If you are considering the purchase of ready-made (“drugstore”) reading glasses, it is important to realize that they are essentially “one-size-fits-all” items. Since the prescription is the same in both lenses (even if your actual prescription is not), and the location of the optical center not customized for your eyes, a “one-size-fits-all” approach may not be a good fit! Most people do not have exactly the same prescription in both eyes, and almost everyone has at least a small amount of astigmatism correction in their prescriptions.
Headaches, eye strain, and even nausea can result from wearing reading glasses that are too far off from your actual prescription or that have optical centers too far away from the center of your pupils. If you experience these problems, or want glasses to fit your eyes and your needs specifically, a comprehensive eye examination with Dr. Landrio is important.
Also, don’t confuse reading glasses with computer eyewear. If you’re using reading glasses to try to view your computer screen, it’s probably not working very well. For one thing, reading printed matter is done at a closer range than reading text on a computer screen.
Also, if your reading glasses are the type that force you to lean your head back in order to view your monitor, you’re placing unnecessary strain on your neck muscles. Computer users really should invest in prescription computer glasses.