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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