Part of the irony of aging is more time to read and eyes that make it harder to do so. That’s okay, you don’t have to let aging eyes interfere with your love of books. Some suggestions to make consuming all the books you love a little easier.
- Get your eyes checked. An annual eye exam is for everyone, so make your appointment and get in there. A optometrist or an ophthalmologist can give you the correct glasses for your needs, making everyday life possible as well as reading your favorite books and magazines. Don’t settle for self-prescribed drugstore reading glasses. Those work for awhile, but it’s really better overall and for the long-term to see a professional for help.
- Use a good lamp. Light can never be underestimated when it comes to reading. If you’re having trouble seeing, try brightening things up a bit and see where that gets you. If you’re still having problems, make sure you have the right bulbs installed or even look at getting a reading-specific lamp.
- Try a magnifier. There are several options available from portable pocket size magnifiers to jewelry and those that are as large as a page. See our selection here
- Find large print publications. Most libraries have a large print section of fiction and nonfiction available. And with the rise in e-readers, even more large print options are out there. For more information on using e-readers, see our blog post Love to Read for a discussion on why a kindle might be a great option for you.
- Try an audiobook. . Not only are great books available on CD at your local library or to purchase, digital versions of audiobooks are readily available to download onto your phone, tablet, personal computer, or other audio device. These can also often be “checked out” of the library at no cost. As at your local branch to find out if they have this great service available.
- Have you ever listened to a podcast? Podcasts are another listening option. These digital programs may remind you of days past and listening to your shows on the radio! Podcasts are easy to produce and are made by everyone from hobbyists, to businesses, to NPR and other news outlets. Topics range from informative to fictional stories. Many podcasts are updated each week and the news broadcasts may be updated several times per day. You can download or stream the podcasts on many different devices from smartphones to tablets and personal computers.
There are so many ways to consume interesting content these days. There is no reason to let aging eyes or other limitations keep you from enjoying Reading Month.