Drugstore Reading Glasses: How to Pick a Perfect Pair
Do you find yourself holding reading material farther and farther away in order to see it? It may be time for reading glasses. Here’s how to pick the right pair of over-the-counter readers.
One of the more obvious signs of getting older involves your vision. When once-crystal-clear words on a page or screen start to blur, it may be a sign that you need reading glasses.
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Perhaps that’s all you need. But it’s still important to consult a doctor for an eye exam to rule out other, more serious, problems — especially if you have concerns or symptoms related to your eyes or vision.
Ophthalmologist Rishi Singh, MD, says the need for reading glasses first becomes evident when you’re holding reading material farther and farther away from you in order to see it better.
That’s because, as we age, our eyes become less mobile, making it more difficult to focus on objects that are close to us.
An optometrist can help you choose a good pair of high-quality reading glasses. In a pinch, you can also get inexpensive glasses at any drugstore. (And anyone who needs reading glasses can tell you you’ll want plenty of spares around the house.)
If you do go the drugstore route, how can you find the perfect pair to makes those fuzzy letters and words clear again?
Before you go, Dr. Singh suggests gathering up some reading material to take with you to the drug store.
If you’re still having trouble with your vision, see an optometrist or ophthalmologist — you may need a prescription, bifocals, or another solution.