Lenses for the Love of Reading

Celebrated around the globe, World Book Day on 6 March is an opportunity for millions of children, parents, grandparents and carers to share the pleasure of reading.

However, if you or your child is experiencing vision problems it can be difficult to fully enjoy the reading experience.

If you or your child struggles to focus on the words on the page or suffers from headaches, a visit to Eyecare Opticians could be the first step to opening up the magical world of books.

The right lenses for reading

It is difficult to underestimate the impact of the right pair of glasses. Yet, despite this, large numbers of people continue to put off a visit to their opticians even when struggling to make out the words on a page. While some people ignore the problem completely, others try to solve it with cheap ready-made reading glasses from the high street. However, these glasses could actually cause more harm than good, with headaches, eye strain, dizziness and double vision among the list of complaints from wearers.

Difficulty focusing on close objects, such as books, is a common problem among those of us aged over 40 – even if we have enjoyed perfect vision until now. Presbyopia affects over a billion of us across the world and is the result of aging of the lens, which becomes less effective at altering its focus.

Of course, presbyopia is not the only eye condition that can cause difficulties focusing on print. Hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, amblyopia (‘lazy eye’) and strabismus (crossed eyes) can affect children and adults of all ages. An eye test will determine the exact cause of any vision problems, while also checking for signs of serious conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration.

March book offers

To mark World Book Day, children of all ages will be given a £1 book token that can be exchanged for one of eight specially published World Book Day £1 books throughout March.

If you would like to ensure you and the children in your life can share the pleasure of reading one of these books together why not give us a call to get to the bottom of any vision problems affecting you or your child’s ability to read?  Don’t forget children under the age of 16 are entitled to their eye test free of charge.

With the right lenses, children can discover the amazing world of language and imagination inside books – while adults can rediscover the pleasure of reading all over again.

To book an eye test appointment just call us on 01473 240400 or contact us via the website.


For more information about World Book Day visit www.worldbookday.com