LASIK Eye Surgery Giveaway!

Most of us have heard of or know someone who has had LASIK eye surgery to improve their vision. Now’s your chance! This fall we’re paying for one lucky winner to get LASIK eye surgery. At we’re dedicated to improving eyesight and making our customers happy. From how to enter the giveaway to information about LASIK eye surgery, here’s what you need to know.

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What is LASIK eye surgery?

LASIK eye surgery is a surgical procedure that improves vision and decreases dependence on contact lenses and prescription eyewear. Thousands of people have the procedure done every year to correct eyesight problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

The procedure itself is pretty quick — it only takes about 15 minutes total to operate on both eyes! The surgeon uses a laser to reshape your cornea so that light is correctly focused when hitting the retina. To see if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, take this quiz.

How do I enter the LASIK eye surgery giveaway?

You can apply to win LASIK eye surgery by going to our entry page. No purchase is necessary to win and the cutoff date to enter the giveaway is November 13th, 2016. If you are looking for more information about life after LASIK eye surgery, check out our blog post. Good luck!

How to Stop Annoying Eye Twitches

Eyelids feeling twitchy? The fancy scientific word for this condition is Blepharospasm, which comes from “blepharo” (the Greek word for eyelid) combined with “spasm” (an uncontrolled muscle contraction). These eyelid twitches, or tics, happen to many of us from time to time and can actually be hereditary. If you suffer from occasional eye twitches, chances are at least one other family member of yours does, too.

The good news is that even though having twitchy eyes is annoying, the condition is rarely serious and often goes away by itself after a few hours or after a good night’s sleep. It’s also easy to lessen the frequency and duration of twitches. Keep reading for how-to tips!

Avoid Eyestrain

Staring at a computer screen for hours on end can cause your eye muscles to protest. Try holding a hand outstretched and keep it perfectly still. It won’t be long before your arm muscles tense and protest, then begin to quiver and twitch. The same thing happens to your eye muscles if you stare too long at a screen, or if you keep your eyes focused straight ahead for hours at a time, squinting to make out glare or small print text.

Download Eyes Relax or another timer application for your computer that will remind you to take vision breaks. Also, consider a pair of computer reading glasses (more on that here) that will help with glare. For more ways to beat eyestrain, check out these 10 tips to ease the pain.


Stress can also cause eye twitches and tics, which is why they always seem to happen at the worst possible time — like just before you’re scheduled to give a presentation or need to meet a deadline. Avoid last-minute reviews of your text. The combination of normal stress and eyestrain can cause your lids to flutter awry.

Treat Your Body Right

Fatigue can definitely bring on a bout of twitchy eye, as can the overuse of alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine. Staying well hydrated can help mitigate their effects and keep the electrolytes that control muscle action in balance.

Stop Twitches Before They Start

Keep a bottle of artificial tears on hand and use them when your eyes start feeling scratchy due to allergens, smog, or other environmental irritants. Giving your temples an occasional finger massage can be another good source of prevention.

If the Twitching Continues

Most eye twitches are harmless. But if they last more than a few days or spread to the corner of your mouth or other facial muscles, consult your eye doctor or physician. You may have an eye infection or another treatable condition.

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For even more on how to ease daily eyestrain and eye twitching, read up on these special tips on making your smartphone and tablet easier on your eyes.

A Beginners Guide To Readers


So it’s time; you begin to have trouble reading the fine print in front of you. We’ve been there; coming to the realization that it’s time to wear reading glasses can be a troubling feeling at first. Don’t worry; we are here to help you see how easy it can be. 

Our teams’ goal is to provide you with the roadmap to your new path, to prevent you from making any wrong turns along the way. We hope to offer information about reading glasses in general, with some small pieces of advice that we found helpful. We also understand that everyone is different. Therefore we offer different tips tailored to match different lifestyles. Please, allow us to help you bring your life into focus.

