Do you find yourself having a hard time reading a menu in a dimly lit restaurant? Do you sometimes have to extend your arm out while trying to read that message on your smartphone? When you read a book are the words a little blurry and you get headaches? You’re most likely in need of a pair of reading glasses.
Almost all people will develop some need for corrective eyewear, like glasses, to help with their vision at some point in their life. The leading reason why people need corrective eyewear is due to refractive errors in the eyes. Refractive errors are categorized as Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, and Presbyopia.
Myopia is a form of nearsightedness and is the most common refractive error. Myopia usually starts in childhood and progresses upward into adulthood where it usually stabilizes. This refractive error is caused by the eyeball being too long which causes light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on its surface. Having this refractive error in your eyes can only be corrected through having a proper eye exam. It is not recommended to use over the counter corrective wear when having Myopia. This is especially true for children as it could cause more damage in the future.
Hyperopia - This vision error occurs when light rays entering the eye focus behind the retina, versus directly on it. This is commonly known as being farsighted and is the opposite of Myopia as where the eyeball is shorter than normal. This is common in children as well, but they usually grow out of it as their eyeballs eventually grow to normal size. Having Hyperopia usually means you have a difficult time reading books, computer screens, labels, etc. Usually, people with this refractive error don’t need to wear corrective wear all the time only when they need them. Over the counter reading or screen reading glasses can help with this refractive error.
Astigmatism - This vision problem is caused by the cornea having an irregular shape which can change the way light passes, or refracts, to your retina. The side effects of this are usually blurry, fuzzy, or distorted vision. In many cases, your eyes will need different strengths or special lenses that only a proper exam can identify. Having Astigmatism means you will need corrective lenses that are specific to each eye that only an optometrist can prescribe. This error is not suitable for over the counter corrective wear due to most of them having the same strength on both lenses.
Presbyopia - People with this refractive error have similar issues as Hyperopia insofar as they experience difficulty seeing things close up such as books, computer screens, etc. This error is caused by the gradual thickening and loss of flexibility of the lens inside your eye. This means your eyes have less elasticity, making it difficult for the eyes to focus on close objects. Most people will experience this later in life. It’s very common for this to start once you are in your 40s and continue to worsen with time. This refractive error can be corrected with some good readers or screen readers.
As you can see most refractive errors can easily be corrected through getting a good pair of readers or screen readers. There are many choices of over the counter corrective eyewear out there on the market. There are lots of price points and style ranges to choose from, so it is easy to own several pairs that can match with your outfits and personal style. You can even find UV-protectant sunglasses-readers so you won’t have to sacrifice being uncomfortable in the sun. Having readers greatly reduces strain on your eyes, increases productivity when working with computer screens and tablets, and can even make a fashion accessory to complete your outfit.
So what are you waiting for? Go out there and find some readers that fit your style. Your eyes will thank you!