Do you use reading glasses or have any difficulties seeing close up?

United States
May 9, 2008 3:25am CST
I am wondering how many people at myLot have some difficulty reading without reading glasses? How do you feel about it? How do you deal with it? I used to be nearsighted only, meaning that I have trouble seeing far away. I wear contacts to correct that problem. In the last two years, my vision for close up/ reading etc., with my contact lenses on has gone down so now when I wear my contacts, I have to wear my reading glasses. If I decide to take my contact lenses out,I see close up clearly but cannot see far away. I find this very frustrating and wonder what options there are for dealing with it... Do you use reading glasses? How do you feel about them? How do you deal with using them? Do you wear contacts or glasses for distance vision?
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44 responses
• Philippines
9 May 08
I am having problem reading when the object is far. I had an eye check-up and the optician told me I have 50-50. She told me, it is still manageable but one of these days, I need to use reading glasses or contact lenses. I think if that time comes, I prefer reading glasses. But I have seen many who wear contact lenses for better mobility. I think you can choose what is comfortable for you. thank you.
• United States
9 May 08
I am glad that your vision is still manageable.. I am hoping for you that it improves... I am wondering if you have thought of doing eye exercises as some people have had success with them. Thanks for posting.
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• United States
15 May 08
I have been wearing glasses/corrective lenses for eight years now. I wear them especially for distance and driving. I wear them for reading. I do not know if I am ever far or near sighted at all. I never will think about having contact lenses at all. I always have my eyes checked every couple years now.
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• United States
15 May 08
I always wear my glasses all the time. That way I can see closer and farther out. Especially whenever I do read. I wear glasses for distance and driving. I never know if I am ever near or far-sighted at all. I have been wearing glasses for eight years now. Especially when I am watching tv I wear glasses. So overall, alot, I always wear glasses. I do not know if I ever gonna think about contacts at all.
• United States
16 May 08
I am glad that you have the glasses in order to see better... It is hard to imagine that there was once a time when no glasses existed for people to wear. I am glad that it is not that way in our time.
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• India
13 May 08
i use glasses. But my problem is not near sight but it is far sight. I had lenses of 25-50 power. I use them while going out or reading long distance like reading out an preesntation or black board. And yes i use glasses for reading online or on my computer to avoid reflections.
• United States
13 May 08
Thanks for posting about your glasses. I appreciate it. Have a good day!
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• China
12 May 08
It is usual to people nearsighted,I am one also.I work with computers the whole day.It is rather difficult for me see the screen clearly without glasses.May be sometimes I feel uncomfortable if glasses were left in home.However,I am ok walking on the street.I never call people passed by the wrong names.I can distinguish them clearly in distance. I am unwilling to make friends with glasses but I have to.I hate them.
• United States
13 May 08
The good thing is that people still will like you even when you are wearing glasses and in fact some people like people who wear glasses better as they look more intelligent... Thanks for posting here.
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@toosh21 (800)
• Australia
12 May 08
I wear reading glasses as I am long sighted - I can read fine without them & see clearly but I get eye strain & headaches. I don't need glasses for distance vision though as that is where my strength is with my eyesight.
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• United States
13 May 08
Thanks for posting here regarding your glasses. Wishing you happiness and freedom from headaches. I like your happy frog avitar.
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• United States
10 May 08
You probably won't like me for this but I can see perfect. I can see a tick on a blood hound in the next county. I'm 40 but I've got 20/20. My wife needs contacts to see, when she gives me a look I tell her that she's got million dollar eyes, and I'm not kidding.
• United States
10 May 08
lol "million dollar eyes" I'll bet she look a bit angry at you then... I still like you even if you have perfect vision... After all someone's got to hold the standard of perfection as not all of us can be graced with vision that is sub par.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
I need reading glasses for small print but not for regular reading. Most of the time, I need the light on a little more. I have never been near sighted and I find much of the reading material is designed for near sighted people. On you might need bifocals or trifocals. I find that my husband needs them and his oldest sister had to have them. You can get them where the line is almost invisible. But you need a prescription to get them and you might try get eye insurance, since as you get older, you will need stronger glasses. That is what happened with my husband. His glasses are so thick that-
• United States
10 May 08
It is a sad thing that you speak of here... I will tell myself that my eyes will get better and better as I would rather have them do so than to get stronger glasses... grins... Thanks for posting here.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
10 May 08
Hi whiteheron, I have been wearing glasses for most of my life, and only take them off when I'm sleeping. I can't imagine not wearing them. Blessings.
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• United States
10 May 08
Blessing to you too and thanks for posting here.
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@xialinye (1403)
• China
10 May 08
i am nearsight too.i have a poor eyesight. i wear glasses. when reading or typing,i need to wear my glasses. it's not convenience for me to wear glasses coz i always do sports.
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• United States
10 May 08
I can understand that it would not be convenient what with sweating, weather changes causing steam, etc. Thanks for posting here.
