vision as you did when you were younger.
Close vision deteriorates when your eyes become less flexible. This is known as presbyopia and may leave you wondering if you need reading glasses. Here are some of the ways you can recognise if it’s time to get reading glasses:
• You are over 40 years old. Everyone's eyesight deteriorates at a different rate, although presbyopia strikes most people around their forties.
• When you read or work at a computer, your eyes become fatigued. Do your eyelids grow heavy while you do intricate work or read? Do you find yourself nodding off at your pc? When you develop presbyopia, your eyes have to work harder so you may feel more strain.
• Your vision is blurry. The eye lens loses flexibility as it ages, which makes it less effective at focusing light. It's possible that your eyes don't adapt at the same rate, which can result in double vision.
• You're always turning on the lights. The demand for stronger light is a clear indication of presbyopia. It may be time for reading glasses if you need to switch on numerous lights in a room to feel like it’s bright enough to focus on the words on the page.
• You're having more and more headaches. Headaches can happen if you strain your eyes to read or focus on close-up work on a regular basis. You may have presbyopia if you have a headache behind your eyes.
To have your vision examined, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a full eye exam. Because your vision can change rapidly, even if it's been less than a year since your last test, you should see a doctor if you are experiencing the issues listed above.
The diopter reading test is one of the simplest and most used procedures to determine what strength reading glasses you need. A diopter test is a chart that contains rows of text. Each row has a varied font size, starting with smaller characters and lower strength requirements and progressing upwards as you read down the paper. The chart will begin with words that require a +1.00 strength to read and progress down to those that require a +3.25 strength.
To perform the test, hang the chart 14 inches away from your eyes and read from the top row, which is the smallest, without glasses. If this line is difficult to read, go down the rows until you find a line that is clear.
When you come to a line that you can read without glasses, look at the strength next to it. This is the reading glasses strength you require! If you are still struggling to read the text at the bottom of the test, it is recommended that you contact your optician so that they can advise you on the prescription you need.
Computer glasses and reading glasses are pretty similar. In fact, some people wear reading glasses while working on their computers. The main difference is that sitting at a computer tends to be positioned further away from you than you would hold a book. Another distinction is that computer glasses often have a slight yellow tint or a specific coating that helps filter harmful blue light emitted by digital devices.
Many people may be interested in both reading glasses, and the protection offered by computer glasses, otherwise known as blue light blocking glasses. At SmartBuyGlasses, you do not have to compromise instead, you can get the best of both worlds by simply adding the zFORT® lens coating to your reading glasses at checkout to transform them into blue light glasses.
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