• Can I buy OTC glasses for nearsightedness?


    Question:

    If I'm nearsighted, can I buy a pair of over-the-counter glasses for distance vision?


    Answer:

    Over-the-counter eyeglasses are designed to correct age-related loss of near vision (called presbyopia), which is universal.  Presbyopia is usually balanced, which means the prescription is the same for both eyes. But nearsightedness is often unbalanced and can appear with astigmatism (abnormally shaped corneas), which complicates the prescription. So nearsightedness (myopia) is of such variety that there is no profit to be made since so many different glasses would need to be presented for sale. Therefore, myopia correction is not available in over-the-counter eye glasses but only on prescription from your ophthalmologist or other eye care professional.


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