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All About Reading Glasses

Are you not sure where to start the process of getting reading glasses? It can be overwhelming with so many options and prescriptions that are available. Not being able to see or getting headaches are the consequences for choosing the wrong pair of glasses. If you are having a hard time making this important choice, here are some tips to help you along.

The most important thing is to know your prescription. You could just try on different pairs and guess at what you think will work best, but that will take a lot of time, and you may end up with glasses that don’t actually work with extended use. You can find out your specific prescription by using a test you can easily find online. There are several websites that offer the test for free. What you do is print off their eye test chart. To make sure it is accurate, be sure to follow all of their printing instructions. They will tell you how far the chart should be away from your face, and then you just take your glasses off and read it. When you get to a line that is hard to read, you see what prescription is printed beside it.

There are also several types of reading glasses that you should know about before buying a pair. Full frame reading glasses are ideal for people who spend a lot of their time looking at things close up. Half-eye glasses will work best for you if you want to be able to easily switch between reading and looking far away frequently. You can look down through the glasses or up over them without having to move. You can also find glasses that are specifically made for reading on screens if that is something you struggle with frequently. You can protect your eyes with tinted reading glasses if you spend a lot of time outside.

The price range for reading glasses may be covered by your insurance. If they are not, don’t’ worry because there are affordable options as well. You can get ready-to-wear reading glasses from pharmacies and department stores for a few dollars. You can also order them from online retailers as well. Your eye doctor may also have designer options that you might be interested in as well. There are almost unlimited types of frames and colors to choose. It is a good idea to try on different styles to see what you like best before buying any.

You may want to even buy a few different pairs of reading glasses. Having a pair where you use them most often will be very convenient. Over-the-counter glasses are cheap enough that this isn’t a problem. If you need more expensive glasses, then this may not be an option. Buying over-the-counter reading glasses means spending less money up front, but they tend to break sooner. Prescription glasses are more expensive, but they also tend to last longer.

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