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  • If I wear glasses for near vision, can I buy reading glasses over-the-counter?


    If I wear glasses daily for mild nearsightedness and astigmatism and now need reading glasses, can I buy them over-the-counter from a drug store?


    If the myopia (nearsightedness) is mild, and you are having trouble seeing at near, first try reading without your glasses. If that is not enough, then you could buy a low power reading glasses from a local store. You can put them on in the store and try to see if that is helpful until you find a power that works.

    Ultimately, you will probably want bifocals for the convenience of not having to switch from one pair of glasses to another.

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