When to Start Wearing Reading Glasses?

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(Newswire.net — June 29, 2020) — Maybe it happens somewhere in your mid to late thirties; maybe it happens a little sooner or later.  Data shows that for most of us, our vision begins to naturally decline around ages 37-40.  While we might put off a visit to the optometrist’s office for a plethora of reasons, the most popular of which is that we don’t want to admit our eyesight is on the decline, chances are we need to head in and consider wearing reading glasses.  

The notion of reading glasses elicits unpleasant thoughts for many of us.  We picture our parents with their numerous pairs of “cheaters” lying about and we decide to just hold the book or the smartphone further away and carry on.  Unfortunately, trying to manage our vision sans reading glasses could greatly damage our eyesight, and make us even more frustrated.  

We really shouldn’t worry about whether or not we end up needing a pair of reading glasses.  They’re now available in many attractive frames and colors, so being on-trend is a simple task.  Our advice?  Bite the bullet and get your vision tested.  Here are three tell-tale signs you should consider reading glasses.

  • You have to hold reading materials further away to read them clearly.  The type font isn’t different and you didn’t accidently switch a setting on your phone.  We’ve all been there; you simply can’t see what’s in front of you.  The letters on the screen appear blurry; you wonder if you’re just tired or have had too much caffeine.  You extend the paper or the phone a little further out so that the print comes in to focus.  There’s your sign.  While many of us may be tempted to just keep pulling our work away from our eyes, there’s no need to go on in this manner.  Simply get an eye test and order some cute frames from a reputable online distributor.  
  • You experience eye and/or forehead pain when trying to read or do other close work.  You were once able to write a handwritten note without straining or squinting your eyes.  Now even something as simple as list making seems tedious.  Whether you’re reading, painting, sewing, or doing other close hand/eye work, if you are experiencing eye strain/pain or forehead pain and/or headache, this could be a sign you need corrective reading glasses.  Reading glasses can magnify your work in such a way that your eyes no longer strain to see and you are able to read and do your close work carefully and without pain and fatigue.  
  • You have trouble seeing in dim light.  Everyone sees a little less clearly in dimmer lighting, but if you’re having trouble seeing in lighting that used to accommodate your eyes just fine, you may be experiencing a decrease in your vision.  You don’t have to sacrifice the comfort of ambient lighting and turn on the fluorescents every time you’d like to read.  Simply wearing a pair of reading glasses can help your eyes reclaim their ability to see in lighting that is dim.  

Like it or not, if you identify with any of the aforementioned experiences, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment with your optometrist and consider reading glasses.  There are some great options available to keep you stylish and comfortable while ensuring your vision is corrected.  There’s also zero need to order expensive frames from your optometrist’s office.  You can get the same high quality, stylish frames at a fraction of the price by considering purchasing them from a reputable online retailer.  In fact, some people prefer the styles available from non-medical providers to the ones available from their eye doctor.  Do your research and find the frames that suit you and your personality best.  Reading glasses aren’t a stigma, they’re a statement.