Buying Reading Glasses? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy
The humdrum term ‘reading glasses’ may give you a false sense of how important corrective lenses truly are. Not only can they help those that are farsighted with reading, they can also help with a variety of up-close activities and everyday hobbies. If it’s come time to buy reading glasses, or your doctor recently gave you a prescription for them, you may have many questions about which type to buy: from single strength to bifocal reading glasses, progressive lenses to adjustable focus glasses, there are many options to consider. Below Adlens explores the world of reading glasses and walks you through the top five questions to ask yourself before buying a pair.
1. Why Do I Need Reading Glasses?
Reading glasses are prescribed to those who suffer farsightedness. Farsightedness typically falls into one of two buckets: hyperopia and presbyopia, two very common visual conditions that make nearby objects appear blurry. Presbyopia is an extremely widespread condition described as age-related farsightedness, which typically starts to impact adults around age 45. In fact, the Mayo Clinic estimates there are three million cases of presbyopia in the U.S. each year! However, people experience farsightedness differently. Some may not notice any problems with their vision, particularly at a young age. For people with significant farsightedness, vision can be blurry for objects at any distance, near or far.
According to the National Eye Institute, five to ten percent of the American population suffers from general farsightedness. And, for most, the treatment is simple: reading glasses. While some people end up opting for corrective surgery, corrective magnifying lenses generally treat and help those with farsightedness. Whether you enjoy reading, knitting, texting with friends and family, or searching the World Wide Web on your tablet each night, there are many important uses for reading glasses. Before you purchase your pair, try to think about what you will be using your reading glasses for: Do you need them for reading, for computer use, for farther away visuals, like watching TV? Do you need them for all of the above? This will help gauge the type of reading glasses you should buy.
2. Do I Need Different Strengths for Different Things?
As we age, many of us will notice that reading becomes difficult, and that words on a page look blurry. You may find yourself holding books farther away your face; or finding that your arms are just too short. When this happens, many people choose to look for reading glasses to magnify small print and make reading easier. But just like you don’t use the same horse power for every road in town, you can’t use the same power of magnification for every daily task. Very intricate work, like threading a needle or reading fine print, may require a higher strength than what you’d need for farther away activities, like surfing the web. Do you need two different reading powers in your right and left eye? You’re certainly not alone. Many people find that they need two different levels of power for each eye.
Rather than investing in multiple pairs of reading glasses, it may be worth trying the alternative, adjustable readers. Adlens’ UZOOM adjustable reading glasses, for example, allow wearers to control the strength of their lenses, for each eye and for each task they take on. Adjusting is simple. Just close or cover one eye, slowly turn the dials backwards to focus on what you are looking at, and then repeat in your other eye. Adjust the power in each lens to focus at different distances, for all your daily needs.
3. What Did & Didn’t I Like About My Old Pair of Glasses?
When you’re looking to buy reading glasses, the process can feel overwhelming. There are so many choices between the frames, lenses, and styles. If it’s not your first time purchasing a pair, consider what you do or don’t like about your current readers. Maybe they are a standard, over-the-counter pair from a pharmacy, but the quality just isn’t there. Maybe they were specially prescribed to help with the different powers in each eye, and you want your next pair to achieve a similar task.
Ask yourself the following questions before purchasing your next pair: Were your old readers versatile for several activities? Did you find they weren’t strong enough for certain needs, such as reading fine print? Adjustable vision glasses like Adlens’ UZOOM Precision may be a better fit, if you’re looking for one pair of glasses that can be used for all your daily activities.
4. Do I Have Any Medical Issues Affecting My Eyes? Am I At Risk for Presbyopia?
Visual problems such as farsightedness are very common, but also very treatable. Even if you have had healthy eyes your entire life, you may develop the inevitable condition of presbyopia. This happens with age. Did you know? The word “presbyopia” means “old eye” in Greek. After the age of 45, you may start to find yourself holding newspapers or books farther away from your face, or squinting more often, in order to read and see clearly.
A basic eye exam can help determine if you’re suffering from presbyopia or other vision problems. After the age of 45, the following symptoms of presbyopia can easily be spotted:
- A tendency to hold reading material farther away to make the letters clearer
- Blurred vision at normal reading distance
- Eyestrain or headaches after reading or doing close-up work
Adjustable lens glasses are a great option for those suffering from presbyopia and hyperopia. If you have an astigmatism, however, adjustable glasses may not be the best fit for you. Adlens has found that customers with astigmatisms are not able to focus the glasses as clearly. But, of course, the best way to know is to give them a try!
5. How Often Do I Look at Digital Screens?
Whether you work on a computer, enjoy watching movies, or spend time connecting with friends and family on social media – chances are, you spend some time looking at digital screens. It’s a part of our lives today! The average U.S. adult spends a minimum of six hours – every day – looking at digital screens. That’s a lot of artificial blue light, which can be hard on the eyes. Computer eye strain is becoming a very common problem in our society today, making it especially important for people to take care, particularly those with other eye problems. If you have trouble focusing on computer screens, or feel your eyes getting dry, tired, and blurry after staring at a screen too long, you may benefit from reading glasses with blue light protection. Our UZOOM Screen Protect computer reading glasses, for example, can help block 30 percent of blue light exposure.
Asking the right questions is key to finding the right pair of readers. And Adlens is here to help! We have over two million happy customers, and it’s easy to see (pun intended) why. We offer a Lifetime Guarantee. This warranty is automatically activated after purchase and covers you if you break or lose your adjustable glasses. In addition, new users can enjoy a 90-day hassle-free trial! If, for any reason, you are not happy with your UZOOM reading glasses, you can return within 90 days. Ready to buy reading glasses that work? Visit Adlens.com.