Seeing the big picture
Eye doctors aren’t actively trying to mislead you, but they may omit key facts from time to time—like getting older has a real impact on your vision and you may not actually need the most expensive type of lens. We talked to experts to find out the ways you can save money when it comes to caring for your eyes—and where you shouldn’t ever skimp.
Drugstore reading glasses are actually fine
Despite what you may have heard, a little magnifying action—courtesy of your corner pharmacy—can be a good thing. “Many patients come to me panicked because someone told them over-the-counter readers are bad for their eyes and can cause damage, but this is completely untrue,” says Inna Ozerov, MD, ophthalmologist and director of the Miami Eye Institute. “If you’re fortunate enough to have good distance vision but have trouble reading, inexpensive magnifiers are a perfectly acceptable and practical choice. The strength of the magnifiers needed is age-dependent.” Here are some sneaky signs that you need reading glasses.