The truth about over-the-counter reading glasses

reading glasses

Around age forty, many people begin to have trouble seeing to read. Many people are tempted to try over-the-counter reading glasses. While these glasses may work for some people, they have their limitations. Over-the-counter reading glasses provide the exact same prescription in both lenses, which most people do not have. Also, they provide no correction for astigmatism, which is very common. Prescription reading glasses from your eye doctor are able to correct your prescription precisely. They can also give you multiple focal distances all in one pair. Therefore, you would be able to focus on your computer monitor and focus to read a book all with one pair of glasses. Over-the-counter reading glasses, on the other hand can only focus at one point, causing you to have to carry multiple pairs of glasses.

For proper reading glasses that fit your exact prescription, visit your eye doctor or schedule an appointment online.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza. 

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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

7 Tips for First-Time Bifocal Lens Wearers

Bifocal Lenses

Is it time for you to start wearing bifocal lenses? We understand they can take some getting used to, so we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help ease your transition to bifocal lenses:

  1. Understand what situations you want to use your glasses for and express this during your eye exam. There are many different types of bifocal lenses and knowing what you will use them for allows us to prescribe the best lens for you.
  2. Choosing the right frame can make all the difference. You want to make sure your frame allows enough room for you to comfortably look through the different focal points of the lens.
  3. Be sure your frames stay properly adjusted. If the lenses become misaligned with your eyes, your vision will vary greatly.
  4. Always point your nose toward what you want to focus on. Looking out of the side of your lens will often cause distortion.
  5. Keep your lenses clean and scratch free. Imperfections in the lens can cause significant blur.
  6. Realize that using a bifocal will be different than a single vision lens. Your eyes and brain will need time to adapt.
  7. Stick with your new glasses. Switching between different prescriptions can cause your eyes to have a much harder time adapting.

If you have any questions about your bifocal lenses, call or visit your nearest Rinkov Eyecare Centers location, and our eye doctors or opticians will be more than happy to help!

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

CARE : 20|20 : LIFE

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*