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i am 48. i use reading glasses but i need glasses for my near sightedness too? any recommendations?

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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Progressive bifocal: A bifocal will allow you to correct your distance vision when looking ahead and your reading near vision when looking down.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can I use reading glasses without having side effects?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Sure: Although looking through the wrong "strength" reading glasses can cause eye strain, it cannot cause permanent side effects. This is one of the reasons that readers are available without prescriptions. Some people feel more comfortable using reading glasses even if they are not necessary. The only possible side effect would be headache from using either too week or too strong glasses.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can you tell which level of reading glasses are needed based on prescription numbers?

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Dr. Bud Kurwa
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Needs testing: The closer you want to hold your reading material the higher the number needs to be but it does give you more magnification. Ont he other hand if you want to look at the computer screen which is generally further back you need a weaker lens such as perhaps +1.00.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Glasses for computer use? What are those? Different from reading glasses?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Age dependent: Young people have sufficiently flexible eyes that special glasses for computer work are not necessary. Over age 40 is the presbyopic era when readers are required. For sustained computer work it can be helpful to have a bifocal with an intermediate distance segment on top and a near segment below. This has provided great relief for this task in many of my patients.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Nearsighted from using reading glasses?

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Dr. Faramarz Hidaji
Cosmetic Surgery 29 years experience
Nope!: Reading glasses will notable you nearsighted. Quite the opposite, reading glasses, if too strong, will worsen farsightedness. So use as low a strength as you can comfortably read with.
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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 37 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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