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To think everyone over 50 has reading glasses?

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beingchampion · 11/11/2019 13:39

I have, nearly everyone I know has got them, has anyone out there over 50 had their eyes tested and not needed them? Distant vision is fine, better than 20/20 apparently which sounds odd as I thought that was as good as it got.

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bigbluebus · 11/11/2019 17:05

I'm 55 and have worn glasses for reading for approx 10 years. My DB2 who is 60 also needs them for reading. DB1 who is 63 and was the only sibling to wear glasses as a child does not wear reading (or any other) glasses. I'm amazed as he has spent most if his working life reading all day.

easyandy101 · 11/11/2019 17:13

I'm not in my 50s yet but optician told me i was very unlikely to need them owing to how good my close up vision is

Went to a micro soldering course at a geekfest once and while everyone was cracking away with massive magnifying glasses i was sat with my eyes 2 inches from the circuit board placing the pieces by naked eye. Bloke taking the course said he'd never seen an adult that could do that

Being a bit short sighted had been shit up until then Grin

stucknoue · 11/11/2019 17:27

Not quite 50 but I only wear glasses for distance

MepsiPax · 11/11/2019 17:39

In my experience,people who reach the age of 50 without needing reading glasses are usually short sighted to begin with. This goes some way to counteract the age-related long-sightedness that affects most people of this age.

TooManyPaws · 11/11/2019 17:55

I've been short-sighted all my life; my perfect focal length is around six inches. Last time I had new specs, in my mid-fifties, I was very confused that they were half the price of before; the optician had to explain that age-related long-sight had kicked in and counterbalanced the short-sight to some extent so my eyesight had actually improved! 😂🤣

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