Are you frequently experiencing dry eyes or headaches when trying to decipher what’s blurry in your vision, whether an object is far or near determines how clear you can see it? Have you wondered, why do my eyes hurt when I wake up? Are you having trouble deciphering what is happening next in your favourite book because even though you’re constantly squinting your eyes it’s hard to read and you wonder what causes double vision?
Signs that you might need (reading) glasses
These are all signs that you might need glasses. If you read that paragraph and thought to yourself that you relate to these situations, you might want to check if you also experience any of the following symptoms of needing glasses and think about investing in glasses to make your life easier:
- Frequent squinting
- Not being able to read words, near or far
- Symptoms of eye strain
- Your eyes hurt when waking up
- Dry eyes
- Double vision
Disclaimer: These are just possible symptoms for recognising that you might need glasses. An article can’t diagnose you. Always consult your optician or doctor for determining what your actual diagnosis is.
Am I nearsighted or farsighted?
When deciding that you need glasses, you firstly need to figure out what you need the glasses for.
Do I have farsightedness or Presbyopia?
Can you see fairly well what’s afar but have trouble reading what’s near you? Then you might be farsighted. For farsightedness you need “plus” Strengths. While younger people might experience blurred vision when switching between looking far and near. It may even cause headaches if you look at objects or text up close for too long. It is worth it seeing your doctor or optician to figure out solutions for you.
At what age do I need to get reading glasses?
However, typically farsightedness can become more apparent once you get older and a first indicator is often that reading becomes more difficult and straining for the eyes. With increasing age and increasing difficulty reading, you might need reading glasses. Upwards of 40, generally losing focus of near objects and texts is called Presbyopia. Apart from taking a reading glasses test, you can read about this age-related farsightedness in our article here:
Do I have nearsightedness or myopia?
Can you see what’s close to you fairly well but have trouble making out objects and texts that are further from you? Then you might have what is called nearsightedness. For nearsightedness you need “minus” strength glasses. This is called Myopia and you should consider scheduling an appointment with your doctor or optician to get prescription glasses.
What to do when glasses are needed?
Nowadays, you don’t need any fancy prescriptions anymore, or even leave the comfort of your own home for that matter. You can easily order your reading glasses online.
What you should know before buying glasses online
Something that you should know before buying glasses online is understanding how to read your prescription. We have written up a detailed guide on how to do just that here:
Once you have figured out how to understand OD and OS and SPH and AXIS and all these small confusing indicators, you are ready to embark on your journey to buy glasses online. Generally it is a good idea to get an overview of what other customers are saying about the glasses they’ve tried. For example the trustpilot of a company might be a good indicator to find long-lasting glasses.
You should also be aware of what style of reading glasses you want and what glasses frame might suit your face well. The style of glasses for reading can enhance and accentuate your style perfectly and finding the right frame can help showing off or softening the features of your face. If you are unsure about it still, check out our helpful style guide to know what type of designer reading glasses and colours will fit your style perfectly!
What frame should I choose?
Firstly, you need to figure out your face shape. You can take an in-depth look at your mirror, observe your features and compare your face shape to this handy guide here.
Once you have an idea, what your face shape is, you can follow this general guide of recommendations:
Heart-shaped face: round glasses
Square-shaped face: rectangular glasses
Oval face: rectangular glasses
Rounder face: square glasses
Triangular face: Iconic glasses
Or you could use our handy try-on feature! You can choose your favourite pair of glasses and try them on virtually on your own face, all from the comfort of your own home!
What strength of glasses do I need?
If you already know you need reading glasses, you can check out our quick online vision test here to have a general idea of the strength you need before ordering! Or if you have already figured out how to read your prescription, even better, you are ready to go order!
Do I need reading glasses for my computer?
Lastly, you should think about the possibilities of integrating reading glasses into your daily life. If you sit in front of screens a lot, whether it’s for work or leisure, you might want to check out blue light glasses to reduce eye strain, tiredness and headaches caused by blue light, that is emitted by all the screens around us and even the sun. These lightwaves give off energy that affects us. You can protect your eyes easily with a pair of blue light glasses from Luxreaders that has your strength, so you don’t need to decide between being able to read and protect your eyes at the same time!
Find out more about blue light and why it is harmful in our article here:
Can I get sunglasses with strength?
Or if you plan to read outside a lot, especially in these summer months, you might also want to protect your eyes from UV rays and the general glare by the bright sun in the summer months. You can also get the sunglasses with strength from Luxreaders, so you don’t have to decide between your reading ability and protecting your eyes.