Are There Alternatives to Using Reading Glasses?

Not wearing reading glasses when you need them can cause eye strain and headaches. 

Although there are alternatives to using reading glasses, most of the alternatives are much pricier than over-the-counter reading glasses. These alternatives include prescription multifocal lenses and laser eye surgery.

What’s the Difference Between Bifocal and Multifocal Lenses? 

It is possible to have problems seeing objects both near and far, which require different lens adjustments. Bifocal and multifocal lenses are used in these situations, prescribed by vision professionals who can make the appropriate measurements.

Bifocal lenses have two different prescriptions in the same lens. One prescription is for distance vision correction, while the other is for reading. Bifocal lenses may be worn all-day, as the prescriptions are positioned in the lens for the angles where people are most likely to need each correction. The area of a bifocal lens closer to the nose has the reading prescription.

Multifocal lenses, on the other hand, have more than two prescriptions. Typically, multifocal lenses offer a distance prescription, an intermediary prescription, and a reading prescription.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Laser Eye Surgery? 

Laser eye surgery can correct vision problems and eliminate your need to wear glasses. However, laser eye surgery can be prohibitively expensive, and your eyes have to need a certain degree of prescription in order to qualify for the surgery. 

Additionally, there may be several risks to laser eye surgery, including:

  • Dry eyes
  • Astigmatism
  • Reduced vision in low-light conditions
  • Undercorrection or overcorrection of vision
  • Regression, where eyes revert to how they were before surgery

Are Cheap Reading Glasses Bad for Your Eyes? 

Cheap reading glasses can be bad for your eyes if cheap materials are used. Low-quality lenses may not consistently perform at the strength they are supposed to. As a result, low-quality eyewear can cause tension headaches and frustration with your field of vision while wearing your reading glasses. 

Sometimes, this means that looking through low-quality lenses doesn’t consistently work, with random blurry spots or other distortions for whoever’s wearing them. Low-quality lenses may only magnify one portion of the lens, so that your eye can only focus through a single point in your glasses to successfully see as-intended.

At Peepers, we use aspheric lenses, which means that the strength of the reading glasses is evenly distributed through the lens. This makes it easy for your eyes to see out of Peepers prescription reading glasses and receive the magnification they need.