Presbyopia Remedy: Reading glasses for old age reading problem

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Presbyopia is an age-related medical condition that results in the loss of the ability to see objects at a near range.

This gradual and intensifying condition is as a result of eye lens hardening and associated decrease in length along with strength of the ciliary muscle, which is accountable for the action known as ‘vision accommodating’.

Presbyopia mostly becomes evident around the mid 40s for many, regardless of how great their vision was all through life, we will all develop presbyopia at some point.

Symptoms of presbyopia

Those with presbyopia eye condition typically find themselves holding objects (e. g. a newspaper or even phone) at ranges further from their eyes compared to usual in order to see details on them more clearly.

They may also make a complaint of headaches, blurred vision and eye fatigue, that are worse in dimly lit environments or sensations of tiredness.

Tests are performed to detect presbyopia. It may be treated in several different ways, such as with eye glasses, lenses and surgery. Surgery may end up being done to change the particular form of the cornea, making near vision easier, or an artificial lens may be implanted after removal of the natural one.

Reading glasses / spectacles

Reading glasses assist with the refraction of light before it enters the planes of the eyes. People who already use glasses due to a preexisting problem may require a new set of eyeglasses according to their condition.

The particular purpose of bifocal glasses is to correct both near and far range problems. With these spectacles, the lens has 2 parts, where the lower half of the lens may be used for near vision and the particular upper half for far vision.

Besides bifocals, there are trifocals and progressive lenses. Trifocal glasses have three areas within the lens that will allow for far, near and mid-range vision.

Also, progressive lenses are different from bifocals in that will they have a gradual change in dioptric strength from the upper and lower halves of the particular lens, thus correcting eyesight from the far to near point. This eliminates the abrupt change on the line border that bifocal lenses use.


Now that you know the solution to the problem, use reading glasses to treat presbyopia symptoms. Don’t miss out the most important part when you read on our next article on learning all about reading glasses, and how to choose a comfortable pair of reading glasses.

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All you need to know about Reading Glasses

The article gives you an overview of reading glasses, what it is, the symptoms and solutions surrounding reading glasses and presbyopia.

Introduction of what is reading glasses

It’s essential to get our eyes inspected each year in light of the fact that our vision becomes weaker. What’s more, once you’re in your 40s, the progressions can be very stark from one year onto the next.

While a few people may require reading glasses, other people who have never needed to wear glasses may be shocked to discover they require them now.

Reading glasses are made fundamentally for presbyopia which is an age-related eye problem. Many people experience this problem when they approach 40 years old.

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Causes – who needs it?

Presbyopia is caused by a diminished elasticity in the eye’s crystallised lens, making it more hard to focus on objects in a close-up short distance. Reading glasses come in a few standard strengths that can be purchased by a consumer by trial and error.

One user Amy described her experience with reading glasses as simply the ‘perfect fit’. “Reading glasses are comfortable because it did not cause eye strain, and were surely less expensive. They’re cheap and affordable where you don’t need to stress over damaging them or losing them.”

The need for it really relies upon your vision. Some people may find it helpful as it removes the strain from reading. Some of you may find it absolutely necessary when it comes to reading newspaper.

For those moving toward 40, finding that glasses are useful might be the first symptoms of presbyopia. When presbyopia builds up, your visual perception will intensify and reading glasses will then be a need.

How is it different from prescription glasses?

Of course, a reading glasses is more necessary especially for close work. As we age, our eye muscles that allow us to focus become less elastic and focusing particularly close up becomes more difficult. This aging process, called presbyopia, happens to us all and it is too bad that it cannot be prevented. Even those who have never worn glasses may suddenly find they cannot read small print without it being at arm’s length as time passes by.

When this point is reached, denial is useless; you need to consider reading glasses! However as much as a normal glasses or a prescription glasses is concern, it helps you to correct Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism but it does not correct Presbyopia so that is why we need a reading glasses. It specially assist those with presbyopia for a short range reading to have a clearer and sharper reading experience.

Detachable reading glasses

detachable reading glasses

Structure of reading glasses

Unlike short-sightedness, this type of glasses utilise convex lens to correct the reading problem. The higher the power required, the thicker the convex lens be, as it translate into the amount of “aid” needed to focus on near object such as newspaper wordings.

As it is a single vision lens, it is easy to wear with minimal distortion. However, one will realise that distant object can be quite blurry with reading glasses, (exception for wearer with farsightedness). Reading glasses do provide comfort in reading, but can be inconvenience to keep putting on when needed and taking off when not required.

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Customised reading glasses

There are plenty of off-the-shelf reading glasses available in the market. You may get it from convenience stores, book shop and even night market. However, these ready made reading glasses may come in same power for both eyes and without astigmatism correction. Pupillary distance may not be suitable too. This is why while your friend find it comfortable wearing an off-the-shelf, you may not.

A customised reading glasses is made after conducting a thorough eye test and taking reading habit into consideration to prescribe the exact power that fit respective individual. Needless to say that the customised reading glasses will be clear and comfortable to wear. You can also choose really good design frame to make into reading glasses. Check out our frame selections here.

Why we should wear ?

Picking out the first pair of your reading glasses involves finding something that feels comfortable and look great at the same time. But then it is surely fun!

Reading glasses especially for those hard-core reader is somehow your much best companion at all times, so you must be wanting to have a good one in your possession.

Fret not, you can always consult any eyewear store and they will surely can offer you the one that matches you the best. Reading glasses is relevant for all different readers’ age and nothing is to be shameful about if you really need to wear one when reading. Since the thing that matters the most is for you to enjoy your reading time very well while having your creative imagination runs wild.


While reading glasses can help remedy issues identified with close proximity vision, they are not made to rectify long-distance vision issues. Moreover, for individuals who are encountering presbyopia, wearing reading glasses may obstruct their capability to see long-distance. If you’d like to find out more about progressive glasses, here’s a write up that will help you. Click here.

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Custom-made Reading Glasses vs. Pre-fabricated Glasses

Off the shelves/pre-fabricated reading glasses are much cheaper and convenient to get. So you might even consider getting multiple pairs – one to be left in the car, one in the living room and one in bedroom. However, one downside about this type of glasses is that they are “one-size-fits-all” items. Most people do not have same prescription for both eyes and the pre-fabricated ones do not address this issue. So what’s so good about custom-made reading glasses?.

1. Reading power is made according to your individual eye’s prescription. A custom-made reading glasses will take into consideration of your habitual reading distance. Remember, reading glasses are supposed to blend into your lifestyle seamlessly. Meaning you should feel comfortable using the reading glasses rather than changing your lifestyle to fit the glasses you buy.

2. Correct astigmatism. Making your very own pair of reading glasses need to take astigmatism into account. In such cases where astigmatism is necessary, the reading glasses will have it.

3. Optical center. A custom-made one will have your pupil centre measured and made accordingly. Headaches and eyestrains can arise if the optical center deviates too far from the actual one.

4. A proper eye check. Lastly, sometimes vision blurs may happen due to factors such as glaucoma. Increasing the power of the reading glasses will not solved blurry vision, instead getting a proper eye check will.

So, how long has it been since your last eye-check? We hear a very long time, well maybe it’s about time. Did we also mention that you can have really cool frames to make reading glasses? Click here to make an appointment with us and get a pair of yours now!