How to Buy Reading Sunglasses

Reading at the pool, beach, or lake is a favorite warm-weather pastime, but with this might come a few issues — like getting the tips of your book wet. The biggest problem of them all? Glare off your book’s (or Kindle’s) pages. The bright sun’s reflection off a white page or screen can cause a tear-inducing glare. Sunglasses can fix this issue, but what if you need reading glasses to see the words, too?

Reading sunglasses are sunglasses with your reader prescription built in! Just like regular sunglasses, there are certain guidelines to in finding the perfect pair. Here are the most important factors to keep in mind when buying reading sunglasses:

A Guide to Buying Reading Sunglasses

1. Use the same prescription you use for your reading glasses. If you’re not sure what this is, use our reading test card to determine your prescription.

2. Decide on a lens tint for your sunglass readers. Grey and green-tinted lenses don’t distort color as much as other tints and smoked lenses are great for bright, daytime conditions. Read more about all lens tints options here.

3. Consider if full sun readers or bifocal reading sunglasses are better for you. With full reader sunglasses, the whole lens contains the prescription and magnification. If you have to look over your glasses, your eyes won’t be protected from the sun. Bifocal reader sunglasses have a small area of magnification at the bottom of the lens with non-prescription sunglass above. These allow you to look at nearby and far-away objects and remain protected from the sun.

4. Do you have a need for polarized sunglasses? Polarized reading sunglasses will reduce glare off water or other reflective surfaces.

5. Try on different styles of sunglasses to see what suits your face shape best. You can use our Matching Frame to Face Shape standards to decide on the best frame for your face shape. Also think if a wide or narrow lens is best for you. Keep in mind a wide lens will block more sunlight, and also protect the delicate skin around your eyes.

6. Be sure the frame style you choose fits you well. Reading sunglasses shouldn’t slide or pinch, and your eyelashes shouldn’t touch the lens. A good fit means even weight distribution on your face and a secure fit across your nose and ears.

7. Ensure your reading sunglasses block 99 to 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.

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