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• United States
9 May 08
I am near sighted. I have to wear my glasses pretty much all the time because writing is everywhere. I need glasses to read, watch tv, and be on the computer as well as seeing the board. Wearing glasses doesn't really faze me anymore since I have been wearing them since I was in the first grade. I got tired of my glasses and stopped wearing them for a whole year and that's when my eyes got worse, so now I just wear them all the time.
• United States
9 May 08
I am glad that you found glasses to help you see better. Thanks for posting here.
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@egdcltd (6602)
9 May 08
I'm short sighted, so usually wear glasses. I can read without glasses, but the book has to be pretty close, only a few inches from my face.
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• United States
9 May 08
Thanks for posting here... Wishing you many happy reading moments.
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@plumwish07 (4060)
• Indonesia
9 May 08
i am using glasses since i have problem to see far away object as like you, i think. and i wear my glasses daily cause its little bit bother to use or not use. using contact lense seems simple to wear than glasses but the treatment not easier as like use glasses. unclean hands can make your eyes getting irritation while you use contact lense so far, i tried to minimized my eyes problem in traditional ways cause in modern one, we can do laser operation for our eyes back to normal again and surely it needs high cost which i can't afford it. just wondering if there is any methods to reduce my eyes problem in sight
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• United States
9 May 08
We both wonder what to do. I have been using contact lenses for the last twenty years and they are fine for me. I only use glasses typically for reading and do not like that I have to use them but am glad that they are available to me for so little money... Wishing you the best.
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• China
12 May 08
I aslo have this problem.Ialways use reading glasses.I think it is inconvenient.
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@Ohara_1983 (4120)
• Kuwait
11 May 08
im not using both, because i can say that thanks god for my sight, till know is fine even do im far.
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• United States
12 May 08
I am glad that your vision is good. Thanks for posting here and continued blessings to you.
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• Kuwait
12 May 08
same as you my dear friend,always god will blessed you & youur family.
@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
11 May 08
Luckily, I don't have to use reading glasses when reading books but I think I would have to soon because sometimes, my eyes are getting very sore due to I am always working in front of the computer. My opto told me that I will only wear it when in front of the PC. I think it is okay to wear glasses from time to time. Have a great day! Cheers!
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• United States
12 May 08
You may need to take time away from the computer at times to rest the eyes by looking up, down and away from the computer and by taking rest breaks to stretch, etc. It is important to take time away from the computer to avoid eye strain and also pain in the wrists, etc.
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• Philippines
19 May 08
Yes, you are right. I will follow your advice WhiteHeron! I need to rest my eyes... Thanks!
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
9 May 08
I have wore Glasses since I was 11 years old now I have byfocals to read with
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• United States
9 May 08
How do those work for you? Were they hard to get used to? How long did it take for you to get comfortable with them?
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
10 May 08
didnt take long just have to tilt my head up to read the internet or down like reading glasses to read a book had them so long I pay no attention to them
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@vipulchawla (2220)
• India
9 May 08
I do wear reading glasses. I have a far sight problem. I cant distingish the letters from a distance with normal eyes. I am wearing spex since almost 7 years now. Though my eyesight is not that weak. its hardly -1 for both the eyes for far vision. I keep my glasses wearing bcoz of precautionary measures. I dont want my eye sight to deteoriate. I dont have any problems in reading from near by objects. Infact i can roam around freely without my glasses but it has come into my habit now. I actually need them only while attending a lecture and that too when i am sitting at the back. I take them off when i am doinf a very rigorous physical activity like when i go for swimming or when i am bowling in cricket and when i m sleeping or having a bath. For rest of the situations, i dont think i need to avoid wearing glasses. I have never used lenses in all those seven years. People say that glasses suit me better..lol
• United States
9 May 08
It sounds like they have come to know you with the glasses and like you as you are... That is a good thing. I am glad that you have found glasses to help your wision. Thanks for posting.
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• India
12 May 08
Ya may be. Most of my friends knew me when i already had my specks on.. Moreover it has been a long time since i have been wearing specs. So i think they have got used to it and now feels odd when i am without them..
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@gloreymay (882)
• Philippines
16 May 08
i dont use reading glasses but im had some problems reading objects at far.
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• United States
16 May 08
It sounds like you might benefit from going to an optometrist to see if you could get glasses for nearsightedness which is the ability to see near but not far.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
11 May 08
I wear glasses for distance, but lately the distance seems to be getting closer, if ya know what I mean - LOL!!!
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• United States
12 May 08
Unfortunately, I do, only too well. lol. Thanks for posting here.
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@Alixander (178)
• Romania
11 May 08
Hy, I don't have eyeglasses ore contact lences, I think Its normal that someone is vearing contact lences ore eyeglasse, I have 18 years I read a lot on computer and many books, But I don;t have any problems with reading I see perfectly every detail, If you eat a lot of carrott you won;t have problems with you're eyes, Kepp reading, Greet.
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• United States
12 May 08
I should have had those carrots... Bugs bunny was on to something good after all... grins. I am glad that you have good vision and I hope that you continue to do so throughout your life. Thanks for posting here.
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