Most people are shortsighted or longsighted to a degree. This means they cannot see long distance clearly, or close up (respectively). Some put up with being longsighted for vanity’s sake. Others cannot afford the cost of single vision reading glasses. The availability of inexpensive, off the peg ones has largely eliminated the latter problem.
Consider Consulting an Eye Specialist before You Buy
If you purchase prescription reading glasses made to match your needs precisely, then the price usually includes a physical eye examination. However if you buy a ready-made pair from a chemist, you often forgo this. Depending on your circumstances, this could be unwise!
Your fading eyesight may be the sign of a more worrisome problem that could need medical attention. Many eye conditions are reversible if detected early. As a general rule of thumb, you should arrange an eye inspection every two years. Or as soon as you notice a deterioration in your sight.
The Classic Signs That You May Need Reading Glasses
You need reading glasses if you cannot easily read your computer screen or a price tag in a shop. Being at arm’s length is seldom a workaround. Full ones are better if you spend a lot of time reading. However if you work with customers, then half-types you can peer over to interact with people are better.
The Pros and Cons of Tinted Reading Glasses
It is tempting to make a fashion statement when buying reading glasses. However this is not a practical solution unless you work under constant bright light. You will struggle to read when the sky is overcast or you are dining out in the evening. If you can afford it, you could have matching pairs of tinted and plain reading glasses. Remember to have the right ones with you when you need them.