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Reading Sunglasses and Sun Readers

What Are Sun Readers?

Gone are the days of constantly switching from your reading glasses to your sunglasses while outdoors! If you haven’t heard of or tried sun readers, this post is for you! Sun readers, also referred to as reading sunglasses, are simply sunglasses and reading glasses combined.

Sun readers are the perfect choice any time you’ll need to read or focus on objects within an arm’s length. Some common uses include outdoor reading, gardening, golfing, driving, woodworking, grilling, reading a map, and working on vehicles. But the opportunities are endless!

Sun readers are hard to find in most stores, and if you’re lucky enough to find them, you’ll likely have a limited selection of style shapes, colors, and lens types to choose from. That’s where we come in! carries an unbeatable selection of reading sunglasses in all shapes, sizes, and styles.

How to Buy Sun Readers

Step 1: Choose Your Reading Power

Sun readers work the same as regular reading glasses, so choose the same power as you would for your regular readers. Not sure what reading power you need? Try our Power Finder Guide to help!

Step 2: Choose a Lens Type

Fully magnified reading sunglasses have your magnification throughout the entire lens and therefore have the widest line of vision, so you don’t have to move your head from side to side as you read. Fully magnified sun readers work best for those who want to only wear their sun readers while they’re reading materials. Think: reading while poolside.

Note: We do not recommend wearing fully magnified sun readers while driving unless instructed by your doctor.


Bifocal reading sunglasses are perfect for those who want to keep their sun readers on the entire time they’re outside. The lower portion of the lens has the magnification of your choice while the rest of the lens is unmagnified.


Polarized reading sunglasses not only help you to see clearly, but will also help fight glare caused by the sun reflecting off of solid surfaces or water. Those with eyes sensitive to light should consider a pair of polarized sunglasses. 

Step 3: Choose a Frame Shape

Find a sun reader with a frame shape that will best complement your face shape. If you’re unsure which frame shape you should choose, take a look at our Frame & Face Shape Guide!

Step 4: Choose a Lens Tint

The tinted lenses on sun readers work just like sunglasses and have 99% UVA/UVB protection to keep your eyes safe from the sun’s harmful rays. Different tint colors affect your the colors and amount of contrast you see, so we suggest selecting a lens tint that will work best for the outdoor activity you’ll find yourself in the most. 


Dark-tinted smoke lenses are meant for daytime wear. Smoke lenses decrease brightness and sunlight without compromising color.


Amber lenses have a brownish-red tint and provide a brighter view on overcast days, making them a popular choice for sunglasses.


Green lenses increase contrast on sunny days and keep color distortion to a minimum.


Gradient Lenses

The top of a gradient lens is the darkest, while the bottom of the lens has little to no tint. Shop gradient lens sun readers. 

 Step 5: Add to Cart!

With sun readers, you can enjoy your time outside with clear vision and the protection your eyes need!




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