It is possible, in pharmacies or from certain specialized stores, to buy “magnifying glasses”, vision correction glasses, without a prescription. Are these devices safe? The answers of Dr Catherine Albou-Ganem, ophthalmologist member of the TipsForWomens expert committee.
On this World Sight Day, which is held every year on October 12, TipsForWomens chooses to focus on corrective glasses sold without a prescription. Are they suitable for everyone? What dangers do this type of glasses represent for the eyes? Let’s take stock of the issue with Dr Catherine Albou-Ganem, ophthalmologist member of the TipsForWomens expert committee.
What are non-prescription vision correction glasses?
You may have already seen them at the pharmacy or in certain specialized stores: prescription glasses called “magnifying glasses”, which are available for purchase without a prescription. “These are glasses sold to correct presbyopia” explains Dr Catherine Albou-Ganem.
“But for them to be effective, they must be used by a person who does not have a major vision problem, and who has symmetrical eyes, that is to say requiring the same visual correction.“.
Who are these non-prescription glasses intended for?
These special type of glasses do not correct astigmatism and do not have a filter either. “There is a limited supply” adds the doctor. “Compared to the world of fashion, I would say that glasses of this type are low-end ready-to-wear, when glasses must be tailor-made.“.
Are these types of glasses safe for your eyesight?
“These glasses can strain vision when they are not suitable“replies the ophthalmologist.”Saying it’s a low-end product doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t work. If a person who has no vision problem continues to see well at a distance but needs help with their near vision, to read for example: this type of magnifying glass can meet this need. explains the specialist.
With a reservation, however. “On the other hand, I insist once again, his eyes must be symmetrical and do not require other corrections. Otherwise, these magnifying glasses will tire his eyes, causing symptoms such as dry eyes or headaches.