Prescription or reading Eyeglasses? Understanding the difference

One of the unfortunate aspects of aging is the breakdown in the quality of vision for some. But, if you're a person who has never dealt with vision correction methods before, learning about the degree of specialization in today's eyeglasses can seem overwhelming.

However, to keep things simple, most first-time eyeglasses wearers will have to choose between two types of corrective eyewear: reading and prescription eyeglasses. Conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or others are typically treated with these two options, but many new eyeglass wearers are unaware of the differences between them.

Let's examine the difference between the two most popular eyeglasses options.

Reading Glasses

Reading glasses are designed to treat presbyopia, which is a condition that most adults experience once they reach the age of 35 to 45. Presbyopia is caused by decreased elasticity in the eye's lens that makes objects difficult to see from close range. These glasses come in generic strengths to improve the wearer's vision when reading. Standard reading glasses are only designed to view objects at close range, which is why bifocals are commonly used to shift between short range and distance vision. Reading glasses are not designed to correct vision problems, and unlike prescription glasses, are not designed for full-time use.

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Prescription Glasses

Prescription eyeglasses are specially designed for a patient's specific vision problem, and can be used to correct just about any condition. Unlike reading glasses that can be purchased over-the-counter, patients must consult an eye doctor to obtain an accurate prescription that will work to alleviate his/her eyesight condition. Prescription eyeglasses are more expensive than reading glasses, but they are typically made with higher quality materials, lenses and frames, as well as offering great variety in style and enhanced durability.

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