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Are You Straining To Read Comfortably? What To Do

As you age, it can be more difficult to see, and if you are noticing that you have to squint when you read, or that you are pulling items closer or farther away, it may be time to get a pair of glasses. If the problem is minor, and you don't want to rush to the eye doctor to pay for an appointment and prescription glasses, there are still other options that you can try. Look into the following things so you can stop the strain and pain that you feel when you read.

Get Reading Glasses,

Get a pair of reading glasses, so you can stop straining every time you read. There are reading glasses available at affordable prices without a prescription, and you can easily slide these on when your eyes are tired, when you're having difficulty reading a text or font, and when you need more clarification. This way, you aren't always straining trying to read, or not reading because of your eyes. You can shop for ready reading glasses at a local store.

Reduce Screen Time

If you can, reduce the amount of time you are in front of a screen throughout the day. This means doing things like the following:

  • Calling instead of texting
  • Printing out emails, letters, or documents that are online or downloadable
  • Listening to games or books instead of watching television

Make a conscious effort to spend less time looking at your smartphone, tablet, computer, or television screen to give your eyes a break.

Wear Sunglasses

A lot of people are unaware of the damage that they could be doing to their eyes every day while they are outside or commuting to work, even if it's not a bright and sunny day. UV rays can do a lot of damage to the eyes and cause sensitivity, and you need to protect your eyes from the sun whenever possible with sunglasses. Polarized and protective options are the best choice.

The great thing about buying a low-cost pair of glasses is that if you break them or lose them, you won't feel guilty when you have to replace them. If you are having some trouble reading now and then, and you don't think your eyes are as great as they used to be, look into doing these things, so you can help prevent straining and pain. If the eyesight is severe and you get headaches or have other problems, you'll want to see an optometrist to get an eye exam.