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If you have long sight. Which is more effective for reading, bifocals or reading glasses?

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Dr. Michael Manning
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In brief: Either

Long sight, or far-sightedness (also called hyperopia), may be treated with reading glasses.
Whenever a far-sighted patient has reached 40-50 years of age, then he or she may need bifocals if it is desired to see better both at a distance and at near (for reading). This is due to a separate condition, called presbyopia, which affects your ability to "zoom in" with your vision.

In brief: Either

Long sight, or far-sightedness (also called hyperopia), may be treated with reading glasses.
Whenever a far-sighted patient has reached 40-50 years of age, then he or she may need bifocals if it is desired to see better both at a distance and at near (for reading). This is due to a separate condition, called presbyopia, which affects your ability to "zoom in" with your vision.
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