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


    Question:

    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?


    Answer:

    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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