Tips for Buying Reading Glasses

Do you think that you need reading glasses, but aren’t sure where to start? It can be overwhelming with so many options and prescriptions that are available. And the consequences of choosing the wrong prescription can mean headaches or still not be able to see. If you are having a hard time making this important choice, here are some tips to help you along.

First, you will need to decide what the prescription is that you need to see clearly. Guessing by trying on different pairs is not ideal. You can find simple tests online that will help you determine your prescription. You have several free options if you search online. You will have to print of an eye test chart that they provide for you. 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. They will tell you how far the chart should be away from your face, and then you just take your glasses off and read it. When you get to a line that is hard to read, you see what prescription is printed beside it.

There are also several types of reading glasses that you should know about before buying a pair. Full frame glasses help people who spend most of their time working close up to have a larger area to see through. Half-eye glasses will work best for you if you want to be able to easily switch between reading and looking far away frequently. Looking down through the glasses will focus your work for you, but then you can look up and over the glasses to see far away. 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. Just like everything else, you can find lots of options online too. If you are interested in designer brands, you should check with your eye doctor. 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. You will use your glasses all over, so this way you can have a pair everywhere you use them. 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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