How do I Know When I Need Reading Glasses?


How Do I Know When I Need Reading Glasses?

Similar to life cycles, your vision has its own cycle. Not everybody’s eyesight will completely give out in their lifetime, but most people will encounter some form of impairment; the most common one being nearsightedness. This is why reading glasses are a very popular type of eyewear. If you are unaware of the signs, you may not know that you need reading glasses.

Here at Rx-Safety, we want to help you understand eye safety before deciding when, or if, you need reading glasses. Your eyesight can change at any time in your life, and if you can tell what the signs of nearsightedness are, you can better tell if you need glasses. 

Do I need reading glasses? It Can Happen at Any Time 

The most common age to get glasses is around 40 years old, when most people start to lose vision. The main reason is that Presbyopia, age-related farsightedness, is most common at this age. Presbyopia makes it difficult for people to view nearby objects with clarity. As you grow older, it is recommended to consult with an ophthalmologist or optician regularly even if you haven’t encountered any problems with your vision, to monitor any potential vision issues.

Even though it is more common for adults, people can still experience trouble with their eyesight at any age. In order to prevent eye disease, as well to determine any vision impairments, children are constantly tested in schools from a young age up to their teens to monitor potential vision impairment amongst our youth. If there are any issues with your eyes at a young age, it can become much worse over time, so early detection is key. No matter the age, it is important to be aware of the signs of nearsightedness or other vision issues.

Signs to be Aware of

Once you know the signs of nearsightedness, you can tell for yourself if you, or a loved one, needs reading glasses. If you are a parent and concerned your children need glasses, there are several signs to look out for. Early signs to look for in children, include he or she frequently rubbing their eyes, being constantly unaware of distant objects, or persistently squinting while reading a book or using the computer. If you also notice that your child sits closer to the television or other electronic screens, they might have trouble seeing what is being projected. If you notice these signs yourself, it’s best to consult with an ophthalmologist to see what can be done. Children are not always aware enough to identify their own vision impairments, so it is their parents’ responsibility to determine if their child needs glasses. 

One of the most common signs of nearsightedness is when written text is blurry in low light. More concerning is if the text is also blurry in a room at full light. Another sign that you might need glasses is if your eyes become tired when reading or using your computer. Your eyelids can become heavy while you read because your eyes are working harder and laboring more than usual.  

If you find yourself with a headache after reading, this can be another sign of nearsightedness to watch for. Seeing halos is a common sign of cataracts which can affect your ability to see up-close text, but what often solves this issue is reading glasses if caught early. If cataracts are left untreated, they can lead to permanent blindness. 

There are other signs like blinking excessively, squinting or partially closing your eyelids, or finding it difficult to see while driving. It is important to remember that having one issue at a time could also be a symptom of something else, but if any of these symptoms are recurring and/or happening at the same time, consult with an ophthalmologist right away.


If you realize that you have trouble reading or making out other detailed work, do not hesitate to purchase reading glasses. You can find cheap over the counter (OTC) glasses, but prescription made glasses are recommended. Prescriptions are made for you and can correct some vision impairments, while OTC accommodates groups of people with minor vision impairments. Not only are prescription glasses better for your eyes but they are fitted to stay on your head. OTC glasses can fall off more easily as they lack the same care as a proper prescription pair. We understand that depending on the thickness of your lens, not all frames may come in your prescription, but with a variety of brands to choose from, we can help find the right pair for you.

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