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EYEWEAR FAQs

The following is a list of common questions regarding reading glasses. If this page does not answer your questions, or you would like more information, please contact us.

1. What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a natural, easily correctable part of aging that effects all adults sometime after the age of 40. Presbyopia leads to difficulty in reading, sewing, and other daily near point tasks.

2. How do I know what strength I need for my reading glasses?

The best way to determine the correct strength is to have an eye exam. If you do want to select a strength, start by selecting a low strength. You should see printed material clearly at a distance of about 14 inches from your eyes. If the print is not clear, you can increase the strength in .25 increments until it is at the 14 inch range. The important thing to remember is to stop when the print becomes clear and not to use too much magnification.

3. What are diopters?

Diopter is the unit of measurement for lenses, which measures the refractive power of a lens. Ready-to-wear reading glasses come in diopters ranging from +0.75 to +4.00. The higher the diopter, the higher level of magnification. .

4. What are aspheric lenses?

Lenses that are curved flatter than normal (spherical) lenses. Aspheric lenses are lighter weight, reduce distortion, and do not magnify your eye.

5. What is the difference between ready-to-wear reading glasses and prescription glasses?

The main differences are that ready-to-wear readers have the same prescription in both lenses. Also, the optical centers of the lenses are not placed individually for each wearer.

6. Can I wear readers over my contacts?

Yes, many individuals prefer to use readers and contacts rather than using a progressive lens of bifocal.

7. Will I still need reading glasses after laser vision correction?

Yes, laser vision procedures known as LASIK and PRK will correct for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism but not presbyopia

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Is it me, or is the print getting smaller?

For many, middle age is when a lot of things come into focus, except that is, newspapers, magazines, and computer screens. Usually beginning in their 40's, people experience blurred vision at near points, such as when reading, sewing, or working at the computer. There's no getting around it, this happens to everyone at some point in their life. Even if they never had a vision problem before.

Signs of Presbyopia

When people develop presbyopia, they feel they need to hold books, newspapers, menus, and other reading materials at arm's length in order to focus properly. When they perform near work, they may have headaches or eyestrain, or feel fatigued.

What Causes Presbyopia

Presbyopia is caused by an age related process in which there is a slow loss in the flexibility within the lens inside your eye. These age-related changes occur within the proteins of the lens, making the lens harder and less elastic with the years. Age-related changes also take place in the muscle fibers surrounding the lens.

Presbyopia Treatment

Reading glasses are a very common correction for presbyopia and can be custom made for each individual through an optical dispenser, or they can be purchased "ready-made" from a store like RoccoOriginals.com. Ready-made readers are less expensive than custom eyewear, allowing you to own several pairs for a small amount of money. Pre-made reading glasses also allow you to stash extra pairs in different rooms of the house, as well as in the car, the boat, the office, and so on.