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Pros & Cons of Drugstore Readers: What’s Your Best Option?
February 26, 2019
Most people will develop presbyopia as they get older. With presbyopia, you may not be able to focus on objects nearby as well as you did before. While this can cause some issues with your everyday life, you can use drugstore reading glasses to help you see things clearly when you’re reading or using your smartphone.
If you’re considering getting reading glasses to treat your presbyopia, check out our guide below and learn more about the pros and cons of drugstore readers to see if it’s the best option for you.
Benefits of Wearing Reading Glasses
Reading glasses are often recommended to those with presbyopia. Designed to enhance near-vision when worn, these lenses make reading small print and looking at objects close-by easier.
In addition, reading glasses may be a more cost-effective solution based on your vision correction needs. Compared to prescription lenses, a pair of readers usually costs less.
On top of that, drugstore readers are available in various strengths from +1.00 to +4.00. Both lenses will have the same magnifying levels, so reading glasses are typically best for those who need the same strength for both eyes.
For these glasses to help you see as clearly as possible, you’ll need to choose the right pair for your eyes. To determine which readers are best for you, contact your eye doctor and schedule an eye exam.
Drawbacks of Wearing Reading Glasses
While there are quite a few benefits to wearing drugstore readers, there are also numerous drawbacks you should consider before buying. For example, readers may not be the best option for everyone.
Since both lenses are designed with the same strength, they may not be ideal for those who need different refraction, or magnifying levels, for each eye. It is possible to get custom reading glasses with two different lenses, but they can get quite expensive depending on the strength required.
More importantly, readers are only effective when you’re wearing them. Fortunately, there are longer-lasting and permanent treatments available for those with presbyopia, including Refractive Lens Exchange.
About Refractive Lens Exchange
If you’re interested in minimizing your need for contact lenses and reading glasses, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) can be an effective solution. During an RLE procedure, the surgeon will dissolve the natural lens of the eye using an advanced tool called an emulsifier and replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL) that provides you with the clear vision you need.
An IOL can correct refractive errors in eyesight. Multifocal Fixed Focus and Multifocal IOLs are the most common lenses for a refractive lens exchange.
While the surgery is meant to help eliminate the need for contact lenses and glasses, you may still need them to enhance your vision after the procedure, depending on the IOL used.
Drugstore readers may be recommended for those with presbyopia, but a refractive lens exchange is best if you want a more permanent solution. To learn more about refractive lens exchanges and other presbyopia treatment options, schedule a consultation at Kremer Eye Center today!