In this post we’ll help explain the difference between the various types of glasses frames and reading glasses lens types so you can shop with confidence.
Finding the right type of reading glasses may seem so daunting that you just pick the first one you find in your reading power. When you account for the combinations of glasses frame shapes, lens types, and frame styles, the choices may seem endless. Fear not! The below Glasses Frame Guide will help you shop with confidence.
Knowing which glasses frame shape looks best on your face shape is the best first step. Once you have determined which frame shape(s) you’re looking for, the next step is to find the perfect reading glasses frame style and lens type.
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The top portion of the lens is unmagnified and designed for long-distance viewing (like watching television) and the bottom portion has the power you choose for close-up viewing (like reading a book). Unlike prescription bifocal lenses, our bifocal readers have unmagnified lenses which also contain inserts with the magnification of your choice in the lower portion of the lenses. Learn more about ordering bifocal readers. If you’re looking for a fix-all solution to your vision needs, bifocal reading glasses may be the option for you.
Fully magnified reading glasses have the reading power you choose throughout the entire lens. These are the most common type of lens for reading glasses and work well if you only want to wear readers when you’re looking at reading material.
This is the most common type of glasses frame. Full frame readers are generally worn on the bridge of your nose, and are available in bifocal, fully magnified, computer, and reading sunglass lenses.
Half frame reading glasses improve nearsighted vision while leaving your distance view unobstructed by a frame or lens. You can expect half frame readers to have a shorter lens height. Generally worn towards the end of your nose, this lightweight option is perfect for those who only need corrective lenses for up-close viewing.
Rimless glasses are light and minimal. These readers will provide the magnification you need while leaving your line of vision unobstructed by frames. If you want a barely-there feel in your glasses, check out our variety of rimless styles.
Semi-rimless frames have a frame around the lenses except for the top or bottom of the lens, depending on the style. The lack of an upper or lower frame allows for a less obstructed view, making it easier to see your material.
Blue light glasses help optimize your eyesight when viewing your computer or digital screen. If you spend long hours looking at a computer, tablet, television, or phone, chances are your eyes are bearing some of the potentially harmful effects of blue light. Wearing blue light glasses can help reduce headaches, blurred vision, eyestrain, and other symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. (Learn more about blue light glasses benefits!) Blue light reading glasses are available in multifocal, fully magnified, and unmagnified lens options.
Our Premium Readers include our Signature Collection, customizable readers, computer readers, readers by felix + iris, and polarized bifocal reading sunglasses. The styles in this collection have optical quality frames made from high-quality acetate or stainless steel.
Bonus: All of our Premium Readers are optical quality, so if you are looking for a frame to insert your prescription lenses into, these are the styles you want to look at. If you opt to replace with a special prescription, make sure to always have an eyeglass professional assist with switching out your lenses.
Reading sunglasses provide both your reading magnification and UV protection for your eyes. These readers are perfect for outdoor activities like fishing, gardening, or just relaxing with a book in the sun. In addition to traditional styles, reading sunglasses are also available with bifocal and polarized lens options.
In addition to your reading power, these reading glasses have polarized lenses to help fight glare. Perfect for driving or time on the water, polarized reading sunglasses will help your vision, protect your eyes, and reduce squinting.
Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses.