First Time Reading Glass Shopper?
If this is your first time shopping for reading glasses, you probably have a few questions. We’ll do our best to answer them here so read on…
Why do I need reading glasses?
Reading glasses were created for the correction of presbyopia. part of the natural aging process of the eye. When this process begins to occur our near vision begins to suffer.
Please visit this section for more information on presbyopia.
What power reading glasses do I need?
The easiest way to determine which power of reading glasses you need is to download our handy diopter test:
Click here to download the test and determine your reading power(PDF). Simply print out the test and you will be able to easily determine which power will work best for you.
What are the different reading glass options?
- Full frame reading glasses offer a large field of near vision. They have a large single vision lens and are great for applications in which you will be wearing your reading glasses for long periods of near vision correction.
- Half Frame reading glasses are the most popular style of reading glass. They have smaller lenses than the full frame option and can easily be peered over so your distance vision doesn’t need to be compromised while wearing them
Bifocal Reading glasses are plano, offering no correction at the top of the lens for unimpaired distance vision. The bottom of the bifocal has a segment with correction built in for near vision correction.
Reading Sunglasses come in full, half and bifocal options. They offer tinted lenses with 100% UV protection to allow you crisp, clear reading in sunny, outdoor environments.
Pocket Magnifiers are not a type of reading glass but are a handy form of quick and easy near vision correction. This type of magnifier fits easily into your wallet or pocketbook and can be pulled out for menus, score cards, and other quick reads. They are a wonderful addition to anyone’s bag.
- Folding Reading Glasses are designed to easily fold down into compact or flat configurations. These are great options if you are looking for a pair to alwyas keep in tight areas, such as a pocket or purse.
Why do these reading glasses seem so much more expensive than the one’s I see in my local pharmacy?
When first shopping for reading glasses you can easily become confused by what type of reader it is you should be shopping for. You’ve seen the $15 variety at your local drug store and aren’t certain what the difference between the cheap variety and those we offer. The answer is quality.
First and foremost, the difference is vision. The difference in vision is found in the lens. Almost all of our readers are aspheric designed and ophthalmic quality lenses. Some lesser quality lenses are made from substandard plastics that when looked at closely display flaws. There are often bubbles or particles suspended in the plastic impairing your near vision. You won’t find any such imperfections in our glasses.
Another major overall difference is in frame materials. European zyls, modern modal metals and European spring hinges are just a few of the materials utilized in the creation of the quality reading glasses we offer.
The zyls, or plastics, used in our frames will not become brittle and prone to cracking over time. They also maintain their color better than the flimsy plastics employed in the manufacturing of lesser quality frames.
The metals we feature are lightweight and durable, offering all of the advantages of the metal frames of yesteryear without the weight. European spring hinges allow for easy on, off movement of the glasses and minimize stretching in the temple area.
Is there anything else I need to know?
That about covers the basics. If you would like to speak to someone regarding a specific question use our live chat option, email us, or call our toll free number, 866-900-5007, we’re always happy to assist.
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From the staff at Read in Style, we wish you happy reading!