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What's the difference between eyeglasses and reading glasses?

What age will you need glasses?

For some it could be soon, for others it may be later.

At Invision Eyecare, we have found patients as young as toddlers and up find the right pair of glasses for their eye care needs.

There is more than one reason to wear glasses; sometimes, finding the right prescription is not as easy as a quick trip to the doctor. Not all glasses prescriptions are created equal either. To keep things simple, we’ll break down the reasons why people need glasses into two categories:

- Myopia or nearsightedness

- Presbyopia or the wearing down of the eyes.

What is Myopia?

Myopia is a condition where an individual has trouble seeing things that are far away from them. That is why it is commonly called, nearsightedness.

Myopia can occur as early as someone can recognize the signs in the individual. For children, this can look like:

- Constant squinting.

- Sitting close to the TV or putting books close to their face.

- Accidentally running into things around the house.

It’s important to pay attention to these signs early in children so they can be treated as soon as possible. It can be dangerous for anyone who needs glasses to not have them. Plus, imagine what they’re missing out on seeing in this beautiful world because of their vision.

In fact, we know of a story of a child who needed glasses so badly, when she finally was fitted with the right pair, she started reaching for her shadow to touch it. She never knew it was there, to begin with!

As we said, Myopia can occur at any age but the earlier you recognize the symptoms the faster you can improve the quality of life for that individual.

At Invision Eyecare, we have frames for all styles and budgets. Feel free to reach out to schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member to get started on seeing again.

What is Presbyopia?

Some people may go the majority of their lives without needing glasses

However, as life catches up with all of us, our bodies start to get tired and worn down. This is especially true with your eyes.

Like Myopia, Presbyopia is when things get harder to see from a distance. This is caused by our eyes getting older which naturally decreases vision.

However, unlike Myopia, someone with Presbyopia may not need to wear glasses all day long. Most of the time they may just need to wear glasses for reading or driving a car.

Also, people with Presbyopia do not need to wear corrective lenses. Instead, they can wear “readers” that have a type of corrective lens in them that does need to be prescribed. You can get these types of glasses at most pharmacies. To know what prescription readers you need for your glasses, you can take a test using a Diopter chart.

This is similar to the chart with all the letters on it that progressively decrease in font size. Once it gets to the point where you have a hard time reading them, that’s when you know you’ve found your prescription!

If you have any questions or want a second opinion about your readers, feel free to reach out to our team at Invision Eyecare.


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