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Should I always wear my reading glasses?

David R. Demartini, MD
Ophthalmology
Reading glasses, whether prescription or not, are designed to help bring close objects and reading material into focus. Not everyone requires reading glasses to see close objects. Most nearsighted patients are naturally focused close and can read without glasses. Most children can see up close without reading glasses. Adults over age 45 years, farsighted patients and those with a lot of astigmatism will need reading glasses to see well up close. Generally most patients will not do any harm if they do not use their reading glasses but they usually see much better if they use them.

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