If you're struggling to manage - or stomach - the rising cost of prescription glasses, you might be tempted to buy magnifying reading glasses that are on sale in department stores and in kiosks, just about everywhere you look. Ready-made readers are inexpensive enough that you can afford to keep a pair in your purse, in the car, and at your desk. But how safe is this mass-produced eyewear, for your aging eyes?
It turns out that very little research has been done on these over-the-counter glasses. While they offer convenience, and they're usually very affordable, they'd seem less of a bargain if they ruined your eyes. The good news is, they're likely not harmful, but they do have some limitations. For example, you may not need the same magnifying power in both eyes, but one-size-fits-all readers have the same power in both lenses. Also, they can't correct other vision problems like astigmatism.
Still, vision experts I consulted say if they work for you - great, with some cautions. Take a look at my full article for all their advice on using discount reading glasses, and why you still need a regular eye exam.
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