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Reading glasses causing further deterioration?
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prrprr posted:
I do a LOT of reading in my job (and occasionally, when I find the time, a decent novel for pleasure as well). I'm 47, and I've always had very good long-range vision. I can usually make out far-off freeway signs before anyone else in the car. But the last couple of years, text that is close up has become more blurry, and I've started using the zoom on web pages/pdfs occasionally.

My local target has some reading glasses for 10 bucks. I tried on the 100 power, and the small print on the cereal box got a bit bigger; 150 power made it crisp and clear.

My question now is--I've heard that using reading glasses actually accelerates the decline in one's eyesight. Is this true, or only in certain circumstances, or just an urban legend?
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21finish responded:
Of course a check by your eye doctor is best but you can probably do just fine with the "cheaters" sold by a number of different stores. I got a very nice, crystal-clear set of readers through my doctor. I also got a set of cheap readers/cheaters from a drug store as backup. They both work great and my reading prescription hasn't changed in well over five years.

In fact, get two sets of the drug-store readers. Keep the really good ones from your eye doctor at the office. You can keep the others at home since they are likely to be knocked around and scratched more often there and you can just replace them when they get marred.


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