Prescription Lenses vs Readers

September 23, 2016

Prescription Lenses vs  Readers

If your arms are getting shorter and shorter as YOU try TO increase the distance between your eyes and your reading material, you’re a candidate for glasses. 

But what kind of glasses? Here’s how to decide when to get what.

 It usually happens around age 45.

Presbyopia, caused by a decreased elasticity in the eyes' lenses so that you can’t focus on the words of your book or restaurant menu, is as certain as waking up to middle age wrinkles.

By aged 50 about 95% of people are affected.

But should you buy readers or prescription lenses?

Here are the pros and cons of each:




Easily purchased

Readers come in generic strengths which can be chosen via a trial and error process

Ideal for those who need help focussing but don’t require other vision correction

If you wear contacts, but need some help with the small print, readers are a good option


Not made to correct distance vision problems

Readers have the same prescription in both lenses even though most people have one eye that is weaker than the other

Readers could put a strain on one eye to make up for a weaker eye which will affect your visual performance

Prescription GLASSES


Tailor-made to suit your eyes

Will give you the most accurate vision correction you need for each eye individually and both together

If you have one eye weaker than the other, require strong vision correction or have myopia, astigmatism, or more serious eye conditions, then prescription glasses are your best choice

Better quality material for lenses and frames.


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