If your far vision is fine, but you have trouble reading things up close, whether it be the words in a book or the text on your phone, you may need prescription reading glasses.
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Generally speaking, if you receive your reading glasses from an optometrist, they will have a magnified or powered lens tailored to fix your vision issue, meaning they are prescription lenses.
However, if you were to get your reading glasses from a non-optometrist department store or pharmacy, sometimes called over-the-counter reading glasses, these will not have the same personalized, tailored prescription. They will have a preset magnification which is the same over both eyes. These glasses may be more appealing to those suffering with presbyopia as they can be less expensive, however, they are not made for full correction of vision issues such as astigmatism. Long term use can also cause eye discomfort and strain.
Whilst they may be more expensive, reading glasses prescribed by your optometrist will ultimately be best for your eyes in the long run. They can be made to give your eyes the proper vision correction, accommodating any prescription differences over each eye. An optical assistant or optician will also be able to make sure the frames fit your face appropriately.
Bifocal lenses provide vision correction for those who have trouble seeing at near and far distances. They do so by combining two prescriptions, one for nearsightedness and one for farsightedness, in the one lens.
These two prescriptions are separated by a visible line in the middle of the lens, letting the eye know where to look to see each distance clearly.
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