Reading Glasses vs Bifocals Glasses

Reading Glasses vs Bifocals Glasses

Reading Glasses

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One Should not fool around when it is the matter of his/her eyes. People need to know the difference between a good pair of glasses and the ones that can cause severe migraines. Such as the importance of wearing a pair of high-quality reading glasses if your near vision is not what it used to be.

Reading glasses are available in two different ranges i.e., over the counter or prescription versions, they can enhance the aptitude to read something closer, such as a book or a computer screen. Over-the-counter reading glasses are better to be used by people who have the same lens power or strength in each eye and don’t have Astigmatism (a common condition that causes blurred vision).

They can be easily bought at drugstores, departmental stores, and various general retailers without a prescription. These are the reading glasses that are specially designed for short-term wear. The most common range of lens power of reading glasses is from +1 to +4. Over-the-counter reading glasses should better be opted by the people who have reasonable distance vision i.e., farsightedness.

Prescription reading glasses

If a person is suffering from eye strain or double vision, they should go for Prescription reading glasses. They are most often donned by people with serious eye illnesses e.g., Myopia, Astigmatism, or unequal strength of lenses.

Selecting Reading Glasses

Before donning any reading glasses, one should consult with the eye care specialists even if it is over-the-counter reading glasses. Some of the eye professionals advise going for eye check-ups to identify if there are any problems like macular degeneration, glaucoma, or cataracts.

Most of the people can go for a range of low-power reading glasses like +1.25 to +1.5. If they have computer works. To read closer, the scope for strong glasses can be given by +2.0 to +2.5. The power of the lens required increases with age.

After selecting the right power of eyes, the next step is selecting a high-quality lens and a sturdy frame. The cost of the over-the-counter non-prescription reading glasses can charge from $1 to $50, and a pair of prescription glasses can range from $200 and up, depending on the quality.

Reading glasses that are made from low-quality lens material are lesser in cost but can be very deteriorating, causing vision distortion, color blindness, or glare. This causes difficulty in reading. But instead, people should spend a little extra to get a better quality of vision.

There are certain myths about wearing reading glasses i.e., and they can cause eyes to weaken. That is just a rumor. Another myth is you can ditch your reading glasses and adopt cataract surgery. This is not true, as well. There is another concept that reading glasses can make your personality look older.

Eye specialists nullify that old notion of looking at reading glasses considering a vast population of America i.e., more than 150 million people wear vision-correcting eyeglasses. However, studies have shown that people who put on eyeglasses seem to be more intelligent than people who do not. The alternatives to reading glasses are Bifocal Glasses, multifocal glasses, multifocal contact lenses, and surgery.

Selecting Bi-focal Glasses

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The symptoms of presbyopia can be seen after the age of 40, when you may begin to realize that your arms are not long enough to hold the reading material at a visible distance. You will have to consult eye specialists for multifocal glasses if you are already wearing reading glasses, only then you will be able to see objects at all distances.

Most of the people suffering from presbyopia opt for line-free progressive lenses. Typical bifocals and trifocals have some advantages over progressives. In a nutshell, bifocal and trifocal lenses provide broader lens areas for reading and computer work compared to the progressive lenses.

There are many purpose-oriented bifocal and trifocal lens designs available that include special spectacles for computer usage and for other activities that need clear near vision. Multifocal lenses have two or more lens powers that enable you to focus objects at different distances that your eyes cannot do because of the aging factor.

  • Flat-top bifocal lens (also called a D-seg)
  • Round seg. Bifocal lens
  • Executive bifocal lens (also called the Franklin bifocal)

Bifocals have two lens powers; trifocals contain three lens power whereas, the progressive multifocal lens includes a variety of lens powers. Most often, multifocal lenses are suggested to adults over the age of 40, but in some cases, bifocals are prescribed for children and young adults who have eye disorders like focusing or eye strain.

According to the research, donning bifocals or other multifocal lenses can help to overcome myopia in children by reducing the focusing demands of reading and near work. Almost all the bifocals work in the same way. There is a small part of the glasses that are used for near vision while the remaining part works for farsightedness. 

The part of the lens used for near vision correction can be one of several shapes,

  • A round segment
  • A narrow rectangular area which is known as a ribbon segment.
  • The full bottom half of a bifocal lens, called the Franklin, E style (Executive Style)

Glasses do more than improve your vision - they are an extension of your personality as well. So, do take your time and select the most appropriate pair of glasses for yourself that suits you.

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Published Oct 30 2019