When you start holding reading materials at arm’s length to see it clearly, it’s time to purchase reading glasses. Not positive you need readers yet? Here are a few other ways to test your vision before you proceed.
Where Should I Start?
No matter where you buy reading glasses, your experience should be a walk in the park. Most people buy their readers at pharmacies, online, or from their optometrist. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find at each and why you might choose one over the others:
Pharmacies and other retailers often carry discount reading glasses in a range of powers, though you might not find the same selection as you would online.
Online stores have the largest selection of sizes, colors, powers, and prices. You’ll also find specialty items online, such as high-powered readers and customizable pairs for those with different prescriptions in each eye.
Purchasing reading glasses from an optometrist’s office is usually much more expensive. Most people who choose this route have very specialized eyewear needs.
Finding a Pair with Your Prescription
Unlike Rx glasses, reading glasses come in set levels of magnification, or powers, from +0.25 and up. You can use this diopter chart, take our quick quiz, or visit your optometrist to determine your reading glasses strength. Just know that you don’t have to buy reading glasses from your eye doctor once you get your eyes tested. To keep your wallet happy, you can shop for discount reading glasses online or at a store afterwards.
If you need a magnification stronger than what’s on our diopter chart, don’t worry! Finding high-powered readers online is easy and affordable.
Choosing Full Frame, Half Frame, or Bifocal Glasses
Full frame, half frame, and bifocal reading glasses have different benefits. Depending on your needs, one might better suit you.
With full frame readers, the entire lens has the same amount of correction power. These are best for people who only need help seeing up-close or for those who will only be wearing their reading glasses for a short period of time.
With half frame readers, the lens is narrow, making them easier to see over for distance viewing while still on your face. Half frame readers are a good choice for people planning to wear their reading glasses for extended periods of time and for those who need to look into the distance, too.
Bifocal reading glasses bring you the best of both worlds–a magnified lower lens for up-close viewing and an unmagnified lens on top. This allows you to see both near and far without taking your glasses off, making bifocals an ideal choice for multitaskers. Imagine this: You can read while watching television and keep your glasses on after perusing the dinner menu.
Fully magnified and bifocal readers are also available in tinted sunglass versions, which are perfect for reading by the pool or skimming the baseball lineup. Shop sun readers here.
Still Stumped When It Comes to Buying Readers?
No need to fret. We have plenty of resources that can help you find your next (or first!) pair of reading glasses.