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Tired of reading glasses?

WASHINGTON — Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who's really a good candidate to toss their specs?"It's not bringing anybody back to being 20 again," cautioned Dr. Shilpa Rose, a Washington ophthalmologist who tests whether patients' eyes are healthy enough to qualify. "But it decreases the need to...

Having trouble seeing up close? Here are some tips

By Judith WhiteheadContributing WriterAs we age, it becomes more difficult  to read, especially over the age of 40 years old.If someone is nearsighted or myopic, we can forestall the need for a bifocal or reading glasses for a while longer. A nearsighted person can use his natural near sight to read until it becomes more inconvenient to hold reading material closer to the eye.The natural lens of the eye is made up of proteins and as we age, the lens becomes less elastic. It can no longer...

Throw away your reading glasses? Informative Times report on ‘brain-training’ for vision doesn’t quite back up the headline

Reviewed ByRatingCategoriesTraining Your Brain So That You Don’t Need Reading GlassesOur Review SummaryThis column is a thorough first-person account of undergoing a form of app-based “brain training” designed to compensate for the loss of age-related eye lens elasticity and the resulting difficulty of reading small print, especially in low light.The column wisely notes that the training is laborious, the scientific rationale plausible (it’s been successful for so-called “lazy eye”) if...