Are store-bought reading glasses better or worse than the ones at your eye doctor? They’re less expensive, but are they worth it? We tackle the great debate below.
So what does “non-prescription” actually mean?
Most pharmacies and online retailers sell over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses that require no verified prescription from an eye doctor. Because of this, they are termed non-prescription glasses; however, they still have a specific magnification — usually ranging from +0.25 to +6.00 — in each lens, which is called a “power” or “strength.” Where it gets confusing is that this means they still technically hold a prescription, but the prescription is set and is the same magnification level for each eye.
Simply put, non-prescription reading glasses are glasses that you do not order from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. They can usually be found in retail stores, at the pharmacy, or online.
(PS. We might be a tad biased, but we say shopping for non-prescription readers online is the best way to go! It’s time to ditch the drugstore — and those unnecessarily expensive glasses from the eye doctor — once and for all!)
If you still have questions about whether or not pharmacy, online, or prescription glasses are the right choice for you, read this guide. And if you’re worried that non-prescription or “cheaper” reading glasses will damage your eyes (Hint: They won’t at all!), click here and put that myth to rest.