Find the perfect pair of reading glasses for you by understanding all of your options. After you’ve found your reading power, it’s important to determine what lens material and lens type are best for your unique vision needs.

Someone who is going to be wearing readers while handling heavy machinery will likely choose a different lens type than someone who works in an office setting. No matter how you use you readers, there is an option for you!

Lens Materials

While prescription glasses have several different lens material choices, there are two main options for non-prescription reading glasses:

Plastic Lenses

Plastic lenses, also referred to as acrylic lenses, are the most common lens material for over-the-counter reading glasses, and are known for high visual clarity. Plastic lenses are a much more affordable and lightweight alternative to glass lenses, which are used infrequently because of their weight and fragility.

Polycarbonate Lenses

Lightweight and impact-resistant, polycarbonate lenses are used in safety glasses with an ANSI Z87.1 certification, as well as some reading sunglass and rimless reader lenses.

Reading Glasses Lens Types and Uses

Bifocal Lenses

Bifocal readers have unmagnified lenses which also contain inserts with the magnification of your choice in the lower portion of the lenses. This type of lens works best for those who are constantly switching from looking down at reading and writing materials to up and off at a distance.

Fully Magnified Lenses

Fully magnified lenses have the magnification of your choice throughout the entire lens. This lens type is commonly worn by those who prefer to only wear their readers when they’re engaged in a task.

Blue light filtering reading glasses provide your eyes with the magnification you need to see the screen clearly, while filtering blue light and glare from your computer screen. Learn more about blue light glasses and their benefits.

Reading Sunglass Lenses

Reading sunglasses, also known as SunReaders®️, are readers with tinted lenses to provide UVA/UVB protection for your eyes. Reading sunglasses are available with bifocal or fully magnified lenses and are perfect for any outdoor activity!

Polarized Lenses

Polarized reading sunglasses have the added benefit of a polarized lens, which reduces the sun’s glare and gives you a crisper view. Polarized reading sunglasses are commonly used by those who will be on the water, but they are also a great option for anyone who will be outdoors where the sun’s rays will reflect off of a solid surface.

High Power Lenses

Reading magnifications above a +4.00 are considered a high reading power and are hard to find in non-prescription reading glasses.™ is proud to carry readers up to a +7.00* to help you see more clearly.


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.

*Some states have restrictions on the sale of certain reading glasses power and lens types.