The question of ‘should I get myself some non prescription glasses’ is one we are all bound to ask ourselves at some point. Prices for the prescription versions can sometimes be prohibitively expensive, and lead us to question whether we are getting ripped off.
If you are fairly young – under 40 – and have never had glasses before, but suspect you need them because of recently developing headaches or other symptoms, go see an optician, and do it through the safer channels first time out. There may be an underlying medical condition that manifests itself through blurred or double vision, headaches etc. And quite often a trained optometrist can detect health problems, and advise you to seek medical attention.
If you are older than 40 though, you may notice over time that your ability to read print up close might be more difficult. This unfortunately happens to most of us, with a condition called presbyopia. It’s part of the aging process like grey hair and wrinkles, and is essentially incurable. Although the reasons are not fully understood, it is commonly thought that presbyopia occurs due to the loss of natural elasticity of the lens; some experts think that muscular weakness of eye muscles responsible for focusing is also to blame.
All is not lost though. Many pharmacists and other shops (even some supermarkets) sell cheap non prescription bifocal glasses over-the-counter – or OTC. But remember, however old you are, that if other symptoms exist, see your doctor, or go to a professionally trained optometrist to rule out anything more serious.
The types of OTC glasses available vary widely in quality and price. The cheapest ones may not have scratch-resistant lenses, or the lens quality itself may be rather poor. You’ll be able to pick up a pair of these for perhaps just a few dollars. At the other end of the scale you should be able to get fairly high quality non prescription glasses which have all the characteristics of their prescription cousins. You just need to decide how long you intend on keeping them for – if you’re the kind of person who always loses glasses anyway, or usually find them by accidentally sitting on them and breaking them, you might decide to opt for the cheap and easily replaceable ones!
The main difference between OTC glasses – for presbyopia correction – and prescription glasses is that with the OTCs you are provided with a whole selection of specs of varying strengths. You just try them on and take a look at some of the reading material provided to see if you can read it. If not, move onto the next pair, until you find the best strength glasses for you.
Once you know what strength to go for, you can then look at a selection of styles for that particular strength. Very quick and easy! And that’s how you can get cheap non prescription glasses without needing expensive tests, or feeling ripped off.