First and foremost, you’re not alone and this happens to everybody – as you age, your
up-close vision begins to deteriorate. Fine text becomes blurry, and you find
yourself holding books and newspapers farther and farther away just to be able
to see. You, like millions of others, need reading glasses.
As people age, the normal elasticity of the lens in our
eye is lost and without this flexibility the eye has trouble focusing clearly,
this can be compounded in dim light conditions. The condition is referred to as
Presbyopia and is a vision condition in which the focusing power of the eye is
gradually lost. Presbyopia may seem to
occur suddenly, but the actual loss of flexibility takes place over a number of
usually becomes most noticeable in the mid-forties and is yet again one of
those wonderful things we can look forward to as we age. It is not a disease
and it cannot be prevented. Some signs
of Presbyopia include having to hold reading materials at arm’s length to read,
blurred vision in dim light at normal reading distance, and eye fatigue along
with headaches when doing normal day to day activities. Presbyopia is not the same as farsightedness
which relates to a less than perfect shape and curve of the eye, which is
usually an inherited trait.
We’ve put together an eye chart and some simple steps to help you
find the prescription that is best suited for you.
1. Simply click on the
image below and a PDF version will be available to print.
2. Hold the
printed chart at your normal reading distance and WITHOUT your glasses. Read each line from top to bottom. The first line where you can no longer
clearly read the test will have a suggested magnification strength indicated.
3. Keep in
mind, this is the suggested strength that should work for you. Your eye care professional should always be
consulted on a regular basis when vision problems occur. It is recommended everyone have a annual
vision checkup if you are over 40 to check for glaucoma.
Once you determine
your prescription, it is time to purchase your reading glasses. Remember, you can always try on a pair of
Peepers at one of our many retail locations
which carry varying styles and assortment of strengths.
can also call us anytime at 1-800-348-2508 7:30am - 4:30pm Monday-Friday CST.
Overseas customers can reach us at 1-219-872-4413. Our fax number is
1-219-872-4695 and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please feel free to e-mail customer
service if you have a question or problem.