All about “Readers” from an Eyewear Pro

Ready-made reading glasses, or “readers,” have become a favorite impulse buy for women age 50-plus. They make us look cooler, smarter and sexier without once subjecting us to the latest diet fad or clothing trend. So … what’s not to love? Headaches or eye strain, for starters — the too-frequent result of picking readers unsuited to our vision needs. >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas Painfully aware that not all readers live up to our expectations, I asked specs maven Jane …

Look Into My Eyes: Dilation Exam Can Spot 7 Diseases

Do you really need to have your eyes dilated with eyedrops at your annual eye exam?  Short answer: Yes, you should – especially as you get older or if you are at risk for eye problems. May is Healthy Vision Month, and the National Eye Institute is encouraging Americans to take the necessary steps to protect their vision. According to the institute, about 38 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration or cataracts. And that number is …

How Well Do You See Colors?

Do you have “color vision deficiency,” otherwise known as color blindness? It affects about 32 million Americans — eight percent of men, 0.5 percent of women — but there are now new websites and smartphone apps to help people identify difficult-to-see shades and hues, the Wall Street Journal reports. In addition, be aware that changes in color vision in older adults could be a sign of other health problems or the side effect of certain medications, including Viagra and some …