Do reading glasses spoil your eyesight? Let’s clear some things up!

Do reading glasses spoil your eyesight? Let’s clear some things up!

A widespread legend in recent years has highlighted an alleged correlation between reading glasses, commonly called rest glasses, and visual impairment. Let’s try to clarify and avoid falling into total disinformation on such a broad and important issue. Reading glasses do not worsen eyesight, on the contrary they are valid allies.

The use of reading glasses does not necessarily have to be continuous but limited to the time in which our eyes make efforts such as reading books, magazines and newspapers or when we spend many hours in front of electronic devices. Here are 3 of the most famous myths about reading glasses and why you better not believe this type of information.

If you have trouble seeing up close, just buy a pair of sunglasses!

Often with age, near vision decreases and we begin to have difficulty reading books, documents and messages on our smartphones. This disorder, technically called presbyopia, leads to the gradual, progressive and irreversible loss of the ability to focus closely and the most common way to combat it is through the use of glasses.

However, there is no eyewear that is suitable for everyone: everyone needs their own shade which the optician will indicate together with the methods of use. It is also possible to do a first self-assessment test, but it is only through a visit to your trusted ophthalmologist that it is possible to have the exact diagnosis and understand how to proceed.

You need to protect your eyes only from UV rays!

Impossible to see or feel, ultraviolet (UV) rays are potentially the most harmful as, if not blocked, they could cause melanoma, carcinoma and keratosis. Having correctly CE certified lenses or sunglasses with you will allow you to enjoy sunny days while minimizing the possibility of discomfort due to overexposure to UV rays.

But they are not the only ones to worry about.

With the increasing spread and use of digital devices, we spend up to 17 hours a day in front of screens (considering TV, telephone, tablet and other devices), exposing our eyes to the phenomenon of blue light.

Of this electromagnetic radiation, the human eye perceives only a portion (from 380 nm to 780 nm, the so-called “visible light”) and of this portion, the band with shorter wavelength (from 380 nm to 500 nm) is just called blue light.

It is therefore good to protect our eyes from these unnatural digital impulses with the use of glasses with a blue light blocking action, safeguarding our sight even during prolonged use of technological devices.

If you see well you don’t need to go to the optician!

When we perceive a sudden change in vision we turn, often for the first time, to a professional to understand the causes. In truth, the eye examination is an important moment of prevention and control that must be performed periodically starting from the neonatal age.

According to industry experts, it is necessary to carry out the first eye examination at birth and repeat subsequent checks within three years. From the age of 40, it would be ideal to go to the ophthalmologist every two years and, after the age of 65, it is recommended to carry out an annual check-up.  If you are looking for practical reading glasses always with you, discover all the CliC models!