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Which Reading Glasses Prescription Do I Need?
If you’re struggling to read or see things close up, then it might be time to invest in a pair of reading glasses. If you’ve never worn glasses before, you might be wondering how to find the right strength. Follow these tips to choose glasses and see clearly again.
Why Do People Need Reading Glasses?
A common part of aging is that the muscles in the eyes have a hard time focusing on objects close up. This is a condition known as presbyopia. Even if you’ve gone your entire life with perfect or near-perfect eyesight and haven’t needed glasses, you might find that you have trouble reading books, papers and other close objects once you’ve hit the age of 40. There isn’t a treatment or cure for this condition, notes Cleveland Clinic, but reading glasses are readily available at drugstores, super stores and discount stores to help you see clearly again.
Using a Printable Diopter Reading Chart
One of the best ways to determine your prescription at home is to use a printable diopter reading chart. These charts have multiple lines of text in varying sizes — similar to the eye chart used by your optometrist. To use the chart, hold it about 14 to 16 inches from your face or about the distance that you’d normally read a book or magazine. Start at the top line and work your way down until you reach a line that you see clearly at this distance. Look at the number corresponding to this line to see the strength you’ll need for reading glasses. A reading glasses power chart is handy if you’re shopping online for a pair of readers.
Choosing Reading Glasses Strength Based on Age
Presbyopia is a condition that worsens with age, and it’s also easy to predict how it affects people of a certain age. People in their 40s often need low-power reading glasses while those in their 60s tend to do better with high-power reading glasses, notes All About Vision. Once you reach 60, the prescription you need often remains constant.
Test Different Strengths
Perhaps the best way to determine what reading glasses prescription you need is to head to the store and test out several pairs. Usually, the display at the drug store has a chart that you can use to test the prescription, but you can also bring your own book or magazine to test. Start at the lowest power and continue to move up until you can read clearly.
Consult an Eye Doctor
Your eye doctor can help you determine which strength you need. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam so that your doctor can determine if there are any other issues affecting your vision. If you simply need a pair of drugstore readers, your doctor will let you know. However, there might be a chance that you need reading prescription glasses. This might be the case if one eye requires a different magnification than the other.
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