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Why do I need reading glasses?

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

Although you may not like this answer, having trouble seeing small print up close is a normal part of aging. The technical term is called presbyopia and this typically starts to happen in your early to mid 40’s.

Why exactly does this happen?

Simply put, the lens inside your eye becomes less flexible. Looking at something up close requires our eyes to focus. In order for them to focus, the lens inside the eye needs to flex in a different shape. Over time, the lens becomes stiffer and will not change shape as quickly making it difficult to focus on things at near.

What are the symptoms?

Early symptoms include having trouble switching your focus from far to near, trouble reading up close in dim light, and pulling things away from you to see it clearer.

Can I still wear contacts if I need reading glasses?

Yes! And there are even contact lens options that can potentially eliminate the need for reading glasses such as monovision contacts or multifocal contacts.

If you’re having any of these issues, stop in to make an appointment. We can help!

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