As you get older, it’s likely that your vision will deteriorate marginally and you’ll eventually need to wear glasses for reading and other close-up activities (perhaps using your iPad or sewing or knitting). This is nothing to worry about; it’s just a part of the ageing process that we have little control over.
Typically, those over 40 may start to see some changes in their close vision, although long-sightedness (or presbyopia) can develop later in life for many people. You may not immediately notice the change, instead you’ll find yourself holding things a little further away – like menus in restaurants or food packets in the supermarket – until eventually you’re reading things at a full arm’s length. You’ve probably seen a fair share of people doing this when you’re out!
The simplest way to correct this is with a visit to your optician. At Eye Emporium, we see lots of people who need reading glasses. After a thorough eye examination to test your vision as well as your eye health, it’s our job to answer any questions you may have about the changes to your vision, as well as addressing any concerns you may have about correction or further deterioration.
We always advise that you have your vision tested before purchasing specs so that the vision correction is perfect. Many people are tempted by the ready reader style glasses you can purchase on the high street at a very low cost, but as you might expect, guessing your prescription is hit and miss and you could actually cause yourself to feel ill with headaches, nausea and eyestrain by using glasses of the wrong strength.
When you purchase ‘proper’ reading glasses from an expert optician, you can rest assured that your new specs will be made to your exact specifications, so reading will once again become hassle-free. They don’t have to be expensive glasses either. Also, if you do happen to experience any problems with a custom-made pair of reading glasses you can go back to your optician to discuss adjustments that may be required.
If you only need glasses for reading then you will most likely be advised to purchase single vision specs. However, if you already wear glasses to correct short-sightedness (myopia), you may be offered more options. For example, you could opt for a pair of single vision reading glasses and just swap your glasses over when you need to, or you may select a pair of multifocal lenses that have different sections to look through depending on what you are doing. Whatever your requirements, don’t worry, Eye Emporium have you covered and will give you as much time and advice as you need to select the perfect option for you.
If you’ve started to notice yourself holding things further away to be able to read them, or if you’re simply due your next eye examination, give our friendly team at Eye Emporium a call on 0800 020 9202. We’ll book your test and give you all the help and advice you need to correct your vision and make you feel great.