Do Magnifying Reading Glasses Really Help?
(Baton Rouge, LA)
My dad has always been a voracious reader, but in the last few months, I noticed that he wasn't reading nearly as many books as he used to. He usually has a stack of library books next to him, but I haven’t seen them lately.
I asked him about it a few times, and he just shrugged it off, telling me that he was tired of reading. I didn't believe it for a moment. I talked to my mom and she told me that dad was having trouble reading.
Vision gradually decreases as we age, and by the time many of us hit our mid-40s to early 50s, it's common for people to experience presbyopia, or difficulty in focusing on objects that are close to us, especially the printed word. My dad is quite stubborn and I knew I wouldn't get them to the eye doctor until he was ready.
In the meantime, I decided I would encourage him to try magnifying reading glasses. Unless he had an issue such as astigmatism, I felt the magnifying reading glasses would at least enable him to get back to the one thing he enjoyed most - reading.
I did a search online and found online marketplaces such as Amazon as well as companies like Foster Grant and Bausch & Lomb that provided magnifying reading glasses. They came in dozens of different styles as well as magnification options.
I went ahead and bought a pair for my dad, and then went to his house one day armed not only with the magnifying reading glasses, but a short stack of books. I convinced him to give the magnifying reading glasses a try. Needless to say, my dad is back to reading again.