How to Choose the Best Reading Glasses
Are you not sure where to start the process of getting reading glasses? There are so many options and prescriptions it can get very confusing. Using the wrong prescription can mean not being able to see things clearly or even getting a headache from straining your eyes. Luckily there are some helpful tips to help you make the best decision.
First, you will need to decide what the prescription is that you need to see clearly. Guessing by trying on different pairs is not ideal. You can find out your specific prescription by using a test you can easily find online. You have several free options if you search online. You will have to print of an eye test chart that they provide for you. To make sure it is accurate, be sure to follow all of their printing instructions. After that, you just have to take glasses off and read the lines on the chart with the chart about 14 inches from your eyes. They have prescription strengths printed beside each line, so when a line is hard to read, that is your prescription.
Reading glasses also come in a few different varieties. Full frame glasses help people who spend most of their time working close up to have a larger area to see through. Half-eye glasses are best for people who want to switch from looking close up to far away frequently. Looking down through the glasses will focus your work for you, but then you can look up and over the glasses to see far away. If you have trouble reading just on a computer screen, you may want specially designed glasses for reading on screens. If you spend a lot of time outside, then you may want to consider tinted reading glasses.
Some insurance companies will cover the cost of reading glasses. If they are not, don’t’ worry because there are affordable options as well. Pharmacies and department stores have ready-to-wear reading glasses for only a few dollars. You can also order them from online retailers as well. Your eye doctor can also guide you to different designer brands too. There are almost unlimited types of frames and colors to choose. Trying on different pairs will help you know which ones look best on your face.
Having a few different pairs of reading glasses is usually a good idea. This way you can have one on your nightstand, one in your car, or more wherever you use them most. If you are getting the over-the-counter reading glasses then you can definitely afford to buy a few pairs. It will just depend on if you can use the over-the-counter glasses or a more expensive pair. Buying over-the-counter reading glasses means spending less money up front, but they tend to break sooner. More expensive options tend to last longer.