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Why Do People Wear Reading Glasses?

Your Washington, D.C. optometrist explains who needs reading glasses, and how to choose the right pair for you.

Eyeglasses are the most common type of vision correction for people of all ages. They give a sharper view of the world, upgrading your quality of life. Wearing eyeglasses can also help you to avoid eye strain and all the uncomfortable symptoms associated with it.

There are two primary types of eyeglasses – distance glasses and reading glasses, both of which help you to focus on objects. However, they don’t achieve the same goals.

Distance glasses are intended to help people with myopia (nearsightedness) to see faraway objects more clearly. In contrast, reading glasses are worn generally by people with presbyopia, an age-related vision condition that causes the eye’s lens to lose flexibility. Presbyopia reduces the quality of near vision and reading glasses improve the ability to see something up close, such as a smartphone, computer screen, or book.

Who needs reading glasses?

Our Washington, D.C. optometrist fits almost every patient over age 40 with reading glasses at some point. Typically, you’ll know you need them when you start having trouble reading small print, especially in dim lighting and when you’re tired. If pushing the object further from your face brings it into sharper focus, it’s a relatively sure sign that you have presbyopia and could benefit from reading glasses.

How do you know which reading glasses to buy?

All reading glasses are made from convex lenses, which makes near objects look clearer. Non-prescription reading glasses are sold widely with generic strengths from +1 to +4, and people must use trial-and-error to find their optimal lens correction. Also, these over-the-counter reading glasses are typically constructed from lower quality materials than the eyeglasses sold by your local optometrist. As a result, the lenses usually cause more distortions.

For reading glasses that provide ideal vision, it’s best to have an eye exam to determine your precise prescription. Also, customized reading eyeglasses are much more appropriate for people with astigmatism, myopia, or an unequal lens strength in each eye.

We also recommend having an experienced optician check the fit of your reading glasses to ensure that your frames sit on your face properly and suit your lifestyle needs.

Can I wear contact lenses with reading glasses?

Yes, this can be an effective vision solution for some people. If you wear contact lenses for nearsightedness and also have presbyopia, putting on a pair of reading glasses over your contacts for short-term use can be a helpful way to read small print or do tasks up-close.

How do I know what style of reading glasses is right for me?

Our Washington, D.C. optometrist strongly suggests selecting reading glasses that fit your face shape and complement your sense of fashion. Because if you aren’t happy with the way you look in them, you won’t wear them!

Do you have memories of grandma sitting with reading glasses perched on her nose or hanging from a chain? Once upon a time, reading glasses came in only a few dated designs. Nowadays, there’s a fabulous range of flattering styles to choose from, ranging from small traditional wire frames to larger, chunky eyeglasses in bold colors. Browse the collection at our Washington, D.C. optical store to find a few pairs of readers to coordinate with your different outfits and moods!

At Washington Eye Doctors, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 202-335-5032 or book an appointment online to see one of our Washington, D.C. eye doctors.

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Why buy a 2nd pair of eyeglasses?

Our optical store has a fantastic collection of frames for all your visual needs!

A second pair of eyeglasses is not a luxury, it’s a true to life accessory! Besides the problem that you always forget where you put them, there’s a variety of reasons that make a strong case for buying extra frames. No matter why you need more glasses, check out our stylish optical collection at Washington Eye Doctors.

To help you select the perfect 2nd pair of eyeglasses, knowing your personal reasons for buying them is key to buying the right frames and lenses for your needs. Look through this list to identify your needs:

Reading glasses and computer glasses

If you’re over 40, you’re probably used to holding fine print far from your face to see it. Reading glasses are an easier, more efficient solution than constantly stretching your arm. And if you spend hours per day at the computer, we recommend buying a pair of customized computer glasses. They’ll protect your eyes from blue light, and relax your eye muscles with an enhanced view of the screen.

Match your look

Do you wear the same clothes every day? So why wear the same pair of frames every day? The bold, serious look you want to broadcast at work may not be the same fun and flirty look you want to show off after hours. If you love splashy colored frames, consider buying the same glasses in two colors to avoid clashing with your clothes. Pick a 2nd pair of eyeglasses to match your changing optic mood and wardrobe.

Stay safe with a second pair of glasses

If you need prescription glasses to see and they break, you don’t want to be left wandering around in a blurry world. The strain of focusing will lead to a migraine and eye fatigue, and you risk injury from bumping into unseen objects and/or tripping. A spare second pair of eyeglasses will ensure that you always have sharp, safe vision.

Sun protection and polarized lenses

Indoor glasses fulfill indoor tasks, but when you go outdoors – you need outdoor glasses. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays, as well as enhance your vision instead of being blinded by bright light. Make sunglasses your 2nd pair and keep them handy at all times. If you spend a lot of time behind the wheel of your car or boat, it’s wise to invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses for ultimate protection against glare. Polarized sunglasses block reflections from the sun that bounce off your windshield or the water.

See? Even if you don’t forget where you put your eyeglasses all the time, there are plenty of reasons to buy a second pair of glasses from our optical collection at Washington Eye Doctors.

At Washington Eye Doctors, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 202-335-5032 or book an appointment online to see one of our Washington, D.C. eye doctors.

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