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Why Do People Wear Reading Glasses?

Aging naturally reduces the ability of the eyes to focus on both distant and near objects. People over 40 who do not have astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness may find reading more difficult unless they hold their book or newspaper at arm's length. If you get an eye exam and find you do not need prescription glasses but instead have a condition called presbyopia, reading glasses may be just what you need to correct your vision problem while reading.

How Reading Glasses Correct Presbyopia

Reading glasses offer vision-enhancing properties measured as diopters. Generally, most reading glasses come in various strengths increasing by 0.25 diopters. Ranging from +1.00 diopters up to +6.00 diopters, reading glasses not only improve your ability to see fine print on-demand, but also help prevent eyestrain symptoms.

Consider Prescription Reading Glasses

If you can't find OTC reading glasses that adequately address your vision problem, you can visit your eye doctor’s office and receive a prescription just for reading glasses.

EyeBuyDirect has selected dozens of frames that work especially well for near vision needed in these glasses. If you require multifocal lenses like bifocal or progressive lenses, no problem! Many of the frames below are multifocal compatible. You may also add other lens options, such as computer lenses if you will be doing a lot of reading on a digital screen. As always, use our filter options to narrow your search even more.

Tips for Reducing Eyestrain Caused by Presbyopia

Your eyes' ciliary muscles are responsible for changing the symmetry of the eye lens and for development of eyestrain. As you view objects at various distances, these eye muscles need to constantly adapt to fluctuations in the colors, brightness and motion associated with the image in order to correctly perceive and interpret the image. When ciliary muscles experience persistent demands to contract and adjust to a succession of different images for extended periods, eyestrain may develop, as muscles grow fatigued. Symptoms of eyestrain include blurry vision, dry eyes, muscle spasms around the eyes and headache. You can reduce or eliminate these symptoms by:

• Giving your eyes a break every 15 or 20 minutes by simply closing them. If you are doing intense computer work, grab a cup of coffee, lean back in your chair and relax with your eyes closed.

• Using eye drops if you are prone to dry eyes. Lubricating the eyes relieves pressure on the muscles and keeps them more flexible.

• Remembering to blink. Blinking not only washes away irritants, but also gives the muscles a break, even it is just for a second.

• Investing in a new, flat-screen monitor if you are still using an old, curved, CRT monitor. Better, clearer graphics equals greatly reduced eyestrain!

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