Glossary of Eye Definitions and Glasses Terms

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Reading glasses

Reading glasses are non-prescription, over-the-counter, glasses designed for temporary use to improve near vision. Bifocal reading glasses and half-frame reading glasses are commonly used to compensate for the effects of presbyopia, in order to read something up close, like a dinner menu or computer screen. The temporary nature of reading glasses has given rise to different designs, like magnetic reading glasses or folding reading glasses, to accommodate all lifestyles.

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