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5 Signs You May Need Reading Glasses

It's inevitable. As we age, the lenses and intricate muscles of our eyes--just like our shoulder, knee and hip joints--lose elasticity and flexibility. Are you having trouble focusing on close-up details? Reading the fine print on the vitamin bottle? Finding the right spot - by moving your arms out and in - where the book or tablet is readable?

Then you have presbyopia. Originating from Greek language, meaning "elderly vision," presbyopia develops as we age, causing our eyes to strain as we focus on close or nearby objects. The treatment is simple. It's time for reading glasses. 

Need more convincing? We have a few other indications that it may be time for readers. 

Physical symptoms
Squinting, eye fatigue or strain, headaches, blurred vision: These physical symptoms occur because the lenses in your eyes are becoming less flexible and your eyes are working harder to see. 

Let there be light
Are you starting to turn on all the lights when you enter a room? Not to worry. Studies show that people over the age of 60 require up to three times as much light as millennials to read or perform close-up tasks. You do need plenty of light in order to read--even with reading glasses. 

Seeing halos
If you see glowing circles around car headlights, street lights or light bulbs,  you may have presbyopia. 

Your optometrist says so
If you’re experiencing any of the above, it’s time for an eye exam. Your doctor may suggest readers, bifocals, or a new prescription for your daily eyewear. Staying current with your comprehensive eye exams and visiting your eye doctor at the onset of any of the above symptoms is key to maintaining good eye health well into your years. 

Half or full frames?
Ask your doctor if full frames (the entire lens includes your prescription for reading) or “half-eyes” (those Ben Franklin style glasses that sit lower on your nose) might be right for you. How much time do you spend reading or performing close-up tasks? If the answer is “a lot,” then talk with your doctor about getting full frames.

Always make sure you are covered with the best possible vision insurance. We know this business inside and out, and we’ve got your back. We’ve done the research and are here to help with any questions. Chat with one of our teammates, call at 888-890-1944 or e-mail us at We’re glad to assist anytime.

Of note: The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any healthcare changes. Also, please speak to your doctor before using any form of medication, whether that is prescription or nonprescription drugs.