Cheap Reading Glasses: More Harm Than Good?Posted 05/23/2018
Cheap Reading Glasses: More Harm Than Good?
If you’re dealing with the effects of a vision-related condition like Presbyopia, you’ve probably already started your research on how you’re going to address this particular challenge in your life. By now, you’ve arrived at two main options. The first is to book an appointment with an eye care professional, to either work your way towards options like adjustable focus lenses, or to get prescription lenses to call your own. The second is far easier, you think to yourself, and far less expensive as well – you can walk down to the corner store, pick up a pair of cheap reading glasses and call it a day.
While that second option may sound attractive, there are a number of reasons why you’ll definitely want to embrace the former category instead of the latter.
Yes, cheap reading glasses are cheap – but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Even going beyond the fact that you could be doing more harm than good to your vision, there are a wide range of different reasons why cheap reading glasses are rarely, if ever, the way to go.
Cheap Reading Glasses: Why You Might Want to Reconsider
Before we even touch on the topic of what cheap reading glasses could potentially do to your vision, it’s important to talk about them as we would any other product that you might be considering. Maybe the biggest downside that you’re going to encounter sooner rather than later is the fact that, by and large, they won’t come with a warranty.
So if they work, that’s great! But if they don’t, you’re out of luck. If they break, there’s nothing you can do about it. You don’t really have much in the way of options to work with in that regard.
Likewise, many reading glasses are designed to be something of a “one size fits all” solution to a problem that doesn’t always have an easy answer. Cheap reading glasses only correct your vision in terms of one very specific focus. This is why most people usually have multiple pairs laying around the house – if they’re trying to read a book, they’ll use one pair; if they’re trying to watch TV, they’ll use another.
Not only do you have to instantly be able to identify which pair was intended for which function, depending on what you’re trying to accomplish at the time, but you’ve also just increased your chances of breaking a pair (and thus running into that “no warranty” issue we were talking about earlier) exponentially.
Remember that what you’re talking about is A) a product that was designed to be as inexpensive as possible, that is also B) naturally ineffective and C) requires you to purchase multiple pairs to address a single issue that you’re experiencing. If you were talking about ANY other type of product – if you were shopping for a new computer, for example – and it had those three downsides, you’d probably run very quickly in the other direction. Yet people willingly buy cheap reading glasses every day.
Then, there’s the part of the conversation that addresses what they may actually be doing to your vision.
According to an article originally published by the Harvard Review, the major downside of cheap reading glasses actually has to do with how most people are using them in the first place. Simply put, they were never designed to replace a professional eye exam in your life. If you need prescription lenses to correct your vision, you need prescription lenses to correct your vision. There’s not really much you can do to get around that and only a professional can tell you for sure.
When you buy cheap reading glasses, you may be creating a temporary solution – but you’re also exacerbating what was already a permanent problem. Those glasses are only going to grow more ineffective over time as your eye quality continues to deteriorate. This means that little by little, your eye will have to work even harder just to maintain a normal focus. If you’re not careful, you could actually increase the rate at which more drastic steps will need to be taken.
But you’ll also run into other problems, too. Most often, people end up choosing the wrong power for glasses because, again, they’re essentially on their own. You won’t always have someone nearby who is trained in solving this problem and who can help you find the right fit. At best, you may make an educated guess that “sort of works” and, at worst, you could be adding nausea, dizziness, headaches and dry eyes onto your already growing list of Presbyopia symptoms.
Likewise, cheap reading glasses often force you to deal with a lack of ocular symmetry – remember that both eyes are rarely equal. It’s very common for people to need two different prescriptions for each eye and cheap reading glasses have the same power of magnification in both lenses.
Adlens: Because You Should Never Compromise On Your Vision
Even if you don’t have the time in your schedule to sit down for a full eye appointment, there are still better options to consider. Adjustable focus glasses like our Adlens UZOOM glasses, for example, offer a far more specific level of care than cheap reading glasses and a superior level of control at the same time. You can forget about purchasing multiple readers (and losing them or breaking them) to prepare for any situation you happen to be in. Just look at whatever you’re trying to focus on, adjust the dial on the side of the lens, and your vision will return to total clarity in an instant.
If you’re looking for a way to battle the effects of Presbyopia or any other condition that you may be experiencing, we encourage you to make an appointment with your eye care professional so that you can discuss the matter further. If you’d like to find out more information about our Adlens UZOOM adjustable focus lenses, or our lifetime guarantee, please don’t delay— visit www.adlens.com today.