A lot of people associate reading glasses with “older folks'' but that’s not necessarily true. What is true is that your eyes start changing and stiffening from the age of 10 and upward. By the time you hit your 40s your eyes are less flexible, causing them to have a harder time focusing close-up. This condition of eye inflexibility is called presbyopia. Presbyopia is different from being nearsighted or farsighted and it affects almost everyone. In fact, if you are already nearsighted you may experience presbyopia even earlier in life. Don’t worry, presbyopia isn’t something to stress about. It is NOT a disease; it's actually just a fancy word for “time to get readers''.
- Needing arm extensions? Can’t seem to hold your newspaper far enough? When your eyes are just starting to feel the effects of presbyopia you find yourself inching your book or reading material away from your face. This is a great time to think about reading glasses. It’s best to catch this earlier on because the longer you wait the more strain it causes on your eyes.
- Are you needing extra light on your menu at restaurants? It might be time to explore reading glasses when you can’t seem to get enough light to see the words. By the age of 60 your eyes need 3X more light than a 20 year-old, due to the change and flexibility of your retina. Think about it this way: your eyes are like a camera lens. When light enters into a camera it focuses. 20 year-old eyes are like a brand new camera that focuses automatically, while 60 year old eyes are like a vintage 35MM - it moves a little slower.
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- Eye exhaustion. Are your eyes overworked and tired after short periods of time? Your eyes get tired just like your joints and muscles. When your eyes are strained from trying to focus, you can really feel that exhaustion behind your eyelids. If you missed the other early signs of needing reading glasses now is definitely time.
- Aches and pains. Are you experiencing headaches often after reading? This is another major sign that it’s time for reading glasses, regular glasses or bifocals. If you get to this point you should schedule an appointment with a local optometrist. The optometrist will be able to detect what you need to prevent aches and eye strain as well as the right strength of reading glasses.
Bite the bullet
When you have checked all if not most of the boxes, it's time to make your eyes a priority and commit to reading glasses. The first step is finding the strength that feels and looks right.
And here’s the good news: you don’t have to settle for drugstore readers with their cheap construction and off putting designs.
Written by: Shawna Villatoro (Director of Stores at Topdrawer)