How to know if I need distance or reading glasses?

The need for distance or reading glasses depends on the specific vision problem you are experiencing. Here are some signs that may indicate the need for each type of glasses:

Signs you may need distance glasses:

  • Difficulty seeing objects far away, such as street signs or television screens
  • Squinting or straining to see objects in the distance
  • Blurred vision when looking at distant objects
  • Headaches or eye strain after prolonged periods of distance vision tasks

Signs you may need reading glasses:

  • Difficulty seeing objects up close, such as books or newspapers
  • Holding reading material farther away to see it clearly
  • Blurred vision when doing close-up tasks such as reading or using a computer
  • Headaches or eye strain when doing close-up work

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist. During the exam, the eye doctor will perform a series of tests to evaluate your vision and determine if you need distance glasses, reading glasses, or any other type of corrective lenses. They may also recommend other treatments or lifestyle changes to improve your vision, depending on the underlying cause of your vision problem.

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