There are two main types of glasses: distance glasses and reading glasses. Both help you focus on objects, focus them correctly and understand them in every detail – the function is the same. However, they do not pursue the same goals.
Distance glasses are intended to help people with myopia see distant objects more clearly. Conversely, reading glasses are generally worn by people with presbyopia, an age-related visual condition that causes the lens to lose flexibility. Presbyopia reduces the quality of near vision and reading glasses improve the ability to see objects that are not too far apart such as a smartphone, a computer screen or a book.
Who Needs Reading Glasses?
When do I know I need reading glasses? Typically, you’ll know you need them when you start having trouble reading small print, especially in low light and when you’re tired. If pushing the object farther away from your face brings it into sharper focus, it’s a relatively sure sign that you have presbyopia and could benefit from reading glasses. But how do you know which reading glasses to buy?
All reading glasses are made with convex lenses, which make nearby objects clearer. Non-prescription reading glasses are widely sold in generic strengths of +1 to +4, and people have to go through and through to find the optimal lens correction.
To buy reading glasses that provide ideal vision, it is best to have an eye exam to determine the right prescription for you with precision. Additionally, custom reading glasses are much more appropriate for people with astigmatism, nearsightedness, or unequal lens in each eye. We also recommend that you have the fit of your reading glasses checked by an experienced optician to make sure that your frames are positioned correctly on your face and fit your needs as well as your lifestyle.