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Distance Glasses - What you need to know


If you find that your eyesight isn’t perfect, then you may need a pair of distance glasses. 

Our vision can change over time due to age, eye injuries, dry eyes, health conditions, genetics, and even smoking. The type of glasses you need depends on many factors. In this article, we will explore distance glasses to help you determine whether or not they are suitable for you. 


What are distance glasses for?

Distance glasses allow you to see far and/or near objects if your eyesight is blurry or your eyes aren’t able to focus well. Let’s look at the four main types of distance glasses that help correct your vision.


Single vision distance glasses

Distance glasses that help correct single vision are most common. Single vision refers to myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) and can also be combined with astigmatism

If focusing on far-away objects is difficult, then you likely have myopia. Distance glasses for nearsightedness (-0.00) allow you to clearly see far away objects that may otherwise appear blurry. 

On the contrary, hyperopia (+0.00) is when you can see far away objects but have trouble with ones that are near. 

Astigmatism (CYL & Axis) is essentially a misshaped cornea that makes your eyesight blurry or distorted. However, there are various degrees of astigmatism and it is quite normal to have this type of correction. 



Multifocal lenses

If you require more than one vision correction you may need bifocals, trifocals, or progressive lenses

Bifocal or trifocals have lenses divided by visible lines which indicate where one power value stops and another starts. Bifocals and trifocals can help correct presbyopia, which makes it difficult to switch from a distant to a near object. Trifocals also help correct intermediate vision, which bifocals do not do. 

Progressive lenses offer a more seamless way to correct multiple visions because they don’t have the line that indicates the transition. 


Computer glasses

Computer glasses are different from regular eyeglasses or reading glasses because their main purpose is to reduce DES (digital eye strain). 

It is also common to add blue light blocker to computer glasses to further protect your eyesight from the impacts of prolonged exposure to digital devices. 

Reading glasses

As we age, our vision can require a little extra help to focus on nearby objects. Whether you need glasses to read a book or tell what’s on your shopping list, you can find affordable and stylish reading glasses online


Can you use reading glasses for distance? 

Reading glasses help you see small prints or near objects (usually 35cm away from your face) to correct hyperopia or presbyopia. They come in varying powers depending on the amount of magnification you need. 

Since they correct your vision for objects up close, reading glasses are not suitable for distance. A different type of lens is better to ensure you get the vision correction you need.


When should I wear my distance glasses?

When you should wear distance glasses depends on your prescription, eye needs, and even your lifestyle. Consult your local optician and discuss when it is most appropriate to use your distance glasses. For example, you wouldn’t operate a vehicle without glasses if you have myopia. 

You can wear most distance glasses every day, all day. If you feel your vision is clearer and they are comfortable, why not? 

Eyesight issues can cause blurry vision, headaches, eye fatigue, and more. Distance glasses help prevent or reduce these issues so you can enjoy your day-to-day activities. 

Always consult your optician and eye doctor to better understand when to wear your distance glasses.



Certain prescriptions will require you to wear distance glasses at all times or occasionally. If you just need assistance to read, you might only need reading glasses rather than distance glasses.

Once you speak with your optician and eye doctor and determine the vision correction you need (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, etc.), you may ask yourself where to buy distance glasses? SmartBuyGlasses is a great place to start because we offer a range of practical and trendy prescription glasses to fit your every eye need, from single vision to progressive lenses.

So, do you think you need distance glasses?