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Why are reading glasses available over the counter but glasses for nearsightedness are not?

Why are reading glasses available over the counter but glasses for nearsightedness are not?

Magnifying glasses: "Reading glasses" are just magnifying glasses that you can wear. Near- and farsightedness requires a more individualized lens. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more


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If you are near sighted, is it possible for your vision to improve without wearing glasses?

If you are near sighted, is it possible for your vision to improve without wearing glasses?

Unlikely: What you are implying is the common perception that the wearing of eyeglasses will cause a need for them to increase. The eyes will do the best whether or not the need for eyeglasses is corrected. At your age the most significant change will be presbyopia, the need for near vision correction as one advances over age 40. ...Read more

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I ve near sighted (myopic) vision and i wear glasses for that but should I wear these glasses while reading?

I ve near sighted (myopic) vision and i wear glasses for that but should I wear these glasses while reading?

Either wear: Or not wear glasses for reading whatever is more comfortable. You are young enough to be able to read while wearing your glasses. ...Read more

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I am -5 near sighted. Could the pinhole glasses treatment be effective to me?

No: Pinhole glasses available on the internet and in stores are not a proper treatment for nearsightedness and are unsafe to use. They are only used in an eye exam to estimate the presence of refractive error. Please get an eye esam and have a great day! ...Read more

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Would reading glasses correct nearsightedness ?

Would reading glasses correct nearsightedness ?

No: If you are nearsighted, reading glasses are not needed as you can already see at near. If anything, they would make the vision worse. ...Read more

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Is it okay for a myopic (nearsightedness) person to wear glasses while reading?

Is it okay for a myopic (nearsightedness) person to wear glasses while reading?

Myopic correction: If the myopia is of lower magnitude, it is possible for a person to read comfortably at a reading distance. However, if someone has moderate to high myopia, reading without any correction may be uncomfortable since one has to bring the reading material very closes to their eyes. ...Read more

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Near sighted, -1.00, 20/40 distance acuity. Is my vision still good enough so i won't need reading glasses?

Near sighted, -1.00, 20/40 distance acuity. Is my vision still good enough so i won't need reading glasses?

For awhile: Near vision changes typically occur around age 40-45 and progress into our late 60's, called presbyopia. Nearsightedness does help the reading vision even into those early years, but because presbyopia progresses a -1.00 will eventually not be strong enough. ...Read more

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Can reading glasses correct nearsightedness?

Can reading glasses correct nearsightedness?

No: people who are nearsighted can often read quite well without their glasses on. Their reading vision actually gets worse when they wear their distance glasses when they try to read. This typically happens when they get into their mid-40s. They develop a loss of focusing power up close called presbyopia (happens to everyone). ...Read more

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What is the best place to get glasses for nearsightedness; any recommendations?

What is the best place to get glasses for nearsightedness; any recommendations?

Local Optical Shop: Once you have your prescription, glasses can be ordered from a variety of places including mall chains, optical shops, optometrist or ophthalmologist's office, and even the internet. The actual lens cutting is becoming more of a commodity but good customer service for frame fit and aesthetics as well as trouble shooting for problems with vision or specialty lenses will be the best w/ a local shop. ...Read more

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The best place to get glasses for nearsightedness (are certain stores more accurate)?

The best place to get glasses for nearsightedness (are certain stores more accurate)?

No one place: A careful refractive exam, with careful measurements for the glasses usually yields a good pair of glasses and a happy patient. This can happen at a chain or discount store just as easily as in a boutique optical, but I have found that owner opticians generally do a better job at complex eyeglass prescriptions. ...Read more

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What is the nearsightedness degree when you get glasses for driving?

Uncertain: Every state is different, but in ca, you must be able to see a 20/40 target with each eye in order to pass their screening. If you don't, they ask you to obtain an eye exam to document why you can't see 20/40. If the reason is nearsightedness, your license will have a requirement that you wear corrective lenses while driving. Inability to see 20/40 would translate to about -1.50 or greater. ...Read more

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Will my prescribed glasses correct my nearsightedness? I play lots of video games and that's how I became nearsighted

Will my prescribed glasses correct my nearsightedness? I play lots of video games and that's how I became nearsighted

Myopia: Glasses do not cure your nearsightedness. They correct your vision when you wear them. Probably the nearsighted ness came faster because of the video game playing but did not cause it. ...Read more

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I have nearsightedness and an astigmatism. Should I wear glasses all the time, even for close up activities? Or will this make vision worse?

I have nearsightedness and an astigmatism. Should I wear glasses all the time, even for close up activities? Or will this make vision worse?

Myopic spectacles: Yes, prescription glasses refine the refractive error of the eye, whether nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, or presbyopia. In your case, your myopia allows you to see more clearly up close, but blurry at distance. Wearing properly prescribed glasses will refine your distance vision, &,By the way, wearing glasses doesn't deteriorate your vision. If you see clearly upclose without them on, great ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with normal astigmatism with nearsightedness. First time wearing glasses! I'd like to know, if I need to wear it all the time.

I've been diagnosed with normal astigmatism with nearsightedness. First time wearing glasses! I'd like to know, if I need to wear it all the time.

Better results: You certainly will get better results if you wear them consistently. You could take them off for reading, but should definitely be wearing them to drive or operate machinery where better vision is essential ...Read more

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Is it possible for my nearsightedness to go away I have prescribed glasses only from far. Anyway to correct my vision without LASIK Do exercises work?

Is it possible for my nearsightedness to go away I have prescribed glasses only from far. Anyway to correct my vision without LASIK Do exercises work?

Not by itself: It is usual for those who are nearsighted to need glasses mostly for distance and not for near. Exercises will not work as a nearsighted eye is optically too strong and exercises would only make it stronger and increase the nearsightedness. LASIK is pretty terrific when you reach the proper ago (usually around 23). Meanwhile you can try contact lenses. ...Read more

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What is the reason glasses are not sold for nearsightedness at places other than opticians?

Too many options: There are too many factors that determine a glasses prescription to allow for mass manufacturing. Generally you need a unique prescription for each eye that is combination of distance prescription, close prescription, location of the lenses on your face and any muscle imbalance correction. There is also tinting, anti-reflective coatings, anti-scratch coatings, polarization and more. ...Read more

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When I take off my glasses my eye gets squinty. Sometimes it's left eye and sometimes right one.I am near sighted with high powered glasses. Also my e?

When I take off my glasses my eye gets squinty. Sometimes it's left eye and sometimes right one.I am near sighted with high powered glasses. Also my e?

Squint: It is normal for your eyes to squint when your glasses are off as they are trying to focus. What is your prescription & how old are you? There are options to get rid of glasses. ...Read more