Each section provides an assortment of advice that helps you incorporate readers into your life:

-What Is My Lens Power

-Which Frame Works Best For Me

-Making My Readers Last

What Is My Lens Power:

The first step we recommend taking when you begin to notice a cloud of fog is obscuring the text in front of you is to see an eye doctor. While online tests and other methods can be helpful in determining what power you need, they will be even more accurate if you have some basis of what your true eye prescription is. An eye doctor will provide you with the precise information you need so you can make the best judgment on where to start. Be aware that the glasses sold at the doctors can be pricier than other options. You can find specialized readers online for the same quality, but lower price.

As you age, your eyes age with you. We recommend doing an online exam to determine if you need to move up or change powers. Remember, if you decide to take the test – always refer to the lower power, meaning if you can see +2.5 and +2.25 clearly, use the +2.25 power

Be aware that wearing readers does not weaken or strengthen your eyes in the long run. Choosing to not wear readers can only cause temporary headaches or eyestrain. If you are experiencing these symptoms while wearing readers, it might be due to an incorrect power or fit, be sure to consult your doctor and the company you bought from to ensure you have the right fit for your eyes.

Lastly, if you are in need of a powerful strength and are worried that your eyes will be blown up through the lens magnification, consider wearing aspheric lenses. Using the same technology as cameras, aspheric lenses weigh less and reduce distortion without compromising optical quality.

Which Frame Works Best For Me:

While there are numerous different frames and styles, we recommend starting off with something simple such as either full frames or half frames.

Full Frames 

  • Full frame black readers Entire lens is magnified.
  • Typically worn only for a short period.
  • Most common pair with the widest variety of colors, designs, and shapes.

Pro: Provide a full clear vision when working on detailed tasks or single focused projects. 

Con: Frequently having to take glasses on and off when switching between near and far-sighted views.

Half Frames

  • Half Frame Semi-Rimless Bronze Reading GlassesEnhance nearsighted vision while giving you an unobstructed view of the distance.
  • Lightweight and easy to store.
  • Common styles include the pocket readers and foldable readers.

Pro: Provides ease as you shift focus between two different tasks.

Con: Some of the smaller designs tend to be more fragile and delicate than other styles.  

Once you become accustomed to your readers and want to try another type of style, see if bifocals are something that works for you.  


  • Full Frame Bifocals black and brownClear lens with a magnified portion on the bottom that focuses on nearsighted items.
  • Common to wear for long periods throughout the day.
  • Popular styles include sun readers which allow you to use your readers outdoors and still have protection from the sun.

Pro: A solution for those who find it tiresome having to take their glasses on and off throughout the day.

Con: Can be difficult adjusting to the different magnifications for those wearing readers for the first time.

Something that I am sure you will learn in the coming months is the frustration of misplacing your readers. As you settle into bed, turn your lamp on, and open up your summer book, you realize you cannot remember where you last placed your readers (unfortunately, our eyesight isn’t the only thing that fades as we grow older). If you are not prepared this will happen to you and trust me, no one wants to get out of bed to search for a pair of glasses. When you purchase your first pair of readers, be sure to buy more than one pair. You’ll thank us later.

Take a second and go over your daily routine. Think about when and where you’d need readers throughout the day and prepare ahead. For those of you who like to read the morning paper, keep a pair of half frames in a kitchen drawer, while having another pair at work or in your room. Blue Readers Case Check out all the different cases and accessories that you can store your readers in so you don’t have to search around each time you need to read.

If you need help finding a pair that matches your face, check out our face shape guide. Once you know what power and frame you want, go to where you can find a wide selection of options and styles. If you are still stumped, call our customer happiness team, and they will help you find the perfect pair that matches not only your facial texture but your lifestyle in general.

Computer Readers

Silver Computer ReadersIf your job entails looking at a computer screen for a multitude of hours, then be sure to check out computer readers. These glasses are designed to protect your eyes from the glare of the screen to prevent eye strain. The lens also has a modified magnification to adjust for the typical distance between your eyes and the computer. Check out this post to learn more about the benefits of computer readers.

