Choosing the Right Reading Glasses

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Choosing the Right Reading Glasses - First Eye Care McKinney

Reading Glasses Help Those with Presbyopia

As most of us know, the older you get, the more your body ages. When your body ages, it often experiences many changes. Unfortunately, your health also starts to decline the older you get. One of the parts of your body that noticeably starts to decline first is your vision. Even if you’ve spent your entire life with near-perfect vision, it will still likely worsen.

While this can be frustrating for many people, you can do many things to help. Waning vision is a natural part of life. Not all forms of vision loss are always a sign of something serious. Some can easily be corrected with simple reading glasses.

However, it is incredibly important to have a comprehensive eye exam with a trusted eye care specialist to make sure that there is not an underlying condition threatening the health of your eyes.


As we have already stated, the older you get, the more likely your vision will get worse. This is a completely natural part of life, even if you are used to having perfect vision. The lens inside your eyes begins to change as you get older, which makes it difficult for you to see objects close to you, such as fine print. This condition is known as presbyopia.

The symptoms of presbyopia begin after the age of 40. You may first recognize issues when you are reading from a computer or book. An estimated two billion people across the globe have presbyopia.

Some common symptoms of presbyopia are:

  • Trouble reading print close to your eyes
  • Frequent squinting or blinking
  • Eyestrain
  • Visual fatigue

If you begin to experience any of these symptoms or find it difficult to read fine print, make sure you schedule an eye exam at First Eye Care McKinney.

What are Reading Glasses?

When your vision begins to wane, it can be frustrating. Finding the right pair of reading glasses can be just as frustrating. However, you must take the time required to find the right fit for your eyes. If not, your vision can struggle further.

It’s important to note that you can decide between either custom eyeglasses or ready-made glasses.

  • Custom glasses: These are often needed when you have other vision conditions, such as myopia, astigmatism, or others. Your eye doctor will figure out what has caused your vision to decline and give you a prescription to correct these issues. Your eye doctor will create lenses that match your prescription, helping you see clearly.
  • Ready-made glasses: These are more easily purchased, as you can find these at retail stores, drug stores, and convenience stores. They are typically made with a one-size-fits-all mentality and are much cheaper than prescription glasses. If you don’t have another vision condition and are only experiencing presbyopia, these will likely help best.

Ready-made glasses are typically what people think of when they think of reading glasses. Your doctor may determine that even though you are struggling to see things close to your eyes, your eyes are still in good shape.

Reading glasses making reading much easier and allow you to see things close up without costing you too much. All you need to do is figure out the correct strength.

Finding the Right Strength

Once your doctor has confirmed you do not need prescription lenses, it’s time to find reading glasses with the right strength. When we say strength, we mean the level at which they magnify objects. Reading glasses’ strength is measured in diopters. They are commonly rated between +1 and +4 diopters (D). +4 ratings fall on the stronger end of the spectrum while +1 are on the weaker end. Both lenses on reading glasses will have the same power. They increase in power by increments of +0.25.

Presbyopia does progress the older you get, typically starting once you pass the age of 40. The younger you are, the lower the power should be. There will occasionally be a chart explaining reading glasses per age. However, it’s important to test out glasses before you buy them, regardless of your age.

Testing Glasses

A whole host of factors goes into how far your presbyopia has progressed. While these charts can be helpful, they are merely a starting off point. Here are some important tips when trying on reading glasses:

  • Start at the lowest possible power
  • Bring an example of what you typically read and take a few minutes to read the material. Are you blinking or straining? Is it hard to read? Do you need to hold the material further from your eyes?
  • If so, increase the power until your eyes easily scan over words
  • Print out an at-home diopter test and bring it with you to test reading glasses

It is very important that you start at lower power levels. If you choose higher power levels, you may overcorrect your eyes, adding to your vision loss in the long run. If you see clearly wearing both low-power and high-power lenses, go with the lower power.

Because these are not prescription glasses, you don’t have to wear them at all times. You only have to wear them when you need to see something up close. If you are just starting with reading glasses, buy a pair with large lenses. These are much easier for your eyes to adjust to. Once you’ve had them for a while, you can purchase a pair that are more your style.

Other Factors

Outside of lens power, there are other factors that you should pay attention to, including:

However, it is important to put your main focus on lens power before deciding the other aspects of your reading glasses.

As you age, your body naturally begins to change. One of the first things to change is your vision. Once you pass the age of 40, your vision begins to decline. Often, this change does not require prescription eyeglasses. Instead, you only need reading glasses to help you see objects close to your eyes. It is important to always have an eye exam to make sure there are no other issues with your eyes. Contact First Eye Care McKinney to schedule your next appointment.

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