Do I need an Eye Exam for Reading Glasses?
It usually starts around age 40 and happens to everyone. The natural lens in your eye becomes less elastic with age. Focusing on object or text near you becomes more difficult or results in eye fatigue. This is completely normal. The medical term for this is called Presbyopia. Presbyopia comes from the Greek word "presbys" meaning "elder" and the Greek word "ops" meaning "eye".
Local patients looking for reading glasses (also known as "readers") in Brisbane typically call their optometrist or visit the drug store. Sometimes, a pair of magnifying glasses work adequately; however, it is definitely in your best interest to take this time to get an eye exam.
Get an eye exam before buying reading glasses.
While presbyopia is a normal age related condition, similar symptoms can sometimes be related to something more serious such as macular degeneration. Also, headaches and eye strain can result from wearing reading glasses that are not prescribed correctly to your prescription. Eye exams should also be taken annually; if you have not had one please visit our page on comprehensive eye exams to learn why they are so important. Early detection is always key in eye care. After you have consulted with your optometrist you can make an educated decision on your next pair of readers.