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Some people joke about their arms getting shorter when they reach their forties, because they can't seem to hold their reading material far enough from their face. Less a problem with the arms than with the eyes, it’s a very common condition called Presbyopia. As we get older the lenses in our eyes become less malleable, so they can no longer bend into position to focus on things that are close up. There is no medical treatment for Presbyobia, and it happens to everybody.
But never fear; the solution is fun – choosing a really great looking, stylish pair of reading glasses that enhance your look. If you already wear a prescription lens, you may want to look into bifocals or progressive lenses instead of basic readers. Reading glasses are solely for focusing on up-close work. But that doesn’t necessarily have to mean reading. Check out our selection of reading sunglasses as well. They’re perfect for gardening, reading maps, scoring your golf game, or reading the menu when you’re dining al fresco.
When trying to determine what level of magnification to choose (also called the lens strength, the lens power, or the diopter) consider your most common reading distance. Do you plan to wear them at your computer? If so, how far is your screen from your face? A distance of 15-20 inches may call for a different power than a distance of 25-30 inches. You may just want the glasses for reading newspapers or magazines, which are held considerably closer to the face. And it may sound funny, but taller people with longer arms may need less powerful lenses since they can hold things further from their faces.
One good way of determining your correct power is to try on some drug store readers and look at a magazine; the glasses are too strong if you find yourself holding it unnaturally close. You can also use your age to get a ballpark number. If you are in your 40s you probably only need a +1.00 to +1.25, then you can add half a unit for every decade older you get.
Choosing one of the readily available diopters for reading glasses (between +1.00 and +3.00) works for most people that don’t already wear prescription lenses. But it’s always worthwhile visiting your eye doctor for your regular check-up. Many people need different powers in the left and right lens, need correction for astigmatism, or the optics in the ready-made readers are not centered for their eyes (in accordance with their pupil measurement.)
FramesDirect.com offers a great selection of fashionable reading glasses in all powers (+1.00, +1.50, +1.75, +2.00, +2.25, +2.50, +3.00) for Men and Women from designer brands. Don't settle for a cheap drugstore imitation when it comes to your eyes.. Whether reading in bed or from your beach chair - there is a stylish option for you.
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Also see: How to Measure Pupillary Distance or PD, What's My Glasses Frame Size?, Lens Color Guide, Understanding Your Prescription, Need to Order Lenses Only?