10 FACTS ABOUT YOUR VISION
1. Presbyopia typically begins from the age of 40.
Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process and most people begin to notice the signs of presbyopia sometime after the age of 40. Presbyopia means that you have lost the ability to focus on up-close objects, such as words in a newspaper or a text message on a smartphone. It becomes more difficult to focus on details that are close as the vision becomes more blurred. You often see people from 40 years and up, having one or several pairs of reading glasses within reach, for example on the bedside table, in the car and by the computer. It is more practical since you often have to use them to read and see things up close.
2. With age, it becomes more difficult to focus on nearby objects.
When you were younger, the lenses of the eye were soft but with age, the lenses lose its elasticity and become less flexible thus making it difficult to focus on nearby objects. Most people in their 40s and beyond are familiar with the feeling of having to hold a smartphone, a book and other reading material further away from their eyes in order to see them more clearly. When you encounter trouble seeing or reading things that are up-close, you are farsighted.
3. Presbyopia can be corrected with reading glasses.
Just about anyone in their 40s and up will, at some point, need reading glasses or another type of vision correction. The easiest solution in terms of correcting presbyopia is to use reading glasses, which can be easily purchased without having to consult an optician. For most people, a pair of reading glasses works perfectly when the first effects of presbyopia appear. As your vision continually changes with age, you can buy a stronger power.
4. The wrong power cannot damage your eyes.
Many people think that wearing glasses or using the wrong power or prescription can damage your vision. But whether or not the glasses have the correct power, it does not damage your eyesight. The only thing that can happen if the power is not correct is that you may experience worse vision, and perhaps get a headache or become tired, but it does not weaken your eyesight and does not cause any damage to your eyes in the long run.
5. You can wear both contact lenses and reading glasses at the same time.
Contact lenses and reading glasses can be worn at the same time. Many people who already wear contact lenses and who get presbyopia choose to wear both at the same time to fix multiple vision issues at once. Reading glasses help with reading and seeing things up-close while the contact lenses improve farsightedness.
6. Different distances sometimes require different powers.
Sometimes it can be nice to have several pairs of reading glasses with different powers for different purposes and distances. When you are sitting and working in front of the computer with a distance of about 60 cm, it is often enough to use +1, while you may have to use +1,5 when you are laying in bed with your book close to your nose with about 30 cm distance.
7. Blue Light from digital screens can be harmful to your eyes.
Computers, tablets, smartphones and other digital screens emit blue light in large quantities. Many people do not think about the fact that the many hours in front of the screens each day can be harmful to our eyes and have a negative impact in the form of bad sleep, dry eyes or headaches.
All our Readers have anti-blue light lenses, which protect your eyes by filtering and blocking the blue light rays emitted from the screens, and are available with or without power (0 to +3). Discover all our Blue Light Readers here.
8. A pair of sunglasses with a reading field is practical in the sun.
Our Readers sunglasses with a small reading field allow you to read up close through the lower part of the lenses and to see far away looking through the upper part of the lenses. It is super practical when, for example, you are on the beach enjoying some outdoor reading but at the same time need to keep an eye on the children. Our Readers sunglasses have a small built-in reading field on the bottom part of the lens, while the top part of the lens works like normal sunglasses. The entire glass is of course made with 100% UV protection, so that the dangerous UV rays do not damage the eyes. Discover all our Readers sunglasses here.
9. Some people require different powers for each eye.
If you experience persistent headaches when using reading glasses or if you feel that one eye has better vision than the other, we recommend that you consult an optician to have an individually customized reading glasses made.
10. When reading glasses are no longer enough.
Readers Copenhagen makes reading glasses ranging from 0 and up to +3 dioptres. If you need more than +3 dioptres, you typically need distance glasses. Some people choose to have two different pairs of glasses, a pair of reading glasses to see up-close and regular glasses to see things further away. Others choose to go to their optician to have glasses with progressive lenses made. Progressive lenses have three prescriptions in one pair of glasses and help you see at three different distances.