You may need reading glasses if your eyes are already having a hard time focusing on small text and items held within arms’ length. When purchasing a pair, you might be wondering if it is worth purchasing the type prescribed by an eye doctor, or will the more affordable, over-the-counter (OTC) ones do?
About Over-the-Counter Reading Glasses
Over-the-counter reading glasses are found in most pharmacies, discount stores and online retailers. While they are inexpensive and do not require a verified prescription from an eye specialist, a pair of readers still have a specific magnification. The “power” or “strength” of the lens can range anywhere between +0.25 and +6.00
OTC reading glasses come in different lens options like bifocal, aspheric and high-powered as well as specialty styles like computer readers and reading sunglasses. However, the quality of these eyeglasses may be questionable. Minor bubbles or imperfections in the lenses may not be that apparent until you notice them upon regular use. Also, many people who buy OTC readers choose stronger lenses with the hope of seeing more clearly, but that can lead to eye strain and headaches.
About Prescription Reading Glasses
Reading eyeglasses purchased through your eye doctor can be customized to fit the prescription your eyes require. To find the strength or power of the lenses you need for you to see clearly, you’ll have to undergo a comprehensive eye exam. Scheduling one not only helps in picking the right glasses, but also leads to early detection of other conditions that might affect your vision.
There are plenty of advantages of prescription reading eyeglasses over their OTC counterparts. For instance, you’ll have numerous options when it comes to designer and brand name optical frames and the addition of lens coatings. Vision insurance may also include coverage for such purchases, and you can have a frame fitting session with the optician.
Our doctors here at Guilford Eye Center know which lenses and lens treatment are best for your specific needs. Our friendly and knowledgeable opticians will help guide you in choosing the best and most suitable eyeglasses for your personality and lifestyle. Call (336) 292-4516, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents in Greensboro, NC, and the surrounding communities.