Regardless of our background, health, gender or race, when we get into our middle age years, our eyesight starts to falter. It is usually the near vision that suffers first, although for me it is focusing on details on low light. Some people are rich and lucky enough to get contacts, buy glasses or even have some surgery. Others aren’t so fortunate and don’t have the finances or access to lenses or spectacles. Then there are those, who need help to see, but are too vain to wear glasses and too lazy or scared to wear contact lenses. Of course, we shouldn’t forget those poor people who need glasses all the time from a young age, or those who are blind. One good thing that many people in the developed world have is computers, and sometimes the internet. Not only does this technology give us the opportunity to enlarge the text and read it on a backlit monitor, but it also often gives us access to the World Wide Web, also known as the Internet. And therefore the opportunity to buy reading glasses online.
Having a computer, or at least access to one, allows us to use programs such as Microsoft Word and Adobe to read documents that are backlit and can be enlarged for easier reading. As I write this, I have chosen a nice clear font and enlarged the page to see clearly from about 80cm away from a 22″ monitor. I do need some help when trying to read things in low light, but I’m a mixture of too vain, lazy, scared and mean to do anything about it. My last eye test was about six years ago and they gave me the all-clear.
Of course, when the day comes that I have to do something about it, I’m really not sure where to shop. Go into a store or buy reading glasses online. Here in the modern world there are dozens, scores even, of opticians, most of which are owned by or belong to a few franchises. I will certainly use the internet and its numerous web boards, forums, advertisements and unbiased health websites. The internet has plenty of biased advertising but also lots of fair, honest and unbiased help. Anyone who has a bit of time just needs to do some research and not believe the first thing they read. It’s important to check the source of the page you’re reading, and get it backed up with further research.
Buying reading glasses is not the biggest decision in your life, but it can be as easy or stressful as you want to make it. First, you need to know your prescription, which of course needs to be done by a qualified person. Then it’s all about your preferred style and budget. It’s also important to get a pair which are durable. Broken glasses are no use and with their transparent lenses and typically thin frames, they’re difficult to spot until it’s too late. Those people who wear glasses all the time are likely to have them on their head when they sit down or make some other physical movement. And those who have worn glasses for most of their lives are used to not damaging them, usually by learning from earlier mistakes. However, people approaching senior years are less likely to learn quickly and have problems adapting to new routines. Therefore, accidentally breaking your first pair, by sitting on them for example, is all too common.
To sum up, needing some help reading at close range is nothing to be ashamed of and comes to most of us eventually. The important things to do is get your eyes tested by a professional, research the type of glasses fit your budget and style, then buy them online or at a local store.