Eyewear guide for perfect vision and protection
For readers: Presbyopia
Fine print seems to shrink as we age. What really happens is presbyopia the eye loses its ability to change focus. Reading glasses can help bring blurry print into sharp focus. You can buy “readers” at many stores. But if you need different strengths for each eye, require bifocals, or have an oddly-shaped eye called astigmatism see an eye care professional.
For screen fatigue: Computer lenses
Screen time can be a key factor in choosing eyewear today, with 70% of daily computer users reporting eye strain. Computer glasses may ease the blur. Manufacturers say they help your eyes adapt to electronic words and images, typically viewed farther away than a book. Look for anti-reflective coating and consider a tint to reduce glare from harsh overhead lighting.
Nearsightedness: The rise
If it seems like more people wear glasses at younger ages, you’re right. Myopia, blurry distance vision, has been on the rise since the ’70s. Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is less common. Both require corrective lenses. It’s a myth that getting glasses will make your eyes weak – as long as you are wearing glasses with the proper prescription. People may need stronger vision correction as they age. But that happens whether or not you wear glasses.
Risky games: Polycarbonate lenses
Sports with the most eye injuries include all racket sports, baseball/softball, ice hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. Protective eyewear could prevent 90% of sports-related eye injuries so it is strongly recommended.