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A 47-year-old member asked:

And i'm wondering if i need reading glasses; how can you tell when you would need them?

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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Easy test at home: Hold up some relatively small text at a comfortable distance. If it is blurry, but gets more clear as you move away, you likely need reading glasses. If you are just now experiencing this problem and are in your early to mid-forties, you almost certainly need reading glasses :).

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Do I have reading glasses or distance glasses; how can I tell?

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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Put them on: Put them on and hold up some text. If it is clear at about 18 inches from your face but your vision at distance is fuzzy, they are likely reading glasses. If the opposite is true, they are likely distance glasses. This could vary based on your prescription.
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A 33-year-old female asked:

How do you know if you need reading glasses?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Try reading glasses.: Go the the local drug store and try the reading glasses they have right off the shelf. You can tell right away if print is easier to read. You can try the different strengths right there and pick the right one for close vision such as reading.

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