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When many people get older, they might require reading glasses. These come in many different styles and can be quite fashionable.
But putting them on and taking them off repeatedly can get tiresome. So, can you wear reading glasses all day? The short answer is that it isn’t necessarily a good idea. Wearing reading glasses all day won’t hurt your vision, but it can be uncomfortable.
Here, we take an in-depth look into reading glasses and hopefully address a few questions that you might have.
Most of us don’t typically need reading glasses until later in life. As we get older, we get presbyopia, which is just a fancy word for the way that the eyes change as we age and lose the ability to focus on objects up close.
Presbyopia can start in our 40s and will get progressively worse until we are about 65. The lens in our eyes starts to lose its elasticity, which is what leads to the inability to focus properly.
Chances are if you’re over the age of 40, you might start to notice that it’s harder to read fine print. Overall, if you are having trouble focusing on anything up close, whether you are over 40 or not, you could probably benefit from reading glasses.
If you suspect that you might have presbyopia, a visit to an optometrist is in order. They can confirm the condition and set you up with the right prescription for reading glasses.
Wearing reading glasses all day doesn’t cause any serious problems, but this is truer for people who have weak prescriptions. In fact, if your prescription is low, the glasses might help bring everything into clearer focus for you.
But it’s not a good idea if you have a strong prescription. While they won’t damage your eyes, they could cause a headache when you are using your eyes for distance purposes, such as playing sports or driving.
Reading glasses should only be used for reading books, laptops, phones, notebooks, or anything else that requires concentration up close.
If you have a strong prescription but want to wear your reading glasses more often, you can opt for bifocals, trifocals, or progressives.
It can take a week or two before using bifocals becomes second nature, but it might take longer for some people.
You might have headaches, nausea, blurry vision, issues with balance, or the sensation that objects are moving or jumping around. These glasses might also mess with your perception of depth when looking down, so you might find yourself tripping and stumbling, particularly on stairs.
When your eyes move from the bottom of the lens to the top, it can confuse your eyes and brain, making you feel dizzy and unsteady.
Here are a few tips to help you adjust:
As we get older, we might have memory issues, which can include forgetting where we put our glasses. It gets even more confusing if you’re nearsighted because you have to wear glasses for distances and then swap them for reading glasses to read something.
So, here are a few tips to help you on your reading glasses journey:
Wearing reading glasses won’t make your vision worse; your age and genetics will slowly do that job. If you’ve been spending 1 hour of your time staring at a screen, try taking a break for 5 minutes.
If you truly dislike the frames of the reading glasses at your local optician, try online shopping. There are a ton of choices in different styles, colors, and patterns, which might even make wearing reading glasses more enjoyable.
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Kathryn was a librarian in a previous lifetime and is currently a writer about all things birds. When she was a child, thanks to her love of animals she hoped to work in zoos or with wildlife in some way. She's not strong in the sciences, unfortunately, so she uses her time to research and write about all kinds of birds and animals, and hopes to bring that detailed knowledge to OpticsMag.
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