If you have always had perfect eyesight it can come as a bit of a shock when you realise that you need glasses. Most people start to develop issues with reading when they reach middle age and I can say from personal experience that adjusting to the situation can be difficult. There is no point going into denial, however, and the issue is best addressed as soon as possible.
Across time the lens in your eye becomes less flexible making it hard to focus. This condition is called presbyopia. After the age of 40 there will come a time when most people will find they are struggling with their near vision.
It is a major irritant when you find yourself having to hold books further away and you simply can’t focus on food labels anymore. You will find that you can’t read your own phone and life close-up is generally a blur.
Happily the problems can be easily sorted by the acquisition of reading glasses which will need to be changed from time to time as your vision deteriorates further. I know that when I first put on a pair of glasses it was a revelation! I realised in that moment just how much I had been struggling and how foolish I had been to attribute my issues to the print I was trying to read being too small. Glasses lift the fog for you but they do have issues of their own which I found out to my cost.
Reading glasses bring clarity but only if you have them with you! In the early stages of wearing them I was constantly forgetting to take them with me when I left the house. I lost count of the number of times I sat in restaurants trying to focus on menus and unable to reply to text messages because I couldn’t read them in the first place! I am also prone to losing things and so on several occasions I faced the terror of suddenly realising that my glasses were on the missing list.
The only way forward is to invest in more than one pair of glasses. Believe me this money well spent and will ensure that you always have backup. I now never travel on holiday without at least two pairs but I still find myself forgetting the things occasionally when I go out. I am now used to friends reading menus to me and even dealing with my phone messages! Old habits die hard but I hope that eventually it will become second nature to take my reading glasses wherever I go.
Reading issues are compounded by the fact that as you age you require more light to focus. Even with reading glasses it can be difficult to see a book in certain lighting conditions but I have found a solution. E-readers work brilliantly even in the dark. Yet another thing I have to remember to take with me!
If you are squinting at your phone and holding your books miles from your face then the time has come to get your reading
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Sally Stacey is a keen writer and business owner who divides her time between writing and running her bridal shop.