• Is it unusual for someone aged 70 or above to be able to read in sunlight without reading glasses?


    Question:

    Is it unusual for someone aged 70 or above to be able to read in sunlight without reading glasses? By sunlight, I mean outdoors (in the shade or sun), or indoors in direct sun that comes in from a window. I need a magnifying glass to read indoors (unless I'm in direct sunlight). But outdoors, even if I'm not in the direct sunlight, there's enough sun for me to read without a magnifying glass. I want to know how unusual this is for someone 70 or above.


    Answer:

    Natural sunlight is powerful and can enhance reading vision. In fact, very bright lamps are often used as part of a low vision plan for patients. You may also be slightly nearsighted in one or both eyes that could be induced by early cataracts, but not severe enough to cause degradation of vision. So what you describe is not unusual.


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