Do I need reading glasses?

Over time, our eyes gradually change. Around our early 40s, we gradually lose our ability to easily see reading material up close, known as presbyopia. With presbyopia, the lens in our eye becomes less flexible, making reading and using smartphones more difficult. For patients who haven’t worn glasses in the past, this can be somewhat alarming.

Thankfully over-the-counter reading glasses are a great option to try at home. Commonly these range from around +1.25 to +3.00. Generally, patients should use the weakest power that provides clear vision while reading. For someone just starting out, +1.25 reading glasses will probably work well. As we get older, the power of reading glasses needed will gradually increase. Patients find buying multiple pairs to keep in various rooms around their home convenient.


If reading glasses do not seem to help much, there may be more going on; please call 419-521-3937 to make an appointment today.

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