Reading glasses are a great tool for people with presbyopia, the natural loss of near focusing ability that comes with age. If you have difficulty focusing on close-up objects or need to squint to read small text, it might be time to consider using a pair of readers.
Readers are available in a variety of styles and lens magnifications. This guide will help you understand the different aspects of buying eyewear so you can find the perfect pair for you.
Unlike traditional prescription glasses, readers can be bought over the counter online or at your local drugstore.
If you have a refractive error such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism, you will need prescription eyeglasses (or prescription contact lenses) rather than readers. After a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will provide you with a vision prescription that can be used to buy new glasses with corrective lenses.
Over-the-counter (OTC) readers are designed only to address presbyopia and do not require a prescription. However, if you already have myopia and/or astigmatism when presbyopia begins to set in around age 40, your eye doctor may prescribe progressive lenses. Progressives are multifocal lenses that correct your near, intermediate, and distance vision all within the same lens.
Reading glasses come in different magnification strengths, or lens powers. They typically range from +1.00 to +3.00 diopters, with increments of +0.25 in between.
Here are some ways to find the right strength for yourself:
You can also ask your eye doctor to recommend a specific strength of readers based on the results of your eye exam.
Readers may serve a specific purpose, but that doesn't mean they can't be stylish. Here's how to choose reading glasses that add a touch of fashion to your everyday look:
OTC readers come in men’s, women’s, and unisex styles, so it should be easy to find frames you like.
There are some subtle distinctions between frame styles for men and women. For instance, reading glasses for men tend to be more plain and straightforward. They may feature thicker frames and darker colors.
On the other hand, reading glasses for women may come with patterns or embellishments. The frames may be more delicate and have more color options.
Ultimately, the best eyewear for you will make you feel confident and comfortable. So, feel free to experiment with various styles and designs.
In addition to strength and style, fit is crucial when buying new glasses. A proper fit ensures that your eyeglasses stay on your face comfortably without slipping or pinching. Follow these tips to find the best fit:
Investing in a good pair of reading glasses can make all the difference in your daily life. By understanding the basics of OTC readers, such as strength, style, and fit, you can confidently choose the right eyewear for your vision needs.
At FramesDirect, we have a wide range of frames from top brands that can be fitted with reading lenses. We also have the tools and resources to help you make the best choice.