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Reading glasses are non-prescription lenses that can make it easier to read comfortably by magnifying the text on the page. The larger words help your eyes focus on the text faster. This both reduces eye strain and allows you to hold your book or favorite magazine closer than an arm’s length away.

Every set of reading glasses in our collection is available in a range of magnification strengths, giving you exactly the strength you need without requiring custom prescription frames. To learn more about how reading glasses work, you can read our magnification guide.

Understanding Presbyopia

Prescription glasses can help with a variety of eye-related conditions, as each lens is custom-made to help improve vision issues specific to the wearer. Reading glasses, however, focus on improving the vision of wearers who suffer from a single condition, known as Presbyopia.

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Presbyopia is the medical term for what happens to our eyesight as we get older. Over time, the muscles in our eyes take longer to focus on nearby objects, such as the text in a book, magazine, or product label.

Because it takes longer to focus, difficulty in reading fine print (particularly in low-light conditions) is often one of the first symptoms people notice when they begin to develop presbyopia. This can lead to eyestrain and headaches, and can cause frustration when people find it harder to read than they used to.

Presbyopia is part of aging, and symptoms commonly begin to show in those aged 40+. Because presbyopia is unrelated to other eye conditions, reading glasses become the first pair of eyeglass frames many people ever need to wear.

Since Presbyopia is a symptom of natural aging, there is no treatment to cure it. However, reading glasses can help you minimize or eliminate the symptoms, allowing you to read comfortably again.

Finding The Right Reading Glasses For You

Picking out your first pair of reading glasses involves finding something that feels comfortable and looks great. You’ll want to find specs that fit with your personal style and look natural on your face, no matter how infrequently they’re used. As the world’s largest designer reading glasses store, we’ve got style covered. Our handy fit guide will help you determine what style frames might work best with your face shape.

Confidently ordering online can be a challenge since you don’t have the ability to first try a product on. While we’d love it if you found your perfect pair of readers right away, the reality is that our customers sometimes change their minds about glasses they liked online once they try them on at home. That’s why we have a simple, 30-day return policy. If you aren’t happy with your reading glasses for any reason, send them back within 30 days. Not only will you get a full refund, but we’ll even pay for the return shipping.

In addition to the colors, patterns, and frame styles contained in our collection, we offer several lens types to help you find the right specs for your needs.

Find The Right Lens Style

Single Vision Full Readers
The magnification these lenses provide is uniform, meaning that text will look the same no matter which portion of the lens you’re looking through when you read it. Perfect for glasses you intend to wear only when you need to read something.
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Single Vision Half Readers
Like the full readers, these lenses keep the magnification the same, however, the smaller frame allows you to glance over the lens when you want to look at something off in the distance.
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Traditional Bifocals
The upper portion of the lenses is clear. Lowering your eyes to the bifocal segment provides magnification for reading. This allows you to wear the frames comfortably for longer periods of time when you’re not using them to read.
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Progressive No-Line Bifocals
The upper portions of the lenses are clear (not magnified). As you lower your eyes, the magnification increases gradually, until you can comfortably read small text.
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Computer-Style Progressive Bifocals
Sometimes referred to as office glasses, computer-style readers have a progressive lens that offers varying levels of magnification. This allows you to switch easily between reading printed documents and working at a computer. These glasses also have a special anti-glare coating that helps minimize eye strain that can be caused by fluorescent lights or flickering monitors.
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Style Progressive
Bifocal Sun Readers
The entire lens provides UV protection, helping shield your eyes during outdoor reading. Like traditional bifocals, most of the lens remains clear (non-magnified) so you can wear these comfortably as normal sunglasses. In the lower portion of the frame, a secondary lens provides magnification for when you want to read.
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Progressive No-Line Sun Readers
Similar to normal progressive glasses, the lenses provide increasing magnification as you get closer to the bottom of the frame, allowing you to quickly focus on what you’re reading, or something in the difference. These sun readers block harmful UV rays and the no-line design means that they appear indistinguishable from normal sunglasses.
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If you don’t plan on reading outside, or you currently don’t need reading glasses, our collection of sunglasses offers designer frames with complete protection from UV radiation without any magnification.
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We want to help you find glasses that help you read and look great while you’re doing it. If you still have questions about reading glasses, our dedicated customer service team is just a click away. During normal business hours you can use our live chat to speak with an experienced specialist right away. After business hours, or if you prefer email, you can contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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