Most adults need some vision support by the time they reach age 40. Some go to an eye doctor to get a pair of prescription glasses. Others head to the local pharmacy or retailer to pick up a pair of over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses. Which option is the best choice for your eyes?
Pros of Over the Counter Glasses
- OTC glasses don’t require an examination to buy
- You can bring OTC glasses home the same day you buy them
- OTC glasses cost less than buying prescription eyewear
- Some OTC glasses come with UVA/UVB protection
Cons of Over the Counter Glasses
- Lens quality may be low or inconsistent with bubbles or imperfections
- You won’t find a pair that’s made specifically for your vision needs
- Same prescription used in both lenses even though most people have a stronger eye
- You may have to search for a pair that offers the strength you need
- Skipping the exam means you won’t know if you have a developing eye condition
Pros of Prescription Glasses
- Lenses are made based on your exact prescription for optimum sight
- Lens quality is consistent, so you get the clearest vision possible
- A different prescription can be used in each lens
- Lets your doctor build a record of your eye health
- Exams can reveal changes or conditions you didn’t know you had
Cons of Prescription Glasses
- Prescription glasses cost more than OTC eyewear
- You may have to wait days or weeks for your glasses to arrive
- You will have to schedule an exam to get your prescription
While OTC glasses may be cheaper and easier to buy, they are not the best option in the long run. Everyone should have regular eye exams to check for conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. Prescription glasses will perform better and are tailored to your vision needs.
It may not hurt to have a pair of OTC readers available to put on as a backup, but in the end, it’s best to get prescription. Contact Grosinger, Spiegelman & Grey to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.