How to Increase Reading Eyeglass Strength With Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that causes a blind spot in your central vision, leaving dim images or black holes at the center of your vision. This occurs because the tissue in the center of your retina, the macula, deteriorates. It does not cause complete blindness, but can limit your eyesight to a great degree. Macular degeneration typically occurs in people age 50 and older. Glasses and magnifiers can be purchased to help compensate for some of this vision loss.


Things You’ll Need:
Prescription eyeglasses
Magnifying eyeglasses
Telescopic eyeglasses
Binocular-type eyeglasses
Wide bifocal lenses
Bifocal and trifocal lenses
High-tech vision aids

1 Purchase a pair of magnifying eyeglasses in the particular level you need to read and see up close. You can buy them with or without a built-in light. They are available in hand-held models, free-standing models, and some are mounted on a headband. Or you can have them added to your existing eyeglasses.

2 Ask your optician to make you special wide bifocal lenses. A wider-style lens gives you the extra viewing area you need to read precise or detail work. These lenses can be fitted to include a correction for your distance vision beyond 18 inches.

3 Purchase miniature telescopes and binoculars that you can wear like eyeglasses. These help you to see things in the distance. The binoculars are mounted into eyeglass frames and are called telescopic spectacles. You can buy them for one or both of your eyes. The telescope can be mounted according to your specific vision needs.

4 Get a pair of eyeglasses with bifocal or trifocal lenses. High-powered, prismatic “half-eye” glasses will allow the good vision in one eye to cancel out the bad vision in your other eye.

5 Ask your eye doctor about high-tech vision aids such as video reading systems that can enlarge type to 60 times its size.

6 Ask your doctor about auto-focusing spectacle telescopes and if they might help you.