Making My Readers Last

Now I am sure you are wise enough to understand basic concepts behind taking care of something as fragile as glasses, the goal in this section is not to repeat common rules, but to provide you with handy tips to ensure that the quality glasses remains the same as the day you bought them.

  • Blue Microfiber ClothMicrofiber cloths are your new best friend. We strongly suggest having a couple of different ones placed in your car, workspace, kitchen, and bedroom.
  • When dirt, sand, or dust get on your readers, run the lenses under water, add a touch of dish soap and then use your fingers to wipe away any remnants.
  • Do not use paper towels, tissues, or other household rags to clean or dry your glasses. The texture can cause scratches on the lenses. Use the microfiber cloths that you now have handy all over the house!
  • To avoid your glasses from stretching, be sure to use both hands when putting your glasses. Never put your glasses on top of your head for that same reason.
  • Taking your glasses on and off is even more frustrating when you have to search for a safe place to set them down. One way to get around this is to wear a cord or chain attached to the frames. With a wide selection, find one that matches your style and taste.

For more detailed specific information, learn more on our maintenance and cleaning page.

In the construction of this piece, our team kept two main points in mind:

  1. To provide information and tips that can be viewed and shared by new members of the readers community.
  2. To understand that everyone is different in how they go about their daily lives in regards to reading glasses.

We hope that you find guidance in this piece and that you pass this information to those around you because eyesight is a pivotal aspect of our lives that we often take for granted. It is not until that ability starts to fade that we realize the challenges we must now face each day.

If you have any personal stories, advice, or tips you would like to share, please feel free add comments or suggestions so we can continue to update our information so that no runs into trouble as they bring their life back into focus.

What You Need To Know About UV Rays

With beautiful scenery, endless sunshine, and warm weather, summertime is best spent outdoors. But before you go outside, it’s very important to remember to practice sun safety, especially because July is National UV safety month!

Although little bit of sun may seem harmless, the effects of UV rays have major health hazards. Luckily, there are many easy ways to prevent such effects! Read on to learn about the consequences of UV rays and how you can protect yourself while enjoying the sweet summer sunshine.


What Are UV Rays?

UV rays (ultraviolet radiation) are non-visible light waves emanating from the sun. These rays fall outside the visible spectrum, meaning humans cannot detect UV rays (but some animals actually can!). Contrary to what you may have heard, UV rays can affect you all year round — even in the harsh winter months, as UV rays are not related to air temperature. Because of their correlation to specific health hazards, it’s important to know that UV rays are strongest from 10am to 4pm. UV radiation is made up of three different bands or types: UVA, UVB, and UVC.

  • UVA Rays: These rays have a long wavelength and can penetrate past the epidermis and into the dermis, which is the inner layer of the skin. UVA rays make up 95% of the UV radiation that reaches Earth.
  • UVB Rays: As the main cause of sunburn, UVB rays affect the epidermis, or outer later of skin. These rays are also the most dangerous when it comes to skin cancer.
  • UVC Rays: These rays do not reach Earth’s surface because our atmosphere absorbs UVC rays before they hit us (thanks, atmosphere!).

The Dangers of UV Rays

The most dangerous effect of UV radiation (especially UVA rays) to humans is its direct link to skin cancer. UV rays are also known to cause serious skin damage such as discoloration, wrinkles, age spots and scarring, not to mention eye problems and a weakened immune system.

How to Protect Yourself from UV Rays

Although UV rays can be dangerous, fortunately, there are many ways that you can protect yourself. Below are 5 tips for spending a long day in the sun.

  1. Sunscreen: Make sure that you look for sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher, especially if you’re spending many hours outside. SPF specifically address UVB rays, so, for UVA protection, you need to look at the ingredients list for names such as avobenzone (Parsol 1789), benzophenones, cinnamates, sulisobenzone or zinc oxide. Be sure to apply the sunscreen before going outside, as well as reapplying often, especially after swimming, sweating, or exercising.

  2. Hats: Opt for a wide-brimmed hat for optimal protection. Hats are a great way to keep your face from being exposed to harmful sunlight. Plus, they’re great accessories!

