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All About Reading Glasses

Do you think that you need reading glasses, but aren’t sure where to start? Choosing between all the styles and prescriptions is hard if you don’t know what you are doing. Using the wrong prescription can mean not being able to see things clearly or even getting a headache from straining your eyes. Luckily there are some helpful tips to help you make the best decision.

The most important thing is to know your prescription. You could just try on different pairs and guess at what you think will work best, but that will take a lot of time, and you may end up with glasses that don’t actually work with extended use. You can find simple tests online that will help you determine your prescription. You have several free options if you search online. The website will have an eye test chart for you to print off. They will have specific instructions to make sure it is accurate, but you usually have to adjust the print settings so it is the right size. After that, you just have to take glasses off and read the lines on the chart with the chart about 14 inches from your eyes. They have prescription strengths printed beside each line, so when a line is hard to read, that is your prescription.

Reading glasses also come in a few different varieties. If you spend a lot of time looking at things close to you, then you might want full frame glasses. Switching from close up to far away tasks frequently is best done with half-eye glasses. They are designed so they can easily be looked over to see far away or down through to see close up without moving. You can also find glasses that are specifically made for reading on screens if that is something you struggle with frequently. If you read outside very often, you may want to consider tinted reading glasses to provide shade and protect your eyes.

Some insurance companies will cover the cost of reading glasses. If they are not, don’t’ worry because there are affordable options as well. Pharmacies and department stores have ready-to-wear reading glasses for only a few dollars. You can also order them from online retailers as well. Your eye doctor can also guide you to different designer brands too. There are almost unlimited types of frames and colors to choose. Trying on different pairs will help you know which ones look best on your face.

Most people who have reading glasses prefer having a few different pairs. Having a pair where you use them most often will be very convenient. If you are getting the over-the-counter reading glasses then you can definitely afford to buy a few pairs. It will just depend on if you can use the over-the-counter glasses or a more expensive pair. Buying over-the-counter reading glasses means spending less money up front, but they tend to break sooner. More expensive options tend to last longer.

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