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Reading Glasses Frame Styles & Types

Finding the right style or type of readers can sometimes be a challenge. Maybe you know you want bifocal readers, but aren’t sure what sort of frame to purchase. Or maybe you didn’t know some of these reading glasses styles and lens options existed! We’re here to simplify your search and make shopping for the perfect pair an enjoyable (and easy!) experience. Our Reading Glasses Frame Guide will teach you what you need to know about our frames styles and lens options — and why they might just be the best ones for you!


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Bifocal Readers

A type of eyeglasses that has two focal points within the lens. The top portion of the lens is designed for long-distance viewing (like watching television) and the bottom portion is designed for close-up viewing (like reading a book). 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 here.  If you’re looking for a fix-all solution to your vision needs, bifocal reading glasses may be the option for you. 




Fully Magnified Readers

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.



Full Frame Readers

This frame style is what you’d expect to find in a pair of optical glasses. 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 Readers

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 Readers

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 Readers

  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 upper or lower frame allows for a less obstructed view, making it easier to see your material.




Computer Glasses

Computer 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 negative side effects of blue light. Wearing computer glasses can help reduce headaches, blurred vision, eyestrain, and other symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. (Learn more about their benefits here!) Computer glasses are available in multifocal, fully magnified, and unmagnified lens options.



Premium Readers

Our Premium Readers include our Signature Collection, customizable readers, computer readers, readers by optical brand 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

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.




Polarized Reading Sunglasses

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.


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