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Cheap reading glasses: Helpful or harmful?


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The "cheaters" on the drugstore rack may help you read the menu, but they're no substitute for a professional eye exam.

If you're over 40, reading glasses can be a necessity, and they serve double duty as a fashion accessory. Be-cause they are inexpensive and available in a wide variety of styles—and easily misplaced—you may buy them by the handful. Yet, you may be better off investing in a professional eye exam instead.

"If you think you have solved the problem on your own, you may delay or even avoid getting regular eye exams," says Dr. Eli Peli, professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Peli notes that any vision change is cause to have your eyes examined.

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