Buying Guide for Reading Glasses

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So, you’ve decided it’s time you need reading glasses or “readers.” Before you reach for that cheap drugstore pair, let’s break down the best type and styles of reading glasses and consider what might be best for you.

Reading Glasses: Styles

Reading glasses come in two main styles. Full frame reading glasses have lenses made entirely of the reading prescription, while half-frame glasses (like Ben Franklin’s) feature frames that are smaller and sit lower on the nose.

Full=frame reading glasses may be best if you spend most of your reading time doing “close-up” reading. By comparison, the half-eye style of glasses allows you to look down and through the lenses for work, but look up and over to see into the distance. Reading prescriptions can be combined with other types of correction (ex. bifocals for reading and distance vision) depending on your needs.


Your preferred reading activities will inform which type(s) of reading glasses options are for you. Do you spend a great deal of time on the computer? You can get customized lenses specially fitted for your prescription as well as the distance from your eyes to your computer screen, and with a protective lens coating for added comfort.

Do you spend a lot of time reading outdoors? Reading sunglasses are another good example of “task-specific” reading glasses. A pair of reading sunglasses will protect your eyes and help you see the page more clearly. Do you prefer to use an e-reader? You can choose a lens based on that as well.

Don’t Forget About Style

Once you know the style of glasses you prefer and the type of lenses you need for the tasks you perform most often, it’s time to choose your eyeglass frames. We recommend purchasing high-quality readers from a reputable retailer like Eye Elegance to avoid the defects and overall poor quality found in drugstore reading glasses. In addition to providing you with high-quality reading glasses in your exact prescription, we can add the correct coatings, and make sure you leave with the proper fit for long-term wearability and comfort.

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