With so many Reading Glasses on the market,
which pair of Reading Glasses is the best for you?
Before determining the color and style Reading Glasses, it’s important to identify the type of Reading Glasses that meets your vision requirements and needs. This decision is almost always determined after a consultation with a certified optometrist or ophthalmologist.
There are five different types of Reading Glasses:
- Single Vision Reading Glasses (Most popular)
- Progressive Lenses
- Bifocal Reading Glasses
- Blue Light (Computer) Reading Glasses
- Trifocal Reading Glasses
1. SINGLE VISION LENS READING GLASSES
Single Vision Lens Reading Glasses are the most popular lens style and can be purchased online or in retail stores, without a prescription. Single Vision Lens Reading Glasses have a single magnification power over the entire lens; ideal for individuals with trouble seeing close-up objects and/or reading text. Single Vision Lens Reading Glasses can be used to view a distance up to 18 inches.
When selecting Single Vision Lens Reading Glasses, there are many different options available.
A. STANDARD OPTION.
Standard Single Vision Lens Reading Glasses are selected for color, style, and fit.
“Nature Walk” by Peepers is an example of a standard pair of Single Vision Lens Reading Glasses. These Readers are light-weight, distortion-free, and are available in different magnifications.
B. READING GLASSES WITH STYLISH CHAIN.
Since Reading Glasses are only worn for close-up tasks and are not worn all day, Reading Glasses are very easy to lose or misplace. To prevent loss and to make sure that Reading Glasses are there when needed, many women choose to wear Reading Glasses on chains as a fashion accessory.
HelloClassy’s CLASSY GLASSIES™ designer-inspired Reading Glasses with color-coordinated chains can be worn as fashion accessories. Since Reading Glasses are worn just like a piece of jewelry, Readers are always accessible when needed and “always with you”.
HelloClassy was awarded a patent on its new and innovative Reading Glasses chain. Most Reading Glasses chains attach to Reading Glasses with an elasticized loop. These elasticized loops frequently slip, break, and are not attractive.
HelloClassy’s Reading Glasses chains attach to readers with attractive clasps that are secure, sturdy, and do not slip. Readers and chains are interchangeable and can be mixed and matched to accessorize any outfit.
C. READING GLASSES FOR WALLETS AND CELL PHONES.
THIN OPTICS Reading Glasses are ultra-thin and the size of a credit card; easily fitting into wallets and on the back of cell phones.
Just like CLASSY GLASSIES™, THIN OPTICS Reading Glasses are “always with you” and provide wearers with Readers that are there when needed. THIN OPTICS can be worn by men and women.
D. CLICS MAGNETIC READING GLASSES.
CLICS are stylish, magnetic front connection ready readers for both men and women.
Just like THIN OPTICS and CLASSY GLASSIES™, CLICS are designed to prevent loss and provide easy access to Reading Glasses when needed.
To use CLICS, simply click the magnets together over your nose and you can read at will.
E. LIGHTWEIGHT AND ARMLESS READING GLASSES.
NOOZ “Armless” Reading Glasses are small, lightweight and can be directly attached to a keychain, to prevent loss and to provide easy access.
NOOZ Reading Glasses are made from a sturdy polycarbonate frame that is only 6MM thick for optimum comfort. NOOZ Reading Glasses are for men and women and are available in a wide variety of different colors.
F. FOLDABLE READING GLASSES
Just like NOOZ, foldable Reading Glasses are light, compact, and feature a case that can be attached to a keychain.
Most foldable Reading Glasses have “arms” and are available in a variety of colors for both men and women.
2. PROGRESSIVE LENSES
Progressive Reading Glasses must be prescribed by a certified optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Wearing Progressive Reading Glasses is like wearing eyeglasses with three different prescriptions on each lens and are frequently referred to as multifocal lenses. Unlike bifocals and trifocals, Progressive Reading Glasses provide wearers with a “seamless” look with no “lines” on the lenses.
With Progressive Reading Glasses, only one pair of eyeglasses is needed and there is no longer a need to swap Reading Glasses with regular eyeglasses.
There is an adjustment period for first-time wearers of Progressive Reading Glasses. Eyes need to be “trained” to view text from the lower part of the lens and the computer screen from the middle of the lens. All distance viewing is done from the top of the lens.
Many people experience dizziness and nausea when accidentally viewing objects from the incorrect section of the lens.
Progressive lenses typically cost at least $100 more than traditional bifocals and trifocals.
3. BIFOCAL GLASSES
Bifocal Reading Glasses must be prescribed by a certified optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Bifocal Reading Glasses contain two different prescriptions within a single lens. These lenses are not seamless and have a clear visual line between the two different prescriptions on the lens.
The larger part of the Bifocal lens is for distance viewing. The smaller part of the lens is for better close-up vision.
Bifocals were first invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 1700s and called “double spectacles”.
4. BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING READING GLASSES.
Just like Progressive Reading Glasses, Bifocals eliminate the need to switch between two pairs of eyeglasses.
Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses are specifically designed to protect eyes by filtering out the harmful blue-violet light rays commonly emitted from digital screens.
There is no prescription needed for Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses.
Blue light from digital screens has the highest energy of any wavelength and, therefore, it might have the potential to impact eyes more than other types of visible light.
However, it’s important to note that there are no conclusive studies that prove that blue light is detrimental to the human eye. In March 2021, the American Academy of Ophthalmology stated that “There is no scientific evidence that the light coming from computer screens is damaging to the eyes. Therefore, the Academy does not recommend any special eye wear for computer use.”
Recent studies by the College of Optometry at State University of New York showed that blue-blocking filters have no effect, no significant effect on digital eye strain. According to this study, “there really is no mechanism whereby the blue light should be causing digital eye strain, so the results of the study were not surprising”.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology maintains that the best way to avoid eye strain is to take frequent breaks from the screen. https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/are-computer-glasses-worth-it
Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses are hot right now and using them will not harm your eyes. It is important to remember that there is no scientific evidence that proves that Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses prevent eye damage and eye strain.
5. TRIFOCAL GLASSES
Trifocal Reading Glasses must be prescribed by a certified optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Trifocal Reading Glasses contain three different prescriptions within a single lens. These lenses are not seamless and have a clear visual line between the three different prescriptions on the lens.
The top prescription corrects distance vision, the bottom corrects up-close vision, and the middle corrects intermediate distances (from 18 to 24 inches).
Just like Bifocals Reading Glasses, Trifocal Reading Glasses have a noticeable line between the prescriptions.
ALL READING GLASSES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL.
ReadingGlasses101.com features the key information needed to select the right pair of Reading Glasses. When selecting Reading Glasses, a consultation with a certified optometrist or ophthalmologist is always recommended, to determine the best pair of Reading Glasses for your specific visual needs. Vision strength, appearance, style, color, and comfort are important factors that you’ll want to consider before purchasing your first pair of Reading Glasses.