Primer for First Timers
Learn all about reading glasses in this ultimate first-timers guide to glasses. From magnification powers to styles and shapes, this guide covers it all. Read now!
- Do You Need Reading Glasses?
- Signs & Symptoms
- Reading Glasses vs. “glasses” Strength Levels
- Prescription Reading Glasses
- How to Choose a Strength
- Finding the Right Glasses for You
Do You Need Reading Glasses?
Reading difficulty happens to the vast majority of us as we age, and usually becomes noticeable when we get to our 40’s. The condition is call presbyopia, which is cause by a naturally occurring loss of elasticity in the eye. That is why the print on menus, newspapers, and smart-phones become difficult to read.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Do you find yourself squinting and holding your reading material farther away?
- Do you have a hard time reading in lower light conditions?
- Are you around 40 years old and experience eye strain when reading?
- Have you recently begun having trouble reading but your vision is still great at a distance, or you traditionally wear contact lenses to correct distance vision but notice your up-close reading is becoming more difficult?
If any of those indicators feel familiar, you’re probably a candidate for reading glasses. We say ‘probably’ because if you have any of the problems we just mentioned and experience difficulty or eye strain with objects farther away, like when driving, you might need a prescription solution and not a ready-made solution, which is what reading glasses are.
Are Reading Glasses
the Same as Regular “Glasses”?
Reading glasses are available throughout the united states as a non-prescription solution. They are the most common remedy for the loss of near vision as the are safe, effective, affordable, and quick-to-access. Those just beginning to notice the need for reading glasses will generally select something in the lower power ranges, like +1.00 to +1.50 range. These numbers represent “diopters,” the unit optometrists use to measure the degree of correction (focusing power assistance the eyes need.
At ReadingGlasses.com, our reading glasses come in magnification powers ranging from a low of +0.75 to +4.00, with increments of +0.25 (a quarter diopter) along the way.
Some individuals require significantly different lens powers for each eye, for those that do, ReadingGlasses.com also offers affordable Rx options for those with a doctor’s prescription.
Finding the Right
Reading Glasses for You
Single magnification throughout entire lens keeps text in focus no matter which portion of the lens you’re looking through.
Single magnification throughout entire lens keeps text in focus no matter which portion of the lens you’re looking through. Lower frame profile allows wearer to glance over the lens for undistorted distance vision.
Computer reading lenses are a version of progressive lenses. They incorporate full reading power at the lower portion of the lens; the upper lens has approximately 60% magnification strength, perfect for mid-range desktop reading and other tasks.
The upper portions of the lenses are normal tinted sunglasses (not magnified). As you lower your eyes the magnification increases gradually, with full reading power at bottom.