All adults will need reading glasses to improve clarity of print by their mid to late 40s due to a benign condition called presbyopia which is characterized by gradual loss of the eye’s ability to quickly focus on things that are close. Presbyopia is expected in middle aged adults, but can certainly occur in younger adults as well. A good way to test your eyes for presbyopia is to hold something with words in small print such as the ingredients list on a shampoo bottle 6 inches in front of one eye. If the print is not crystal clear, you should consider using reading glasses.

The best way to determine which strength of reading glasses is good for you is to head to an ophthalmologist, an eye and vision doctor who diagnoses and treats eye diseases in addition to fitting patients for glasses and contact lenses. Many ophthalmologists make prescription lenses and sell frames. While receiving a reading glasses prescription from a licensed doctor is likely to yield near perfect results, eye doctors are not accessible to everyone due to a variety of reasons.

If checking out the reading glasses counter at a local drugstore works better for you, follow the reading glasses guidelines below.

DO make sure the prescription allows you to read clearly and comfortable.

DON’T choose a prescription that causes you to put forth effort to read.

DO walk around the store with the glasses on your face for the rest of your visit.

DON’T spend an excessive amount on your first pair.

DO have multiple cheap pairs of reading glasses to keep in the places where you read most often like at work, at home, and in the car

DO take note of the strength of your reading glasses so you know which strength to try first if you choose to buy more in the future.

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