As you get older, your vision changes. Over time, you likely won’t be able to see as well as you did when you were younger. This doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your eyes; it’s a normal part of life. However, many people as they age do need to start wearing reading glasses in order to read properly.

These are the signs that you need to start wearing reading glasses.

Sign #1

You Can’t Read Close up

One of the first signs that you need reading glasses is that you can no longer read things close up clearly. If you notice that words close to your face are blurry and that you have to hold books and other written content farther away from your eyes for it to be in focus, you may need to get some reading glasses.

Sign #2

You Have Difficulty Reading Small Print

Smaller print is more difficult to read no matter how good your eyes are. However, as you get older, you may find that you aren’t able to read small print as well as you used to. Small print may be especially difficult to read when the light is dimmer.

Sign #3

You Get Headaches from Reading

Headaches are a sign of eye strain. If you can’t see as well for close reading, then this could easily strain your eyes. This could occur no matter whether you’re reading on a computer screen or a paper book or newspaper. The strain comes from not being able to read closely as easily rather than having a problem with a screen, although looking at a screen for a long period of time can also cause headaches due to eye strain.

Sign #4

Your Eyes Ache from Seeing Close

Another symptom that you might need reading glasses is eye aches, especially after doing something that requires using close vision. This can be reading, sewing, or any number of other activities. Anything that you would need to look at closely in order to do could cause eye aches if you might benefit from reading glasses.

Where Can You Get Reading Glasses?

Many pharmacies sell reading glasses that don’t require a prescription. You would just need to try on the different strengths of glasses, starting with the weakest, and then use the weakest possible strength that worked to correct your vision for reading. However, non-prescription reading glasses may not suit you as well as prescription glasses.

Should You Get Reading Glasses from Your Eye Doctor?

It’s a good idea to consult your eye doctor for anything related to your vision and your eyes. If you’re having difficulty reading close up and suspect you may need reading glasses, make an appointment. Your eye doctor can advise you on whether you should get prescription reading glasses or whether there are other options that may suit you better.

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