Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Drugstore Lenses Often Aren't the Best Solution

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Drugstore Lenses Often Aren't the Best Solution

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Dear Doctor K: My vision has been getting worse, and I definitely need reading glasses. Is there any reason not to get the inexpensive ones sold at the drugstore?

Dear Reader: If you're over 40, reading glasses can be a necessity. Many people end up buying several pairs at the drugstore. They are inexpensive and available in a wide variety of styles.

We see when light rays enter our eyes. The eye's lens bends and focuses the rays on the retina. This allows the eye to clearly focus on objects at different distances.

As we age, the lens loses some of its flexibility. As a result, it becomes harder to focus on close objects -- to read, sew or knit, for example.

You asked about off-the-rack reading glasses. These are essentially two magnifying lenses mounted in an eyeglass frame. …

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