One day it happens. You find yourself squinting, straining and blinking just to focus on a menu, newspaper or another object with incredibly small print. It’s time to accept that aging has taken a toll on your eyes, but no worries. If you had the eye exam in the past year, chances are good that your prescription is right, and all you need is a pair of reading glasses.
Prescription Lenses are Not Perfect
Our eyes change with age, and one of the things that can happen is that your eyes cannot adjust to distances as quickly. You may notice that focusing on small print takes a few more minutes than in past years. Aging is not the only reason why you may need reading glasses. If you spend most of your time focusing on objects in the distance, the muscles in your eyes may atrophy and not be as adept at switching to close-up objects. Having dry eyes and being dehydrated can also affect your ability focus on close-up objects. We also work with patients who have to find a comfortable compromise between good vision close-up or far away.
What are Reading Glasses?
As the name implies, reading glasses are only used when you are reading, working on the computer, sewing or performing other activities that are close to your eyes. Many people wonder why reading glasses are often perched on the end of a person’s nose. This allows for simultaneously working close-up and far away without removing the glasses. Reading glasses compensate for those close-up gaps in your vision. If you find that you need your reading glasses quite frequently, we may suggest bifocals or trifocals.
How Do Find the Right Reading Glasses for My Vision?
If you only use reading glasses occasionally, you may not need to invest in a pair of prescription reading glasses. Your local drug store or favorite department store should have a nice selection. When you start browsing, you will notice that each pair has a number with a plus or minus sign. The number indicates the diopter, or power, of the glasses. Try a few different powers of reading glasses before deciding. We recommend taking something with you to read or finding a magazine in the store. Hold the item at a distance that is equal to what you normally use when reading. Once you find the best power, you can browse for a style that fits your personality.
Are You Having Trouble Seeing Close-Up? Contact Thom Eye & Laser Clinic.
If you are having trouble seeing objects that are close to your eyes, contact Thom Eye & Laser Clinic to schedule an eye exam. You can also learn about diabetic eye care, cataracts, corneal topography and our other services. You can contact our office in Fargo directly at (701) 235-5200.