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Dr. Brasuk


I just turned 43 and the newspaper is too fuzzy to read. My husband says I should use his ‘readers.’ Is that safe for my eyes?

Answer: The glasses your husband uses are over-the-counter magnifying glasses that work fine for most people who find their close vision isn’t as crisp as it once was. These glasses are designed to help people who are experiencing presbyopia, a natural condition that causes the lens of the eye to become less flexible. This makes it more difficult for your eyes to readily change focus between distance and near. Virtually everyone will develop presbyopia by the time they are 45.

Whether your husband’s ‘readers’ can help you depends on if you need the same amount of magnification. Because ‘readers’ are inexpensive and come in different magnifying strengths, you may want to find the magnifying power that best enhances your vision.

While ‘readers’ are perfectly safe to use, they cannot provide the benefits of individual prescription glasses. Prescription glasses can be fine tuned with bifocal or trifocal lenses to meet the exact needs of each eye and give you the best vision from near to distant and in between. The most important thing you can do for your eye health is to get regular eye exams that include a check for glaucoma which can progress slowly without symptoms until permanent vision loss has occurred. Routine eye examinations every two years for people over the age of 40 are recommended.”