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Will I do any harm wearing reading glasses most of the time?


I have been wearing my reading glasses even when I'm out and about and not just for short distances. I find them better than bifocals, but can wearing reading glasses most of the time damage your eyes?

Answer Written answer:

No you won't damage your eyes. But it does indicate that your prescription may be too weak for reading, which is why you can get away with walking about in them and presumably seeing reasonably well in the distance. If you have an eye test you may find that you need a stronger reading prescription. But don't worry, you won't do any harm, although I would be concerned if you are driving in them. It would be best to have an eye test and at least find out how much of a compromise you are making by not having a separate prescription for distance and near.

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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