  3. Long-Sleeved Shirts: We know that summer weather is not ideal for long-sleeved shirts, but if you’re serious about protecting your skin, we recommend dark clothing that’s tightly woven. Dark shirts are better at absorbing UV rays, whereas the average white t-shirt has an SPF of about 7 (and only 3, when it’s wet).

  4. Shade: If possible, try and find a nice shaded area in which to hang out. Not only will you find yourself immensely less sweaty, but your skin will thank you in the years to come.

  5. Sunglasses: Most sunglasses these days are UVA and UVB protected, but it never hurts to check. Tinted sunglasses that are not UV protected are actually more harmful to your eyes than no sunglasses at all, as the tint opens up your pupil and lets more harmful UV light into eye. If you’re looking for a new pair of reading sunglasses, we have plenty to choose from in different styles, tints, and powers!

Sun safety is something to take seriously, and unfortunately, many people think that they are immune to serious conditions caused by UV radiation. This summer, make the extra effort to keep your skin happy and healthy!

The Top 5 Questions Our Customer Happiness Team Answers Everyday

Here at, we get a lot of questions from customers like you. To help make shopping for reading glasses even easier, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 most-asked questions.

Take a look below and as always, don’t hesitate to call us if you have more questions! We love hearing from you.

1. What power of reading glasses do I need?

There are a few different ways you can determine the best power for you. Pick the one that’s easiest for you:

  • Use our PowerFinder quiz to quickly determine your correct reading glasses or computer glasses power.
  • Use our diopter chart to test for your correct power up to +3.25.
  • If you’ve never worn readers and have no distance corrections for your vision (in other words, a prescription for your eye doctor), you can follow these general age rules:
    • 40–45 = +1.00
    • 45–50 = +1.50
    • 50–55 = +2.00
    • 55–60 = +2.50
    • 60+ = +2.50–+3.00
  • If you have a prescription, give us a call and we can transpose it to the correlating power.

2. Why can’t I sign into my account?

If you can’t sign into your account, you might be typing in an incorrect username and/or password, and you’ll need to reset it. You can do that by clicking the Forgot password? link on the sign-in page.

If you try the above and are still getting an error, it’s possible you don’t have an account, and that you checked out as a guest the last time you ordered from You can create a new account by clicking here and clicking the Create Account button on the right-hand side of the page.

3. How do I delete cookies?

You might be asking yourself, what in the world are cookies? Well, they’re not the cookies sitting inside the jar on your kitchen counter, we can tell you that.

Cookies are small data files used by websites you visit to track your behavior on the Internet. While it might seem a little odd, they pose no threat to the security of your personal data. To learn how to delete your cookies, check out this article. Simply find the web browser you use (Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.), and follow the instructions to get rid of your cookies.

There are several options when deleting cookies that can preserve your passwords and history if those are things you would like to save, though the process for doing so varies by web browser. If you want to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of deleting cookies, we’ve got another article for you to check out here.

4. How do I know what size reading glasses I should order?

The best way to determine what size reading glasses you should order is to measure a pair of glasses you already wear. It could be sunglasses, prescription glasses, or an old pair of reading glasses. Then, compare those measurements to the measurements we have listed on our website for the pair of glasses you like.

Another way to find out your correct reading glasses size is to measure the width of your face from one temple to the other with a ruler or tape measure. Based on the width of your face, you can use this guide to pick the right size:

  • Very Narrow: 124mm wide or less
  • Narrow: 125mm to 129mm wide
  • Average: 130mm to 134mm wide
  • Wide: 135mm to 139mm wide
  • Very Wide: 140mm wide or more

5. How do I delete or modify items on my order?

You can only delete or modify items on the cart page. The easiest way to get to your cart page is to simply click the shopping cart icon in the upper right hand corner of our website. If you’ve already reached the checkout page, you need to click the red “Return to cart” link in the upper right hand corner.

We hope that was helpful!

If you’re still curious, take a look at some of our other popular customer questions on our FAQ page. Thanks for reading!