Reading glasses are a necessity. Most people will tell you there reaches a point where it is just impossible to read without their glasses. Many wearers have also discovered that reading glasses are an easy way to top off their looks and express themselves. So if today your temperament is subdued and serious…tortoise shell or black frames may suit your mood. Woke up feeling rested and a bit giddy... it happens…a spirited pair of readers says it all. Feeling a bit playful and even sexy… flatter yourself with some cat eye readers. Romancing your rock n’ roll days, venture back with some retro style readers and let it rip.
But here’s another use for your reading glasses …they can be used as a tool to tackle your trouble spots and enhance your positives. Wrinkles, bags, puffiness, sallow skin tone …all signs of a life well lived! Easy fix…get a flattering pair of reading glasses and no one will ever notice!
It’s that time of the year again where my town holds its Walk to End Alzheimer’s. I never miss it. Where I live in upstate New York, it’s pretty small town but even so this event has drawn more and more people over the years; probably because more and more people are being affected by Alzheimer’s in one way or another… everywhere. Support groups and events like this not only raise funds and awareness, but they also raise spirits as caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is usually lonely and depressing. It’s easy to forget, but caregivers need support also; reach out to them. So much progress has been made in creating awareness and increasing funding in the past few years, but not nearly enough. As our population ages, more cases will become apparent. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the brain; we all have a brain so we are all at risk. It is a costly disease and the only cause of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or its progression slowed down. The costs are astronomical in dollars, in care and quality of life and our well-being. Alzheimer’s costs everyone.
Truth #3 Ready-Made Readers Are Not Recommended For High Lens Powers
Just a little educational information is required here for a full understanding. P.D./ pupillary distance is the measurement your optician takes to make sure that the center of the lens , which is also the point where you have the clearest vision, lines up with the center of your eye. It should be taken for your distance correction and separately for your reading/near correction since your eyes converge when you read. This simple measurement is important and especially important as the lens strength increases. Any lens strength above a +3.00, in ready-made reading glasses whose P.D. is pre-set, may cause some eyestrain as you may not be looking at the point of the lens that is unique to you that will also give you clearest vision. Ready -made readers are good but not for long periods of reading. This is really a simplified explanation.
Truth #2 Ready-Made Readers Don’t Correct For Astigmatism
This is true. But it really depends on how much astigmatism you have. Anything above a 1.00 in the cylinder box of your prescription would best be corrected by prescription reading glasses. This is very subjective. Some people with lesser amounts of astigmatism may feel the need for their astigmatism correction and some people with even more amounts of astigmatism may not. Over the counter readers will correct you, but for long periods of reading, prescription reading glasses will most likely provide you with the most clarity. BTW, this also goes for people who have considerably unequal corrections in both eyes.