Reading Glasses: The Buyer’s Guide

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Presbyopia is a condition common to aging and affects people over the age of 40. Loss of nearsighted vision makes it increasingly difficult to focus while reading or doing complex tasks. The crystalline lens of the eye loses flexibility, and as a result, vision gets blurry, eyes tire quickly, and headaches may occur. Single-vision or bifocal reading glasses help to compensate for the effects of presbyopia. Periodic changes will occur, and gradually, the strength of reading glasses will increase.

Inexpensive pre-fabricated reading glasses are available at most accessory, drug, and discount stores. For under $20 you might be lucky enough to acquire a different pair of glasses for every day of the week. Almost 40 million pairs of these spectacles are sold each year. The strengths of these sturdy little glasses are accurate, but there are usually imperfections – like tiny bubbles in the lenses – that interfere with vision and cause eyestrain.

Why choose high-quality reading glasses

Be kind to your eyes, and invest in high-quality spectacles that you can rely on to reduce eye strain and improve vision. Approximately 70% of the people who purchase high-quality bifocals choose metal frames. Plastic frames are selected for their fashionable colors and extreme designs. Whether selecting plastic or metal frames, reading glasses are an excellent way to accessorize with styles suited for casual or professional wear. Choosing your first pair of glasses is easier than you might think.

How do I know what power I need?

Follow this link and print out the eye chart for the Presbyopia Test. Hold the chart approximately 14 inches from your eyes without wearing your glasses. Read each line from top to bottom. When you get to a line that’s hard to see or is blurry, the corresponding recommended magnification for that line is your suggested power to purchase.

How to get started in purchasing your first reading glasses

The first step is an eye exam to determine what strength of specs are necessary and how women’s or mens reading glasses will work in conjunction with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms that already exist. There’s a good chance that reading glasses, in strengths of 1%-4% magnification, will correct vision problems that have developed due to aging.

Stylish Reading Glasses

Full-frame bifocals provide a larger area to look through, but blurriness will occur during reading – that is when you look up from the page. Half-frame eyeglasses are designed for easy reading and are small enough to look up and over the top of the readers. When selecting your first pair of women’s or men’s reading glasses, refrain from selecting thick half frames. It takes a while to learn to look past the frame, which is visible as you look through the lenses.

Custom vs. Pre-Fabricated Reading Glasses

Pre-fabricated reading glasses are a one-size-fits-all deal. If prescription eye wear is necessary, headaches could occur with pre-fabricated reading glasses. Single-vision reading glasses may not be the best bet for reading from computer screens. However, bifocal reading glasses provide close-up magnification needed and a clear viewing area for the computer screen. Purchasing the wrong glasses to work on computers will not only cause eyestrain and fatigue but may also cause a stiff neck and shoulder muscle pain caused by leaning and straining to focus on the computer screen.

The Frame-Up

Faces are categorized as oval, oblong, round, square, heart-shaped, or diamond-shaped. Frame shapes should contrast with the shape of the face. The size of its frame should be appropriate for the width of the face. Frame colors for eyeglasses should complement either cool or warm skin tones and hair colors.

The sturdiest frames are full-rim; other options are semi-rim and rimless reading glasses. If you’re looking for frames with bold and exciting colors, select plastic frames. Although they discolor with time, plastic frames are sturdy and often less expensive. Many metal reading glasses contain nickel and copper. These are sturdy frames that require few adjustments, but they are not hypoallergenic. For those with nickel and copper allergies, stainless steel or titanium eyeglass frames are hypoallergenic and offer strength and lasting beauty.

Eyeglasses for the smallest budget

Everyone is looking to save a few dollars in any way they can. Buying spectacles or non prescription glasses may be the first step in reading better.

We’re all clipping coupons and looking for the best price we can find, but should you skimp on something like reading glasses? That depends on your particular eye problem. If you do not need eye glasses otherwise, it’s probably OK to try some inexpensive readers. Keep in mind that if you have headaches, nausea, or eyestrain, a trip to your eye doctor is warranted.

Where to find cheap reading glasses

The first one that comes to mind is the dollar store. The selection varies from one store to another, and it may be limited, but they’re only a buck. If you are constantly misplacing, dropping, or otherwise destroying your eyeglasses, you can afford several pairs. Don’t be fooled into thinking that if they came from the dollar store, they are junk. While this may be true of some, take a minute to look through them. Some dollar stores get their merchandise buying closeouts from other stores, so it is possible to find name brands. I have several pairs around the house. I found some Foster Grant reading glasses for a dollar. They were the right strength for me, so I bought a few for myself and for my husband. He keeps a pair in the bathroom so he can read the paper every morning.

Drugstores and discount stores often have reading glasses. They are usually less than twenty dollars. I saw a three pack at a drug store for $9.99, and they were not bad looking. is another place to find online some pretty trendy folding and slimline reading glasses for about $5.99. My mom and I picked out some in fancy metal cases in all kinds of patterns for her girlfriends. They were all delighted to get them.


There are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing cheap bifocals. Look at them carefully. If there are bubbles or ripples in the glass, pick another pair. I have seen some plastic ones. These are just about disposable. They scratch very easily, and while they are lightweight and comfortable, they seem to distort the print more than glass lenses. You also need to realize that over the counter reading glasses have the same prescription for each eye. If it says 1.50 strength, it is the same in both lenses. Some people may need a different strength for each eye. If you do not have any major eye problems or you just use them as an accessory, get some cheap reading glasses or non prescription glasses. You can find them in a lot of stores or online.